Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies — Chewy oats, sweet coconut, crunchy pecans, peanut butter, and plenty of chocolate!! A true ‘kitchen sink’ cookie that stays soft and chewy! Everyone (not just cowboys) loves these cookies!!

Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies - Chewy oats, sweet coconut, crunchy pecans, peanut butter, and plenty of chocolate!! A true 'kitchen sink' cookie that stays soft and chewy! Everyone (not just cowboys) loves these cookies!!

Cowboy Peanut Butter Cookies

One of the most popular (recent) cookie recipes on my site is for Cowboy Cookies.

You don’t have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to love them. I’m neither, but am a huge fan of these cookies because they’re hearty, loaded with texture, and have so many wonderful flavors going on in every bite.

Since everything is better with peanut butter, I incorporated it into the recipe and love the results. Present but it doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors.

The cookies are like Peanut Butter Cookies crossed with Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, plus shredded coconut which reminds me of Seven Layer Cookies. Slightly salty peanut butter, chewy oats, sweet coconut, and chocolate is a winning combination.

Throw in pecans and Cornflakes, and you’ve got yourself texture galore which I love.

The pecans add a firmer crunch while the Cornflakes add a lighter, crispier crunch. The crunchiness plays off the chewiness from the oats and coconut beautifully.

I’ve seen Cowboy Cookies called Kitchen Sink Cookies and rightfully so. Almost everything but the kitchen sink is included.

Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies - Chewy oats, sweet coconut, crunchy pecans, peanut butter, and plenty of chocolate!! A true 'kitchen sink' cookie that stays soft and chewy! Everyone (not just cowboys) loves these cookies!!

Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookie Ingredients 

To make these cowboy cookies with peanut butter, you’ll need: 

  • Egg
  • Butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Cornflakes
  • Sweetened shredded coconuts
  • Pecans

Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies - Chewy oats, sweet coconut, crunchy pecans, peanut butter, and plenty of chocolate!! A true 'kitchen sink' cookie that stays soft and chewy! Everyone (not just cowboys) loves these cookies!!

How to Make Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies

This recipe for cowboy cookies couldn’t get much easier! Here’s how the cookies are made: 

  1. Beat together the egg, butter, peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla.
  2. Add the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and beat on low speed until just combined.
  3. Add the chocolate chips, Cornflakes, coconut, pecans, and beat on low speed until just combined.
  4. Using a 1/4-cup measure, form approximately 15 equal-sized mounds of dough and flatten slightly. 
  5. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  6. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. 

Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies - Chewy oats, sweet coconut, crunchy pecans, peanut butter, and plenty of chocolate!! A true 'kitchen sink' cookie that stays soft and chewy! Everyone (not just cowboys) loves these cookies!!

Can Instant Oats Be Used Instead of Old-Fashioned Oats? 

No, instant oats are more finely milled than old-fashioned (rolled) oats and will result in drier, more crumbly cookies. 

Does the Cookie Dough Have to Be Chilled? 

Yes, absolutely! If you bake unchilled dough, your cookies will flatten out and be crispy around the edges rather than soft and chewy. 

Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies - Chewy oats, sweet coconut, crunchy pecans, peanut butter, and plenty of chocolate!! A true 'kitchen sink' cookie that stays soft and chewy! Everyone (not just cowboys) loves these cookies!!

Tips for Making Cowboy Cookies with Peanut Butter

If you want to swap walnuts for the pecans, swap raisins for the chocolate chips, use Special K rather than Cornflakes, or make tweaks given the ingredients in your pantry, these cowboy peanut butter cookies probably turn out just fine.

Just make sure to use a traditional no-stir peanut butter in the cookie dough. I prefer using peanut butter from brands like Jif or Skippy when baking cookies. 

Note that unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

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Yield: 15

Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies

Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies

Chewy oats, sweet coconut, crunchy pecans, peanut butter, and plenty of chocolate!! A true 'kitchen sink' cookie that stays soft and chewy! Everyone (not just cowboys) loves these cookies!!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • heaping 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats (not quick-cook or instant)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Cornflakes or Special K cereal (Frosted Flakes or a similar cereal may be substituted)
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped (walnuts or almonds may be substituted)

Instructions

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) add the egg, butter, peanut butter, sugars, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the chocolate chips, Cornflakes, coconut, pecans, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  4. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 15 equal-sized mounds of dough and flatten slightly. Tip – Strategically place a few chocolate chips on top of each mound of dough by taking chips from the underside and adding them on top.
  5. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes (I baked 11 minutes), or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center; don’t overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don’t use a rack.

Notes

Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g

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  1. Great taste, but next time I will leave the cornflakes out. They never absorbed I to the mix. The dough was dry when I went to form the cookies so I added a little water and that helped. Still, the corn flakes are like a little piece of cardboard in there.

    Rating: 4
    1. Thanks for the feedback and trying the recipe. I have never had the problem with the cornflakes but as you said, easy to leave out next time.

  2. I made the peanut butter cowboy cookies today. I have a question though: I chilled the dough, keeping the cookies fully chilled until placing them in the oven to bake. The instructions don’t indicate to flatten them out after chilling the mounds, but are they supposed to be flattened more cookie-like before chilling? I didn’t, so my cookies look more like biscuits (although delicious biscuits). I just want to make a note on my copy of the recipe so I get it right next time. Thank you.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review! Step 4 I do indicate to flatten the mounds. So yes do that and they will be flatter next time for you.

  3. Wow! I made these basically as written, except smaller individual cookies, and i used unsweetened coconut. I think it is key to not overbake them. They are now my new favorite cookie. It’s basically a really good candy bar in cookie form. Amazing.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you loved them! I agree – a candy bar in cookie form and definitely not to overbake them either!

  4. I have ever had anyone write complaining about this recipe but I am sorry that it was not for you. When things are super dry and crumbly I always think that there was a heavy hand with the flour as dry dough or dough that has been overfloured (accidentally) will not produce soft cookies and instead they will be dry and more crumbly. I have never made a double batch of this recipe either.

    1. Yes I’d use the Wheaties in place of the Corn Flakes. Or you could do a half and half mixture of the Wheaties and CF’s but I’d for sure use the Wheaties one way or the other. LMK how they come out!

  5. Pinned. Yes, I love cowboy cookies and adding peanut butter sounds like a wonderful addition. 

  6. Blown away by these cookies and totally drooling over the pix! Can’t go wrong with all of these mix-ins! Definitely worth the wait for dough chilling time!

  7. Hey there, I only have quick cook oats on hand, is it ok to use them, or should i just scratch oats from the recipe? thanks!

    1. You’d want to go to the store and buy old-fashioned oats because that way the recipe will work out. By using either quick cook or omitting, it won’t.

  8. Oh these look delicious! I’ve had cowboy cookies before but never with peanut butter! 

  9. these look SO soft and chewy and moist, I’m dying for a bite!!! and I couldn’t agree more, peanut butter makes everything better :)

  10. I love cookies that are thick and full of texture. These will disappear in record time around here. I agree with the sentiments above. Thin cookies are not my idea of a cookie.

    1. You can play around with the dough and see what other dry ingredients you’ll need to firm it up – more flour, oats, cereal. Since I haven’t tried without coconut, I can’t give exact measurements.

  11. I love how thick these are Averie! My husband prefers thin, crispy cookies (LAME) which means this batch is all for MOI! (PS. Pinning for my next baking weekend!)

    1. Thanks for pinning and thin, crispy cookies…ahh. Unless it’s a Girl Scout Thin Mint, thin and crispy isn’t in my vocab :) LMK if you try them!

  12. I forgot how many yummy ingredients are in these cookies but adding some peanut butter sounds like a good fit. I love a loaded up cookie or bar!

  13. I kind of need these, oh, rightnowplease. It’s been a rough week! And these are so thick and chewy and there’s so many good things inside! Definitely not just for cowboys. I’m guessing nobody can stop at one?

    1. They are filling but with cookies, no matter how hearty they are, stopping at one is pretty tricky for me!