Friday, July 30, 2010

Clean Oven Cookies

I just cleaned my oven and it's spotless. I have vowed to never bake in it again and muck it up. Really how do they get so dang dirty in there? I don't spill things in there and nothing overflows that I know of. It didn't look that dirty but after spraying it down and letting it sit overnight with oven cleaner in it, 'twas a different story. It was like cleaning out a grease trap at a fast food restaurant. Okay, not really that gross, but I was elbow deep in goo and it wasn't pretty.
You would think this was my first time cleaning my oven. And you'd be right. ha! It has been cleaned before, just not by me. My fabulous husband usually cleans it for me and I've never stuck around long enough to witness the vulgar act. Today, I thought I'd attempt it on my own (for some unknown reason). I now have a new found appreciation for him and the things he does for me in the name of love. Thanks Babe! Now onto that vow I made about not baking in it...that may not last too long.
Luckily for you (and me), I made these cookies a couple weeks ago. These are probably my husband's favorite cookies. I've been making them for as long as I can remember and my family expects them in their cookie boxes at holiday time. The original recipe makes 3 dozen 1/4 cup cookies- that's a big cookie! I usually make them a tad smaller and make more of them with the same recipe. I can get about 6 dozen cookies from a full recipe but this time I decided to cut the recipe into thirds and ended up with about 2 dozen. If you want the full recipe, go HERE otherwise the small batch recipe is below.
These cookies are loaded with oatmeal, chocolate chips, shredded coconut and pecans. They're awesome right out of the oven with a glass of milk but they're just as delicious once cooled. They're crispy from the white sugar but they're a little chewy from the addition of the brown sugar and coconut. The nuts provide crunch and the chocolate chips add sweetness in every bite. Oh and there's cinnamon in there too- gotta love that! They really are a well rounded cookie- perfect for cowboys and husbands who clean your oven too :-)

Cowboy Cookies (1/3 Recipe)
adapted from Laura Bush
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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 cups sweetened flake coconut
  • 2/3 cups chopped pecans
Heat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl. In a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, 2 minutes.
Add egg and vanilla. Mix til combined.
Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
Using a medium ice cream scoop (2 Tablespoons) drop dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart.
Bake in 350 F oven for about 15 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies from rack to cool.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Gotta go make dinner...on the stovetop!


OvenDelights said...

Just got home from work....and I'm feeling a little on the down side. These cookies would make me feel a whole lot better!

Kate H.( said...

These sound amazing!

Sue said...

Oh yum...I think I used to have a recipe for these, but it was long, long ago. I'd forgotten how good they are.

I'm glad my oven just has a switch. I flip it and hubby wipes out the ashes the next day. Mine gets awful too...don't know how it happens.

Monica H said...

Anabel- Sorry you're feeling down, I hope you're alright. Cookies will surely help!

Kate- They are!

Sue- I don't even know where I got the original recipe because I've been baking them for so long.

Oh and I have a self-cleaning oven but it stinks to high heaven and it takes forever. I don't do it overnight in case something happens and myhouse catches on fire. ha ha!

Katie said...

Cleaning the oven is always a nasty job. Even if they are not dirty there is always grease and things stuck to the sides!

The cookies look fab and full of all my favourite things. Love cinnamon and choc and nuts together. Great looking texture too.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love everything in this cookie!

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From the Kitchen said...

The glass of milk just puts this blog entry over the top!!! Coupled with the lemon cornmeal shortbread and I'll be shopping for a larger fall wardrobe!!

I'm celebrating my one year anniversary with a small giveaway. Come on over and put your name in the "pot". And bring some of those cookies along. I'll provide the milk.


The Blue-Eyed Bakers said...

Oh the oven cleaning nightmare! How DOES it get so scary dirty in there!?! These cookies look fabulous...anything loaded with coconut and chocolate chips is perfect in our book...!

Unknown said...

What a know it's love when he cleans your oven :)
My sweetie is the refrigerator, bathtub and shower how can I get oven on his list....

Avril said...

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not stop baking!!!! I so adore your blog and jump for happiness when I see you have posted a new recipe...:-) I know you are just teasing but I want to give you reassurance that your dirty oven (which I too have and must clean it soon) is well worth it for all the amazing creations you bake in it. And those cookies...yeeehaw yum-o!

Lorilee said...

Wow, they look delish! I think a dirty oven is a sign of a good cook!

oneordinaryday said...

Ick, I hate cleaning the oven and I actually do always overflow or spill things in there. It ain't pretty.

But these cookies definitely are! Yum!

Britney said...

These are my hubby's favorite cookies! I can't wait to try these out on him! THANKS!!

Abby said...

My husband would love these, sans coconut! Then again he's trying to "be good" these days so I'd venture to guess that ANY homemade cookie would taste wonderful to him!

I've heard Ingrid (she's a buddy of mine thru our blogs) talk and talk about you - with good reason! Love your blog! So inspiring; your cakes are amazing. Nice to "meet" you!

naomi said...

Seriously, who is compelled by a cookie called Cowboy Cookies? I love it and it looks and sounds delish.

Kath' said...

I am so glad I found this blog. I have lots of cooking ahead of me. Thanks for sharing all of these yummo things. Kath' at

Katy said...

I've just made these cookies & they are amazing!! they're a bit darker than i would have liked but that's our stupid needs serviced. They really are some of the yummiest cookies i've tasted.

I'm also in the process of making your Cinnamon & Raisin bread! :)

White Toast with Butter said...

If I make them - they will be called still dirty oven cookies. My oven is self-cleaning - you know where it gets to 900 degrees and things just magically disappear. I'm not doing that until October! The cookies look fantastic.

Keeley said...

These look chewy and yummy! Ugh, I need to clean my oven.

Monica H said...

katy- I'm so glad you liked them. darn that oven!

Heather S-G said...

Now that is totally my kind of cookie!! YUM! have to clean the inside of your oven. Pshaw, whoda thunk it? My hubs is good like that, too ;)

tamilyn said...

Whenever I watch Ina or Giada I can never get over the fact that the ovens are so clean and those oven racks are so shiny and new looking! How do they do it? Oh wait, they probaby don't....

Those are some b-i-g cookies!

jane said...

I recently discovered your blog and i am enjoying going through your past post. I have made the raspberry lemon scones, they were yummy. I also made them again but this time i left out the lemon and added white chocolate to them, they were sooo good. I cant wait to try out other reciepes, very excited

Unknown said...

Oh wow! I've been craving cowboy cookies like nobody's business lately. Yup...gonna have to make these soon. Good thing no one has cleaned my oven any time recently!

Ingrid_3Bs said...

I smiled the whole time I read this post and am still smiling!

Btw, loved the collages and that last photo!

Anonymous said...

I made these cookies yesterday, and there are only two left. They are self-control inhibiting. Everytune I eat one, I end up eating three.(I wish I was kidding.) I made a couple of minor changes: 1) No coconut 2) Before I made the last batch, I decided to add some peanut butter. With and without peanut butter were amazing, but my family literally fought over the peanut butter ones.

Kerstin said...

Ugh, you've reminded me that our oven needs to be cleaned too! Your cookies look super addicting!

Foodiewife said...

I made these, years ago, as jar cookies for Christmas gifts. These are so good! My hubs cleans our oven because he doesn't like when I use the self-cleaning cycle. Aren't we lucky wives? I should bake these as bribery, because I noticed mine could use some sprucing up, too. You won't bake again... right. Baking is what you do best, my friend!

Christy said...

I was looking for something different (at least for me) to make for a new neighbor & stumbled upon this recipe. They are sooo yummy. I had to separate the neighbor's cookies from ours, because my family would have eaten all of them if possible. What a wonderful recipe! Thanks. Christy

Unknown said...

This cookie sounds great! I think texture is a major element to a delicious cookie. Cookie Recipes, like this one that combine different textures like oats, pecan and chocolate chips ultimately deliver the best cookies. I work with Better Recipes so I am constantly reviewing recipes and I cannot wait to try this one!

amanda@seegirlcook said...

these are chock-full of deliciousness! mmmmmmmm.

ksaldivar said...

thank you so much for having such a wonderful printer friendly version i have had to reprint this recipe at least three times. LOVE these cookies and i almost follow it word for word which is rare for me the only minor change i make is i use unsweetened flaked coconut and they still come out AMAZING thanks for sharing this recipe

Unknown said...

Best healthy cooking depends on cleanliness of your oven.

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