Tennessee Drop Cookies

Gail Welch


I was only 11 years old when my mom got this recipe from a church member of ours in Pasadena, TX. It is very similar to the NO BAKE CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIES or BOILED OATMEAL COOKIES. However, it has a few different ingredients and directions and can be made into several variations.

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approx 2 1/2 dozen cookies
5 Min
5 Min
Stove Top


2 c
4 Tbsp
1 stick
1/2 c
2 c
oats, quick cooking (1 minute)
1 1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
3/4 c
pecans, coarsely chopped or any variation below


3/4 c
coconut, flaked or
3/4 c
raisins or
1/2 c
pecans & 1/4 cup coconut (combined) or
3/4 c
any combination of coconut, raisins and pecans or
1/2 c
peanut butter
plain- oatmeal and chocolate-no other additions


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1In heavy 2qt-4qt saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa, butter and milk well. Bring to a boil. Start timing, once the mixture begins to boil. Boil on medium heat for at least 4 minutes, stirring frequently.

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2Remove from heat, add oatmeal, vanilla and your choice of pecans or variation of other ingredients. (coconut, raisins, coconut/pecans, peanut butter or leave plain)

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3Stir until well blended and oats all are dark.

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4Drop QUICKLY by spoonfuls onto wax or parchment paper to set.

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5Mrs. Bonnie (whose recipe this is) would make 3 separate batches. One with pecans. one with raisins and one with coconut. I started making them with 1/2 pecans and 1/2 coconut. A friend makes them plain- just oatmeal and chocolate.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Candies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy