Cowboy Cookies, also known as Ranger Cookies, are hearty yet soft and chewy oatmeal cookies with a nutty crunch, ooey-gooey chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and a ton of flavor!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, mixing until just combined.
  6. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, nuts (if using), and shredded coconut (if using). Mix until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  7. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop rounded portions of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.
  9. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
  10. Repeat the baking process with the remaining dough until all the cookies are baked.
  11. Once cooled, store the cowboy cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.


Store at room temperature for up to 4-5 days.

Use quick oats instead of old-fashioned oats if desired.

Use gluten free one-on-one flour like Bob’s Red Mill if needed.

Use semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips.

Substitute walnut for pecans.

Add ½ cup of mini M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces if desired.

With a glass of milk, serve your homemade cowboy cookies, or pack them for a tasty on-the-go snack!