Wow Your Family with These Quick and Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookie

Oatmeal Cookies tend to get a bad rap. They just aren’t as flashy as their cousins, the chocolate chip cookie. I’ve always been a fan of a good oatmeal cookie, though. This recipe, the apple cinnamon oatmeal cookie, adds just the right amount of oomph to the traditional oatmeal cookie.

This is an extremely versatile recipe. As a result, it can be easily changed to meet your particular needs. I almost always prefer a healthier option. However, if you want to kick it up a notch you can go even further than I have you could use less butter and more applesauce. Heck, you could leave the butter out completely, for example. If you are looking for a low-calorie option you can easily go for more low-fat options. As a matter of fact, the applesauce substitution for butter is good there as well, but you have to be careful reading labels or you could do more harm than good.

There are so many substitutions that can be done for healthy or low-fat options. One of the things I love about cooking is that it is never an exact science. I learned from my grandma years ago that it is much more of an art. This means that it is very open to interpretation and experimentation to make it YOURS.

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If you are just looking to go with what you have in your pantry you can easily do that as well. Any sugars, flours or other ingredients that you have on hand will work. While I personally prefer natural sugars I don’t get preachy about it. You have what you have and in the end, it all makes a cookie just the same! Now, on the other hand, if you have any particular questions about natural products and how to do substitutions or what to use where I’d be more than happy to help! However, I’ve never been one to tell others what to do. In fact, I love celebrating the uniqueness of what others create in the kitchen and elsewhere. You do you boo!

Let’s Get to the Recipe!

apple cinnamon oatmeal cookie





1 Cup unbleached flour

2 Cups old fashioned oats

1/2 Cup Stevia or any other natural sugar

1/2 Cup natural or pure cane brown sugar

1 tsp organic Cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt, Himalayan preferred

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp vanilla, natural

1/2 cup butter, unsalted (softened)

1 medium egg, cage free

1/8 Cup natural applesauce

1 Cup apple, fresh (diced)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Dice the apples if not already done. You want small pieces here, about the size of a one dot Lego brick.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together. You can sift them if you have a sifter. You want to get any chunks out and mix everything together well. Fold the oats lightly into the dry mix.
  3. Cream together the butter and both sugars. Add the vanilla, egg, and applesauce to this mix.
  4. Gradually add the dry mix into the butter and sugar mixture. (Be careful not to wear it.) Carefully fold the apples into the final batter with a spatula.
  5. Place 1-inch dabs of dough 2 inches apart on your baking sheet. Bake until the edges are lightly browned. Usually, this is around 20 minutes. Of course, oven times will all vary slightly so keep an eye on them the first time you make them.

These cookies come out big and chewy so have a big glass of milk or some hot tea ready with them! In my opinion, they would be great as a breakfast cookie or an afternoon snack. Some believe that apples are a “fall only” treat, but actually I can and will eat them all year long.

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
Big chewy oatmeal cookies with large chunks of diced apples. These make great breakfast cookies or after school snacks.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
Cuisine american
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cuisine american
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dice apples if not already done.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients together. (This includes flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda) Fold oats lightly into the dry mix.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugars. Add vanilla, egg, and applesauce.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture into the butter mixture. Fold diced apples into the batter.
  5. Place 1 inch balls of dough 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake until edges are lightly brown.
Recipe Notes

Watch cookies closely. Oven temperatures vary greatly and cookies may not take full 20 minutes to bake fully.

It is important to use real butter in baking rather than margarine because of the texture needed. When purchasing butter, be sure to not buy the "salted" butters because these will alter the taste of the final product that you are making.

I prefer to use Gala apples or a green apple if they are unavailable. The green apples tend to have a better crisp to them and be better for baking. You can use whatever apples you have available to you, though.

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  1. Emily says:

    Oh my goodness, these sound sooo good!! While I wouldn’t pass up a chocolate chip cookie, I do love me some oatmeal cookies as well!!

  2. Jasmine says:

    Wow! Sounds yummy!

  3. Isi says:

    OMG these sound soooo good ! I love oatmeal cookies, I am going to try this recipe! I may try to adapt it to make them vegan, so I’ll let you know how it goes!

    1. ghastlygirl says:

      That sounds awesome. I love vegan cookies!

  4. These sound super yummy! Pinned to make soon! Thanks for the great recipe 🙂
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  5. Alex says:

    Oatmeal cookies are my favorite! Thanks for this recipe!

  6. Jessica says:

    I love oatmeal cookies which surprises a lot of people. I am always looking for cookie recipes to try. I am pinning this so I can try this recipe. These cookies sound heavenly.

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