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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


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 cookie sheet

Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies recipe notes:

  • 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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4.23 from 9 votes
Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies
Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
cooling time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

These gluten-free mini cowboy cookies are loaded with good-for-you protein--almond flour, almond butter, egg, pecans and oats. They’re dairy-free too. Makes about 6 dozen mini cookies (1 ½ inches).

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Keyword: cookies, cowboy, gluten free, oatmeal
Servings: 72 cookies
Calories: 74 kcal
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup almond butter (I used chunky)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut oil , melted
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate (about 55% cacao), cut in ¼-inch chunks, or chocolate morsels (chips)
  • ½ cup chopped lightly toasted pecans
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  1. Whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the rolled oats.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, honey, almond butter and vanilla. Add the melted coconut oil and whisk until everything is smooth and homogenous. Mix in the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix in the chocolate chunks, pecans and coconut flakes.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 325° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Scoop or drop into small balls, about 1-inch in diameter, about 1 ½ inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. (Small scoop: 1 ½ teaspoons dough.)
  6. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are barely beginning to brown.
  7. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.


  • 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

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