Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

These Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies are spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and are the perfect way to usher in fall. 

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Today I’m helping out Betsy of Java Cupcake. Her husband is being deployed so she has lined up some guest bloggers to fill in the gaps so she can focus on more important things like spending time with her family and making care packages for her husband! I made these cookies and they quickly became a family favorite. Simple to make and perfect for the approaching cooler months. I beefed them up with some whole wheat flour, so they are practically healthy, right?

Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies | RachelCooks.com

These cookies are perfect for all and winter. The spicy cinnamon is going to leave you wanting more. The sweet icing on top gets that crunchy outer layer that I just love. These freeze great too…and I may or may not know how they taste straight out of the freezer. I added some whole wheat flour in these to give them extra nutritional value but also to make them extra chewy. I personally love what whole wheat flour does for a cookie, plus it’s better for you. Win-win! One other note — if you can help it, use freshly grated nutmeg not pre-ground nutmeg. Do it once and you’ll never go back — I promise. All you need is a microplane and nutmeg. Best smell and taste ever, so worth the small extra step it requires.

Simple to make, and even my husband loved these. He’s not a big oatmeal cookie fan. He prefers chocolate chip cookies. So traditional…unfortunately for him, he’s married to a food blogger that likes to try new things constantly. But…I try to keep some frozen chocolate chip cookie dough stocked in the freezer for him. He deserves it…and every so often, I might eat one too.

You can head on over to Java Cupcake to get the recipe for the iced oatmeal cookies or you can find it here now. While you’re at it, make sure to send some love and prayers towards her and her family.

Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

These Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies are spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and are the perfect way to usher in fall.

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for the cookies

  • 1 and ½ cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground (grated) nutmeg
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

for the icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk


  1. Add oats to a food processor and pulse until partially ground. In a mixing bowl, mix together oats, flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until well combined.
  2. Using a stand mixer and paddle attachment, whip butter and sugars until pale and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add in eggs one at a time until incorporated. With mixer on low, add in vanilla and then gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, scraping bowl as needed. Place dough in fridge for at least 3 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Scoop dough by heaping tablespoons and roll (roughly) into a ball. Place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and bake for 11-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and milk. Add enough milk so that you’re able to dip the cookies in and have the icing stick to the cookies. It should be thick…but not too thick. Dip top of cookies in icing and return to baking sheet. Allow icing to set before storing in an airtight container.

adapted generously from The Novice Chef

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: Loved these and will definitely be making them again.
Husband’s take: I think he was surprised by how much he enjoyed these cookies. He loved them with coffee.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy!

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  2. any cookie with frosting is a winner in my book. looks delish!

  3. These cookies look so comforting and perfect for an after school snack! I will be heading over to check out the recipe!

  4. one of my all-time favorite cookies

  5. Those cookies looks amazing, the icing makes the difference. “Baker Javi” Just love it

  6. that icing makes these so much better than a regular cookie!

  7. These cookies just look PERFECT, my friend! I wish I had a dozen right here, right now!

  8. So kind of you to post for Betsy so she can spend more time family! I used to be OBSESSED with iced oatmeal cookies as a kid — oh who am I kidding, I still am :) — so these look amazing!

  9. Prayers for Betsy, her husband and their family…. Heading to her site now. These cookies look so delish {perfect treat to have waiting for my kiddos when they get home from school}…. and so sweet of you to help fill in the gap on her blog while she spends time with her family.

  10. These sound SO good and yes, just perfect for ushering in fall. Yum!

  11. I love old fashioned oatmeal cookies and these look perfect! I love the glaze on top too! I have to go check them out now! Oh, BTW you’re a great friend to help and support Java Cupcake.

  12. Beautiful! Oatmeal (chocolate chip) cookies are my favorite! Add a little glaze? Perfection.

  13. I LOVE oatmeal cookies and especially with icing. These are beauties :)

  14. I love the icing on this. Gorgeous recipe!

  15. These cookies definitely make me swoon for cooler temperatures. I can picture myself eating them with a hot cup of coffee.

  16. These are my mom’s favorite cookie – she used to buy those Grandma brand all the time and bring them by the bagfuls to us after school. Love the idea of making them from scratch for her now. Thanks Rachel!

  17. ohmygosh! I used to be obsessed with these cookies! I think they need to make a comeback..and definitely in my kitchen! My son would love these, and I KNOW that I would!

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