Words cannot describe how awesome these cookies are. And honestly, I didn't expect anything less than perfection from Isa and Terry. This is the second recipe I've made from the book, and both (the other were Peanut Butter Blondies) have been outstanding.
Cowboy cookies contain a little bit of everything — chocolate chips, toasted pecans, coconut, and oatmeal. The oats make for a soft cookie that's chewy in all the right places. Brown sugar lends these cookies an authentic grandma-made taste, and you can't go wrong with pecans and coconut.
I must admit, however, that I made these out of guilt because I'm a bad friend. You see, my best friend Nathan's birthday was last Saturday (Feb. 20th), and since he usually organizes some sort of get-together, I've never bothered to write the date down. This year, Nathan opted for a low-key birthday with no party (crazy talk, I know ... birthdays are supposed to be big productions), so he didn't remind anyone. And I let the day totally pass me by.
Me and Nathan at a baseball game a couple years ago
(check out my fun "Hug a Homo" shirt! I made it!).
When Nathan reminded me a week later, I felt so bad! We've been best friends for years. How could I forget?! He wasn't mad at all. Even his own parents forgot his birthday. But that's just silly. So I asked what his fave cookie was, and when he responded "anything with chocolate and pecans," I knew cowboy cookies were in order. Thankfully, the birthday boy loved them. And I've learned a lesson about writing down birthdays.