family, memories, Recipes

Sweets and sweet memories . . .


This is an old family recipe. I’ve been making it since Gordon Conwell Seminary days when our first boy was a tiny cowboy.

Who remembers “Cowboy X” from Sesame Street? He was our 2 yr old Andrew’s favourite character.

This recipe makes a lot of cookies which is really helpful when you add 3 more little cowboys and 1 little cowgirl to your family – and I’m not forgetting the ranch foreman who is a cookie lover with the best of them!

(Another little cowboy – James age 2.)

This recipe is torn and stained from use, so it’s time I put it online.

Hope you enjoy!

MacPhee’s Cowboy Cookies

Preheat oven to 350F:

Mix together until creamy: 2 cups white sugar, 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups shortening (or butter), 4 eggs beaten.

Stir into above mixture: 5 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. baking soda

Add 2 tsp vanilla

Divide dough in half.

Oatmeal Raisin Cowboy Cookies – To 1/2 of the dough add: 1 to 1.5 cup rolled oats, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, pinch ginger or nutmeg or both and raisins – lots!

 Chocolate Chip Cowboy cookies – to the other half add: 1 cup chocolate chips  – any kind but our cowboys think that milk chocolate is a special treat. This is a sticky dough so you may want to let it sit in the fridge for a bit to stiffen.

Bake until  lightly browned. Around 10-12  min. or so.

A Halloween memory featuring another little cowboy. Aren’t they a fierce looking crew? 🙂

Hope your day is filled with sweet memories.


14 thoughts on “Sweets and sweet memories . . .

  1. Thanks for the update 🙂 The all-chocolate-chip-option was helpful, too, because that’s what I planned to do anyway. I don’t like raisins at all and I just hate clover! But chocolate chip……. Yummy…………………!Based on the temperature units you Canadians seem to be a divided nation 😀


  2. Hi Eija – definitely Fahrenheit – it’s funny, our measurements are in Celsius but I’ve never seen a stove with C settings. I’d be in trouble if there was one.The cookies are easy – and delicious! Hope you enjoy.


  3. Scary looking kids :DThe chocolate chip cookies sound yummy… But 350? Celsius or F? Sounds VERY hot for Celsius! The cookie season is coming, so I might try these too. Often before church Christmas bazaar I bake hundreds of cookies both for ourselves and the church bazaar. They sell well and are fun to bake – even though testing new recipes along the process sometimes proves to be not so wise *grin*


  4. Kathie, there should have been a warning at the beginning of the post about frightful little fellows. What a great picture of past costume fun. Your cookies look just great, and how awesome that the measurements are two of this and two of that. Easy to remember. I am always so happy when I get yet another of my stained cards on my blog. . .so good for you.


  5. Lor na says:

    Kathie – What cute pictures :>) Also, the cookies look delicious! Guess what – it snowed here today! How exciting. I won’t be saying that in March.


  6. Yes, those are some fierce-looking cookie eaters, Kathie! How adorable…I’ve just printed the recipe. I’m always game to try something new, especially when it looks so yummy. And especially when one of my grandsons’ favorite things to do here is to bake cookies. What they really like is turning the mixer off and on, watching in wonder as the flat beater goes round and round mixing everything together (!), and getting little spoonfuls of cookie dough…We’ll have fun with this, because, yum!Susan


  7. What sweet pictures filled with memories! Cowboys, Indians and Pirates…love it! (I just have girls!)Stop over and visit my home school open house if you can…Blessings,~Tammy (Lattes and Lollipops)


  8. Lor na says:

    Kathie – What cute pictures :>) Also, the cookies look delicious! Guess what – it snowed here today! How exciting. I won’t be saying that in March.


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