Today, I made cowboy cookies:

1 1/3 c oats
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1 stick butter
1 egg (I had to put in 2, plus some milk to get right amount of moisture)
1 c chocolate chips
3/4 c chopped walnuts
1 1/3 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanila

  • Combine ingredients and bake at 350 for roughly 15  minutes.

And as I stood there stirring my concoction, I remembered all those childhood days with Grandma. It was our thing, making cowboy cookies, and she’d let me help her stir the ingredients, or drop the dough onto the cookie sheet with a couple of teaspoons, or simply be “quality control” as the cookies came out of the oven. I remembered all those days, running in with my cowboy hat and my stick-horse to grab a handful of those cookies before running out to go “ride the range.”

For a while, it was like it all came back to me, and I was watching my kid-self all over again. Hanging out in the kitchen with Grandma.

Memories like this are wonderful things, because, no matter what, you’ve got them with you. I am 24 years old, and I haven’t baked cookies with Grandma in ages. I doubt I’ll get the chance again.

But I remember. And I’ll remember every time I pull out that recipe for cowboy cookies.


4 thoughts on “cowboy cookies

  1. Oh, Cowboy Cookies *are* wonderful.

    That recipe isn’t quite as good as the one my Grandma uses — I need to figure out what is different, and I suspect it’s the amounts of things — but it’s still quite good.

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