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Texas Mansion Cookies – The Best Cookies Ever!

Dear Hubby’s squadron requested cookie bakers for an upcoming fundraiser. I’m not big into baking, but I remembered that I had a recipe for Texas Mansion Cookies.

A lady I used to work with would make Texas Mansion Cookies whenever our classes completed the tobacco cessation program. She gave the recipe to me, but I never got around to baking the cookies.

Four years after receiving the recipe, I decided to try it out. If they came out good, I would make them for the squadron fundraiser.

Here’s the finished product:

Texas Mansion Cookies

The cookies were delicious! Dear Hubby took a sample to work to see what others thought and the cookies were a hit! I committed to making them for the fundraiser and I’m hoping I won’t regret it later! 🙂

The recipe is below:

Texas Mansion 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)

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Bake time 17 to 20 minutes
Yield: About 3 dozen cookies (see note below)

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, 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 degree oven for 17 to 29 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Remove cookies from rack to cool.


Note: For 6 dozen small cookies, use 2 tablespoons dough for each. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes.

Copyright, 2000, Laura Bush

Tonya’s sidenote: This recipe makes A LOT of cookies. I could have easily made 4 dozen large cookies. Because I had so many cookies, I let them bake for about 24 minutes. And yes, this is former First Lady Laura Bush’s recipe!

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  • Thea February 12, 2014, 3:53 PM

    Hi Tonya! Stopping by via #SITSBlogging and I am so glad I did. This cookie recipe looks fabulous! Pinning!

  • Christina August 20, 2011, 10:35 AM

    They look good so I am sure they will be a big hit.

  • Kelly Lininger August 18, 2011, 4:35 PM

    You had me until I read coconut – I love home baked warm out of the oven cookies… I will come back for another recipe – chocolate chip, maybe?
    Blessings to you this Thursday!
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    • Tonya August 18, 2011, 4:48 PM

      You can try it without the coconut. I’m sure it’ll be just as good! :-). Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

  • Asia August 17, 2011, 10:14 PM

    Those cookies do look good!

    • Tonya August 17, 2011, 10:46 PM

      They are delicious! You should try out the recipe. It took me a few years, but I’m glad I did! 🙂

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