Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies*

I am a Britney Spears fan. Big Time. Like I almost filmed my very own “Leave Britney Alone” video. Yes, I know that she can’t really sing that well. And yes, of course I feel embarrassed when I have great indie bands grouped into the same playlist as BSpears on my Spotify…but what can I say, I’m still a girl of the 90’s.

So since XFactor started up last week, I like to sit down with a glass of wine and cookies — the two most important food groups — and watch my favorite Pop Star judge people. She judges their singing, I judge her clothing and all is right with the world. It’s probably my favorite guilty pleasure…right up there with those overpriced lemongrass bath bombs from Lush that I CAN NOT live without.

This weeks cookie needed to be something that went well with a merlot. Mainly because I was too lazy to go the store and I already had a bottle of merlot rolling around my wine fridge. I was also out of most everything…so my options were umm limited. After laying on my couch and pawing through my recipe books, I found a picture I took of a handwritten recipe from my Granny’s cookbooks. It didn’t call for any crazy ingredients and is a lot like my favorite Mother’s Iced Oatmeal Cookies that my Mom would never buy for me.

Score #1: I didn’t have to go to the store and could put it off for yet another day.

Score #2: I got to fulfill my childhood cravings for cookies my Mom refused to buy me.

Score #3: They were easy enough that I could finish them before Xfactor started.

Score #4: Oh, and they are freaking amazing. Perfectly crispy and sweet.


Obviously, these were meant to be my Wednesday Night XFactor BSpears Wine Cookies.


Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 18 large cookies

Recipe Note: Butter your cookie sheet to encourage spreading.


  • 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


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk


Preheat oven to 350°F and butter two cookie sheets. Set aside.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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88 Responses to “Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. 1

    Devon — September 20, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    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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    leslie — September 20, 2012 @ 8:59 am

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

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 20, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    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!

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    Angie @ Coffee and Cannolis — September 20, 2012 @ 9:22 am

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

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 20, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Yum, these are gorgeous!

  6. 6

    Cassie — September 20, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    These are bringing back all kinds of memories. I adore this post, Jessica. You are amazing!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — September 20, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    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! :)

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — September 20, 2012 @ 10:15 am

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

  9. 9

    Jill — September 20, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    These were one of my fav cookies growing up!

  10. 10

    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — September 20, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Love these! My grandma used to make these all the time!

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    Sues — September 20, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    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!

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — September 20, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    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!

  13. 13

    Katie from Katie's Cucina — September 20, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    These look heavenly. I didn’t love oatmeal cookies as a kid but not now I adore them!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 20, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    I’m sure these were so tasty to gobble up while x factor was on!

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    fishgirl182 — September 20, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    omg i love iced oatmeal cookies! i don’t watch x-factor but i will be making these. thanks!

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    Adrienne H — September 20, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Just took the first batch out of the oven …. OH.MY.GOODNESS!!

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    kim@hungryhealthygirl — September 20, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    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!

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    Laura Dembowski — September 20, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    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!

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone — September 20, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

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

  20. 20

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 20, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

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

    And that’s a batch of cookie deliciousness!

  21. 21

    Ala — September 20, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    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!

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    Melissa — September 20, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    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)

  23. 23

    Mary@SiftingFocus — September 20, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    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.

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    DessertForTwo — September 20, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    Ahh! The best cookies ever!!

    I totally love Britney too. And I don’t care who knows it!

  25. 25

    Renee — September 21, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    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.

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — September 21, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    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. 😉

  27. 27

    Kitty — September 22, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    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. 28

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 22, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Mmm these sound lovely!

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    marla — September 23, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    LOVE the stack of oatmeal cookies! Looking forward to meeting you this Monday in Idaho :)

  30. 30

    Fuji Mama — September 23, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

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

  31. 31

    Rachel Cooks — September 24, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    These look perfect!!!

  32. 32

    Melissa — September 24, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    I made these over the weekend and they are spectacular!!! Thank You for bringing back memories from my childhood~

  33. 33

    Katy — September 24, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    I just made these today and they are fantastic! Thanks!

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    Pascale — September 24, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    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.

  35. 35

    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 24, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

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

  36. 36

    Ashley Bee — September 24, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    So nostalgic :) My grandma used to have the Little Debbie kind at her house!

  37. 37

    Laura — September 26, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    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! :)

  38. 38

    Tina {My Life as a Mrs} — September 27, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

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

  39. 39

    Becky — September 27, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    I remember eating these as a kid and can’t wait to try this homemade version!!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — September 28, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    My parents always buy this kind of cookie from the grocery. I bet a homemade version is FANTASTIC!

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    Felia — October 9, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    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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    Tiffany — October 10, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    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! =)

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    Naomi — October 10, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    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!

  45. 45

    Em — October 14, 2012 @ 9:34 am

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

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    ann — December 6, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Just what I always wanted!

  48. 48

    Joy — December 13, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Could you add raisins??

    • Jessica replied: — December 13th, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

      These aren’t a traditional oatmeal cookie, but sure if you want to!

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    Glori — December 14, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I have made these cookies twice now and they are so, so, so fantastic! My coworkers loved them, too :)

    • Jessica replied: — December 14th, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

      Yay! Always glad to hear that they worked out great for someone else too!

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    Lisa — December 16, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    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!!

    • Jessica replied: — December 17th, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

      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.

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    Erin @ Adventures of a Hungry Redhead — December 18, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    So delicious I had to blog about them :) http://hungryredhead.com/2012/12/18/old-fashioned-iced-oatmeal-cookies/

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    Gretchen W — December 22, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Since there is milk in the frosting, do we need to store these in the refrigerator?

    • Jessica replied: — December 28th, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

      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. :)

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    Erin — January 25, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    Plan to bake these soon! Mother’s iced oatmeal were always my favorite too! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    Jewels Phraner — January 27, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    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!

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    Heather {Dietetic Sinners} — February 8, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    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=)

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    Susan Yezbak — April 16, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

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

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    Christine — April 23, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    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.

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    Ashley — April 25, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    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!

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    Linda — May 27, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    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?

    • Jessica replied: — May 28th, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

      It does harden up if you let it sit, however feel free to add more powdered sugar to thicken it up!

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    Connie — May 28, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    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!!

    • Jessica replied: — May 31st, 2013 @ 10:31 am

      I use whole milk while baking, but I think you would be fine with 2% as well! :)

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    Pam — July 8, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    3 batches in 3 weeks! OMG these are Amazing.

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    Erin — August 14, 2013 @ 12:17 am

    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!

    • Jessica replied: — August 14th, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

      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!

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    Faith — November 1, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    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!!!

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    Ruta — November 2, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    This is so awesome. Now I don’t have to buy those Archway cookies anymore.

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    Taylor — November 23, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

    Will they turn out just as good without cinnamon? I’m horribly allergic but love these cookies. :(

    • Jessica replied: — November 25th, 2013 @ 11:22 am

      It will not have the same flavor, but the cookies will bake just fine with out it! Hope you enjoy them! :-)

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    CaribbeanGirlinCairo (@CaribGirlCairo) — December 17, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

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

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    Ruby — January 14, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

    These are the best oatmeal cookies i’ve ever had! Thank you so much!

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    Keeda — January 20, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    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.

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    Rachael — March 27, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    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!

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    Kat — April 11, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    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.

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    Cyndi @ My Kitchen Craze — November 10, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

    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. :-)

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