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Rustle Up Some Sexy Cowgrrrl Cookies

[After yesterday’s somber ACD-focused post, today it’s time for. . . cookies!]


I remember reading an article several years ago in a popular magazine that theorized about which males epitomize the term, “sexy.” Since they sought out trends rather than individuals, the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Johnny Depp et al were all immediately disqualified. In the end, whom did they decide was the sexiest type of man?  The Cowboy.   

Yep, little lady, you heard me right:  those rugged, ruddy men sporting wide-brimmed hats, faded bandannas, checkered shirts, washed-out jeans and pointy-toed boots.  And let’s not forget unkempt, greasy hair, calloused hands with dirty fingernails, mud-crusted clothing,  and tobacco-stained teeth.  Oh, they’re sexy all right; I mean, if being able to lasso a sweet, saucer-eyed, helpless calf and tie up its hind legs with your bare hands isn’t sexy, well, what is?  (Clearly, I was not alone in my skepticism; I have no doubt the author of Brokeback Mountain intended to challenge the stereotype as well, or he wouldn’t have set the first major Hollywood gay love story–now that’s a string of adjectives, isn’t it?–in cowboy country).

Well, I have nothing against cowboys, really, but must admit I’ve never found them very appealing on a romantic level.  (Now, a firefighter, well, that’s an entirely different story. . .right on, Denis Leary!).

We could also consider the full roundup of cowboy-related foods.  Remember that great scene in Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles?  Baked beans heated on a skillet over an open flame. . . yum!  Or how about a hash browned breakfast topped with eggs, under the open skies? (Oooh, that reminds me of my own Cowboy’s Tempeh Hash recipe–must post!).  And eclipsing them all by a Texas mile–are Cowboy Cookies.

Let me take a step back here, and leave the cowboys–er, in the dust, so to speak–for a moment.

I’m fairly certain that most of you, by now, have heard of Toronto’s own jae steele, holistic nutritionist and cookbook writer extraordinaire.  Jae’s book, Get It Ripe, was an instant bestseller both because it contains a plethora of yummy recipes and because it offers an encyclopedic introductory section (almost half the book) dishing up healthy nutrition, whole foods ingredients, cooking methods, and so on.  I’m guessing many people who love the recipes also purchased the book as a handy reference guide to healthy eating.

I first met jae several years ago when I taught a practicum at my nutrition school alma mater.  Because we both attended the same school, we share a similar philosophy toward food, and I feel very comfortable with all of jae’s recipes.  Like me, jae worked as a vegan  baker in a restaurant before embarking on her cookbook. So I thought it might be fun to bake up one of her dessert recipes. 


That’s when my eyes alighted on her Cowgrrrl Cookies, a crisp-and-chewy blend of oats, chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, and a hint of cinnamon–sort of what you’d get if you bred a classic Dad’s oatmeal cookie and a Chocolate Chip cookie mama. I knew I wanted to try them.  The result was, as expected, spectacular–a dense yet chewy cookie studded with a variety of textures and flavors, from soft and melty (chocolate chips) to sweet and pliable  (raisins) to slightly smoky and nutty (walnuts).  The dough itself baked up, bronzed to perfection (sort of like a shirtless cowboy, no?), light and crisp on the edges while maintaining a certain moist, taffy-like chewiness in the center.  Yee-haw!

When I subsequently researched the original Cowboy Cookies (from which jae took her vegan inspiration), I discovered that no one has actually determined the origin of their name. One article declared they were so good, “They’d cause a stampede!” while another suggested that the confections “are so dense and full of ingredients that they could feed a cowboy for a week.”  Either way, the original is brimming with butter and eggs–not exactly suitable to the DDD brood–so I was happy to go with jae’s delectable vegan, spelt-based version. 

Yessiree, I brand these the best rustlin’, best tastin’, best health-supportin’ Cowgrrrrl Cookies anywhere–hot dang!

Luckily, I’ve already made these babies a few times, so I didn’t feel obliged to “test” the batch (thereby negating my entire six weeks of the ACD).  These are crisp on the edges, chewy in the middle, with lots of texture from the chips, raisins, and nuts.  The HH, an avowed nut lover (well, in reality he’s more of a “nutty lover”), absolutely adored these. 

Forget cowboys (and their cookies), I say!  I’d more likely be attracted by these any day. 

With their wealth of natural ingredients and down-home charm, I thought these cookies would be a perfect contribution to Food Renegade ‘s  Fight Back Fridays.  Giddyup!

Cowgrrrl Cookies

from Get It Ripe by jae steele (with the author’s permission)


A great snacking cookie filled with delightful extras.  The recipe bakes up a big batch so you can share with all your ranch hands, too!

2 cups (280 g) light spelt flour

2 cups (200 g) old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)

1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) baking powder

1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda

1/2 tsp (1 ml) sea salt

1-1/4 cups (225 g) non-dairy chocolate chips

1/2 cup (70 g) organic raisins

1/2 cup (55 g) coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) cinnamon

3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp (210 ml) softened organic coconut oil or sunflower oil, preferably organic

1 cup (180 g) Sucanat

1/3 cup (80 ml) room-temperature applesauce

1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, soda and salt in a large bowl. Add the chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, and cinnamon.  Stir to combine.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the oil and Sucanat until well combined.  Add the applesauce and vanilla and mix again.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix just until all the flour is absorbed.  Use a small ice cream scoop or heaping tablespoon (20 ml) to place mounds of dough on the cookie sheets about 2 inches (5 cm) apart.  Flatten slightly.

Bake for 13 minutes, or until golden.  Makes about 3 dozen.

Last Year at this Time: Frugal Frittata

© 2009 Diet, Dessert and Dogs 



48 comments to Rustle Up Some Sexy Cowgrrrl Cookies

  • Cowboys ARE sexy (hello?? Clint Eastwood, back in the day?? Hotness).

    Love those cookies too!! 😀


  • Sorry, VG, I just don’t see it! (Okay, MAYBE Butch and the Kid–ie, Robert Redford and Paul Newman). 😉


  • I love Jae’s book (and her recipes obviously!)!!! I highly recommend it to everyone who reads this 🙂


  • “best rustlin’” I freakin love that.


  • i’ve never heard of cowgirl cookies. these look amazing!!!


  • :O cowboys ARE sexy! with their ruggedness and accent. i guess it’s appealing to a beachy san diego girl like me 🙂


  • I think Veggie Girl and Pearl have a point. Consider The Magnificent Seven: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, it’s a total chick flick. 🙂


  • nico

    I’m completely smitten by jae’s book! Every recipe I’ve tried has turned out perfectly. Those cookies look amazing, so they’ll be next on my list for sure!


  • I like the idea of a cowboy Johnny Depp. Now THAT is sexy! Those cookies are, too!


  • Jake Gyllenhaal is more my sort of cowboy than john wayne – but the bandy legged walk is never appealing is it? Unlike these cookies which are terribly tempting


  • Giddy up! Them’s beautiful cookies.


  • i’ve been on the search for the perfect oatmeal cookie for years now – years! i’m gonna have to give jae’s cowgrrl cookies a try! they look amazing – and i love that they’ve got coconut oil in ’em! mmmmmmmmm! and i’m with you, Ricki – i’d take a firefighter oven a cowboy any day! w00t!


  • Ricki won the contest! Nah, nah, nah-nah nah! (sorry slipped into childhood there). Well done Ricki! Tart Dried Cherries and Black Pepper Chocolate, yum!

    ps cookies look good! As for the cowboy thing, I was getting into my stride, until you brought me back down to earth with a bump! Rugged good looks, tanned, muscular (not too much you understand) body, slightly long hair, the bluest of blue eyes, an accent to die for ……. *sigh*


  • I’ve tagged you in a meme about you and your aspirations. Do check it out: I’d love to see your replies!



  • Courtney

    Ummm…yum!! Those sound SO good! Why are you torturing me with all of these delicious cookie recipes when I am trying to cleanse (and by “all of these” recipes, I mean this one of course, which, when you can’t have cookies, seems like a lot!)?! I will just have to look at your photos and drool and imagine eating them…yumm…very satisfying :o)

    I am with you–not sure I see the hotness of cowboys, but hey–to each their own, right?!



  • Hollwood cowboys – sexy. Real-life cowboys? Gross.
    Cookies – delicious!!!


  • um..yum yum!! You did it again Rikki..can’t wait to try these!!


  • These sound too good to be true. I think I’ll have to give this recipe a try this weekned. I don’t know any cowboys aside from the ones in Hollywood, but I must say that Hollywood can make a cowboy look pretty darn sexy if you ask me. (But not nearly as sexy as Johnny Depp of course)


  • i love all cookies….i have heard of cowgirl and cowboy cookies a lot but have never made them. these sound great!


  • Those are my 2nd favorite cookies…..can’t beat plain chewy peanut butter in my world….but these with raisens and chocolate…OMG!!! What a fantastic recipe! Thanks 🙂


  • Love these! Do you know if spelt flour is whole grain, by default? I bought some brand, maybe Arrowroot, and the label says “spelt” but not “whole spelt.” Also: I’ve used rye flour in cookies like these and the depth of flavor was amazing. (Now imagine I just said ALL of that with a cuban accent)


  • Those cookies look amazing! And I’m not really into the cowboy thing either.


  • these cookies do look yummy (despite my hatred of raisins. and nuts in cookies…i’m a freak, i know!). mostly though, now i’m just daydreaming about a rugged man in chaps and a tight fitting plaid shirt with pearl buttons and a piece of grass between his teeth like a cigarette… thanks, ricki 😉


  • Oh wow Ricki!! I can’t believe I’m so so late to visit your new site, but it looks incredible!! I believe I’ll probably spend at least the next half hour or so catching up on all that I’ve missed.
    Wish I had one of those cowgirl cookies right now to get me through the rest of the afternoon!


  • Okay, everyone, I see that I stand corrected. . . I will now concede that SOME cowboys (particularly the imaginary, Hollywood type) can be sexy (but thanks, Jessy, for agreeing about the firefighter thing). And Karen, a Johnny Depp cowboy sounds just perfect to me!

    I’m totally THRILLED about the contest–CHOCOLATE?? Did you say, “CHOCOLATE”???? Yippee! Whoo hoo! Yayyyy! Can’t wait to get my hands on it and start playing. 😀

    Michelle (she replies, in her best Cuban accent):
    NO! Not all spelt is whole grain. There’s light spelt and whole spelt (at least, there are here in Ontario). “All purpose” or “light” has probably been slightly refined, but is STILL much better than regular wheat flour. But whole spelt or wholegrain spelt is unrefined. Light works much better for cakes or light products (such as scones); whole is great for robust flavors or cookies. 🙂 And thanks for the tip re: rye!

    Glad to oblige 😉


  • hi! I found your blog through bittersweet. those cookies look to die for. mmm. and wheat free too! bless you.

    saw on the other blog that you were looking/lusting for a vitamix. all I can say is go for it…mine was the best investment ever. love it. use it every day.

    in case you do end up ordering one, here’s a coupon code to get free shipping ($25 US, $35 Cdn):


    Please pass it on! 🙂


  • I have just discovered the thrill of a good chocolate-chip cookie. Yours look so very good!


  • Never mind cowboys, these COOKIES are the epitome of sexy!! I must say your cookies have cowboys beaten hands down… 😉


  • Oh these cookies look so good! And I have all the ingredients. I wonder if I have the time to make these this weekend hmm.

    I didn’t know there was a Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Well it’s too far away for me anyway…


  • These look as amazing as Jae herself. I have met her recently and she is amazing! I need her book.


  • thanks for the add!
    those cowgirl cookies look wondrous, and i feel a special connection with them, being an az girl 🙂


  • Mmmm. So many people are sharing desserts today.

    Thanks for participating in Fight Back Fridays.

    Now about those oats. I try to make it a point to avoid grains unless they’ve been soaked, sprouted, or fermented (helps break down the phytic acid in the grain). So, I’d probably have to soak my oats first, then dry them, THEN use them in your recipe. It’s a lot of work, but it’d be worth it for such a rare treat!

    Thanks again for joining in the fun,
    (AKA FoodRenegade)


  • bee

    i have all the ingredients and would love to try this. congrats on completing six weeks of ACD. i will be sending you an e-mail this weekend with the stuff from the “Get the Sugar Out” book.


  • Ricki, I know you already conceded, but I have to back up your original stance … firefighters over cowboys anyday. Hollywood or not, rugged just doesn’t do it for me. I guess I am just a city slicker.

    Love jae’s recipes! Definitely a winner. I was on the taste-testing board for her book, but didn’t get around to trying this one, I will have to give it a whirl.


  • The cookies look so chewy and delicious. Chocolate chips and raisins – mmmm.

    The second I read “Blazing Saddles” a certain scene popped into my mind. It was the happy birthday song scene at the wake. Do you remember that? (You’re right. They could never Blazing Saddles today. That movie was one gasp after another!)


  • Hot dang indeed! I have neder had a cowgirl…er, sorry, cowgrrrl cookie before, but I would make them all the time at the bakery I used to work at(un-vegan unfortunately). I always wanted to find a vegan recipe for them, and what do yea know! You posted one! The only noticeable difference between the two is that we put puffed rice cereal in ours. But I’m sure that can easily be added, right? Or do you think more liquid would have to be added to the recipe?
    Thanks for posting. =)


  • Oatmeal and chocolate chips are the perfect combination in a cookie. In DC, there is a really good tea house called “Teaism” that sells outrageous chocolate oatey cookies with chunky sea salt generously sprinkled on top. The salty sweet pair is just heaven.


  • I’ve been having cookie cravings lately, and these look like they’d be the perfect thing to satisfy them! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  • those look great. I’m not sure what flour would make them GF, but I’m tempted to look into it!


  • I’ve heard nothing but great reviews for that cookbook and seeing this recipe, I can see why!


  • Yup, I’ve had my eye on that recipe for quite a spell, but I’m a-likin’ your version much better! As one who lives amongst cowboys – Austin is very high tech and mod, but pickups and cowboys are very much a part of the culture too – I have to say their least appealing qualities are stomping around in their boots and their bellies hanging over huge belt buckles.

    On a completely different note, I just had my first delicious bowl of chia seed pudding. I am forever indebted to you for introducing me to chia seeds. I am in love with them.


  • i’m with you, i’ll take these cookies over a cowboy 🙂


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  • Rose Malihan

    I’m just curious, which brand of chocolate chips do you use that are dairy free and free of refined sugars?
    I currently use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips and it is made from cocoa butter, chocolate liquor and “evaporated cane juice”. I have gone back and forth about evaporated cane juice but because these are the only chips I can find that are the most “wholesome”, I have turned a blind eye to it =)


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