Cake Mix Oatmeal Cookies

"This recipe comes from a local church, fundraising cookbook. It was submitted by Janice, by dear stepson's Mom. These a good yummy comfort type cookies. Great with that special cup of coffee or glass of milk. Cook time is per cookie sheet."
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Ready In:
60 cookies




  • Combine first 3 ingredients in large bowl and mix together with spoon.
  • Combine oil, eggs& vanilla extract, beat slightly and then add to dry ingredients, stir well.
  • Stir in pecans and mix well.
  • Stir in chocolate morsels if you choose to add these and mix well.
  • Drop by teaspoonful on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Drop about 2-inches apart.
  • Bake at 325°F for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

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  1. Thank goodness for a good cookie recipe that works when I am out of milk and almost out of sugar!! I omitted the cup of sugar, nuts and chips and added 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg. I also did 1/2 cup of applesauce to replace 1/2 of the oil the recipe called for. I was going to add raisins but then realized I was out of them too!! These were easy and tasty too!
  2. Let me start by saying I have raised 5 children to adulthood with limited funds, so everything was homemade in my house - I am not, by any means, a novice cook. That said, I was in a hurry and thought I would grab an easy recipe for cookies and, unfortunately, chose this one. The batter was a greasy mess, they spread badly, and could not be removed from the pan without scraping, but when finally removed, crumbled into a still greasy mess. I am very upset that I have wasted the money on the ingredients and the time on these, and still don't have cookies to show for it. Stay away from this recipe!
  3. The cake mix part of this recipe drew me in and I am so glad it did. AFter mixing the ingredients together minus 1/4 c of sugar, I felt it was much too oily. I added in between 1/2-3/4 c flour and the batter felt more cookie like. These cookies came out great as per DH and B-I-L. They are sweet and crunchy. I dd add in a 1/4 bag of chocolate chips as well and the blend of oatmel and chocolate was a HUGE hit.<br/>I will make these often, and I mean often! Thank you for a very adaptable recipe. I am making them this weekend with raisins. Made these again for the From the Pantry Challenge Feb 2012. Jelly I love the ease of these and the "health" aspect of the oatmeal. The boys are working on redoing my pantry so this was a perfect fit for Sunday dessert. Served with ice cream of course.
  4. I used this recipe with a butter pecan cake mix and omitted the chocolate chips and added dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, and apricots), and 1 cup walnuts. I used instant oatmeal packets (2 regular, 2 blueberry, 2 peach, 1 apple cinnamon, and 1 maple brown sugar). They came out wonderful.
  5. I used 3/4 of oil after reading others reviews, even then the batter was oily, and the cinnamon chips that I put in glistened with oil. But after they were baked at 350 for 10 minutes they turned out perfect, crispy and a touch chewy. I used Betty Crocker Butter Pecan Cake Mix.


  1. Used this recipe as crust for key lime cheesecake squares. It was great. I used one cup sliced almonds and one cup of coconut instead of pecans and chips. This recipe will make enough for 2 9x13 pans. I was worried about the amount of oil but it was needed to make the crust crunchy. I cooked the crust about 10 minutes before I put cheesecake batter in to cook.
  2. While I prefer making totally homemade cookies, I used this recipe when making cookies with the 4 year old I nanny. I only had a box of white cake mix and that worked great. I also used brown sugar instead of white sugar and only added oil until it everything was moist. I added raisins and chopped walnuts instead of the pecans. The girls loved them!
  3. Boy I hate to be the one to break your 5 Star record :( These are very good cookies but waaaayyy too sweet for our taste. The first cookie was great but after that the sugar was overwhelming. Also they aren't the texture of 'real' oatmeal cookies which I don't fault the recipe for at all, just thought that should be mentioned. I added raisins and used walnuts in place of pecans - cinnamon would be a nice addition. I will make these again and either cut way back on the sugar or eliminate it (it is a very EASY recipe) and I think then it will be a 5 star for our family. I will take the remaining cookies to preschool for snack and I'm sure the kids will love the sweetness.


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