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Vegan Cowboy Cookies

Sharon Palmer

These Cowboy Cookies are a classic treat from the 60s, which I gave a modern, plant-based (vegan) update. You can make these crunchy cookies as healthy as you like by playing with how much whole grain flour you use, too. I like to use about half and half whole wheat to refined flour, and they still come out quite tender and delicious.

This recipe came from my mother’s dog-eared collection of recipe cards in her little green tin recipe box—a treasured item in my kitchen. I still remember my childhood weekends, when we made these cookies at home and served them as a treat after a hike or outdoor picnic. How welcome they were after a full day of activities! Hopefully, the little cowboys in your life (both big and small) will enjoy them as much as I did!

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Vegan Cowboy Cookies

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 dozen cookies  1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These crunchy vegan cowboy cookies are a classic treat from the 60s, modernized to include nut butter, oats, whole grain flours, walnuts, and dark chocolate chips.




  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place chia seeds in plant-based milk and whisk together for two minutes.
  3. Mix in vanilla, dairy-free margarine, and peanut or almond butter.
  4. Mix in brown sugar.
  5. Add oats, flour, baking soda, and baking powder and combine just until smooth.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  7. Form cookie dough into small, golf ball sizes balls and place on cookie sheet, allowing space for cookies to spread out slightly.
  8. With a fork, press down on cookies to flatten slightly.
  9. Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden and firm.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 cookies
  • Calories: 187
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 38 mg
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 5 g

Keywords: cookies, cowboy cookies, dessert, vegan cookies

For more plant-based cookies, check out some of my favorites:

Vegan Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
Tollhouse Pan Cookies
Soft Molasses Cookies

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3 thoughts on “Vegan Cowboy Cookies

  1. These turned out so good! They are very firm, didn’t really spread out and so delicious. I’ll definitely make them again. I don’t know how many the recipe made because of sampling the dough, lol, but I got at least 36. Thanks for a great recipe.

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