Friday, May 13, 2011

Iced Oatmeal Cookies

I saw this post from fellow blogger Stephanie on the chat list that I follow and I immediately knew that I had to make these. It’s interesting; I can’t always say what it is that draws me to a recipe. I guess most of the time it’s the photo, sometimes it’s a certain ingredient and other times it is the story that goes along with the recipe. Some of my online friends say that they don’t care about the story attached to the recipe, they just want the recipe. I do like a good story, and sometimes that will completely win me over.

Stephanie said that these cookies were just like the cookies she’d had as a kid, and in her description I knew exactly what she was talking about. On the west coast, they were packaged as Mother’s Iced Oatmeal Cookies and I loved them! There’s something about the crunchiness of the cookies and the subtle sweetness of the icing. Mother’s went out of business but thankfully another company took over some of their lines so they are not gone forever.

These aren’t as thin as the store bought ones, but that’s one thing that you can’t really replicate at home. It’s like the recipes you see for faux Oreos. They’re never quite right since they’re not as crunchy. It was funny making these, because they didn’t look quite like the cookies I remembered. Then I started glazing them and they looked just right. The glaze quickly hardens and they are a really close replica. Thanks Stephanie, for bringing back some good childhood memories.

4 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
1 1/2 cup rolled old-fashioned oats
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats.
In a large mixer bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar and sugar, stirring until well combined. Add in the egg and applesauce, beating well. Stir in the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.

Drop by tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake until golden, 11-13 minutes. Allow to set on the cookie sheet at least 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

To make the glaze, in a small bowl combine together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and water. Add more water until the glaze is fluid. With a pastry brush, brush the glaze onto the cooled cookies. Allow the icing to harden at room temperature, then store in an airtight container.

Recipe from Stephanie Cooks


Liz said...

Yum! I loved those iced oatmeal cookies. Gonna have to bookmark this one to give it a try. Thanks!

Unknown said...

I love and miss Mother's cookies - the oatmeal ones were some of my favorites as a kid. I'll have to try these sometime!

briarrose said...

These do take me back. Wonderful job.