Simple Oatmeal Cookies or Cowboy Cookies

Total Time
Prep 8 mins
Cook 10 mins

These are some cookies that I made for my SIL when she was having issues with fibre in her diet. She was encouraged to have oatmeal and so I tried to find her a "good" oatmeal cookie. This was attempt number two. This recipe is adapted from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. I have included two versions of a great cookie. When I make the cowboy cookies, I make them BIG.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To make Simple Oatmeal Cookies: Mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Arrange by teaspoonfuls on unbuttered cookie sheets. Leave about 1 inch in between. They do spread a wee bit. Not too much though.
  5. Bake until the edges are brown, about 10-12 minutes.
  6. For Cowboy Cookies: Add in coconut and chocolate chips when you add in the rest of the ingredients (Step 3). Drop them by the FULL tablespoon on a cookie sheet. (Might have to "squish" them a bit) Bake for 14-17 minutes or until mostly brown.
Most Helpful

These are wonderful cookies!!! My Papa and I love them so much that one batch is gone in a day!!!

Beautiful Mess March 21, 2010

Awesome cookies! I left out the raisins and wished I would have added more chocolate chips to replace them. Will make again, no questions asked!

Meghanmoo October 27, 2009

These tasted very cinnamony, but I had a problem. Mine came out rather dry and caky, not moist and gooey, like the recipe and other reviews said. Didn't have molasses, so used honey instead and substituted 1/2 the sugar for dark brown. I also did not use raisins; not our favorite addition to cookies. Perhaps my oven was too hot; I don't have a thermometer but relied on the setting I'd placed on my oven's dial. Will definitely try them again and modify the heat. Thank you for posting!

BakingRach September 15, 2009