Cowboy cookies are yummy and full of healthy ingredients. Click here for the best ever cowboy cookies recipe to cook with your kids.

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Cowboy cookies are yummy and full of healthy ingredients. Click here for the best ever cowboy cookies recipe to cook with your kids. It just takes a little planning to learn how to teach kids cooking classes.

Kids making cookies together at the table and a stack of cookies and glass of milk on a board

These cookies are super soft and moist, plus they have fruit and whole grains that make them a winning choice for snacks for you and your kids to share. And who doesn’t want to eat cowboy cookies?

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When cooking with kids, I always have everyone wash their hands first thing. We need to be relentless about not spreading germs and about teaching kids how to prevent that.

Once their hands are clean (and ours are too) let them peel the sticks of butter and add them to the recipe.

Next they can add sugar and applesauce.

Kids making cowboy cookies, taking turns adding ingredients to a bowl.

Then they can add the eggs and vanilla and mix it up well.

Making cookies with kids, children cracking eggs and putting ingredients in a bowl at the table.

Best ever cowboy cookies

When I cook with my kids I measure everything out ahead of time and have it ready in containers. It depends on the age of the kids whether this can be done by them or you.

Baking does require fairly exact measurements, so if they are young, it’s best to make sure the measurements are accurate for them. When cooking, I tend to let them have more of artistic decisions in the amounts.

Kids dumping flour into best ever cowboy cookies recipe

Once the wet ingredients are well incorporated, add the dry ingredients to the recipe. Mix well and then add the chocolate chips and coconut. Stirring is a great step that gives all the kids a chance to take a turn if you have multiple children you are working with.

 small child holding a spoon stirring thick cookie dough

Once the best ever cowboy cookies are mixed well, let the kids drop them by spoonful onto a cookie sheet and get them in the oven. I use a cookie scoop with my kids which is also great for building motor muscles in their hands. Plus they are so darned cute doing it!

Healthy cowboy cookies

Get in the kitchen with your kids today! You’ll love the time you spend together. Click on the category cooking with kids to the right for more recipes to cook with your kids. For more recipes kids can make, click here.

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Best Ever Cowboy Cookies Recipe

Soft, moist whole grain cookies.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best ever cowboy cookies, cooking with kids, healthy cookies
Servings: 12
Author: Christina Kamp


  • 1 C. Butter
  • 1 C. Sugar
  • 1 C. Applesauce
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 C. Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 C. Oats
  • 1 C. Chocolate Chips
  • 3/4 C. Coconut


  • Wash hands.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Mix butter, sugar, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Mix well.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Drop by tablespoons full onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

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