This is a recipe of my mothers that we have been baking for years, and I'm telling you- if you don't bake another cookie this fall, THIS is the cookie that you need to bake!
Well, every time we take them anywhere, we come back with an empty plate and people start hounding us for the recipe. I'm serious. They are an addicting cookie. Because they are not too sweet, and they are crunchy and light (as in airy-NOT non-fat), it keeps you going back for more, and more and more!
Do you need to ask someone's forgiveness? Bake them a batch of these cookies. I guarantee they will accept your apology after they eat one.
Is your child on the teacher's bad list at school? Send him/her a batch of these babies and your child is sure to become the teacher's pet!
Is your boss on your case too much? Hand them a cookie or two-I think you'll smell a promotion.
Did you wreck the car and afraid to tell your hubby? Hand him a plate of these and he'll be taking you shopping for a new one!
Not that I have ever lowered myself to manipulating people with a plate of cookies in any of these instances, but I know others who have. Ahem.
They are that good.
I have never made them without eating 5 right off the bat. At least five. And really, cookies are not my weakness.
Not convinced yet?
How's this.....the recipe starts with a CAKE MIX! It is a simple secret recipe that I am willing to share. You can thank me later.
If you want to gain friends and influence people...BAKE THESE COOKIES!
Mom's Famous GFAIP (Gain Friends and Influence People) Oatmeal Pecan Cookies
YOU WILL NEED:
1 (18.25 oz. box yellow cake mix (you can use an off brand and it is still delicious)
2 cups quick oats,uncooked
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 lg. eggs
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Combine first three ingredients in lg. bowl.
Combine oil and eggs;add to dry ingredients, stirring well. Stir in pecans and vanilla.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonful 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet (I used a melon baller for more uniform cookies).
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until light brown. Cool on wire rack. Yeild 5 dozen cookies.
*Because they are a crunchy cookie, they are GREAT dipped in milk (note: My milk was skim- I was trying to save a bit of fat!) They are also great dipped in your coffee.
Now, here's the challenge:
EVERYBODY loves homemade cookies. And ususally, we can't (or don't need to) eat all the cookies that we bake anyway, so why not purposefully bake some extras to giveaway to someone you know who could use a smile.
Maybe it's a elderly neighbor who seems a bit lonely- maybe it's your local firefighters or policemen who could use a thank- you plate. Leave a plate in your breakroom at work for your co-workers to enjoy. Maybe a teen needs some lovin' from the oven to cheer them up. There may be a child you know who would enjoy a homemade cookie. Look around. Somebody may be forever touched by your small gesture.
I'm planning on trying to do this weekly.