Something about the word "cowgirl" makes me feel independent and sassy. Like a pioneer. Like I lassoed these cookies up after churning my own butter and herding some cattle.
When really these are just cowboy cookies with pink M&Ms thrown in.
... and red. And white. You caught me. They're leftover from Valentine's Day.
I'm not sure what makes these fancy oatmeal cookies so cowboy, but they remind me of kitchen sink cookies, what with nearly everything in sight thrown into them... M&Ms, chocolate chips, pecans, oats... I reined myself in when I started reaching for the pretzels and popcorn.
M&Ms masquerading as chocolate chips. Don't tell the others.
And the best part about these cookies is that they're thrown together in one bowl.
Which means one dish to wash. Hallelujah!
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
3/4 cup M&Ms
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter, melted slightly in the microwave
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Stir the first ten ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Mix the egg, melted butter, and vanilla into the dry ingredients, using the back of a large spoon to work it all together. You may need to use your hands to get everything incorporated.
Roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2- inch balls, place on a greased or parchment-covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.
Makes 26-30 cookies.