Soft Iced Oatmeal Cookies

These soft iced oatmeal cookies are truly a classic!

Soft Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Treats! These soft iced oatmeal cookies are a classic. They are incredibly soft and chewy, and there is something appealing about how simple they are.

The oats are pulsed in the food processor before being mixed into the cookies and I think that contributes to the wonderful texture of these cookies. Β There is also plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg added in as well, giving them a perfectly spiced flavor. The cookies are good by themselves (especially warm out of the oven!), but are even better once the glaze is added.

They are definitely addicting, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. I hope you try these – sometimes it’s nice to have a simple and classic alternative to the more decadent cookie options this time of year. πŸ™‚

Soft Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Click here to see the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas Treats 2013. Or you can see all of my Christmas treat recipes from over the years at this Christmas Cookies tag. Enjoy! And, as always, let me know if you try any and how you liked them.

Soft Iced Oatmeal Cookies



  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place rolled oats in a food processor and pulse for 10-20 seconds, or until coarse. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the pulsed oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream butter and sugars until smooth. Add in eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Gradually mix in flour mixture and until combined. Cover and chill 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Roll dough into 2 tablespoon size balls and place on baking sheet spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottoms begin to brown. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Make the glaze: Mix confectioners sugar and milk together in a medium bowl until smooth. Quickly dip tops of cookies into glaze and let excess drip off. Place back on wire rack until glaze sets. Store cookies in an airtight container.

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  1. Hi Megan! You’re so right, they are addicting! Now I’m craving these. I think I may need to make a batch this weekend. So glad you enjoyed this recipe! πŸ™‚

  2. These look so good — I love the soft combo with oats, and the icing just makes everything better πŸ™‚

  3. Oh my, these look delicious Megan! Oatmeal cookies are one of my all time favorite cookies and I love that these are soft and chewy. They look so pretty with glaze and I can imagine how wonderful they taste πŸ™‚

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  5. Oh these look so yummy πŸ™‚ I love oatmeal cookies, but I love them even more with icing!

  6. Can you subsitute anything for half of the butter? That’s a lot of butter :-/

    • You could always try substituting applesauce for half of the butter, but I’m not sure how it would affect the texture. If you try it, let me know how it turns out πŸ™‚

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  8. These are SO yummy. I omitted the nutmeg because I am not a huge fan, and didn’t process the oats since I like the texture of them in the cookie. Why have I never iced my oatmeal cookies in the past? A keeper! Thank you!

  9. Found your site for the first time on pintrest . Made these this morning exactly as recipe states and they turned out wonderful. For those trying it wait until the cookies look barely set if they brown on top they will be over done. Thanks for the great recipe I am adding it to my favorite cookie recipe line up.

  10. These look delicious! The icing will definitely take them to the next level, yum!

  11. Hey Megan! I just used this recipe yesterday and I have to agree with you when you say they are addicting. They were so soft and moist and so delightful. I loved every bite. I also made them for some coworkers and my boys and they just loved them. They loved them so much that they couldn’t help but have more. Thank you for this recipe. I certainly enjoyed it. And I am planning on making them for my family on Christmas. I’m sure they’ll enjoy them as well πŸ™‚

  12. Can I add raisins to this recipe?

  13. They came out beautifully delicious! Β These w b my grandkids favorite!

  14. These have become a staple in my Christmas cookie baking. I love them and had to come back and reprint the recipe because mine had gotten so dirty from use. Thanks

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