Drowsy Water

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Famous and Delicious DWR Cowboy Cookie

Note: Due to popular demand, we're re-posting this famous recipe which we posted originally last January!

Today, we're going to discuss a very serious Drowsy Water Ranch topic.

It's something that Drowsy Water Ranch guests go home talking about and something that the staff worships.

It's big. Really big. It's round, it's crunchy and gooey, it's full of chocolate, and, a few hours into an all-day trip atop your trusty, four-hoofed steed, it's all you can think about.

Those of you that have been a guest with us or have worked with us know what I'm referring to:

The Famous and Delicious Drowsy Water Ranch Cowboy Cookie!
Yep, so much for your New Year's diet. We decided it'd been too many months since we'd had one and we NEEDED one. So, Lauren and I got together to make some cookies. And we made Ryan come down too to be the official photographer. Lauren and I had a ball. Ryan took great pictures, but I'm pretty darn sure that he was sick of us giggling broads by the end of the photo shoot.

Before I get started giving you instructions to make your very own cowboy cookies, I want to point out that Lauren and I were inspired for this by our hero--The Pioneer Woman. I could talk about her for hours, but in short--she's a city girl that married a cowboy, has four kids, home-schools her kids, cooks delicious food, has a veggie garden, has a beautiful ranch house, takes amazing photos and, somehow, she has time to have a well-organized, witty, beautiful blog about it all.

Lauren and I love her. We wish we could be her. We almost got to talk to her once. Yep, we did. Lauren, Peyton and I drove clear down to Denver for her cookbook release signing. We anticipated the event being sort of low-key. In our vision, we'd walk into the bookstore, find the Pioneer Woman in some obscure back corner of the bookstore, and sit down and have a 30 minute conversation with her. We'd laugh and talk about ranch life and cowboys.

That's not what went down. We showed up just in time for the book signing and were greeted by a line that stretched from the packed room where the Pioneer Woman was, up the stairs, around the bookshelves, to the front door. We were slightly disgruntled but still convinced the PW would want to talk to us. So we waited. And we waited. And waited. And Peyton started crying. And still, we waited. Finally, after hours in line I acquiesced to the fact that we'd stay there all night if we didn't just go and leave our dreams of being BFF with the PW behind. So we left.
No PW cookbooks.
No PW signature.
No heart-shaped BFF necklace.

However, with inspiration from the superhuman PW, we've decided to go out on our own and share a few ranch recipes on our blog. We thought the Cowboy Cookie would be a great one to start with.

Here we go.

First, make sure you have everything you need:

I'll give you the detailed recipe later but the main characters are chocolate chips, (yes I mention them first-chocolate is my third love--next to my cowboy and my baby girl, of course), butter (and I always prefer real butter to margarine--margarine is for wimps), walnuts (we'll talk about nuts later) and old-fashioned oatmeal. The usual stuff too, flour, salt, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and brown sugar.

Add all the "wet stuff"

That is: butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla
and cream together.

In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients: the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and oats.

Then add the dry stuff to the wet stuff. Lauren is very excited to be doing this. We discovered, during this hilarious endeavor, that modeling cooking is incredibly hard. Try to have someone take a picture of your hands and NOT smile. Really--try it. It's hard not to giggle uncontrollably.

Next, add. . .
(drumroll please)
the prince of sweets,
the healer of heartbreak,
the sign of celebration,
the one and only,
the much loved chocolate chips!

Next, chop up some walnuts. And keep the knife handy. You might need it in a minute.
Add the nuts.
Or, if you prefer cowgirl cookies, leave out the nuts!
Ha! Get it?
That's the oldest joke around here. . .
Okay, now mix in the chocolate and the nuts and, viola! Cowboy cookie dough is complete!
Now, remember I told you to keep that knife handy?
Well, here's why:
somehow, this is when the husband magically appears.
This guy eats cookie dough like a cow eats hay. He'd do it all day, everyday if you let him.

Next, you're going to take the dough and scoop out a big whole hunk of it. Like a heaping quarter cup of it. Your grandmother would be appalled--she likes teaspoon-sized cookies. If we made these teaspoon-size, we'd have to rename 'em Pansy Cookies. We ain't no pansies. These are Cowboy Cookies.
Shape the humongous, mouthwatering, wad of dough into a nice round shape.
Then, place about six gigantic cookie balls on a regular sized, greased cookie sheet. At the ranch, we make these on our super-duper huge sheets so we can make more than six at once.
Okay, this is pretty much the same picture. I just wanted to point out the endearing look on my face. It's like these are my newborn sextuplets. Little balls of joy. The love I have for the cowboy cookie is a love only a mother can know.
Bake these puppies at 350 degrees, waiting an agonizing 10-15 minutes.
I like to take them out when the edges are just barely brown. The center sometimes seems a little soft still, but the cookies stay soft and chewy when cooled that way. Yum!
And, Finally! The judgement time is here. Grab some milk. Break the cookie in half, noticing the chocolate strands stretching between the two halfs. Smell the delicious aroma. Now slowly, dip it in and watch the drops of milk drip off the chewy yet crunchy goodness. Take a bite.
And suddenly, you're back at the ranch.

Drowsy Water Ranch Cowboy Cookies

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

2 cups flour

2 cups old-fashioned oats

6 oz chocolate chips

chopped pecans or walnuts to taste

Beat eggs, sugars, butter, and vanilla together. In separate bowl, combine soda, powder, salt, flour and oats. Add dry ingredients butter mixture. Blend well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts by hand or paddle. Dough will be stiff.

Drop about ¼ cupfuls onto greased baking sheet with 3-4 inches between each cookie. Bake 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees until edges are golden brown but middle is still spongy. Cool for a few minutes before removing from cookie sheet and devouring.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I'm really counting down the days until summer. Great post :).

January 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Clint Milner said...

Add 1 vote for 'Cowgirl' cookies!

January 12, 2010 at 1:02 AM  
Blogger don said...

We moved from Hot Sulphur Springs about 6 years ago to the south. Was so please to see you on FB and became friends. It makes me a little homesick reading your blog. We passed by the ranch on the highway and many times drove back in there. I don't miss all of the cold and snow but that area will always be in my heart because of its beauty. I will try out the recipe. Thanks for posting it.

January 12, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I worked at DWR in 1990--too many years ago, in my opinion--and while I recall wonderful pancakes, breakfast ride and bacon, raiding the chocolate and graham crackers, and drinking cocoa late at night, I do not recall the cowboy cookies! Did our cook take that summer off from baking them?! Or were we not allowed to have them???

I long to bring my son, Buckaroo Henry, and my spouse, Tim, to the ranch someday soon! How 'bout if we clean our own cabin for the week? After all, I was a maid/waitron! Ken and Randy Sue, you haven't changed a bit...but when did Ryan and Justin get so old?? Lordy.

Jenni Bowring

January 19, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing tastes batter than Cowboy cookies on an all day ride. We have ate those wonderful cookies on top of Music Mountain, Stag Mountain and a few other beautiful spots but they always seem to make it to the lunch spot without breaking or loosing the soft middle. Our kids often ask us to put their favorite summer family vacation cookies in their lunches for school and complain when they get little cookies. I am going to bake a batch today and give the kids a surprise for their lunches tomorrow. They are going to be so happy to eat Colorado Mountain cookies from the ranch!!!
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you this summer hopefully!

January 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alex made DWR Cowboy Cookies last night. I was surprised at her kitchen skills, maybe she should be in the kitchen and not a wrangler this year......

February 4, 2010 at 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alex as assistant cook! GREAT IDEA!!

February 5, 2010 at 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Duchene said...

My daughter is making them as we speak....we keep you posted...still trying to figure out if we need to adjust the flour because of the altitude at DWR.

July 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger babu said...

Howdy, today I've tried to make some cowboys cookies.
Apart from the aìfact that here in Italy it's kind of difficult to find the oats, and the chocolate chips, I've done my best, but it didn't work!!!

those biscuit are not spongy or chewy, they are kind of dry.. but the taste is not bad.

When you say a cup of flour, what do you mean, how many oz?

I will try another time when I'm free from work. we'll see.


October 13, 2010 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Drowsy Water Ranch said...

Howdy Roberto--1 cup is equivalent to 8 oz. Does that help? Email us the next time you try, we'll see if we can get it figured out. Cowboy Cookies in Italy. . .how wonderful.

October 14, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

Very excited to make these! thanks Gretta!

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