Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Maple Glaze

by Christin Mahrlig on December 7, 2013

in Cookies, Desserts

Oatmeal Spice Cookies

 Cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves give these spice cookies that distinctive holiday flavor. Your kitchen will smell wonderful while they are baking. These big and chewy cookies have all the flavor of a gingersnap, but a much chewier and softer texture.

Christmas is just weeks away and we may not have our tree up or presents bought, but we have cookies. :) I love all kinds of Christmas cookies, snowballs and chocolate crinkles being two of my favorites. But a cookie plate just can’t be a cookie plate without some type of spice cookie and these spice cookies are among my favorite.

Oatmeal Spice Cookies

 The dough is flattened out a little on the cookie sheet to produce a big, thin cookie. Take them out of the oven when they still look undercooked. By the time they cool, they will be fully cooked, but still retain a wonderful soft texture.

Add some raisins if you like. (I don’t like :)) Some toasted chopped pecans add a buttery flavor and some contrast to the texture.

Once cooked, drizzle with a simple maple glaze for an extra yummy Christmas cookie.

Oatmeal Spice Cookies

Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Maple Glaze
 
Soft and chewy oatmeal spice cookies drizzled with maple glaze.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 30

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (16-ounce) package dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)
Maple Glaze
  • 1½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • pinch of cinnamon

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together first 7 ingredients.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl to mix evenly.
  5. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture. Beat just until blended.
  6. Stir in oats and chopped pecans and raisins if using.
  7. Drop dough by ¼ cupfuls onto prepared baking sheets and flatten flightly with your hand.
  8. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. Cookies should NOT have browned around the edges and middle should look under-done. Cool for 2-3 minutes on baking sheets and remove to wire racks to cool completely. (You will have to cook in 2 batches to get all the cookie dough baked.)
  9. For glaze, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  10. Drizzle cooled cookies with glaze.

 Recipe Source: adapted from Coastal Living Cookbook.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Marcie December 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I haven’t bought any presents either, but cookies are presents aren’t they? These cookies look fantastic with that icing — I always love a great oatmeal cookie.

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Amy @ Elephant Eats December 9, 2013 at 11:00 am

Spice cookies are def a fave of mine too. I never thought to add spice to oatmeal cookies though. And that maple glaze sounds perfect :)

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Dina December 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

they look yummy!

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Ari @ Ari's Menu December 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

They look just like my favorite store bought cookie! You know those oatmeal ones with the glaze?? But yours are soft and homemade, and probably 5 billion times better! Love these Christin!

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Monica December 8, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I totally agree with you. At the holidays, we crave some warm spices. I don’t usually feel that way the rest of the year but at this time, it’s just so perfectly heart-warming (the smell *is* really amazing). I love the sound of these cookies – my family and I are big on “soft & chewy”…I just made a batch of ginger chocolate cookies recently and we’re hankering for more. Wish I could try all these amazing cookie recipes I’m seeing!

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Sarah & Arkadi December 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Love that glaze!

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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Ok, just fell in love big time. These cookies look like perfection!

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Ashley December 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm

These spice cookies sound wonderful! I love that they are soft and chewy – my favorite kind of cookie! And the maple glaze looks amazing! And I agree with you – snowballs are one of my absolute favorite holiday cookies!

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Matt @ Runner Savvy December 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Umm yes please! My all time favorite cookie is peanut butter.

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Kelly December 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I love Christmas cookies too but oatmeal cookies always hold a special place in my heart and how wonderful to combine them with all the wonderful holiday spices :) These cookies look great Christin and I love the sound of the maple glaze :)

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Consuelo @ Honey & Figs December 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Snowballs are my favorite as well! But you’re right, a cookie tray wouldn’t be complete without spiced cookies, and these babies really fit the fill! I love the glaze :–) x

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