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One-Bowl Vegan Cowboy Cookies

29 min




One-bowl / one-pot



There are many stories on where the name 'cowboy cookies' comes from. Some say they were enjoyed by cowboys back in the 1800s when they were working a long day out on the trail. Others claim the cookie recipe was developed in Texas, where a lot of cowboys lived. Both theories sound good, but the cookies taste even better. Filled with chocolate chips, pecans, shredded coconut, oats, and cinnamon, this cookie is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!



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  • ⅔ cup (151 g)
  • ⅔ cup (147 g)
    brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100 g)
    granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
    unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp (7 g)
    ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tsp (5 g)
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
  • 1 tsp (5 g)
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp (5 g)
    baking soda
  • ½ tsp

Optional garnish

  • coarse sea salt
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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Add the margarine, brown sugar, and granulated sugar to a large bowl, and whip. If you don't have an electric hand mixer, simply cream using a fork.
  3. Add the applesauce, flaxseeds, cinnamon, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whip again, until everything is well combined.
  4. Add the flour, oats, and coconut flakes, and gently fold together with a spoon or with your hands.
  5. Just before the mixture is completely combined, gently fold in the pecans, and chocolate chips. Stir again until just combined, but try not to over-mix.
  6. For each cookie, use a ¼ cup measure to scoop the amount of dough into your hands. Use your hands to form a ball, and then flatten the ball to create a cookie shape that's about 1½ cm thick. Note, these cookies don't spread when cooking, so they need to press them down into the desired shape.
  7. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking tray leaving about 3 cm space between each cookie.
  8. For a bakery-style presentation, press some chocolate chips or chopped pecans onto the top of each cookie before baking. Bake in the centre rack of the oven for 12 - 14 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  9. Let the cookies rest for 5 minutes on the baking tray to harden, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!


  • The cookies can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
  • The cookies can also be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Caitlen - Oct. 28, 2021, 3:46 p.m.

My go-to recipe for weekday snacks and my partner LOVES them too! I bake them about every two weeks and store most of them in the freezer, and just grab one or two on the way to a full day at work. So yummy, so convenient and hasn't failed me yet regardless of nut/fruit/choc combo! I always use about 1/3 less sugar, and switch out the shredded coconut for some dried fruit like cranberries. Love love. Thanks for the delicious recipe, PUL!

PUL Team - Oct. 29, 2021, 5:25 a.m.

Aw thanks a bunch for sharing your take on this one, Caitlen, it's so appreciated! Thank YOU 🤗

Julia - Oct. 25, 2021, 10:39 p.m.

Can we leave the shredded coconut out or substitute for something else?

PUL Team - Oct. 26, 2021, 5:43 a.m.

Hi there, Julia, thanks for the question! Since the coconut flakes add a fair bit of bulk to the cookies, we'd recommend replacing them with some dried fruit (such as raisins), a touch more chopped nuts, or some extra chocolate chips. You could omit them all together without the additions for a less dense cookie as well. They'll likely have a less sweet taste and lighter texture in this case. Do let us know how it goes if you experiment with it 😃

Taylor - Oct. 19, 2021, 5:04 a.m.

Amazing recipe! I make this recipe every week!

Charlie - Oct. 11, 2021, 12:20 a.m.

Hi Sadia,

My wife & I have been long time fans of yours! This has been my go-to cookie recipe. I love that the ingredients are just so much more wholesome than most cookie recipes out there, & let's not forget how AMAZING they taste either.

It was my birthday 2 days ago & I kind of wanted a cake, well cookie skillet, that was on the healthier side. The coconut & applesauce in this recipe actually inspired me to make a couple of tweaks to your recipe. Not sure if you're familiar with the flavor "ube" (purple yam). Being Filipino, ube desserts are HUGE in my culture, as well as in other Pacific Islander/Asian cultures. I swapped the applesauce for ube jam, swapped the 2 tsp of ground cinnamon for 2 tsp of ube extract, I blitzed the oats to make it more of a flour consistency, & changed the regular chocolate chips to white chocolate chips to kind of match the flavor profile a little more. The white & purple colors looked amazing! Because the ube jam is a little drier than applesauce, my dough came out a tiny bit crumbly. But then I remembered in order to create a flax egg, we would normally add about 3 tbsp of water, so instead I just added 3 tbsp of coconut milk & the dough came together so well. I put the entire mass of dough into a cast iron skillet & baked for about 20 minutes (I kept watching every 5-10 minutes to make sure it didn't burn it). I then served it with coconut milk vanilla bean ice cream.

OMG! Heaven! It was a hit with my wife & family!

Thank you Sadia!

PUL Team - Oct. 11, 2021, 2:05 a.m.

Hi there, Charlie! Awe thank YOU for the continued support and for taking the time to share this - it's so appreciated 😊 The cookie skillet sounds so delicious! Wishing you the happiest of birthday's and lots of love to your family 🥳

katerina - Oct. 9, 2021, 2:02 p.m.

The best cookies ever<3

Rudri - Oct. 6, 2021, 6:50 a.m.

Me and my family really enjoy these cookies - I subbed the pecans with almonds as pecans are not widely available where I live, but loved the taste nonetheless! I especially like the chunkiness that the chocolate chips and the almond pieces provide. Also like the texture due to the two types of sugar used - thanks a bunch for this delightful recipe!

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2021, 5:24 p.m.

Mmm a lovely substitution, Rudri! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with the cookies ✨

Joanna Barrera - Oct. 2, 2021, 2:49 a.m.

Love them!! My son is not a big fan of cookies, but he could not get enough. Super filling and so soft. We will definitely be making them again!

PUL Team - Oct. 2, 2021, 10:52 p.m.

We're so happy the cookies were enjoyed, Joanna! Lots of love to you and your little one 🤗

Anette galindo - Oct. 1, 2021, 1:56 a.m.

loved these cookies sooo good my non vegan family loved it! thanks for the recipe! :)

Paulina - Sept. 17, 2021, 1:04 p.m.

These are the best cookies ever. 🍪❤️ Their taste and textures are just perfect. I swap the flour to oat or spelt one, as I am allergic to wheat and it still works in this recipe! They are very nutritious and filling. Often I have them as second breakfast or afternoon snack.

PUL Team - Sept. 18, 2021, 4:03 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Paulina, thank you for the very kind words!

Amy - Aug. 31, 2021, 6:02 a.m.

Amazing! They were doughier and smoother than I imagined, and soo tasty! I added a bit less sugar, coconut oil instead of margarine, and probably a quarter cup of water to the dough, and they were so good! I will be making these often! Thank you PUL Team :)

PUL Team - Sept. 1, 2021, 2:11 a.m.

So glad you enjoyed the cookies with the modifications, Amy!

Imy - Aug. 26, 2021, 10:43 a.m.

Could you make these with ordinary salted butter instead of margarine for a non-vegan version?

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 6:43 p.m.

Hi there, Imy, thanks for the question! Since we only use plant-based products here at PUL we haven't tested it out, but we hope you enjoy the cookies if you're able to give the recipe a try 🙂

Paulina - Sept. 17, 2021, 1:09 p.m.

I do them with regular unsalted butter and it works perfect. Just remember to use room temperature butter so that you can easily mix it with sugar and other ingredients.

Darcy - Aug. 17, 2021, 2:25 a.m.

This is one of my all time favorite cookie recipes. I make these regularly as part of our after school snack! Thank you for this one!

Antara Mitra - Aug. 10, 2021, 5:06 p.m.

I loved the taste but for me when I baked them, they crumbled. I don't know what I did wrong. It was sad but other than that I loved the crumbs too

PUL Team - Aug. 11, 2021, 2:48 a.m.

Hello, Antara! Thanks for the review 😊 Cookies that come out more dry and crumbly often mean there's too much flour in comparison to fat and sugar. Did you measure using the gram/mL amounts listed, or the cup/Tbsp amounts?

In case you used the cup measurements, and if you'd like to make the cookies again, perhaps it may help to ensure that the flour is not too packed in the cup, but rather, gently spooned into the measuring cup and levelled. This will ensure that not too much flour is added!

Antara Mitra - Aug. 11, 2021, 4:59 a.m.

I will definitely try this! Thank you so much for the suggestion

Anna - July 29, 2021, 2:44 a.m.

I love these cookies so much, they are my absolute favorite, the balance of all the ingredients is perfect!!! Thank you for this amazing recipe 😍😍😍😍

Anna - July 28, 2021, 10:09 p.m.

These are so good! So soft and delicious. I swapped the pecans for hazelnuts (what I had on hand) and the result was definitely a crowd pleaser. Which was unfortunate as I didn’t want to share :)

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 6:58 p.m.

Hehe so kind of you to share, Anna 😉 Glad they were enjoyed!

Wendy Muzien - July 24, 2021, 6:46 p.m.

These are great and makes a great gift for any occasion! I've made them for family members who aren't vegan and they really enjoyed them. I followed the recipe, taking my time with each step and they came out soft and delicious. After doing the recipe 1-2 times, you'll get used to baking them. Sometimes, I leave out the chocolate chips and they still taste delicious. I like these with any black tea and black coffee. Much love from Los Angeles, California!

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 2:08 a.m.

Aw you're too kind, Wendy, thank you for the lovely review! Lots of love back to Los Angeles 🥰

Patrizia - July 18, 2021, 1:35 a.m.

Something didn't work. The texture of the dough was dry and didn't hold together. I followed the recipe. I added a lot more oil to make to make the dough hold together. I also found them very sweet. This is the first time I am baking cookies without eggs. I guess next time I would use less flour ( I am in Canada and use all purpose flour)

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 3:43 a.m.

Hello Patrizia, how disappointing to hear! Did you use oil in place of the apple sauce or was it in place of another ingredient (such as the margarine)? Being sure to use soft margarine, double-checking ingredient portion sizes, and using your hands to gently mix the ingredients together in steps 4 and 5 while being mindful not to overmix are a few ideas we can think of. Do let us know if you give the recipes another try or if you have any other questions! 🙂

Steph - July 10, 2021, 9:03 p.m.

Soft, flavorful cookie with great texture added by the nuts and coconut. One of my go-to recipes.

Vera - July 9, 2021, 7:56 p.m.

Soooo good! Almost ate the whole batch by myself, but decided after eating half of it to be kind and share (some 😉).

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 3:13 a.m.

Thank you for the review, Vera! So kind of you to think of sharing with others 😉

Katherine - July 9, 2021, 7:32 p.m.

So good! Easy and delicious!! Easily adapted to be gluten-free with some 1 to 1 gluten free flour :)

Alina - July 9, 2021, 5:25 p.m.

I just made them and I gotta say, they are soooo good
My non vegan family was amazed!

Jessi - July 9, 2021, 1:33 p.m.

These cookies are seriously addictive. I've made them a few times already and everyone who tried them was totally in love. Thank you for this delicious recipe! <3

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 8:03 a.m.

We are so humbled the cookies have been enjoyed, Jessi!

Zakwana - July 9, 2021, 9:03 a.m.

I tried this recipe a few months ago, and since then no other cookie has beaten it. its the best. i couldnt find applesauce, so i used peanut oit and it tasted soooo good eitherway... love, love, love

PUL Team - July 13, 2021, 7:26 a.m.

What an incredible compliment, Zakwana! Lots of love ✨

Aimee - July 8, 2021, 8 p.m.

I recently made these to take to a potluck wedding and at least 3 people asked me for the recipe, and they were the first empty plate of food there. They are always a hit no matter the audience.
A tip for people in the UK or other places which only have sweetened apple sauce with chunks: buy baby food! There is often plain smooth apple puree in sachets in baby food sections. I have even replaced it with pear puree and reduced the sugar one time when I couldn't find any apple puree.

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 10:30 p.m.

Ooo what an interesting idea, Aimee, thank you for sharing! We're so honoured a PUL recipe was enjoyed on the special occassion 🤗

Savin - July 3, 2021, 11:45 a.m.

I just made them today... I halved the recipe because I didn’t want overload my self 😂. Just out of curiosity how much calories is the whole batch?

PUL Team - July 3, 2021, 9:54 p.m.

Hey there, Savin! You can find the nutritional information by clicking on the "show nutrition info" button and multiply it by the total servings if desired. Kindly note that as the disclaimer mentions, this is just an estimate and if you need specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician 🙂

Savin - July 4, 2021, 3:15 a.m.

Omg thank you... a rough estimate is fine.. it’s just lately I’ve been a a lot health conscious on what I eat 😅.

Erica Boulden - June 20, 2021, 10:32 p.m.

I’ve made these several times and everyone loves them. The first time I made them was for my stepdaughter who is vegan and she really loved them!

PUL Team - June 21, 2021, 6:50 a.m.

So kind of you to share the cookies, Erica! So glad they were enjoyed :D

Jasmine - May 24, 2021, 11:36 a.m.

Hello Sadia! Thank you for this amazing recipe. It's truly a treat for my sweet craving.
I tried it with some alternatives because a few ingredients were not available.

Wondering how I would calculate the nutrition per cookie if I swape for other ingredients?
For example, I don't have shredded coconut, maple syrup and eradicate granulated sugar.
Thank you!!

PUL Team - May 24, 2021, 8:53 p.m.

Hey there, Jasmine! So lovely to hear you've been enjoying the cookies. Our current site doesn't have the functionality to swap ingredients for nutrition information, but you may find online platforms such as cronometer helpful. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, we recommend consulting with a dietitian or physician for more accurate information though 🙂

Johanna - May 17, 2021, 2:55 p.m.

Amazing recipe! Thank you very much for sharing, they are easy and only made with simple ingredients. Made them for my father who normally likes Store-bought Cookies and he was surprised That the Self-made version even tastes better! 😄

PUL Team - May 20, 2021, 5:41 p.m.

We're so glad you and your father enjoyed the cookies, Johanna!

Claire - March 24, 2021, 8 p.m.

2 of my friends asked me for the recipe the first time I baked those. It was great to be able to send them the PDF. I LOVE those cookies, they aren’t your quick 5 ingredients, but they really worth it !

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 4:42 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Claire! So happy you and your friends enjoyed the cookies :)