We are currently finishing out our first trip to Texas, and it has been such a fun one! I am, however, pretty certain that we have visited Midland during the hottest week in years! It was still 106 degrees at 7:30pm tonight. In my dad’s words, “It was a hundred an hell.” But since we’re still struggling to peek over the 70 degree mark in Oregon, we’re soaking up the hot weather no matter how uncomfortable it is!
There are a few things that don’t help in weather this hot.
- No air conditioning (don’t ask)
- Having to turn on the oven to bake so I don’t fall so far behind in this challenge.
But there are a few things that absolutely take the edge off of melting in this heat!
- Amazing barbecue
- Some of the best people I’ve met so far to talk and laugh with over said barbecue.
- Large glasses of sweet iced tea.
- Shaved ice
- A pool right outside your door.
Texas is lovely. ♥ I’ve been so anxious to visit here for so many reasons, one of them being the fact that this is the childhood home of George W. and Laura Bush!
It is also where they spent their early years of marriage. I absolutely love George W. and his adorable wife, Laura! Since this is their hometown my mom chose this seriously good cookie recipe that was put into the First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas (where my dad works) cookbook by the first lady herself. Yum, delicious, scrumptious and swoon!
First Lady, Laura Bush’s, Cowboy Cookies (recipe courtesy of First Presbyterian Church, Midland Texas)
Yields: 3 dozen large cookies
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3 sticks butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
2 cups chopped pecans (8 oz.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
- In an 8-quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed, until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars and continue beating after each. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Beat in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
- For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet, spacing 3-inches apart. Flatten slightly.
- Bake for 17-20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove to rack to cool.
These were so much fun! My dad claimed they were like a breakfast food and helped himself to one at 10:30am this morning, and my mom was so happy with them she said they tasted like a cowboy…whatever that may be. :)
What I love about these giant presidential cookies: THEY’RE GIANT!!
What I hate about these giant presidential cookies: I can’t think of one dadgum thing.