Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies


The foods that can take you back in time are some of the best. They are the classics that just don’t fade. These sweetly spiced oatmeal cookies, covered with a doughnut like glaze will likely remind you of something your Grandma used to make. Their deliciously chewy texture comes from the partially processed oats, which build their structure while also contributing to that old fashioned flavor. These cookies can be baked up more chewy or more crisp, which ever you prefer. If you’d like them to be more soft and chewy then bake them near the lesser amount of time and for a crispier cookie bake them for the greater amount of time.

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This recipe is one you’re going to want to hang on to. After trying these my husband said  “I normally hate oatmeal cookies, but I love these!” It’s true, these cookies just have something special to them. Enjoy!

old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies | Cooking Classy


old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies | Cooking Classy

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Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: About 2 1/2 dozen

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup butter , softened (I used salted)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour oats into a food processor and pulse until partially ground, about 15 seconds. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground oats, for 30 seconds.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter, granulated sugar and light-brown sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 - 4 minutes. Add in eggs one at a time, mixing until combined after each addition. Stir in vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined (scrape bottom and sides of bowl as needed). Allow cookie dough to rest 10 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Scoop dough out about 2 Tbsp at a time and drop onto a silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 11 - 15 minutes. Allow cookies to rest on baking sheet several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. In a mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar and milk and dip tops of cooled cookies in icing and allow excess to run off or alternately spread icing over cookies. Return to wire rack and allow icing to set. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
  5. Recipe Source: lightly adapted from Is This Really My Life? who adapted it from Novice Chef


  • Cheryl Hargett: Will this icing set up hard, too? That’s the kind I’m looking for.. November 28, 2017 at 8:22am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes it does set up and harden. November 28, 2017 at 10:02pm Reply

  • Gayle: Jaclyn: I was looking for a cookie icing recipe. My husband loved the store bought iced oatmeal cookies. However, he is recovering from a triple by-pass operation two weeks ago. He told me to get him some more at the store. I said “NO” you are not going to eat those. Too much junk in them that you really don’t know what you are eating. I already had another recipe made up when I found your site. Your recipe sounds soooo much better with all of the spices that are in them. I will be making yours for sure. Home made is always better and can’t wait to try yours!! November 7, 2015 at 3:04pm Reply

  • Linda: These are in the oven now. I don’t have a food processor, so what I did to grind the oats was to use a hand-held herb grinder that I have, filling each compartment to the top with the oats, and then grinded away. The consistency of the oats was perfect and it was very easy. Here is what I used: http://www.amazon.com/KIND-Kinder-Herb-Grinder/dp/B00K5QF37E. Can’t wait to ice these and eat some! Thanks for sharing the recipe! September 6, 2015 at 1:14pm Reply

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