Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Prep 15 mins
Cook 14 mins
Add'l 5 mins
Total 34 mins

Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies are equal parts crunchy and chewy. A classic cookie recipe topped with sweet icing, these easy oatmeal cookies are too good to resist!

Stacks of Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies on small white cake stand

Classic Iced Oatmeal Cookies

These are the ultimate lazy baker’s cookies! Based on a handwritten recipe from my Granny’s cookbooks, these are no-fuss, classic oatmeal cookies made with pantry basics. Even the simple icing has only two ingredients! 

That being said, this easy oatmeal cookie recipe doesn’t skimp on texture or flavor. These old fashioned oatmeal cookies are all about texture; not too soft, not too crunchy, with just the right amount of irresistible chew. I love to make a batch of these during the week to enjoy as a quick and easy sweet dessert or snack.

Stacks of Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies on small white cake stand

What You’ll Need

Here’s the list of ingredients you’ll need to achieve the perfect oatmeal cookie:

For the Cookies

  • Old Fashioned Oats: Old fashioned or rolled oats are the best oats for oatmeal cookies. They bake into the best hearty texture!
  • Butter: Unsalted is best, melted in bursts.
  • Sugar: I use both light brown sugar and granulated sugar; the combination makes for an exceptionally perfect, slightly chewy cookie!
  • Spices: Freshly ground cinnamon and nutmeg for just the right hint of warm spice.
  • Eggs: I’ve found 2 whole large eggs result in the best textured cookies. 
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt

For the Icing

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk

Can I Use Quick Oats Instead?

Technically, quick oats will work for this recipe in a pinch. However, since quick oats cook faster than rolled oats, the size and texture of the cookies will be less consistent. For this reason, and for the sake of a perfectly chewy cookie, I wouldn’t recommend it.

How to Make Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Mix the Dry Ingredients: To begin, coarse grind the oats using a food processor. Combine the oatmeal with the rest of the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, and then set this aside.

Combine the Wet Ingredients: Cream together the melted butter and both sugars, then add the eggs one at a time. 

Prepare the Dough: Mix together the wet and dry mixtures until everything is well combined. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto buttered cookie sheets.  

Bake: Bake the cookies until they’re browned. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheets for a few minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

Frost the Cookies: Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until you reach a smooth consistency. Generously glaze each cookie and allow the frosting to set completely before storing or serving!

Tips for Success

  • Butter the Baking Sheet: To encourage the cookies to spread as they bake, don’t forget to butter your cookie sheet! 
  • Measure the Flour Correctly: Too much flour is one reason you’ll end up with overly cakey cookies. To avoid this, spoon the flour into a measuring cup and then level it off using a knife.

Variation Ideas

Such a perfect, simple oatmeal cookie is the best base for add-ins and imagination.

Kick the fall flavors up a notch with a sweet Maple Icing or spiced Cinnamon Glaze.

You can also mix things up by combining any of the below ingredients into the cookie dough:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Toffee bits
  • Crushed nuts (macadamias, pecans, peanuts, almonds)

How to Store Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies that are stored properly will keep for up to 2 weeks at room temperature. Once the frosting on the cookies has hardened, store the cookies in an airtight container or resealable ziplock bag, away from sunlight.

Can I Freeze These?

You can freeze these oatmeal cookies for up to 3 months, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or stored in an airtight freezer bag or container.

Thaw the cookies at room temperature before serving.

More Frosted Cookies to Try

Yield: 18 large cookies

Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Stack of Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies on a white stand

Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies are equal parts crunchy and chewy. Topped with sweet icing, these easy oatmeal cookies are too good to resist!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes


  • For the Cookies:
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • For the Icing:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and butter two cookie sheets. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse oats until partly ground. You don’t want a fine powder, you want a coarse meal. Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the melted butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix in the dry oat mixture, stirring until thoroughly combined.
  4. Drop dough by (heaping) rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 14-16 minutes, rotating halfway through, until browned. Let cookies rest on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Once cookies are completely cooled, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Generously frost each cookie and allow the glaze to harden completely before storing. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.


Recipe Note: Butter your cookie sheet to encourage spreading.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 286mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

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81 Responses
  1. Susan

    In you comments before the recipe was listed, you mentioned using a can of pumpkin puree. I did not see this listed as one of the ingredients in the actual recipe. Did I misunderstand for is there supposed to be pumpkin in these cookies. I plan to make them soon and want to make sure I have everything correct.

  2. Lulu

    Hi. I just made these and I’m a bit confused about the dough. It came out soupy. I’m not entirely sure what happened. I added an extra cup of flour, and they are still soupy. Should I have put them in the fridge for a while before baking? Should I have used soft butter instead of melted?

    1. Jessica

      Hmm. I wish I could know what you did so I could easily diagnose the problem…but I am not sure what happened. I know this recipe is a winner because it’s a top recipe on my site that people make all the time.

      Between the 2 cups old fashioned oats and 2 cups all purpose flour, it definitely wouldn’t be soupy. The only liquid is eggs and some softened butter? Did you happen to add some other liquid?

      Sorry I can’t be more help!

      1. Lulu

        Thank you for the reply Jessica.

        I’ve gone over what I did. The recipe calls for melted butter, not softened butter. Should I have used softened butter and not melted (liquid consistency)? I thought using melted butter may have been the culprit, but reading so many successes with this recipe, it couldn’t possibly be the cause for soupy dough. I really want to try it again, but a little worried about getting the same results. The eggs were at room temp and I used two large. Maybe I over processed the oats? I didn’t grind them down to a powder- maybe a 1/4 size of their original size.
        I measured out 2 cups of oats and then processed them. Should I have measured out 2 cups after processing them? Thanks for the help. You’re wonderful!

  3. Cyndi @ My Kitchen Craze

    Hi Jessica, I wanted to print these out so I could make them tomorrow and its giving me an error404. Wanted you to know. PS I am a HUGE Britney Spears fan too. I love her and all her music. 🙂

  4. Kat

    These are nothing like Archway or Mother’s in taste, and not crisp despite following the recipe exactly and even baking the second batch a tad longer. Will be turning these into ice cream sandwiches ala It’s It.

  5. Rachael

    I stumbled upon this recipe a couple of years ago…I honestly am asked for the recipe all the time! It is soooo good and loved by all!

  6. Keeda

    Made these for a fund raiser. Sold out in less then 15 mins (had samples). I placed icing in a piping bag and zig zaged it over the tops. Yum, these are great.

  7. CaribbeanGirlinCairo (@CaribGirlCairo)

    I just finished icing the cookies! They are delicious! Thank you for an easy recipe.

  8. Faith

    Um…awesome!! Loved it, came out perfect! I used heavy cream for the frosting. It was almost too hard to stir, but 10 seconds in the micro a couple of times made it come out perfect! Hardened up beautifully! Thanks so much for the recipe! It’s so great!!!

  9. Erin

    I found the frosting to be runny and it didn’t harden up. I was bummed…plus there were little nuggets of powdered sugar throughout no matter how long I stirred. Any tips or substitutions? Thanks! The cookies were delicious otherwise!

    1. Jessica

      With just milk and powdered sugar, there shouldn’t have been any issues with it being lumpy. However, next time you can always sift the powdered sugar first just to be sure there are no lumps!

      As for the consistency, you can always add less milk for a thicker frosting!

  10. Connie

    I’m so excited to make these tonight! I was wondering does it matter what type of milk (as in nonfat, 1%, or 2%)? Thanks! Awesome pictures!!

  11. Linda

    The icing on these is very runny. Also, I find if you grease the pan they get burnt on the bottom. Anyone else have the same problems?

  12. Ashley

    Yum, just got mine glazed and they are delish! I didn’t read the instructions since I was watching Project Runway on another browser tab… oops! So I missed the ground oatmeal, but they taste great!

  13. Christine

    so glad you posted this recipe. It brought a smile to my face. These cookies bring up wonderful memories of my great grandmother. Even though she was an amazing baker, she always insisted on buying a bag of these treats for us because they knew we loved them! 🙂 I don’t remember the brand, but remember they were bite size cookies sold in a blue bag.

  14. Susan Yezbak

    OMG, these are soooooo delicious!!! Had to freeze some so I couldn’t keep eating them. Husband loved them too!!!

  15. Heather {Dietetic Sinners}

    My Great Gran always had these in her cookie jar. Never really cared for them as a child but now I miss them (and Gran)! Can’t wait to make these=)

  16. Jewels Phraner

    I loved the store-bought version of these when I was young, but I recently bought them and either my memory of them is not at all like reality OR they’ve gone down hlll in taste. Either way, I bet these cookies are the perfect solution.

    Can’t wait to try them!

    1. Jessica

      I didn’t store mine in the fridge, but they were all gone in under 2 days and my kitchen was cool. If you are worried, pop them in the fridge. 🙂

  17. Lisa

    Can the dough be freezed and baked later somehow? These cookies were such a big hit in my house and we want to prepare the dough to make them for a cookie swap on Wednesday’! Thank you!!

    1. Jessica

      I have done that with other cookie dough before, but I am not positive on how this cookie dough would do. It’s always worth a shot, but I can’t promise it will still create the same cookie.

  18. Em

    These cookies look so good – chewy and thick, the best kind of oatmeal cookie in my opinion. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  19. Naomi

    I’ve made these two nights in a row now and they are amazing. Thanks for the recipe! I added a slight bit more cinnamon the second time though, just a tiny bit, just because I love the taste but the recipe as it’s written is amazing. Oh and I used cream for the icing as I didn’t have any milk in the house and it was great. Thanks!

  20. Tiffany

    Brit can totally sing!!!!!! haha. Such a fangirl.

    But, most importantly, I LOVE iced oatmeal cookies and I’m so excited to make these! Thanks for the recipe! =)

  21. Felia

    I am so happy I found your blog on pinterest. As you migt see I am very addicted. 🙂 And by the way: When it comes to Britney I am also a girl of the 90’s. 🙂

  22. Tina {My Life as a Mrs}

    Oh my gosh… I HAVE to make these for Mike – Iced Oatmeal cookies are his favorite! he will FLIP.

  23. Laura

    How can you not love Brit? The epitome of hawtness, with that slight edge of white trashiness. Loving her on the X Factor too!

    Also, how could you not love these cookies? They look absolutely divine. But, light enough you could eat like 15! 🙂

  24. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    Sometimes nothing beats a glass of wine, a cookie, and judging celebrity clothing.

  25. Pascale

    I made these wonderful cookies last night and wow were they a hit. They are EXACTLY like the packaged ones EXCEPT nothing artificial.
    My girls loved them and they will become a favorite in our house.

    I LOVE grinding the oatmeal. Going to try them gluten free for my dad.

    One change: I did SMALL scoops of dough… so I got almost 4 dozen. Thanks for this great recipe.

  26. Fuji Mama

    These seriously have given me a case of nostalgia…YUM!! I need these in my life. Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow in Idaho!

  27. Kitty

    Yum! I’ve been looking for a proper sweet oatmeal cookie! Even if I can’t bring myself to watch X Factor.

    And Jessica, if you’re a Lush girl, as I am- depending on your skin type of course, have you tried their Cosmetic Lad moisturiser? It’s my favourite, go to daily moisturiser!

  28. Nikki @Pennies on a Platter

    So, I’m on my way over to kick up my feet with you, watch the XFactor and eat well over my fair share of these cookies! Because, you know, now I’m eating for TWO. 😉

  29. Renee

    I’m a big fan of nostalgia, and these cookies definitely take me back. I can’t wait to try them and have them stuck in my teeth.

  30. Mary@SiftingFocus

    Wow, I haven’t thought of these cookies in years but they are definitely one of my favorites. I love that I now have a recipe and won’t have to buy the store-bought version anymore.

  31. Melissa

    These look so good! My husband loves the Mother’s cookies like this too, he would really love these!

    I couldn’t even watch Britney, is she doing her own makeup?! Don’t they have hi definition powder?! Help a girl out, you know they have better products than what she is wearing. ;0)

  32. Ala

    I used to be addicted to these…along with Circus Animal cookies. The resulting sugar high, though, my mother was not quite a fan of. Guess I’m going to join your rebel cause and have to try my hand at these as well–thanks for sharing!

  33. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Love your rant on Britney — gotta remember to DVR xfactor.

    And that’s a batch of cookie deliciousness!

  34. Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    What wonderful memories these cookies have brought back to me! Now I have a recipe to make them! I love your post! Thank you!

  35. Laura Dembowski

    I love Britney too! I’ve seen her twice in concert and would go again in a minute. Her music makes me happy. Those cookies bring me back to childhood too. They sound so good!

  36. kim@hungryhealthygirl

    I’m a girl of the 90’s too. No shame in loving Britney!! I might have to do the wine/cookie thing next time X Factor comes on…..sounds like a great plan to me!

  37. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    Haha! My guilty pleasure lately has been Dawson’s Creek on Netflix! It usually involves wine but wine and cookies, oh please!, that is a routine I can get on board with! : ) Oh and my Mom would occasionally let us have the store bought iced oatmeal cookies when we were kids but homemade is always better!

  38. Sues

    I just wrote about Britney Spears the other day, too! I totally need to watch XFactor now. I also just made a fabulous oatmeal sandwich cookie (like Little Debbie!), but now I want frosted ones instead. Your photos are beautiful!

  39. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    Oh man, how did you know these were the cookies I’d steal by the fistful from my grandma’s cabinets:??

  40. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    So, I love that you made these cookies because they were my No. 1 favorite thing in the world growing up… but I also love that you have a wine fridge. I need to get me both of these things, stat! 🙂

  41. Angie @ Coffee and Cannolis

    I think I might have to make these soon! I LOVED these cookies growing up and haven’t had them in years!

  42. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    I just started watching x-factor for the first time this week and love it already. If only I had a batch of these cookies to enjoy with it!

  43. leslie

    Ohhh these look sooooo scrumptious! I haven’t seen Brit Brit on the X factor yet..I supose I need to watch it!

  44. Devon

    I’m LOVING Britney on XFactor. LOVING. She’s fantastic. I also love that you consider your wine when making a cookie selection.

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