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Maple Iced Oatmeal Cookies

These homestyle Maple Iced Oatmeal Cookies are packed with flavor! The wonderful texture and maple flavor guarantees an incredible cookie experience. These disappear fast whenever I bake them!

If you love oatmeal cookies, be sure to give this classic Oatmeal Scotchie Recipe a try soon. Or, skip the butterscotch and make a batch of Oatmeal Chocolate chip cookies instead. You decide!

Stack of 5 iced oatmeal cookies with maple icing.

Why this Recipe Works

Have you ever noticed that people who love maple cookies REALLY LOVE maple cookies? If that’s you, then I can all but guarantee these Maple Oatmeal Cookies are going to end up at the top of your favorite cookie recipes list.

When I’m in the mood for an oatmeal cookie, I don’t want just any old cookie with a few oats mixed in.

I want it to be packed with real oats, soft but chewy and, preferably, topped with some kind of icing.

Maple Oatmeal Cookies check all the boxes:

  • chewy cookies with a mild toasty oat taste
  • maple flavoring
  • mouthwatering maple glaze.

The secret for why this recipe works oh so well? Processed Oats. Instead of folding whole oats into a regular drop cookie, you blend the oats in a food processor to make a very coarse flour.

The results speak for themselves! You’re going to love these cookies.

Ingredient Notes

  • Quick Cooking Oatmeal – Quick cooking oats are processed more finely than rolled oats to help give these cookies the chewy oat taste that makes them so delicious. Do not sub rolled or steel cut oats!
  • Maple flavoring – I often bake with maple extract which has a more concentrated maple taste than syrup. For this recipe you can use either artificial maple flavoring or real maple extract.
  • Butter – Unsalted better is my preference to control the amount of saltiness in the finished cookies. If using salted butter, I recommend cutting back slightly on the added salt in the recipe. Use our tips on how to soften butter quickly.

Easy Instructions

Stack of oatmeal cookies with maple icing.

First, you need to process the oats. Toss them in a food processor or blender until just partially grounded. Don’t turn them into a fine flour; the oats should still be a little coarse.

Make the cookie batter. Melt butter and add it to a bowl with granulated and brown sugar. Cream together with eggs and the maple flavoring, then mix in the ground oats to the bowl along with spices, baking soda and kosher salt.

Bake the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for anywhere from 14 to 16 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your oatmeal cookies!

Icing. While the cookies cool, make an easy maple glaze by whisking together powdered sugar with milk and a little more maple flavoring.

Drizzle onto the cooled cookies and let them sit for about 15 minutes so the glaze can harden.

Tips and Tricks

  • Adjust the baking time according to your preference. Less baking time will yield a softer chewy cookie and visa versa. Baking 15 or 16 minutes gives the cookies a light crunch while remaining chewy in the middle.
  • This glaze is thin enough to easily spread across the top of the cookie, but it’s not so liquidy that it will drip off an cause a mess. You can add more or less milk when making the maple glaze depending on your preferred consistency.

Recipe FAQs

Can you substitute maple syrup for the maple flavoring?

No. Maple syrup, while delicious, has far less concentrated flavor than maple extract or artificial maple flavoring. If you don’t have maple extract you can try these Iced Oatmeal Cookies instead!

Are these gluten free?

These cookies are wheat free but may not be gluten free, depending on the type of oats you use. Many commercial quick oats are processed using equipment that also processes wheat so cross contamination makes them not safe for celiacs. Check the labels on all your ingredients to make sure they are gluten free.

Can you freeze these cookies?

Absolutely! You can freeze them with or without the glaze but I prefer the taste when I freeze them plain and add the glaze fresh after thawing. They keep well in the freezer for about 3 months.

Oatmeal cookies with maple icing on blue checkered napkin.

Old fashioned oat treats with a maple twist pair perfectly with an iced cold glass of milk or a warm cup of coffee. Make them for a special occasion or just to stash in your cookie jar.

With wholesome ingredients and a rich maple flavor, you don’t want to miss out on these Maple Iced Oatmeal Cookies!

Yield: 27-30 cookies

Maple Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes

These homestyle Maple Iced Oatmeal Cookies are packed with flavor! The wonderful texture and maple flavor guarantees an incredible cookie experience. These disappear fast whenever I bake them!

Ingredients

For the Cookie dough:

  • 2 cups quick cook oatmeal
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • ¼ cup milk

Instructions

  1. In a food processor (or blender), add oatmeal and pulse until partially ground. Don't make into a fine powder. I pulsed mine 6-8 times, for about 1-2 seconds each time. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, blend together melted butter with sugars. Mix for several minutes until well combined. Add in eggs and maple flavoring. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda, baking powder, oats and flour. Mix until thoroughly blended.
  4. Drop by large scoop (I use a 2 Tbsp scoop) onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 14-16 minutes (I tend to go closer to 16 for a little extra crunch when they cool). Remove from oven and cool on pan 3 minutes, then cool completely on wire rack.
  5. For the glaze, whisk together the sugar, maple and milk until smooth. Spoon over each cool cookie and allow to harden (about 15 minutes). ENJOY!

Notes

  • Can you substitute maple syrup for the maple flavoring? No. Maple syrup, while delicious, has far less concentrated flavor than maple extract or artificial maple flavoring. If you don't have maple extract you can try these Iced Oatmeal Cookies instead!
  • Are these gluten free? These cookies are wheat free but may not be gluten free, depending on the type of oats you use. Many commercial quick oats are processed using equipment that also processes wheat so cross contamination makes them not safe for celiacs. Check the labels on all your ingredients to make sure they are gluten free.
  • Can you freeze these cookies? Absolutely! You can freeze them with or without the glaze but I prefer the taste when I freeze them plain and add the glaze fresh after thawing. They keep well in the freezer for about 3 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

30

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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About Aimee

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Posted on October 5, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made these last night, 5/9/18. The house smelled AMAZING! I opted to make them crunchy by baking 16 mins. Next time I’ll bake a sheet for the min time noted. I’ll also use a smaller scoop. They enlarged more than expected. My coworkers will love me today!

  2. I’m making these for my Christmas Cookie Exchange, they sound so good!   I have to make 14 dozen!! Question, do you have to use maple extract?  How do you think maple syrup would work?   

    1. Maple syrup doesn’t have the same concentration you would want to achieve like the extract does. You could replace the extract and make these cinnamon instead like these: https://www.shugarysweets.com/iced-oatmeal-cookies

  3. Omg these sound awesome!! I am all about chocolate in cookies, but your description of these beauties?? Oh goodness, I would like a few of these to eat right now, at almost midnight! Which is like the perfect time for cookies ‘n stuff. 😉 

  4. Chewy cookies, Aimee. Every time. The cakey ones just make me want to throw my hands in the air and give up. Why even bother?
    Maple icing is pretty much where I want to live. Build me a house made out of it. These are perfect!

  5. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside is the best! Love the addition of maple!

  6. I think chocolate chip is my absolute favorite cookie to make but I am living the maple and oatmeal combination in this!

  7. Give me one of these cookies.. and then I’ll eat 8 more! How delicious, I love that maple icing!

  8. Cookies that are crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy inside are my favorite! I love the maple icing on top of these cookies!

  9. I’m a big fan of chocolate chip cookies, but I wouldn’t mind one of these yummy oatmeal cookies either! 🙂

  10. Dear Aimee, this New England girl loves everything maple. Yesterday we went to the Deerfield Fair, New England’s oldest family fair – (since the 1700’s!) and among other things, had maple iced fried dough! Divine. Reminds me of your scrumptious iced cookies! Must try these.

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