Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

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These old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies have a lovely balance of warm spices, milky sweetness, and oatmeal earthiness.

These old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies have a lovely balance of warm spices, milky sweetness, and oatmeal earthiness.

Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Are you a crunchy cookie person or a chewy? I tend to not discriminate — if it’s round and sweet, I’ll eat it. But the beauty of these old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies is you can choose your own adventure! Want a crisper bite to them? Bake them a minute or two longer. Prefer a chewy, soft cookie with just a slightly crispy outside? Pop them out of the oven closer to the 11-minute mark.

The thing that makes these cookies so incredible is the super simple icing on top. And I mean SUPER simple… It’s just two ingredients (milk and powdered sugar), but it adds such a tasty and fun topping to a fairly simple cookie. It makes me feel like I’m having tea with Queen Elizabeth. Don’t you think she’d love these sweet and fancy little charmers? I do!

These old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies have a lovely balance of warm spices, milky sweetness, and oatmeal earthiness.

Can you use quick oats for oatmeal cookies?

I would recommend not using quick oats for these oatmeal cookies (unless it’s the only thing you have on hand). Old-fashioned oats give a chewier, fresher texture, while quick oats can sometimes taste too grainy.

Why are my oatmeal cookies hard?

If you’re not one of those crunchy cookie people but keep ending up with hard cookies, try taking them out of the oven 2 to 3 minutes earlier than normal. If that’s not fully doing the trick, make sure you have enough butter. If you don’t use the right amount (1 cup, softened, for this recipe), the cookies can end up tough and crumbly.

Should you chill oatmeal cookie dough?

You don’t need to chill the cookie dough for this recipe. I do recommend you let the dough sit for 10 minutes in the bowl before assembling the dough balls on the pan to allow the liquid to absorb into the oats. But because these don’t spread too much while baking, feel free to skip the chilling!

These old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies have a lovely balance of warm spices, milky sweetness, and oatmeal earthiness.
These old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies have a lovely balance of warm spices, milky sweetness, and oatmeal earthiness.

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These old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies have a lovely balance of warm spices, milky sweetness, and oatmeal earthiness.

Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 11 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 3 dozen cookies 1x

Description

These old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies have a lovely balance of warm spices, milky sweetness, and oatmeal earthiness.


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Add the oats to a blender or food processor, and blend until the oats process into an oat flour, about 30 seconds. It’s okay to have a few chunks left in the oats — they do not need to be ground into a super-fine flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). You can use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, if you’d like.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat to combine.
  4. Add the ground oat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir to combine well.
  5. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes (this gives the oats time to absorb some of the liquid in the recipe).
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F., and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  7. Scoop a generous tablespoon of dough into your hands, and roll it in to a ball (this will help your cookies to be very round when baked).
  8. Place on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart, and repeat with remaining dough.
  9. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, or until the edges are light brown (if you like a crisper cookie, bake them a bit longer until the whole cookie is a light brown).
  10. Remove from the oven, and let the cookies cool on a wire rack.
  11. To make the icing, stir together the powdered sugar and milk to form a thin icing.
  12. Hold onto the cookie, and dip just the top into the icing. Let the icing drip off, and then return the cookie to the cooling rack, icing side up. Repeat with remaining cookies.
  13. Enjoy right away, and store extras in an airtight container in a single layer (the icing can make them stick together if you stack them).

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: oatmeal cookie, cookie recipe, iced cookies, dessert

These old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies are the most charming little sweets and have a lovely balance of warm spices and sweet icing!

These old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies have a lovely balance of warm spices, milky sweetness, and oatmeal earthiness.

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You can make this old fashioned iced oatmeal cookie recipe a little chewy or a little crunchy depending on how long you bake them — either way, their sweet and spicy flavors do the soul good!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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