Alden was doing some service at an older lady’s home and she fed him these cookies. He hasn’t stopped talking about them since.
So naturally, I had to phone and get the recipe. She told me it is a very old recipe and that he and his two friends he took to help her each ate half a dozen.


Cowboy Cookies

Course Cookies & Squares


  • 2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 2 pkgs butterscotch chips


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Cream shortening and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients (except the chips). Mix to combine. Add in butterscotch chips and mix just until combined.
  • Scoop cookies onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes.
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