Laura Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies


Y’all, I have a new cookie obsession.

For years, my favourite biscuit in all the land has been an Anzac Biscuit. I’ve dabbled in Kingstons, I’ve dabbled in Venetians, I’ve even dabbled in shortbread, but nothing has toppled the almighty oat-and-golden-syrup goodness of an Anzac. And nothing ever will.

But hot damn do these babies come close!

As a bit of an Amercian politics nerd, I’m especially interested in what happens in the Presidential culinary world. These cookies from Laura Bush beat out Tipper Gore’s Ginger Snaps in the 2000 presidential cookie bake-off (and was a much more pleasant outcome than the presidential race itself that year. YOU WERE ROBBED, AL!) and I can see why. I love a good ginger snap, but I love this cookie even more.

I Pinned the recipe and made them one day on a whim. I have been making them religiously ever since. I love the chewy texture, the brown-sugar-butter taste, the hit of choc chip, and the coconut. I have halved the original recipe and left out the pecans. I also cut down the baking time, because while still delicious crunchy, they’re SO much better chewy.
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Laura Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies


  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 Medium eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


Step 1
Preheat oven to 150C.
Step 2
With your butter at room temperature, add the sugars and beat together until creamy.
Step 3
Add eggs and vanilla, stir to combine.
Step 4
Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir the baking powder and soda in to the flour a little bit to mix before adding cinnamon and salt.
Step 5
Stir until mixed thoroughly.
Step 6
Add coconut, oats, and chocolate chips. Stir until combined.
Step 7
Line two cookie sheets with baking paper. Drop mix by tablespoonsful onto the paper. (the original recipe says 1/4 cup of cookie dough, which would make some huge cookies. They'd be good though!)
Step 8
Bake for 10 minutes and check - if they look very brown, take them out. If they are still pale-ish, swap the cookie sheets over and cook a further 5 minutes until golden brown. Overcooking will make them crunchy, and these cookies really are at their best when chewy.
Step 9
Leave to cool on the sheet for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack.
  • Lila Wolff

    They sound good but you need to try these seriously some of the best cookies I’ve ever tasted. I also swap the raisins out for vegan choc chips for the fussy members of the family who don’t want delicious raisins.

  • MotherDownUnder

    Hot damn! I am going to make these today!

    • Veggie Mama

      Did you? Did you feel politically guilty like I did?!

      • MotherDownUnder

        I got distracted by roasting a chicken…but I am going to make these tomorrow or Friday.
        It would have been nice if this was Hilary’s Clinton’s recipe…but I think a good cookie unites the masses!

        • Veggie Mama

          Hillary’s was a bog-standard choc-chip. I bet it’s good though!

  • Lilybett and Boy

    Damn – pecans would be awesome in this… but they’re so expensive.

    • Veggie Mama

      I think sometimes they’re a bit overpowering? But yeah nuts are pricey.

  • Elizabeth@thebackyardlemontree

    These look great. I might give them a go this afternoon.

    • Veggie Mama

      Did you try them? Did you LOVE them?!

  • Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)

    These sound like a new(ish) and improved version of ANZAC cookies, I can totally get behind that!

    • Veggie Mama

      haha you can never improve on an ANZAC. But these are very similar with loads of choc chips so I’ll look the other way ;-)

  • Elizabeth@thebackyardlemontree

    No! I got caught up in using up a bunch of over ripe bananas and made double chocolate banana bread which actually wasn’t that great. Just a question how much flour is it in the recipe it says 1/5 of a cup is that a typo.

    • Veggie Mama

      Goodness me, yes – that should be 1.5 cups! I will amend. Thanks for the heads up x

  • Kat – The Organised Housewife

    Yum, you can never go past a good cookie.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I’ll even forget the politics to try these cookies Stacey! They look really delicious :D

    • Veggie Mama

      They taste even better than they look!

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  • Rhana O’Brien @ TartsandCraft

    Yum! I’m definitely trying this recipe. ANZAC bikkies have always been my favourite too, and what could be better than adding choc chips to them! Who’d have thought?! Those clever Yankees ;)

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