Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Iced oatmeal cookies bring back memories of childhood.  Not only are these cookies delicious they look impressive too! No more store-bought cookies!

These cookies look like you spent all day in the kitchen.  So don’t tell anyone any different, it’s your secret.

Iced oatmeal cookies drying on a wire rack.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Old-fashioned Oats – Use old-fashioned oats not quick oats for this iced oatmeal cookie recipe. We will be pulsing them in the food processor to break them down a bit.
  • Light brown sugar and granulated sugar – The brown sugar adds taste and a soft texture.
  • Ground cinnamon and nutmeg – This gives the cookie a great taste!

Tips

  • Icing – This is a very thick icing, which is what you want for these cookies. It helps give that signature crackle look.
  • Use unsalted butter that is at room temperature. Salted butter differs in salt content.
  • Measure your all-purpose flour properly. Aerate, spoon, and swoop level.
Cookie dough in a metal bowl.

How to Make Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Pulse the oats in the food processor, which gives the cookie a smoother texture. Don’t pulse too long and finely grind the oats. You don’t want an oat flour.

Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats.

In a large mixing bowl whisk the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the softened room temperature butter on medium-high until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating just until the yolk disappears into the batter.

Lightly beat in the vanilla. Add about half of the dry ingredients mixture to the butter and egg mixture, mixing on low speed just until blended.

Oatmeal cookie dough balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Using a 2 tablespoon size cookie scoop (not heaping – leveled straight across the top of the scoop), roll the dough into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart.

Baked oatmeal cookies on a wire rack.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms just start to brown. Do not overbake.

Remove the pan from the oven and let the cookies rest for 5 minutes before removing them to a rack to cool completely.

Iced Oatmeal Cookies on a wire rack.

To prepare the icing, combine the powdered sugar (confectioners sugar) with the cream.

Whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the icing is somewhat thick.

Place the icing in a shallow dish or container.

Quickly dip the tops of cookies in the icing, let excess drip off and place back on the cooling rack to dry and set.

Iced Oatmeal Cookies on a wire rack.

Set the dipped cookies on the cooling rack until the icing has hardened and set.

You’re going to love this recipe, I promise!

FAQ

Can you use oat flour? 

No, oat flour is too powdery and doesn’t have a texture to it. It won’t give the cookies the correct texture. We want a little chunkier texture.

Storage

Store the cookies in an air-tight container with parchment paper or wax paper between the layers.

Can you freeze these cookies?

Yes, you can freeze the dough. Shape the dough balls, freeze in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and freeze until solid. Once frozen store them in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 2 months.

Crispy edges, soft, chewy inside! Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies bring back memories of your childhood with iced oatmeal cookies. #oatmealcookies #recipe

Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Bring back memories of your childhood with iced oatmeal cookies. Crispy edges, soft, chewy inside!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, iced, oatmeal
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Leigh Harris

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

FOR THE ICING:

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Add the rolled oats to a food processor and pulse about 10 times. Don’t over process, leave some texture.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk the oats, flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter on medium-high until fluffy.
  • Add the brown and granulated sugars and mix on medium-high until it becomes fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating just until the yolk disappears into the batter.
  • Lightly beat in the vanilla. Add about half of the dry mixture to the butter and egg mixture, mixing on low speed just until blended.
  • Continue adding the flour mixture until it is fully incorporated.
  • Using a 2 tablespoon size cookie scoop (not heaping – leveled straight across the top of the scoop), roll the dough into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms just start to brown. Do not over bake.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let the cookies rest for 5 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.
  • To prepare the icing, combine the confectioners’ sugar with the cream.
  • Whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the icing is somewhat thick.
  • Place the icing in a shallow dish or container.
  • Quickly dip the tops of the cooled cookies into the icing and let the excess drip off.
  • Set the dipped cookie on the cooling rack until the icing has set.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

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40 Comments

  1. Ooh, oatmeal cookies are my favorite, but I’ve never iced them before. These look like the iced cookies from the store, but I’m sure they are much tastier being homemade! I’ll have to try these with my kids.

  2. These look like they taste like my childhood favorite! I will have to give these a try. Thanks for linking up with us at The Wednesday Showcase!

  3. These cookies do look nice and homemade. I love the taste of oats and the addition of nutmeg and cinnamon will tempt me into trying these.

    Thank you fro sharing.

    #WAYWOW5 stars

  4. I love these cookies! My grandparents always had these in their cookie jar when I was a kid so these bring back sweet memories.

  5. I am a huge fan of the store bought iced oatmeal cookies. These look easy and simple to make. I am going to pin for later. Thanks for sharing with us all. I found your link at Home Matters link up this week. Have a wonderful weekend!5 stars

  6. As soon as I spotted the photo of your Iced Oatmeal Cookies, I smiled. Because it brought me back to my childhood. Thanks for the good feeling! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

  7. These look just like the store bought ones I love so much, but no doubt, these are even better. Pinned! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come again soon.5 stars

  8. Two tips in the recipe that I had never heard before! To pulse the oatmeal to make it smaller, I bet the cookies are really moist this way! YUM! And I never heard of dipping the cookie in the icing! So much easier than using a knife to ice each one, and they look really good your way, delish! Thanks for sharing your recipe, I’ve Pinned, Yummed and Stumbled so I can find it again. These are a must make!5 stars

  9. These cookies looks delicious. I can’t believe I’ve never though to make ICED oatmeal cookies! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  10. Oh yum! I love oatmeal cookies and these look so delicious. The icing is an added bonus! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC. Pinned
    hugs,
    Jann

  11. Yum! I’ve been looking for a good recipe for iced oatmeal cookies! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories

  12. Killing me right now as I drool. I am so hungry and these just sent me over the edge with mouthwatering photos. Yum! Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. Sorry to be late commenting we have my mother visiting from America. 🙂 Thanks for joining in. #sharewithme5 stars

  13. these look so delicious! I’m totally making these this weekend! thanks so much for sharing at FUntastic Friday!

  14. I would just love these cookies! Looking forward to seeing you again at Full Plate Thursday tonight!
    Hope you are having a great day!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  15. A yummy recipe indeed. I’ll have to get the baker of the house to try this one out. Thanks for sharing.

  16. One of our favorites kicked up a k-notch! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! Pinned & Shared. Hope to see you again soon.

  17. These look delicious! I love oatmeal cookies but I’ve only made regular, old oatmeal and raisin cookies. These will definitely be in our over soon. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

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