Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Coffee Icing

stack chewy oatmeal cookies

Do you have a signature dish? I’m not sure I do but if I did, it would probably be frosted cookies.   They seem to fly out of the cookie jar faster with a light coating of sweetness. Click on these links to see some of my favorite frosted cookie recipes from past posts: Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Icing, Pink Shortbread Cookies, and Soft Cinnamon Cookies with Browned Butter Icing

After thumbprints , these  chewy, cinnamon-spiced and coffee iced oatmeal cookies are my husband’s favorite. Since I only do thumbprints at Christmas, he gets these more often than any other.

Out of the oven, they are rather crispy but soften somewhat within hours. Ice them with coffee flavored icing or try browned butter icing .  Plain white powdered sugar icing is also tasty (replace coffee with milk or cream).

For variety, try adding raisins or dried cranberries.  If you go that route, I recommend nixing the frosting.  Frosting and raisins = lots of sweetness.  However, my husband disagrees. And he is the authority.  Sorta.  On these cookies anyway.

stack chewy oatmeal cookies w cranberries


Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Coffee Icing
Recipe type: Cookies
Crisp and chewy oatmeal cookies with coffee icing
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant or old-fashioned--important for the right texture)
Coffee-Flavored Powdered Sugar Glaze
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoons black coffee (or milk if you prefer)
  1. Whip butter until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and continue beating until well mixed. Add eggs, honey, and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture. Stir in oats.
  3. Drop onto cookie sheet by teaspoonfuls. They spread a good bit so leave plenty of room. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
Coffee Flavored Powdered Sugar Glaze
  1. Mix sugar with black coffee and mix until smooth. You may need to add more liquid to make glaze spreadable.
Browned Butter Glaze is also delicious on these cookies.

Related Posts: 

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Icing,

Pink Shortbread Cookies

Soft Cinnamon Cookies with Browned Butter Icing

Email This Post Email This Post Share Follow me on Pinterest

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathy May 24, 2016 at 9:15 pm

I make these cookies with butterscotch chips added to the batter and my family loves them.


Maggie November 25, 2015 at 2:06 pm

This is everything I have ever wanted in an oatmeal cookies. Perfection! Thank you.


Paula December 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm

So glad you liked them Maggie. After your comment, I promptly made a batch because you reminded me how much we like them, too.


AlyB February 9, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Paula, you did it again! These cookies are the best! And wow, browning the butter adds an interesting dimension to the icing. My family gobbled them right up. Every recipe I’ve tried from your site has come together beautifully and been delicious. Thanks so much.


Kari April 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

The recipe also does not include when to add the honey- I assumed it was with the eggs and vanilla. Nor does it say when to add salt- again assumed it was with the other dry ingredients.


Tina Dutra September 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Hi. I’m from Portugal and sometimes it’s hard to find (outside the big cities) the stuff you talk about.
I’d love to try these cookies, but the oats that I bought are the ones to make breakfast, I think it’s the old-fashioned type.
Do I have to pre-cook it, add them as they are, or what?

By the way, loved to find your blog, I was just looking for a way to make homemade greek yogurt. It’s so interesting to find easy solutions to solve some issues around the kitchen 🙂


CJ March 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I tried this recipe and it’s wonderful! But here’s the funny part:
The ingredient list calls for baking soda. But your instructions say baking POWDER.

And even though I’ve made these, and am getting ready to make them again, I have
NO idea which I used!!!!

Can you please set me straight on this? Many thanks for a great cookie recipe!!



Megan January 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Wow-coffee icing, I’d never thought of trying that before! I love making oatmeal cookies and this sounds like the perfect way to take them up a notch-thanks for sharing 🙂


mike January 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm

“Iced” cookies – now those harken back to cookies of old…. how wonderful. I must try some (sometime)… these look so wonderfully classic – and delicious!


Chaya January 19, 2010 at 9:26 am

You are into oatmeal, smart lady. These cookies look so good, I think, I should bake them.


Ann Hastings January 19, 2010 at 9:25 am

These look amazing, I know what I am doing this Saturday 🙂 Tyler’s gonna LOVE them!


Jessica January 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

I have been on an oatmeal cookie quest lately, and I definitely want to try these oatmeal cookies. I think maybe I’ll have to frost 1/2 with the coffee glaze and the other 1/2 with the browned butter glaze — just to be sure I’ve tried all of the options.
I had to laugh about your hubs and the thumbprints. They’re my all-time favorite cookie, too, and I could never understand why my mom only made them at Christmas. Well, one of the first things I did when I moved into my college apartment was to make a batch of thumbprints in October. You know what? They didn’t taste as good. Now I’m convinced that there’s something about the Christmas season that makes thumbprints taste better.


Susan January 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I love oatmeal cookies. I usually add raisins, but never thought to ice them instead. Love the first photo!


Katrina January 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I LOVE a good oatmeal cookie! Icing? I’d not thought of that! Mmm!
I know, you’ll be shocked that I say this, but what about chocolate chips? Chocolate glaze? 😉


Romaine January 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Shocked?? LOL. Chocolate would be totally awesome on these cookies. I have another oatmeal cookie recipe to which I add chocolate chips but I like this one better. I’m going to try chocolate icing the next time I make these.


Kristi Rimkus January 17, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I adore oatmeal cookies. These look absolutely delicious!


MaryMoh January 17, 2010 at 9:00 am

Looks delicious! I can have these anytime with a cup of hot mocha. Love the coffee icing.


Scooter January 17, 2010 at 6:56 am

I agree. When I think of my recipes of yours……….it’s always iced cookies.
I don’t know if that says more about you or me. I really love cookies.
You made a cookie one time that I still think about. It had orange zest. Not sure if the orange was in the cookie or icing, but I remember coming home and trying to duplicate it.


Susie January 17, 2010 at 6:56 am

these are always a hit! you are right, they go fast!


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: