Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Prep 15 mins
Cook 14 mins
Add'l 5 mins
Total 34 mins
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Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies are a homespun favorite, with a chewy, crunchy texture. Made with wholesome ingredients and topped with sweet icing, these easy cookies are too good to resist!

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. They’re just right with a cup of coffee, a glass of ice-cold milk, or some sweet apple cider. Yum.

From top: Oats, powdered sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, eggs, sugar, flour, melted butter, brown sugar, milk.

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. It should be melted. I do this in the microwave, melting it in short bursts of about 10 seconds and stirring after each burst. You could also melt it over low heat on the stovetop.
  • 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: Plain all-purpose flour works perfectly in this recipe.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda: Using both together gives the cookies a lift, so they aren’t hard or heavy.
  • Salt: To bring out the flavor in the oats and spices.

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.

Close-up shot of iced oatmeal cookies arranged in an overlapping circle on a plate.

How to Make Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Making these cookies is practically a cakewalk! Or a cookie walk? Either way, it’s extremely easy, which is great for a busy cook. Here’s the process, step by step.

Mix the Dry Ingredients: To begin, coarsely 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. Set this mixture aside for now.

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

Prepare the Dough: Stir the wet and dry mixtures together, until everything is well-combined. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto buttered cookie sheets, leaving a little space between each spoonful of dough.  

Bake: Bake the old fashioned oatmeal cookies until they’re golden-brown, about 15 minutes. Let them rest on the baking sheets for a few minutes, and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool (a metal spatula is helpful for this).

Ice the Cookies: To make the icing, just whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Generously top each cookie, and allow the frosting to set completely.

Enjoy! Serve immediately, or store for another time.

Close-up shot of old fashioned oatmeal cookies, iced and lined up on a wire rack.

Tips and Tricks

Even a quick and easy recipe like this has its quirks, so be sure to check out these helpful tips for making the perfect oatmeal cookies. Here we go:

  • 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.
  • Go for Thick Icing: The simple icing in this recipe should be somewhat thick, so that it will set up firm. If it’s too runny, it won’t set very well. So you can definitely add a bit more powdered sugar if it looks watered down!
A basket of old fashioned oatmeal cookies, next to a bundle of cinnamon sticks and a striped cloth napkin.

Tasty Variations

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 adding some sweet mix-ins to your dough:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Toffee bits
  • Crushed nuts (macadamias, pecans, peanuts, almonds)
Six oatmeal cookies stacked on top of each other. A seventh cookie has been broken in half to show texture, with the halves balanced on top of the stack.

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 at room temperature before serving.

Yield: 18 large cookies

Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Several plates of cookies on a table, with a glass of milk, paper straws, cinnamon sticks, and cloth napkins.

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 a few times until partly ground. You don’t want a fine powder, you want a coarse meal. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pulse 2 to 3 times just to combine and 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. 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. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      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!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. Susan Yezbak

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

  7. 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=)

  8. 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. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      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. 🙂

  9. 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. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      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.

  10. Em

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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! =)

  13. 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. 🙂

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