An ornately decorated box of sparkling holiday cookies is as special as they come. But this time of year, I also love the comfort of a classic. Like a soft and chewy, spiced and iced oatmeal cookie. My Iced Orange Currant Oatmeal Cookies are an easy way to hit that comfort button without devoting long hours in decorating department.
These cookies were originally developed as part of 3 festive recipes for the 2019 Holiday Cookies issue of Bake From Scratch magazine. Along with my Vanilla Sugar Cookie Trees with Cream Cheese Frosting and my Salted Hazelnut Chocolate Maple Rum Bars! They are inspired by the nostalgic Iced Oatmeal Cookies we all knew and loved as kids. Remember those gems? With textural bite and crinkly glazed tops? Like me and my tastes, my version of Iced Oatmeal Cookies have grown up. I incorporate some new and enticing ingredients into my this version and even have a few tricks up my sleeve for getting the texture just right.
What makes these Iced Orange Currant Oatmeal Cookies so special?
- Spices: Cardamom and cinnamon bring a gentle warmth to the cookies.
- Texture: Extra-thick old-fashioned oats are whizzed in a food processor for an ultra chewy bite.
- Goodies: Currants stud the cookies with a tart chewiness and orange zest adds a subtle citrus note.
- Glaze: The simple, sweet glaze is a mix of powdered sugar and juice squeezed from an orange. It adds a slightly sweet and citrusy finish the the super chewy cookies.
The mix of spices, texture and flavors in these Iced Orange Currant Oatmeal Cookies is like a perfect winter storm. Something you want to stay home for. Maybe cozied up next to the fire with a good book, surrounded by the soft twinkle of holiday string lights. The chewy texture of these oatmeal cookies makes you slow down and savor each bite so you can really experience the full flavors. A drizzle of the simple glaze sneaks into the nooks and crannies and gives the spicy cookies a sweet orange scented security blanket of coziness.
Throughout the winter I keep a stash of these spicy oatmeal cookies within arms reach at all times. This is the cookie I want to eat every day during the coldest days of the year. They aren't too fancy or too sweet. And they pair perfectly with a dark winter day. Plus, they last for quite a while in tightly sealed cookie jar and stay soft and chewy. Which makes them a perfect contender for holiday shipping!
These Iced Orange Currant Oatmeal Cookies ship well and fill your cookie gift boxes with a warm waft of seasonal spice.
Whether you're baking a batch to stash around the house or plan to send your loved ones something sweet and spicy, these Iced Orange Currant Oatmeal Cookies can do it all! I suggest doubling down on the recipe because these classic cuties are a real people pleaser.Print