Giddy Up! [Cowgirl Cookies]

SONY DSCI’ve got a bit of a cookie crush on Moo Milk, a charming milk and cookie bar in Toronto that opened last August. After trying one of their ice cream sandwiches I was hooked (marshmallow ice cream with toffee bit cookies, can you blame me?!).   I’m not even a huge milk drinker, but their delicious flavours have turned me into a bit of a convert, and there really isn’t anything better to go with their show-stopping cookies (which are pretty much  perfect;  a little crispy around the outside, with a chewy center…I think I may have tried almost every flavour they had the last time I was in town).  mooThough it’s tough to pick a favourite Moo cookie, their Cowgirl cookie might just be it.  My love of sweet and salty combinations had me going back for seconds…and bringing some back for my family in Ottawa.
moosandwichI’m not sure why these are called Cowgirl cookies, but I like it.  It’s feisty.  They are great for Cowboys as well, of course.  This recipe isn’t for Moo Milk’s cookie, but rather my attempt at recreating them in my kitchen in Huelva…Moo’s has (I’m pretty sure) some mini choco chips, toffee bits, pretzels, and espresso grounds.  Mine include chocolate chunks, pretzels, oats, espresso grounds, and I threw in some shredded coconut the second time I made them.  So, not quite “the” Moo Milk Cowgirl cookie, but pretty darn delicious all the same! cowgirl

Kate’s Cowgirl Cookies (inspired by Moo Milk!)

Mix together all dry ingredients:
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/3 cups pretzel bits
1 tbsp ground espresso

Add to the dry mixture:
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, slightly melted
1 tsp maple syrup, or vanilla, or neither…if you don’t happen to have it on hand (I didn’t the first time, and they were still delicious!)

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined.  I had to use my hands to get it all together — made me miss my mum’s stand mixer!   Roll the dough into equal sized balls onto parchment paper lined baking trays, and bake for approx. 10 minutes at 350F.  I made mine about 1/2 inch big, and got about 30 cookies from this recipe.  Enjoy your cookies, and try Moo Milk’s sometime!

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