Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Maple Glaze

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Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Maple Glaze are soft and chewy cookies with the flavor of gingersnap cookies. Perfect for the holidays.

Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Maple Glaze


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 Oatmeal Spice Cookies are among my favorite.

Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Maple Glaze


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.

Tip- I’ve found if I chop the raisins up into little pieces and add them to the batter, I love them in these cookies. If you are kind of iffy about raisins in your cookies, give this a try. You get a little additional flavor from the raisins, but not the texture of the raisins,

Oatmeal Spice Cookies

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Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Maple Glaze

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 30
Calories: 241kcal
Soft and chewy oatmeal spice cookies drizzled with maple glaze.
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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 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
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional

Maple Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • pinch of cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together first 7 ingredients.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl to mix evenly.
  • With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture. Beat just until blended.
  • Stir in oats and chopped pecans and raisins if using.
  • Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls onto prepared baking sheets and flatten flightly with your hand.
  • 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.)
  • For glaze, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Drizzle cooled cookies with glaze.


Calories: 241kcal

Recipe Source: adapted from Coastal Living Cookbook.


Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Maple Glaze

Originally published Dec 7, 2013

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12 thoughts on “Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Maple Glaze

  1. 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.

    1. omg these are amazing. I didn’t have quick cooking oats so I pulsed my regular oats slightly in a food processor (basically turns them into quick cook oats). I used a crasin, dried cherry, golden raisin blend cuz I’m not a fan of raisins. I added vanilla extract to the glaze cuz I love vanilla n a little more powdered sugar. everyone loves them they are so amazing. oh and I did use pecans as well. perfect soft texture perfect fall cookie. 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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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