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Iced Oatmeal Cookies

To keep the icing for these chewy morsels from cracking, spread it on while the cookies are still hot. Applesauce helps trim the amount of margarine needed, and flaxseed meal stands in for eggs.


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2 Tbs. flaxseed meal
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1 cup oat flour
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1 tsp. baking powder
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½ tsp. baking soda
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½ tsp. salt
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½ tsp. ground cinnamon
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2 Tbs. vegan margarine, softened
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½ cup light brown sugar
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¼ cup sugar
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¼ cup applesauce or prune puree
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1 tsp. vanilla extract
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1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
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½ cup raisins or dried cranberries

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¾ cup confectioners' sugar
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2 Tbs. lemon juice


To make Cookies:

1. Stir together flaxseed meal and 3 Tbs. water in small bowl. Set aside. Whisk together oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in large bowl. Set aside.

2. Beat margarine, brown sugar, and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer 1 to 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add flaxseed mixture, applesauce, and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Stir in oat flour mixture with spatula or wooden spoon. Add oats and raisins, and stir to combine. Cover, and chill 2 hours, or overnight.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, or coat with cooking spray. Roll cookie dough into golf ball–sized rounds, and place dough balls 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten each cookie to 1/4-inch thickness with bottom of drinking glass dipped in water. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies look dry on top and are just beginning to brown.

Meanwhile, to make Icing:

4. Whisk together confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice in small bowl until smooth; Icing should be thick, but spreadable. Gently brush Icing on hot cookies with pastry brush. Cool 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in airtight container.

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2 g
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2 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
20 g
0 mg
109 mg
1 g
13 g
Makes 24 cookies

Comments on this Recipe

I love these! I use reduced fat butter, but otherwise follow the recipe.

I don't think I baked mine long enough because they had kind of a raw taste. The spices were very tasty though. I used almond milk instead of lemon juice in the frosting, which was nice. I don't think I would make them again though.

These are fantastic.I had no applesauce so I put in homemade zucchini jam.GREAT! and they stayed moist.

These were great. Have made them twice. Did not have oat flour so the first time I used white flour, the second time I used wheat flour. Came out great both times.

These are so amazing! I replaced the margarine with coconut oil and all the sugar with some honey or agave (used less), did not make the icing and they were SO good!

These are pretty good! The frosting is better is you use a mix of soy milk and powdered sugar (instead of lemon).

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These are great! Didn't have applesauce or oat flour so used date puree and white flour but still worked a treat. I love icing but didn't add any and they were just fine without it.

OMG. I ate these like candy. They were sooo gooood.Yummy!

These are awesome! I ate to many to count both times I made them. Thank goodness like almost three is the same calorie wise as one regular cookie. I cut back on the lemon in frosting a little too. Lovc Them. Gonna make them again soon. Sharing it with all my friends.

We have a snow day here in Austin, TX. today. What better time to make some cookies! These sound delicious!

What is flaxseed meal and what are possible substitutions?

These were amazing and will now be my 'go-to' cookie. Next time I will cut the sugar by 1/4 cup. So great for kids and adults alike!

Flaxseed meal is just ground flaxseeds. You should keep flax on hand at all times as it is a superfood, containing omega 3 fatty acids, protein, lots of fiber, vitamins and minerals. It also contains plant compounds called lignans which have cancer fighting properties. It is best to grind the seeds as you use them to avoid oxidation. Ground flaxseeds, mixed with water are used as a substitute binder for eggs in vegan recipes.

I am so excited about these cookies. They just came out of the oven and are SO GOOD. Here are my own modifications: - no icing (it's healthier!) - used cranberries - half regular flour, half spelt flour - half oats, half spelt flakes - and next time I would not put white sugar at all as they are just a bit too sweet. Awesome recipe, will definitely make them many more times!

As long as you have old-fashioned oats, you can make oat flour! Just grind the oats in a food processor and, voila, homemade oat flour. I just made these with 3/4 cup of stevia for baking (new item, check your local supermarket) instead of the white and brown sugars, and they turned out phenomenal. Enjoy!

I didn't have everything I needed so I used a few different things, and it still turned out great. Flaxseed meal I didn't have so I used some grain stuff I had. Oat flour was replaced with Oat Meal that I ground in a food processor until it was a flour. Sugars were replaced with Raw Brown Sugar (just 1/2 cup in all). Raisins or dried cranberries was replaced with half a cup of Almonds that were also grounded into a near flour. Then just added 2 extra handfuls of Oat Meal. They don't need the toppings, but if you do use the lemon way less is more...

I've got a batch of this dough in the fridge right now... I love these. I add more cinnamon and a bit of chinese five spice (anise!)... and usually organic butter instead of margarine. I've made them with raisins, craisins, dried cherriers, and I always add a handful of walnuts. With or without the glaze, these are wonderful.

In the recipe in the Feb 2010 magazine which I get monthly, part of this recipe was missing. Add flaxseed mixture was missing from the recipe. Unfortunately I realized it after I had mixed it all together. It's now in the refrigerator. I hope my cookies turn out all right. PLEASE be more careful with your recipes! I use a lot of recipes from Vegetarian Times. Thanks!

Can you replace a different type of flour for the oat flour, like wheat flour?

This is still my most favorite cookie also my husband's favorite. I make them often and I add or subtract ingredients to fit my mood and have never been disappointed. Thanks for this recipe.

I am going to try to make lacto cookies with m&m's, because people like chocolate and Mars achieved the Secratary of states American Corporate Excellance Award for there work in GANA.

Is the brown sugar the packed brown sugar or the pouring brown sugar??? Does it matter???

Excellent. I made these as the recipe instructed with raisins and icing. I will make these again but double or triple the recipe. I only came out with about 20 small cookies. Perfect for vegans and my daughter with peanut allergies.

Thank you very much, if I have not flaxeed meal.... Can I use anything stead in? (milk or butter or anything els) Please introduce for me,And How many to use it for smooth&delicious.Thanks

I used quick oats instead of old fashioned because that is what i had in the pantry. fingers crossed they turn out right!


I have been using this recipe for two years after I found it in one of your magazines. I always triple the recipe. The cookies are delicious and are perfect for our vegan cooking. I make them for friends and they have no idea they are dairy and gluten free. ( I use vegan cream cheese in place of the margarine) Every one wants the recipe after trying them. My grandson loves them, too. He is 9.

These are the cookies that will change the tune of all of those people who like to make fun of vegan desserts for supposedly all being awful. These would win in any blind taste test and nobody would ever guess they were vegan.