Sunday, August 31, 2008

Chuckwagon Chili, Cowboy Cookies and Movies on the Beach

Last night Manhattan Beach hosted a "Movie on the Beach" night. On the marquee: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. We decided that this would be a perfect way to bid farewell to summer, so we invited some friends to join us.

We made a big batch of chili and cornbread to take with us and cowboy cookies for dessert. I'm so glad we went - we had a blast! It was a beautiful evening and it was fun to watch the sunset before the movie started.

We weren't quite sure how they were going to show the movie...until the inflatable movie screen went up!

It was a wonderful evening at the beach - cool, but not cold; a bit breezy, but not too windy. All in all we decided this was a perfect way to spend a late summer evening and we'd definitely do this again in the future. Here's the recipe for the cookies:

(this is a recipe from Family Circle Magazine for First Lady, Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies. They are Delish!)

Cowboy Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 17 to 20 minutes
Yield: About 3 dozen cookies


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon. baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flake coconut
2 cups chopped pecans (8 ounces)


1. Heat oven to 350 F.
2. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl.
3. In 8-quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, 2 minutes.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla.
5. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
6. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart.
7. Bake in 350 F oven 17 to 29 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Remove cookies to rack to cool.

(Copyright 2000, Laura Bush)

1 comment:

The Weir Family said...

How FUN! Sounds like you guys had a blast and with some good food too...that's always helps.