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Cowgirl Market Cookies

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– raw, vegan, gluten-free –

The Cowgirl Market Cookie  (formally known as Cowgirls Gone Nuts Cookie) is a loaded cookie that will blow your hat off and cause you to yell, “YeeeeHaaaa!” I call it the one bowl wonder!  Lasso yourself a large bowl, wrangle all the ingredients into the bowl, dive in with your hands, mix it up and presto…you have one nutty cowgirl!


Every bite you take of this cookie is fully loaded with flavor; oats, dates, coconut, pecans, banana, and chocolate.  Where it lacks refined sugars, gluten, and dairy, it doesn’t lack flavor or nutrients.  Throw a few of these here cookies in the saddlebag as you head out in the morning and add a little “spur” into your day.


These cookies freeze beautifully!.  I wrapped each cookie individually in plastic wrap and then put them inside of a freezer Zip-lock plastic bag.  My husband actually loved them right out of the freezer as well as being thawed at room temp.   So make up a batch and place it in the freezer for those days that you need a quick fix! :)

I originally shared this recipe in 2011. Today, a gorgeous Fall day of 2018, I decided to update the recipe and photos.

raw vegan cookiesIngredients:

yields 14 (1/2 cup or 130 g) cookies


  1. Combine ground flax, flax or chia seeds, coconut, pecans, oats, dried fruit, chocolate chips, cinnamon, and, salt together in a large bowl.  Mix together.
    • If using raw chocolate chips, you want to wait and press them into the cookies AFTER they have dehydrated. If you add them now, they will melt during the drying process.
    • If you use vegan, store-bought chocolate chips, you can add them now.
  2. Add the water, maple syrup, coconut butter, and bananas to the dry ingredients. With your hands, squish everything together until well incorporated.
    • Personally, I recommend removing any rings from your fingers, wash your hands, and dive in fingertips first!  I found great, sticky pleasure in this!  Mix the batter well.  It is a bit sticky.
  3. Using a large cookie scoop, level off each scoop full, roll into a ball, slightly flatten, and place on the mesh sheet that comes with your dehydrator.
  4. Dehydrate at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour. (set a kitchen timer so you don’t forget them at this high temp).
  5. Reduce temp to 115 degrees (F) and continue drying for approx. 6-10 hours.
    • Dedicate one cookie to be your tester. Throughout the drying process, text the texture of the test cookie and stop the process when it reaches the level that you prefer. I like my cookies more on the moist side, whereas Bob likes them dried out more.
  6. Once cooled, store in an airtight container in the fridge or wrap individually in plastic wrap.  Keeping them in the fridge will extend the shelf life of these moist cookies and slow the growth of bacteria.
  7. These will freeze well too!
  8. For an added flare, I dipped each half of the cookie into chocolate.

Culinary Explanations:


Have two dehydrator trays ready for action. Things are about to get sticky.


I LOVE using ice cream/cookie scoops. This particular one is 1/2 cup measurement. It makes for a large, hardy cookie. Feel free to use any size.


You can make the cookies as thick or thin as you want them. Pop in the dehydrator for 1 hour at 145 degrees (F), then reduce to 115 degrees (F) until the right texture is reach for your liking.


12 thoughts on “Cowgirl Market Cookies

  1. Angela B. says:

    Can you just cook these in the oven? If so, what temperature.

    • amie-sue says:

      Great question Angela. I haven’t tried cooking them so I don’t have the perfect answer that explains what the outcome would be. There are flax seeds in them which might act as an egg replacement… and they nice moist so they might hold up just fine…but I can’t promise anything. If you give it a shot, please keep us posted. amie sue

    • Dyana Patamia says:

      There is a great gluten free recipe I use for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. It’s dairy free as well. Anyhow, the temp and time for baking those is 325 F for 25 minutes…this may help you figure it out. It’s just got peanut butter, 1 egg, honey and the chips. I made a variation once adding gluten free oats and chopped almonds and found that the time needed was less (probably b/c I didn’t add any extra liquids). Hope this helps some. Amie-Sue…I LOVE your blog! Thank you thank you for sharing. Just realized the other day that you are in Tucson…so am I!

  2. delia says:

    HI i was just wondering if using chia seeds for the second addition of flax would work the same ?

  3. Karen Stump says:

    Hi Amie-sue,

    I wanted to make cookies for my son and this cookie seemed like a good first time making something in the dehydrator. I am new at this. They turned out perfect! I put the cookies in the mail and two days later my son called raving about them. I shared them at work and everyone could not believe how good they are. I love what you do and amazed at how much you put into this wonderful site plus all the cool and interesting information that comes with each recipe at no cost!! No easy task. Thank you so much.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good afternoon Karen.

      I am soooo happy that you enjoyed these cookies! What a great mom to mail her son such healthy cookies. You are amazing. :) This site brings me just as much joy, trust me. My passion just blesses me in so many ways. Thank you for commenting and I hope to hear more from you in the future. amie sue

  4. Kristen says:

    Would raisins work as a substitute for the dates? Has anyone tried it?

    • amie-sue says:

      You bet they would… just make sure you rehydrate them before using since raisins tend to be more on the dry side and wouldn’t mix in as well. Let me know how it goes. Have a blessed day Kristen. :) amie sue

  5. cjan7 says:

    Can hardly wait to make these up today!! Look so yummy… Thank you, thank you…. A great cookie for the Fall days we are having…ie. and traveling to Arizona soon!! hugs, jan

    • amie-sue says:

      I had a feeling your traveling days would soon be approaching. Goodness, this summer went by quickly. These cookies are full of flavor, nutrition, and should keep you fueled for the trip! Keep me posted and stay warm my friend. hugs, amie sue

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