Not Cowboy Cookies

A toaster-oven sized pizza pan with 11 slightly-browned crunchy, seedy cookies on it.

In our maintenance Google group we have a, “What’s Cookin, Good Lookin’?” thread, and Katie3908 shared that she had made “Cowboy Cookies.” I never heard of these so I asked for a URL and she provided one.

I thought I had all of the ingredients when I began making these, but I was wrong and had to do on-the-fly substitutions (bad pantry management. Oops). So these are, “Not Cowboy Cookies.” 😂

Although they have eggs, the coconut in them reminds me a little of Anzac Biscuits. Here is what is actually in what I made (screenshots from the LoseIt app)

A screenshot of a food tracker app, which says the following:
Not Cowboy Cookies (1141g)
265g whole wheat flour
6g baking soda
4g baking powder
3g salt
74g butter
285g sugar
24g molasses
Ingredients continued (I wish this stupid app had a better way yo share recipes!)

74g butter
150g eggs
1t vanilla (forgot to write down the weight. D’oh!)
136g flax seeds
59g bittersweet chocolate chips
118g unsweetened dry coconut
130g dried sweetened cranberries

These have minimal chocolate chips, no rolled oats, and no nuts. Instead they have unsweetened coconut, flax seeds, and dried cranberries. I used home-ground whole wheat flour instead of regular flour, decreased the butter a little, and cut the sugar by 30%. They still seem awfully sweet, so I think next time I’ll cut the sugar to half what the original recipe called for. I had trouble sticking them together so I used 3 eggs instead of two.

Screenshot showing nutrition

For one 28g cookie, you get:

126 calories 
5.8g fat
2.9g saturated fat
17.7 mg cholesterol 
132.8 mg sodium
17.5g carbs
2.3 g fiber
10.5 g sugar
2.4 g protein
An overhead shot of a tin of crunchy seedy browned irregular cookies

H pronounced them, “good,” so they are serving their intended purpose, whatever you want to call them. 😉

PS. We have LOTS of steel cut oats, but no rolled, that I could find. So I finally broke down and bought a flake mill to go with my stand mixer.

Sock update: The toes are finally starting to look like something.

Two sock toes on a pair of circular needles.  One of the toes has a stitch marker pinned to it, and one of the needle tips has a sewing thread knotted through the lifeline hole at its base.
Two cats are sitting, facing a door (out of view), looking back over their shoulders at the photographer.  They are bith wearing little gray sweaters, knit out of nasty fake mohair.  They do not seem concerned about the sweaters, and look impatient to be let into the attic, to look for Mice.
Bonus photo for Barb (OKM). Yes, those are little cat sweaters. On cats.

The white kitty is in a sampler I knit to learn how to construct a gansey. The orange kitty is in a gansey I made later, because I wanted to see if I could do the first gansey better, for the way a cat is shaped (has to do with arm position)

18 thoughts on “Not Cowboy Cookies”

  1. Hee-hee, was not going to comment but then saw the sock toes and thought what perfect little cat-hats they resembled… OK, admitting that I’m weird!

    1. Your cookie adaptation sounds wonderful. AND blessings from H . . . that cements the deal, right!

      OMG, your cats are adorable w/their sweaters on!

      1. Thanks! The cookies turned out crunchy and sweet, and went exceedingly well with Greek yogurt last night for dessert… 😉😋

        Yes, pets in clothing are pretty darn cute. I think it’s why I liked the Beatrix Potter books.

        It’s anthropomorphism at its worst, but the cats don’t seem to mind (I think the little white one actually likes the warmth and feeling swaddled – it calms her down like a compression jacket would)

  2. Oh my ! loved your post . But , especially your Kitty Kat picture . I know everyone will feel the same way . Too cute . Both cookie recipes look delish . Yours could almost be considered a breakfast cookie . I think it’s pretty nutritious . I could see yours working it’s self out as a bar cookie to in a pan . Don’t you ? I’m not feeling confident in making anything extra delish and having it in this house , this week . I’m finding I’m not as strong this last few weeks . Yesterday I had a bunch of unplanned cashews . They were the hubbie’s but I’m afraid I’ll have to buy him more . LOL . Some weeks I can say I’ll have 1 cookie after supper and I can stop at that 1 cookie . Other weeks I don’t know if I trust that stash of cookies to be in the house . So I usually spend the money to buy a cookie from Tim Horton’s or McDonald’s . . But homemade cookies are the bestest

    1. I found it easier to regulate what was in the house when I lived alone (I can’t eat it, if it’s not there! 😂). Sharing a house and kitchen with a Carb Eater is definitely a challenge! I make sourdough just for him, for example.

      On the other hand I tend toward fewer uninhibited eating episodes with him around because I know he would know, and that’s a deterrent.

      In the end, as long as I stick to the high-protein, low starch / sugar thresholds I developed over years of tracking and monitoring how I felt, I’m usually OK.

      Here’s what I generally aim for. The closer I can get, the fewer cravings I have:

      50g of fat minimum
      40g of fiber minimum
      150g of protein minimum
      100g of total sugar MAXIMUM
      (this includes sugar IN my foods, like fruit)

      30% fat
      30% carbs
      30% protein

      As far as the Cats in Sweaters, I really have nothing to say in my own defense, other than the fact the white one in particular tends to say she is cold a lot (seeks heat like a little furry missile), and they wore those things in the unheated attic while looking for Mice. And they do look stinking cute, don’t they?! 😂

  3. You bake similar to me take a recipe and make it healthier 😋. Love the color of the socks. And the kitty in the sweater 😍 💕. Have a happy aloha friday alexsgirl1

    1. LOL!

      I would have used more of the “real” ingredients if I’d had them… 😉

      The only deliberate changes I made were:

      less butter (not much less, though)
      homeground whole wheat flour instead of white flour – I think I only have white pastry flour anyway, and I’m not sure that would have worked
      less sugar

      Aloha 🌺 to you, too! 😁

  4. You bake similar to me take a recipe and make it healthier 😋. Love the color of the socks. And the kitty in the sweater 😍 💕. Have a happy aloha friday alexsgirl1

  5. I really enjoyed this post! It may have to do with cookies or kitties in sweaters! But then I like all your blogs!

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