I LOVE Pinterest.
Why? You ask...
Because I get great ideas from holiday decorating, home decor, fashion, art and FOOD! The next two cookie recipes I will be covering came from my "I want to make that" board. I love finding recipes, with great pictures, to help me in my quest for another recipe to add to the Friends Food Family blog.
Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies immediately caught my attention when I saw the post. I remember growing up and eating these cookies all the time. Sadly, they weren't homemade, but I loved the crunchy oatmeal cookie with a sweet icing. So, as one of our A Year of Cookies, I made a batch for Stephen and he loved them...as did my daughter, Danielle, and numerous clients who become my testers whenever we make new cookie recipes.
A little side note: Because I have been making cookies for many years, there is nothing better than the expression on someone's face when you offer them a homemade cookie. Then the smile on their face when they bite into it. You want to make someone smile? Bring them some homemade cookies.
The recipe had some unique techniques (say that three times fast) as you partially process the oatmeal to get small bits of oatmeal flavor. The combination of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg make for that caramel spice flavor. The icing pulls it all together. Jeff thought the cookie was sweet with the icing and questioned whether this cookie would taste better without it. If you like a good old fashioned oatmeal cookie, you could stop at the frosting. If you enjoy that little bit of sweetness, add the frosting. Either way, you can satisfy a number of tastes with one recipe.
Think about old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies for Christmas and the holidays. They are wonderful with a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or big glass of ice cold milk. Kick it up a notch with chopped raisins or craisins (process like the oatmeal) and some orange rind in the icing or keep it traditional...the way I always remembered it.
Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookie Recipe (Adapted from The Novice Chef, thank you!)
2 cups of old fashioned oats
2 cups of flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, melted
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup (packed) of light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups of confectioner's (powdered) sugar
5 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350°F and butter two cookie sheets. Set aside.
In a food processor, pulse oats quickly until partially ground - you want "bits of oatmeal" not oatmeal flour. Mix in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the melted butter, sugar and brown sugar together. Add eggs, and mix well. Add the dry oat mixture, stirring until thoroughly combined.
Drop dough by (heaping) rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating halfway through, until slightly golden brown. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.
Once cookies are cooled, whisk together the confectioner's sugar and milk until smooth. Frost each cookie and allow the glaze to harden completely before storing.
Makes about 36-40 cookies.
Written by Tricia White