Annnd cue the drooling. These cookies need to come with a warning. Like, I seriously can't get over how incredibly delicious they turned out. I have so many fails in my kitchen when testing recipes. So many. But sometimes I have a successful recipe that even blows my own mind. Haha! These cookies are a perfect example. These Vegan Old-Fashioned Ice Oatmeal Cookies totally blew us all away at my house. They are that good.
I did the icing a couple of different ways. The full icing is of course the classic look of the Iced Oatmeal Cookies we ate as kids from the Mother's brand or similar, but I have to say, the drizzle effect looks so much more pretty to me!
My weakness is cookies. I don't struggle with wanting to gorge myself with things like candy or ice cream.
But. Cookies. I was nicknamed the cookie monster at one of my old jobs years ago because I ate them daily and apparently was in somewhat of a trance while I ate them, lol! I think that's why one of my specialties has always been at creating cookie recipes because I am so passionate about eating them! Now, that made me laugh out loud just now. Even one of my readers, Liz, told me this past week that she never was a big lover of cookies until my blog and now makes them all the time! Sorry to turn you into a cookie monster too, Liz 🙂
My point is that these cookies are so darn nostalgic and trance-worthy, hahaha! I exercise and eat really healthy for my meals, so I will happily enjoy my cookies. No shame in my cookie game.
These cookies are the result of a little survey I took on my Facebook page asking which recipe to post next. It was between these Iced Oatmeal Cookies, Strawberry Shortcake and Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles.
My goodness, you all mean business with wanting the oatmeal cookies, lol. There was 300 comments and it took me forever to count them all and since several comments didn't specify an exact choice, I obviously couldn't count those. So, while the waffles got some votes and the Strawberry Shortcake got an admirable 71 votes, the cookies got over 200 so I just stopped counting them when they were the clear winner. Lol. I had to get back in my kitchen.
Since there was such a high demand for these cookies and a couple of requests regarding allergies, I worked endlessly in my kitchen creating 2 different versions and 4 different icing choices so that everybody could make these. Am I good to you all or what? 🙂
Guys, the originals are made with white flour, butter, lots of sugar and the store versions are of course full of processed ingredients. My version is SO much easier, so much healthier and yet, taste so similar?! Maybe they are magic cookies?
I have to admit though, it took a few trials. My first couple of attempts were way too puffy and looked and tasted nothing like the classic ones. As you know, when I create a classic recipe on my blog, especially desserts, I'm trying to make it taste like the original as possible. Because, after all, it's that classic taste we all loved growing up and making a version that looks and tastes nothing like the original is obviously pointless...or it is entirely not deserving of the same cookie title as the classic.
I ultimately had success doing a modified version of my Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on the blog.
These amazingly nostalgic Vegan Gluten-Free Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies require JUST 6 main ingredients for the cookie base and 2 for the icing, so 8 total (+salt):
- Old-fashioned whole oats
- White rice flour
- Baking soda
- Maple syrup
- Cashew butter
And the icing:
- Powdered sugar
- Plant milk, which I used coconut for the true bright white icing and thick texture
I kind of still can't believe how much they look and taste like the original but made with completely different ingredients! I swear, these are every bit as delicious and so much less guilt eating them. It's been so many years since I've had one of the classics, so I can't say if they taste identical, but they are so damn good and close that it doesn't really matter. They are just delicious!
These bake up and spread round and flat just like the originals and are wonderfully chewy like the original. The cashew butter, oats and rice flour really give them that awesome chew.
I always make my own cashew butter at home because it is so easy and cheaper. Plus, it's so hard to find store versions that don't have added oil. You do need a strong food processor though in order for it to work properly. I use my food processor on a near daily basis, so it is an incredible investment. I use it for dips, hummus, all nut butters, sauces, you name it. Here is the one I love!
These beauties are soft, with an ever-so-slightly crispy edge and a decadent, rich and chewy center. Oh gosh. I'm salivating just typing that out.
Now, guess what? Before any of you start panicking that there is cashew butter and you or your kids are allergic to nuts, I also tested and created a nut-free low-fat version.
These Low-Fat Iced Oatmeal Cookies are truly delicious as well, so make these if you are needing to watch the fat or nuts! But, if you are not watching your fat intake, then please, please make this version, as they taste incredibly richer and yes, are better, obviously, than the low-fat version! They are so good, I just can't stop going on about them, lol.
Enjoy and be sure to leave feedback below after you make them! Be sure to tag me on Instagram and don't forget my hashtag #thevegan8 so I SEE them!
Now, step into my kitchen and see me make these yummy cookies!