Here is my favorite Cowboy Cookie recipe that I have "tweaked" a bit for when my grandson was here. Since he is on the Feingold Diet (for hyperactive and ADHD people), I have included changes made that he could eat. He absolutely loved the cookies and my husband liked them more than the original cookie (because he loves anything with lots of nuts in them). I still prefer the original because I love...chocolate!
1 1/2 Cups Butter (or mixture of butter and margarine if not for Feingold diet)
2 Cups brown sugar
2 Cups white sugar
2 t. vanilla (although I have left it out and it tasted fine)
1 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
2 t. baking soda
4 Cups flour
4 Cups oats (I use regular Old Fashioned oats)
2 Cups chocolate chips (omit for Fengold diet)
1 Cup coconut
1 Cup chopped nuts (I add a little more for Fengold diet)
1 Cup dried cherries (omit for Feingold Diet)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix butter and sugars until well blended. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well.
In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add mixture to above and mix well. Mix in the oats, chocolate chips, coconut, dried cherries, and nuts. You may have to do this part by hand unless you have a BIG mixer.
Scoop out dough onto cookie sheets. I use a cookie scoop (which looks like a small ice cream scoop). Bake 10 minutes or until slightly golden on top. (If you have to leave the dough to set for awhile before baking, it absorbs moisture so it needs only 9 minutes baking time.) Of course, each oven can be different!
For my grandson, I made the recipe as given with the oats, coconut, and nuts added and removed about a fourth of the dough at that time, which was baked as cookies for him. Then I add the chocolate chips and dried cherries to the remainder of the dough for the original recipe.
This does seem to contain a lot of sugar but it makes a huge amount of cookies. Because the cookie dough contains oatmeal which can absorb liquid, it is best to make them as quickly as possible and freeze extra cookies (rather than letting dough sit for a long time or overnight).
Makes about 4 dozen cookies. Freezes very well.