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Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies

There are certain ingredients that put the cowboy in Cowboy Cookies. Start with chocolate chips. For sure include rolled oats! Chopped pecans, flaked coconut, and bits of semi-sweet chocolate—also requisite. These soft and yummy cowboy cookies saddle up with almond and coconut flours as well, so they’re gluten- and dairy-free!

Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies plated ready to eat with glass of milk in background

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Robbie says cowboy cookies have to be big, size large, for hungry cowboys. He says everybody has a little cowboy in them, so he calls these smaller versions little cowboy cookies. I call ‘em doggone wholesome.

Gluten free cowboy cookies are honey-sweetened, but not super-sweet. They’re dairy free, fattened with coconut oil and almond butter. They pack the protein too, what with pecans, almond flour, almond butter, and an egg. Grab a few as you head out the door and call it a good morning. A little cowboy to start the day–you bet.

scooping gluten free Cowboy Cookies onto the cookie sheet

Mix these cookies by hand—no electricity necessary. The almond and coconut flours, and oats, baking soda and salt go in one bowl; the egg, honey, almond butter, vanilla and coconut oil in another. Mix the dry into the wet. Chunk them up with semi-sweet chocolate, toasted pecans and coconut flakes. Scoop and bake. Ride ‘em cowgirls.

baked Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies on silicon mat on cookie sheet
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Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies recipe notes:

  • I strongly recommend that you weigh the almond flour. If you don’t have a scale, measure the almond flour by gently spooning it into a dry measuring cup. Do not pack the flour in the cup! (This could be a good excuse to own a kitchen scale.)
  • I found coconut flour at Trader Joe’s. You can buy coconut flour online via my Amazon link.
  • Portion cookies easily with a small ice cream scoop. A multi-purpose silicone baking mat makes for easy pan cleanup.
  • Would you prefer large gluten free cowboy cookies? Form the dough into larger balls and arrange 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Press the cookies with your palm to make ½-inch thick disks. Bake until they’re just starting to brown.
  • Adapted from my gluten-free Chocolate Chip Almond Cookie recipe.

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Nutrition information is meant to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the brands you use and substitutions you made, and how much you actually eat.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • These cookies are probably better for you than most muffins :). Reply · 6 April, 2016

    • lol–it’s true Nicole~ Reply · 6 April, 2016

  • I’ve never heard the term cowboy cookies, but I like it – no matter the size. Great ingredients! Reply · 6 April, 2016

  • I hadn’t heard of cowboy cookies before but now I really want to try one! Reply · 6 April, 2016

    • Thanks Aimee and Kelly. They’re kind of kitchen sink cookies, wouldn’t you say? Reply · 6 April, 2016

  • These sounds so good! I love chocolate chip oat cookies, especially with pecans!! Reply · 7 April, 2016

  • Looks wonderful, cookie with hot cup of milk is my kids favorite. Reply · 7 April, 2016

  • This is so timely because I’ve been craving chocolate chip cookies all day. I think I’ll go and wrangle up some cowboy cookies right now. 😉 Reply · 7 April, 2016

    • Love that word wrangle Linda! Thanks. Reply · 7 April, 2016

  • I have never eaten or made cowboy cookies. They sound great! Reply · 8 April, 2016

  • These cookies look so good, Letty! I love baking with oats. 🙂 Reply · 10 April, 2016

  • Wooah, I’d love to have a bunch of these cookies right now 🙂
    They look absolutely delish!! Reply · 10 April, 2016

    • Hi Hauke–thanks for the whoa! Reply · 10 April, 2016

  • Never heard of cowboy cookies before but they look so very delicious and chewy! Reply · 10 April, 2016

  • I haven’t had cowboy cookies before but after seeing these I definitely need to. Look so good! can’t believe that are also gluten-free! Reply · 11 April, 2016

    • Thanks Vanessa–and dairy free! Reply · 11 April, 2016

  • Theo

    I hate to have to say this, but these had a bad texture and did not taste good. I’m an experienced cook and make gluten-free recipes regularly. This one might have too many ingredients? Reply · 28 July, 2020

    • Theo, I’m sorry to hear these cookies didn’t work for you. I’d love to hear how you might change the recipe. Thank you for writing. Reply · 28 July, 2020

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