I absolutely love making recipes from my childhood. Have you ever noticed that so many of our memories are attached to food and family dinners? Not just the taste of certain foods but also the smell of different foods can trigger a memory. Iced Oatmeal Cookies do this for me!
This recipe triggers memories of being a little girl and my mom getting these cookies at the grocery store for my sister and me. Dad was a pretty big fan of them also! 🙂 My sister would dunk them in a glass of milk and my dad would dunk his in a cup of coffee. If you are a fan of dunking cookies in milk or coffee then this recipe has your name written all over it. I just ate mine right out of the package. I am not much of a cookie dunker. Either way, whether dunked or not dunked, they are super delicious!
There is a hint of a spicy flavor to these cookies. The slight taste of cinnamon and nutmeg is pure perfection. If you remember the taste of these store bought cookies, then you will truly be amazed at how much this recipe looks, smells and tastes just like the old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies you remember eating from years ago!
Ingredients for Iced Oatmeal Cookies
This recipe calls for a couple of ingredients that you might not have on hand. The first ingredient is old fashioned oats. You do not want to use the quick instant oats in this recipe. You want the old fashioned ones.
The other ingredient that you might not have on hand is dark molasses. Don’t skip this ingredient. It is very important for the taste and texture of the cookie. You can find dark molasses in a jar in the baking aisle of your grocery store.
Room Temperature Ingredients
The butter and eggs need to be room temperature for this recipe. Set them out a bit before you begin the baking process. When recipes call for room temperature ingredients there truly is a reason why. Sydney and I love experimenting with recipes, but when ingredients are called for room temperature we follow these instructions.
Chewy Cookie vs Crunchy Cookie
The recommended baking time for this recipe is 12-14 minutes. This yields a chewier cookie. If you want your iced oatmeal cookies to be more like the old fashioned crunchy ones you, will want to bake them a couple of extra minutes.
After you have the cookie dough made up it will need to chill in the fridge for 45-60 minutes. This is a great time to clean up and prep for the icing. It is also a great time to run an errand or take a shower. We always put the chill time to good use. That way we don’t feel like it is wasted time!
Iced Oatmeal Cookies
- 2 cups oats old fashioned
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 sticks salted butter
- 2 extra large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 TBSP dark molasses
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar sifted
- 2 TBSP milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- Using a food processor, pulse the oats 10-12 times. You want a mixture of chopped oats and oat flour. DON'T SKIP THIS STEP!
- In a medium bowl whisk the pulsed oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl beat the sugar, brown sugar and butter on medium high speed using a hand or stand mixer. About 2-3 minutes.
- Next, add in the eggs, vanilla and molasses to the butter/sugar mixture. Beat on high speed until well combined. About 1-2 minutes.
- Now, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat on low until just combined. The dough will be sticky and thick. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 45-60 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- You will want your balls of dough to be approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons in size. Place them about 3 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes for a chewy cookie. A couple minutes longer for a crunchy cookie.
- Allow the cookies to sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack for cooling.
- Once the cookies have completely cooled you can ice them. Add the sifted powdered sugar, milk and vanilla to a medium bowl. Stir until you get it as combined as you can. Your icing will be very thick. You will not be able to get it fully combined and that is ok. Very gently dip the top of the cookies into the icing (sometimes a circular, rocking motion helps to not completely coat it so you can have part of the cookie coming through). Set them back on the cooling rack. It will take a few hours for the icing to completely harden. Don't place them on top of each other in a container until they are completely hardened.
If you have little ones they will love the icing on these cookies. The icing looks pretty and tastes amazing. If they are not too little they will love to help dip the cookies in the icing after baking!
This is a favorite recipe for the old and young alike. Everyone just seems to really enjoy these Iced Oatmeal Cookies.
Have an amazing day and don’t forget to do some baking!