As the leaves turn and a cool breeze fills the air, it’s time to indulge in the flavors of the season. Our Iced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies bring the essence of autumn to your palate with a perfect blend of hearty oats, warm spices, and the unmistakable richness of pumpkin. Whether you’re a baking enthusiast or simply a lover of all things fall, these cookies are a must-try. Join us as we embark on a journey to create these delightful treats that capture the spirit of the season.
Who Will Love This Recipe?
This recipe is tailor-made for anyone seeking the warmth and coziness of fall in a bite. If you’re a pumpkin spice enthusiast or just looking to add a touch of autumn to your baking repertoire, these Iced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are for you. They’re also a delightful addition to your holiday cookie tray, bringing smiles to friends and family alike.
Ingredients You’ll Need
For the Cookies:
- 2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
- ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
For the Icing:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F and line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set this aromatic mixture aside.
- Whisk Wet Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, pumpkin puree, sugar, molasses, and vanilla extract. Add the eggs and whisk until the mixture becomes smooth and luscious.
- Combine and Fold: Gently fold in the dry oat mixture using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, stirring until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Scoop and Bake: Drop heaping, rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. Use a medium-sized cookie scoop for precision. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating halfway through, until the cookies are delightfully browned.
- Cool and Frost: Let the cookies rest on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool for an additional 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the powdered sugar, cinnamon, water, and vanilla extract until smooth. Generously frost each cookie and allow the glaze to harden completely before storing.
- Store and Enjoy: Keep your Iced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies in an airtight container for up to a week, savoring the taste of fall with every delicious bite.
Kitchen Equipment You’ll Need
- Large and medium-sized mixing bowls
- Wooden spoon or silicone spatula
- Cookie sheets
- Parchment paper
- Wire rack
Tips and Serving Suggestions
- Texture Preference: If you prefer a chewier texture, slightly under-bake the cookies. For a crispier bite, extend the baking time by a minute or two.
- Pumpkin Spice Variation: Elevate the pumpkin flavor by adding a teaspoon of pumpkin spice to the dry ingredients.
- Creative Frosting: Experiment with different drizzle patterns or add a sprinkle of chopped nuts on top of the glaze for an extra layer of texture.
Q: Can I use quick oats instead of old-fashioned oats?
A: While old-fashioned oats provide a heartier texture, you can use quick oats if that’s what you have on hand. Keep in mind that the texture may be slightly different.
Q: How should I store these cookies?
A: Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. If stacking, place parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking.
Q: Can I freeze the cookies?
A: Yes, these cookies freeze well. Ensure they are fully cooled, and then freeze in a single layer before transferring to an airtight container.
Store any remaining Iced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. The cookies maintain their freshness, ensuring you can enjoy the taste of fall whenever the craving strikes.
Pair these delightful cookies with a cup of spiced chai tea, a pumpkin latte, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The combination of warm spices and a complementary beverage enhances the overall autumn experience.