German Oatmeal Cookies (Haferplätzchen)

These German Oatmeal Cookies Are So Easy To Make!

Wondering how to make German oatmeal cookies? Just follow this recipe!

Our oatmeal cookies – known as Haferplätzchen or Haferkekse in German – are perfectly golden brown but still plenty chewy on the inside.

Made from a handful of simple ingredients and nothing fancy, these oatmeal cookies are perfect to whip together to enjoy on your own or as a holiday cookie for the dessert platter!

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A perfect stack of our German oatmeal cookies!

This traditional German cookie is made without a ton of sugar. The result is an oatmeal cookie where you actually get to taste and appreciate the oats.

But don’t worry – this doesn’t mean the texture is overly “grainy”. These cookies are simple and delicious.

A difference between this German oatmeal cookie recipe and North American recipes is the lack of additional ingredients such as raisins which are very popular additions in the United States and Canada.

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A perfect plate of German oatmeal cookies… all oats, no fluff!

Oatmeal cookies might not feel like the most German cookie you can make but make no mistake they are huge around the holiday time.

Lisa grew up eating and making oatmeal cookies regularly with her family around the holiday season.

Fun Fact: Oatmeal cookies, in general, are a descendent of the Scottish oatcake – a crispier, flatter baked dessert.

Looking for other great (and easy) German holiday recipes? Have a look at our butter cookies, mulled wine, rum balls, pfeffernüsse, marzipan potatoes, and candied almonds!

How to Make German Oatmeal Cookies – Step by Step

If you’re going to tackle this German oatmeal cookie recipe, you can follow the recipe card at the bottom for step by step instructions.

In case you’re more of a visual learner, you can check out the recipe process photos below. This way, you will know if you are on the right track or not!

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Melting the butter…

Start by melting the butter in a medium-sized pot on the stove.

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Then add the oats.

Once the butter has fully melted, add the oats, coat them with the butter and then remove the pot from the stove. Set it aside for later.

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Mix the sugar and egg.

In a large bowl, mix the sugar and the egg with the normal beaters of your electric mixer.

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Egg and sugar mixed together.

Mix until they have a creamy consistency and the color has gone from orange to slightly lighter.

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Use a separate bowl to combine the dry ingredients.

In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Give everything a good stir.

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Add the dry ingredients into the large bowl.

Then add your dry ingredients to the bowl with the egg-sugar-mixture in small increments while using your electric mixer on the lowest setting.

Keep mixing until everything is well combined. Then set your mixer aside.

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Fold in the oats.

Now fold in the oats with a spatula until everything is well mixed.

Once you are done with this, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

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Place the cookie dough onto the parchment paper.

Use one heaping teaspoon of batter per cookie and place it onto the parchment paper.

These oatmeal cookies can spread out pretty large so be sure to leave them ample room to grow in the oven.

Bake the cookies in the oven for around 12 minutes until they edges are starting to brown.

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Our oatmeal cookies were perfectly brown and nice and chewy!

Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool.

We recommend that you store these oatmeal cookies in an airtight container with a lid. This way they will keep for around two weeks.

german oatmeal cookies on festive plate with oats around

German Oatmeal Cookies (Haferplätzchen)

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

These German oatmeal cookies are a delicious sweet treat. Made from a few simple ingredients, these oatmeal cookies are perfect to snack on yourself or to serve with other holiday cookies!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 medium-sized egg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium-sized pot on the stove while stirring. Add the oats, coat them with the butter, and remove the pot from the stove.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the egg and sugar with the normal beaters of your electric mixer until creamy.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Give everything a good stir and add it to the large bowl in small increments while beating with your electric mixer on a low setting. Set your mixer aside.
  4. Fold in the oat and butter mixture with a spatula until everything is well combined.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Use a heaping teaspoon of dough per cookie and place it onto the parchment with lots of space between the cookies (they will increase their size quite a bit in the oven).
  7. Bake the cookies in the oven for around 12 minutes until the edges start to brown. Since every oven is different, the baking time might vary slightly.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes. Then carefully transfer the cookies to a cooling tray.

Notes

  • We used quick oats for this recipe since we didn't want the oats to be overly crunchy/hard.
  • You can store the cookies in an airtight container with a lid for a couple of weeks.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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