These homemade apple oatmeal cookies are packed with fresh Granny Smith apple pieces and have a wonderful brown sugar cinnamon flavor. Plus, they are easy to make using a mixing bowl and spoon.
After developing the perfect soft oatmeal cookie recipe, I just had to try the recipe with apples and I'm so glad I did.
Apples are a wonderful addition to an oatmeal cookie. Not only do they add a nice sweet flavor but they also help to keep the cookies moist and chewy.
Oatmeal cookies are naturally nutty in flavor and taste great with the addition of cinnamon. These flavors pair beautifully with apples.
These cookies are perfect for fall when apple season is at its peak, but they taste great all year long.
I could seriously eat these apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies every day. I especially enjoy the with a nice cup of tea in the morning.
Chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients
- unsalted butter - You will melt the butter, so you don't have to worry about setting it out on your counter to soften it.
- You can melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove.
- cinnamon - You'll use ¾ teaspoon of cinnamon which will get bloomed in the melted butter (mixing it into warm butter will enhance the flavor). You can add less if you prefer a more pronounced oat flavor.
- vegetable oil - The oil is a key ingredient for making soft oatmeal cookies.
- granulated sugar - This sugar will not only add sweetness but will also encourage browning.
- brown sugar - I used dark brown sugar to give these cookies a more robust toffee flavor, but light brown sugar works fine too.
- egg/egg yolk - You will use 1 large egg and 1 egg yolk. The extra yolk adds extra moisture to the cookie and ramps up the rich flavor.
- vanilla - Always use pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste for the best flavor.
- all-purpose flour - The amount of flour in this recipe is lower than in most recipes and this lower amount keeps the cookies from having a cakey texture but it's needed to give the cookies structure.
- salt - Use ¾ teaspoon of table salt to balance the sweetness in the cookies.
- baking soda - Just ½ teaspoon will give your cookies the rise that they need.
- old-fashioned rolled oats - Your cookies will have the best flavor and texture when you use old-fashioned rolled oats.
- apples - You'll need about 1 ½ cups of peeled and diced apples. I suggest you use Granny Smith apples or any other apples that will hold their shape when baked.
How to make soft oatmeal cookies?
step 1 - mix the wet ingredients
- Melt the butter in the microwave for about 40-50 seconds on high power or in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. You can brown the butter if you prefer, but it's not necessary.
- Stir the cinnamon into the hot butter and allow it to rest for about 30 seconds. This will help to enhance the cinnamon flavor in the cookies.
- Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl.
- Stir in the oil until blended, then add the granulated sugar and brown sugar, and mix until combined. The mixture will look gritty once blended and that's O.K.
- Add the egg and egg yolk and vanilla and stir until combined.
step 2 - stir in the dry ingredients
- Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda, then stir it into the wet ingredients just until it's combined.
- Add the old-fashioned rolled oats.
- Stir just until blended.
step 3 - add diced apples
- Peel and cut your apples into small ¼-inch pieces.
- Fold 1 ½ cups of diced apples into the cookie dough.
step 4 - scoop and bake your cookies
- Use a 2 tablespoon ice cream scoop to scoop out about 26 portions of the oatmeal cookie dough. The dough will be somewhat loose. If needed, squeeze the dough into a ball.
- Place the dough balls onto parchment paper-lined baking trays about 2 inches apart.
- Then use your hand to gently flatten the rounded tops of the cookies. If the cookies are sticky, you can lightly wet your hands to keep them from sticking to the cookie dough.
- Your cookies should be flat on top, measure about 2-inches across, and be about 1-inch thick. See the picture above. The unbaked cookie pictured in the middle on the right have been flattened and is ready to go into the oven.
- Bake the apple oatmeal cookies in a 375-degree F (190.6° C) oven for 12-14 minutes until the edges turn lightly golden brown and just begin to set. The center of the cookies should look slightly underdone when you remove the trays from the oven.
- Let the cookies rest on the hot tray for 5-10 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.
If you enjoy crispy cookies, you can flatten these cookies into larger circles and bake them until the edges are deep golden brown.