Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies are chewy, sweet cookies full of fall flavor. Lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, these oatmeal cookies have real apple bits in every bite!
Crisp Fall days call for warm apple cider and delicious cookies!
But heck, I’ll eat cookies all year long, I don’t have to wait for a particular season!
I’m sure you don’t either
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This is one of my all time favorite oatmeal cookie recipes. I first shared these Apple Oatmeal Cookies on the blog years ago and it’s still my go-to cookie when fall arrives. The recipe brings together the chewiness of a classic oatmeal cookie with juicy apple chunks and touch of cinnamon spice.
The apples soften as the cookies bake releasing incredible fragrance and flavor. While I think of them as a fall cookie, they’re just as delicious in March as in October!
If you like apples and cinnamon, you need these easy cookies in your life.
What do I need?
The ingredients for these apple oatmeal cookies are simple and straightforward.
- Granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
- Old fashioned oats
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Lemon juice
Making these apple cookies is a cinch. Mix up an oatmeal cookie dough, chop up an apple and fold it into the dough.
Scoop the dough onto a baking sheet, bake and enjoy the irresistible aroma of baking apples and cinnamon filling your kitchen.
What kind of apples are best?
I recommend Granny Smith apples for this oatmeal cookie recipe. The tartness helps balance out the sweetness of the sugars for a well-rounded dimension of flavors.
If you don’t have Granny Smith, any apple on the tarter side of the spectrum will do. Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples would be good choices too.
Can I use quick oats instead of old fashioned oats in oatmeal cookie recipes?
Most oatmeal cookie recipes will tell you exactly what kind of oats you should use. In these Apple Oatmeal cookies, we used old fashioned rolled oats. Quick oats (or instant oats) will not work well here.
They absorb moisture more quickly and would make these cookies dry and crumbly. In general, it’s always best to use the type of oat a recipe was tested with for best results!
Can I freeze oatmeal cookies with apple?
Yes, you can definitely freeze these oatmeal cookies! Store them in a freezer bag or other freezer-safe container. They stay good in the freezer for up to several months.
When ready to thaw, just leave them on the counter.
Another thing I love about this recipe is that puts apples in the spotlight! Lately it seems that apple desserts have been overshadowed by pumpkin when it comes to fall flavors.
I try to keep a healthy balanced. You might say my version of a “balanced diet” is making an apple recipe for every pumpkin one!
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Today’s recipe was originally adapted from Joy the Baker.
Toasty on the outside and chewy on the inside, these Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies will have you ready for fall!
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
- parchment paper or silpat liner
- cooling rack
- ½ cup butter room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar packed
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1 ¼ cups old fashioned oats
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 large Granny Smith apple
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment or a Silpat pad.
- Peel, core, and dice the apple into small pieces. Place into a small bowl and toss with the lemon juice.
- In a mixer, cream the butter and sugars until soft and light, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the egg and vanilla. Beat until well combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat until just blended. Mix in the apple. Using a cookie scoop, place dough onto prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes or until desired doneness. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
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This recipe was first published on 11/29/12. It has been updated on 3/10/22 in format and with pictures.
Comments & Reviews
I absolutely love that you put apple in these. What an amazing idea!
I would love for you to share these with my readers at Mealtime Monday!
Karl Faulkner says
How would the recipe change if you had apple pie filling? I canned a bunch this year.
Lynne Feifer says
that’s awesome that you made your own pie filling! It must be delicious!
You asked a good question and one I cannot answer the guarantee to. You’re definitely going to want to decrease the amount of cinnamon by however much you have in your filling ~ say if you used a whole teaspoon than omit it all together. Now assuming that your filling is more liquidy (it’s 3 am and I can’t think of a sufficient word) than the apple used, you’re going to want to increase the amounts of flour and oatmeal, but by how much I’m not sure. I’m thinking by 1/4 cup each to start and then see how the consistency is.
If you make them let m know, I’m interested to see how they turned out!
If I used quick oats, would it work ok?
Kristina, you can certainly substitute the quick oats. They’ll just give it a slightly softer texture as the rolled oats are a bit more coarse and are less doctored, so to speak.
I made this today and everyone in the house enjoyed them! I will be definitely make again!
Liz DeCarlo says
I made these apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies and the taste was really good but the were so soft they fell apart when you picked one up .
Thanks for making them Liz. I’ve found that if I don’t let them cool long enough after removing them from the oven that that can happen.
Pam T. says
Can’t wait to try these . I love the idea of apple pieces in these cookies! It would be so great that in the top area of your recipes where you have the “Prep, Cook” times etc if you would place the # of servings or the Yield amount AND the # of calories for each. I have to literally search the entire recipe for this info and then sometimes, still can’t time it. This recipe is a good example – about HOW MANY Cookies does this recipe yield? Just so I have an idea of how many to make for a specific occasion. THANK YOU!
Hi Pam, it is a little difficult to see, but in the recipe card next to the description, it says the recipe makes 24 cookies. Also, at the bottom of the recipe card, you’ll find all of the nutritional information for one of those 24 cookies.