Here we are in Wyoming. While there is no official state dessert, we decided to make some Cowboy Cookies to celebrate our visit to the “Cowboy State”. The bucking bronco is the mascot for the University of Wyoming teams whom are nicknamed the “Cowboys” and the “Cowgirls”.
Wyoming is also known as the “Equality State” as it is has been at the forefront of granting equal rights to women. It was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1870, nearly 50 years before the 19th amendment. Furthermore, it was the first to elect a female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross, in 1925. Annie Oakley lived in Wyoming for many years when she was working with Buffalo Bill in his Wild West Show.
Cheers to Wyoming for pioneering equality!

Cowboy Cookies

2 c flour
2 t baking powder
2 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
1 t salt
1 c butter
1 c white sugar
1 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 T vanilla
1 c coconut
2 c chocolate chips
2 c oatmeal (old fashioned)
1 c chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Cream butter and sugars in a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until just combined. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture just until all flour is absorbed.
Add in coconut, chocolate chips and oatmeal and mix gently. Fold in pecans. Chill dough for 1 hour.
Drop batter 1/4 c at a time (yes, these cookies are huge…) onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten cookies slightly. If you are feeling fancy, decorate the top of the cookie with a pecan half. Bake at 350 F for 14-16 minutes until cookies are light brown around the edges.

Inspired by the recipe that Laura Bush submitted during the 2000 Presidential Campaign. Her cookies were the winner over the submission of Ginger Snaps from Tipper Gore.