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How To Make Breakfast Pan Cookies, Hearty, Frugal Meals

Updated on July 6, 2014
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Being hungry without access to food is a helpless feeling. The empathetic always seek to feed hunger. This recipe feeds a lot of people.

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Cast Iron Yiew of Pan Cookie

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After flipping over the first cookies, you can see them starting to look tastyside view of pancookie
After flipping over the first cookies, you can see them starting to look tasty
After flipping over the first cookies, you can see them starting to look tasty | Source
side view of pancookie
side view of pancookie | Source

Pan Cookies for Breakfast, or Snacks

Today, many of us are fighting to fit health and affordable meals into the budget. It is becoming more difficult to make dollars stretch, while still being able to provide healthy meals. When it comes to meeting nutritional needs, and hunger, this can be a tough order to fill.

Most parents today, are working more than one job. This causes the entire household to juggle schedules, transportation, and meals.

Since families are in the process of surviving, and making every minute count, this leaves little time for experimentation with recipes. This also leaves little time or effort for parents to search for something different. Let me pass on a frugal recipe I came up with years ago.

When my kids were school age, the boys were big eaters. They could be picky, but knowing how important a solid breakfast is; instead of a pan cakes, I invented pan cookies.

It was a desperate attempt to peak the kids interest. This was also a sly way to trick them into screaming for a breakfast food that is nutritious, filling, attractive and cheap.

Pan cookies, frugal breakfast, healthy snack

Cast your vote for Pan Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Oatmeal, 3 Minute Oats
  • 3/4 Cup Muffin Mix, Berry or Cheesecake
  • 12 Cranberries, Dried Fruit
  • 2 TBLS Yogurt, Berry
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 TBLS Water
  • 1 Capful Oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla flavoring
  • 1 TBLS sunflower seeds, shelled

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3/4 cup of Muffin mix3/4 cup of Muffin mix. Combine mix two or more together, or stick to a single flavorLess than 1/4 cup oatmeal12 pieces of dried Craisins, or other dried fruit, to taste. Raisins are cheaper still.Hot skillet, with light sheen of vegetable oilCinnamon 1/4 tsp, or spice to taste1/4 cup of waterStrawberry Yogurt goes well with Berry Muffin Mix 2 TBLSMix all ingredients togetherAn idea as to consistency and thickness of cookie doughBowl large enough to comfortably mix and scoop pan cookie doughHeart shaped pan cookie in hot skilletIf it isn't perfect, do not fret. They are still tasty and fruit filled. Tasty pan cookiesFirst try to make cookie about 1/2" thick. Carefully
3/4 cup of Muffin mix
3/4 cup of Muffin mix | Source
3/4 cup of Muffin mix. Combine mix two or more together, or stick to a single flavor
3/4 cup of Muffin mix. Combine mix two or more together, or stick to a single flavor | Source
Less than 1/4 cup oatmeal
Less than 1/4 cup oatmeal | Source
12 pieces of dried Craisins, or other dried fruit, to taste. Raisins are cheaper still.
12 pieces of dried Craisins, or other dried fruit, to taste. Raisins are cheaper still. | Source
Hot skillet, with light sheen of vegetable oil
Hot skillet, with light sheen of vegetable oil | Source
Cinnamon 1/4 tsp, or spice to taste
Cinnamon 1/4 tsp, or spice to taste | Source
1/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of water | Source
Strawberry Yogurt goes well with Berry Muffin Mix 2 TBLS
Strawberry Yogurt goes well with Berry Muffin Mix 2 TBLS | Source
Mix all ingredients together
Mix all ingredients together | Source
An idea as to consistency and thickness of cookie dough
An idea as to consistency and thickness of cookie dough | Source
Bowl large enough to comfortably mix and scoop pan cookie dough
Bowl large enough to comfortably mix and scoop pan cookie dough | Source
Heart shaped pan cookie in hot skillet
Heart shaped pan cookie in hot skillet | Source
If it isn't perfect, do not fret. They are still tasty and fruit filled. Tasty pan cookies
If it isn't perfect, do not fret. They are still tasty and fruit filled. Tasty pan cookies | Source
First try to make cookie about 1/2" thick. Carefully
First try to make cookie about 1/2" thick. Carefully | Source

Pan Cookies

  1. Gather all ingredients
  2. Heat griddle or cast iron skillet on 4.5 or medium heat.
  3. Get large enough bowl to easily mix all ingredients
  4. Mix until there is no dry pockets
  5. Scoop up enough for a nice "cookie-size". 2 should cook comfortably in a small skillet
  6. Carefully spread to 1/2" thinness, let cook until brown all along bottom edges
  7. Flip over and let brown. About 4 minutes.
  8. Serve on a plate, or create a pan cookie sandwich, and add a thin layer of peanut butter, or jelly between two pan cookies
  9. To stretch even farther, add more water to mix, making the Pan Cookies thinner, and shorten cooking time.
  10. To send them out the door with pan cookies, use a paper towel, or the more frugal coffee filter, they transport easily.

What makes this frugal?

This makes about 8 medium / palm sized pan cookies. They are filling, fruity and start everyone's day off with a cheerful reminder of a breakfast that tastes anything but frugal.

  • 1 Package of Martha White Muffin Mix - $1.00 (only using 3/4 cup is about .25 worth)
  • 11 Craisins - pennies
  • 1/4 Oats - less that .50 cents
  • 1/4 water - pennies
  • 1 cap full of vegetable oil - pennies
  • Cinnamon - pennies
  • Yogurt - less than .50 cents
  • 1/4 cap full vanilla flavoring pennies
  • Package of shelled sunflower seeds, about $1.00 (using only 1 TBLS leaves lots of seeds)

Cook Time

Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 8 medium pan cookies

Pan Cookie Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 palm sized coohies
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      ryanjhoe, Thank you very much for the visit, read and comment. I hope you try them soon, and come back and let me know what you think. :0)

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      ryanjhoe 

      5 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Looks delicious especially there is an oatmeal as one of the ingredient, would love to try this. Thank you for sharing.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Vespawoolf, they do resemble a pancake, but they are more portable, and filled with goodness, and easy to carry in a paper towel or coffee filter (more frugality), for little or big hands. They are filling enough to carry a person until lunch break. Thanks for taking a look, and leaving a comment.

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      These sound delicious. They almost look like a type of pancake? I like that it's inexpensive, too. Thanks!

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Hoping some of these frugal ideas, that were our "norm" will ne a help for families today. Thank you for commenting and visiting.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is certainly different..Great idea. Sometimes I wonder how large families survive today...

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals! I like sharing ideas that came from necessity. There are many variations of this...more liquid will make more, add nuts, carob chips etc...Thanks again.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great idea. your recipe looks inexpensive and healthy. That's hard to find.

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