Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mom's Famous GFIP Crunchy Oatmeal Pecan Cookies


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. 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! These are crispy coffee-dunking type cookies.

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


*Most of my ingredients here are off-brands and it makes no difference in this recipe. Go ahead and save yourself some $$$.

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. Yield 5 dozen cookies.

*Because they are a crunchy cookie, they are GREAT dipped in milk (note: Drink almond milk and save some 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.


  1. Great idea, Sherri!! These cookies DO sound amazing...I love cake mix cookies- so many options :D

  2. A cookie that starts with cake mix -- it does sound intriguing! Yum. I love to bake cookies and mail them to college kids (my own, their friends, nieces and nephews, kids from church). There is no one more appreciative of a package of homemade cookies than that student who's living on dorm food ;) Or even the one who's in his own apartment but who doesn't have the time or energy to do much cooking of their own. Great idea, to make extras every week.

  3. I can't wait to try these cookies but I'm even more excited about the challenge. How great of you to put that idea out there. I'm on it!!!

  4. I will have to try these, I love the versatility of cake mix and it rarely fails.. they sound delicious!

  5. These look and sound really yummy! I'm always in search of the perfect cookie so I'll have to give these a try. I also love your suggestion to share - it's a win win because I'm making someone smile and protecting my waistline at the same time!

  6. Wow, what a great blog! I will definitely be visiting often. I love FOOD TV and I love finding new recipes to try. These cookies look so DELISH!! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. What a sweet idea!! And then I won't eat too many and have my butt grow!! These look like yummy treats!

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  9. Sherri!

    I love this recipe. I'll be baking a batch for city hall next week! Thank-you!


  10. How delicious do these cookies look! Yum!
    What a wonderful idea you have to do with them as well. You are so right. We need more kindness in the world for sure. *Smiles*

    It's so nice to meet you Sherri! I really appreciate your sweet visit to my blog. You're always welcome my friend!

    Many Blessings and Happy Fall!
    ~Melissa :)

  11. They look good enough to eat right off the page! Will defititely try them.

  12. I love using cake mixes with cookie recipes because they usually come out so chewy and soft. I will give this a try since I have all the ingredients on hand! Thanks!

  13. I have a question, I made these cookies last night because they looked easy and wonderful!! Let me tell you they didn't let us down. They were so good!! I am not sure I did something right because the inside of this cookie was empty. It was almost like a shell of a cookie. Don't get me wrong, still good...but wonder what I did differently?

  14. Penny- I don't know- I've never had that happen before. Possible over mixing? I preheated my oven. I really don't know. Maybe if you googled this question you may find the answer.

    ANyone else know what would make this happen?

  15. These look fabulous. You are so right we seem to have the same tastes. I am so excited to have found your blog and have some new recipes to try. Thanks for your sweet comment.

  16. These look amazing. I can't wait to make them.

  17. Hi Sherri,

    I have your page open and am making these for my husband to take to work in the morning. Of course I will steal a few for myself!


  18. I hope your mom will forgive me. I'm assembling these cookies backwards. I am a backwards cookie assembly kinda person I guess.

  19. Cookies are in the oven and coffee is on! I feel so excited.

  20. Ughhh 2 more minutes! 2 minutes! Then a little cooling.

    Torture I tell you.

  21. Sherri!

    These are soooo wonderful. May I put them on my blog? I would rewrite the instructions backwards and talk about you and your mom (haha and probably her correct way of doing things and my laziness) and link to you.


  22. Please tell your mom thank-you from me too. Have I cluttered your blog with enough of my ramblings?

  23. Laura- your comments were hilarious! I'm excited to see how you assemble the cookie backwards! I'll thank Mom and feel free to pass it along on your blog. Glad you liked them.

  24. Liked them? I loved them! And thank-you. I can't wait to write this one and take pictures.

  25. Ri baked your cookies and everone loved them. My sis in law is asking how long can they last in an airtight containeer? Thank u so much for sharing the recipe :)