Monday, February 15, 2016

Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

I thought these were going to be like the iced oatmeal cookies you can buy at the grocery store, because those are tasty. AND THIS RECIPE IS SO MUCH BETTER. Mostly tastes the same, but less processed, and definitely much softer.

I watered down the icing a little too much so it wasn't as lovely white as it should have been and instead was just shiny. BUT SO GOOD. I also made the cookies smaller than the recipe recommends and then baked them on the low end of the baking time. Perfect.

Seriously, these are really, really good. Make them asap.

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Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies
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FOR THE COOKIES:
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

FOR THE ICING:
3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
2 tablespoons warm water
2 cups confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.

Add the rolled oats to a food processor and pulse 10 times. Don't over process because you want a variety of textures not just a ground oat flour. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk or stir to combine. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter on medium-high about 30 seconds. Add the brown and granulated sugars and mix on medium-high until the batter lightens and becomes fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating just until the yolk disappears into the batter. Lightly beat in the vanilla. Add about 1/3 of the oat and flour mixture to the butter and egg mixture, mixing on a low speed just until blended. Continue adding the flour mixture until it is fully incorporated.

Using a 2 tablespoon size ice cream or cookie scoop (not heaping - leveled straight across the top of the scoop), roll the dough into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. I was able to fit 6 cookies at a time on each pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms just being to brown. Do not over bake.

Remove the pan from the oven and let the cookies rest for 5 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.

To prepare the icing combine the confectioners' sugar with the milk or cream and water. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the icing is somewhat thick. Place the icing in a shallow dish or container, about 4x4 inches. Quickly dip the tops of the cooled cookies into the icing and let the excess drip off. Set the dipped cookie on the rack until the icing has set.

Store the cookies in an airtight container or refrigerator.

Yield: I got about 4 dozen cookies from this recipe, making them smaller than called for

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