These delicious old-fashioned iced oatmeal cookies are a favorite cookie recipe perfect for parties, potlucks or just to fill the cookie jar with. Topped with a maple icing, these iced oatmeal cookies are easy to make and are requested time and time again.
Oatmeal cookies are one of the most classic cookie recipes out there. If you ask anyone about these cookies, they’ll almost certainly have memories associated with them. From homemade versions to pre-packaged varieties, oatmeal cookies have been a part of almost everyone’s family’s life for time out of mind. I love them, and so does my family. I especially love making them from scratch. Nothing beats that chewy texture that you get when you make them from scratch, and that flavor is perfect for desserts, potlucks, and every single holiday you can think of. They’re always a great choice!
Iced Oatmeal Cookies
These delicious cookies use a simple, classic dough recipe and a super-easy maple icing recipe that pairs perfectly with the flavors in the cookies. Rolled oats create the classic texture that you’ll only find with homemade oatmeal cookies, and the maple icing gives that classic iced look that we all remember from every pre-packaged oatmeal cookie we’ve ever eaten. It’s really the best of both worlds in one delicious cookie.
Iced Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients
It only takes basic baking ingredients to make these cookies. You’ll probably have most if not all of them in your kitchen already.
For the Cookies
- Rolled oats
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Unsalted butter
- Light brown sugar
- Large eggs
- Vanilla extract
For the Maple Icing
- Heavy whipping cream or milk
- Pure maple syrup
- Powdered sugar
How to Make Iced Oatmeal Cookies
Making these cookies is an easy affair. It only takes a few simple steps to make them.
Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then pule your oats in a food processor until they’re various textures. Do not pulverize them into powder.
Step 2: Combine the Dry Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, add oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
Step 3: Combine the Wet Ingredients
In a separate large bowl, beat butter using an electric mixer. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Then, add the eggs into the sugar mixture, beating between each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.
Step 4: Make the Dough
Add half of the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and beat on low until incorporated. Now add the remaining flour mixture and beat until fully incorporated.
Step 5: Bake
Using a heaping tablespoon, roll the dough into balls and place them two inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Then, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes. Finally, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 6: Make the Icing
In a medium mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar, cream, and maple syrup. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and ingredients are well combined.
Step 7: Ice
Dip tops of cooled cookies into icing and place back onto a wire rack to allow icing to set.
Why You’ll Love This Iced Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- First off, they’re delicious.
- They’re full of nostalgia.
- They’re easy to make.
- Everyone loves oatmeal cookies!
Iced Oatmeal Cookies Variations
You can play around with these cookies to make them your own. That’s the beauty of sweet treats like these. I have some great ideas that you might want to try.
- Add nuts, chocolate chips, caramel chips
- Add raisins. dried cranberries, other dried fruits,
- Use old-fashioned oats
- For super chunky, chew cookies, don’t grind your oatmeal.
Iced Oatmeal Cookies FAQ
If you have questions about this recipe, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about oatmeal cookies.
Where do oatmeal cookies come from?
The American version of oatmeal cookies that we all know and love was created by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896. It wasn’t until a few years later in the 1900s that they really took off, however. Quaker Oats printed the recipe on their oatmeal containers, and the rest, as they say, is history.
How do you keep oatmeal cookies from getting hard?
The main reason that oatmeal cookies get hard is air. To keep them from becoming oatmeal rocks, store them in an airtight container with a lid that you can burp or a resealable bag that zips up tightly.
Are oatmeal cookies a healthy snack?
In moderation, oatmeal cookies work as a snack for a healthy lifestyle. The keyword here is “moderation”. Oatmeal cookies are made with flour, butter, and sugar in addition to the oatmeal, so you can’t eat a stack of them and expect healthy results.
Why do I need to grind my oats for oatmeal cookies?
You don’t actually need to grind your oats. It depends on the type of cookie you want. If you want a softer cookie with a uniform texture, grinding is the way to go. If you like a rustic, chewy cookie, don’t grind your oats.
The most common cause of dry cookies is too much flour. To avoid this, measure properly. Never scoop your measuring cup into the flour. Instead, spoon the flour lightly into the cup and then level it off with the flat edge of a knife.
How do you make cookies moist?
Underbaking is your first step. Remove the cookies about a minute before they’re finished baking. The carryover cooking time will bake them to perfection. You can also add a bit more brown sugar and a bit less white sugar.
How do you keep cookies from sticking to the pan?
Grease or spray your cooking sheet with cooking spray. You can also line it with parchment paper or silicon liners.
How to Store Iced Oatmeal Cookies
Store your cookies at room temperature in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to two weeks.
Try These Iced Oatmeal Cookies Today
And I really do mean today. With a recipe this easy, you’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time, and you’ll have some of the best iced oatmeal cookies you’ve ever tasted. Give this recipe a try, and I know you’ll be making it again and again. You’ll have to, or your family won’t leave you alone.
More Delicious Cookie Recipes You’ll Enjoy
Lemon Crinkle Cookies – A classic crinkle cookie recipe with a zesty lemon twist. They’re easy to make and even easier to enjoy.
Orange Meltaway Cookies – These cookies have a subtle orange flavor, an orange flavored icing, and melt in your mouth. They’re great for parties, potlucks, or a refreshing dessert the entire family will love.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Delicious chocolate chip cookies with added dark chocolate and mint chocolate chips. These are definitely a favorite cookie recipe.
Also, try these Lemon Cookies with Lemon Glaze from Deliciously Seasoned. They’re thick, chewy, and zesty cookies that are topped with a sweet and delicious lemon glaze.
Iced Oatmeal Cookies
For the Oatmeal Cookies
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Maple Icing
- 1½-2 tablespoon heavy whipping cream or milk
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350° and prepare baking sheet(s) by lining with parchment paper.
For the Oatmeal Cookies
- Add rolled oats to a chopper or food processor and pulse until oats are various textures, not powder.
- In a large mixing bowl, add oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, beat butter using a hand mixer. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat until mixture is light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs into the sugar mixture, beating between each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.
- Add ½ of the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and beat on low until incorporated. Now add remaining flour mixture and beat until fully incorporated.
- Using a heaping tablespoon, roll the dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheet(s) two inches apart.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack. Allow cookies to cool completely.
For the Maple Icing
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar, cream, and maple syrup. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and ingredients are well combined.
- Dip tops of cooled cookies into icing and place back onto a wire rack to allow icing to set.
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