Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect thing to bake any day of the year but I especially love them during fall. They are soft and cake-like in the middle with chewy, slightly crisp edges, and that delicious apple flavor and abundance of cinnamon will leave everyone craving more!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

The Perfect Autumn Apple Recipe

I’ve always loved oatmeal cookies and when you add apples and autumn spices they become the absolute perfect autumn cookie! Those tiny little bits of apples in these cookies just make them sing!

I love how every season has fruits that pair with it, like bright oranges and tempting pomegranate in winter, sweet strawberries and mangos in the spring, juicy watermelon and plump blueberries in the summer, and those crisp apples and mellow pears in the fall.

And right now I’m really loving adding apples to everything! From my oatmeal in the morning, to salads at lunch, to my sheet pan meals at dinner, and now here we finish off with apples in our cookies for dessert!

Stack of multi-colored apples in wooden bucket.

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • All-purpose flour
  • Rolled Oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Lemon

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Image of diced bits of apples over cookie dough in a mixing bowl.

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

  • Preheat oven and line baking sheets.
  • Whisk together flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  • In an electric mixer cream butter and brown sugar.
  • Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
  • Toss apples with lemon juice.
  • Add flour mixture to dough mix until combined, then mix in apples.
  • Scoop dough out using a medium cookie scoop and drop onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly.
  • Bake in oven until cookies are set. Cool on wire rack.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Tips for These Apple Cookies

  • Another tart crisp apple can be substituted for Granny Smith. Don’t use sweet apples though, there’s already enough sugar in the dough.
  • Cut the apples up very very small so not only will they bake through and become tender but that way you’ll also get apples flavor in each and every bite.
  • Don’t omit the lemon, it brightens up the apple flavor a bit more.
  • Don’t use quick oats. Rolled old fashioned oats will offer the best texture and flavor.
  • Use the scoop and sweep method to measure flour (not spoon and level), or better yet use a kitchen scale for the most consistent results.
  • Use a cookie scoop for the fastest method for scooping out dough, it will also give you even size cookies.
  • For the perfect pairing serve with warm apple cider.

Tall stack of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

4.9 from 19 votes

A delicious, soft cake-like cookie filled with oats, loaded with tiny chunks of apples and swirled with plenty of cinnamon. The perfect cookie to make on fall weekends!

Servings: 19 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups (177g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 1/4 cups (120g) rolled old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (160g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (120g) finely chopped peeled Granny Smith apple (1/4-inch cubes or smaller)
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 18 by 13-inch baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. 

  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter and brown sugar until combined. Mix in egg and vanilla extract.

  4. Toss apples with lemon juice in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to egg and vanilla mixture and mix until combined, then mix in apples. 

  5. Scoop dough out using a medium cookie scoop, or 2 Tbsp at a time, and drop onto prepared baking sheets spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Flatten them just slightly.

  6. Bake one sheet at a time in preheated oven until cookies are set, about 14 - 15 minutes. 

  7. Let cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container.

  8. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

Use rolled old fashioned oats for best results. Don't substitute quick oats.

Dice apples into tiny bites so they cook through and soften by the time cookies are done.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Potassium 50mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.3%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Recipe, Cookies
Calories: 134 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Céline: Easy and super delicious! Everyone loved them. Will make them again soon.

    Greetings from Germany January 26, 2019 at 4:44am Reply

  • Emma: Delicious! I used shredded royal gala apple and decreased the sugar to 1/2 cup. Added 1/4 cup cranberries and 1/4 cup toasted walnut crumbs. We (myself, husband, and toddler) ate the whole batch in one day. Oops! January 10, 2019 at 9:42pm Reply

  • Karine: I just made them. I didn’t read that the recipe was for 19 cookies so I made 10. They are huge but taste absolutely perfect! November 23, 2018 at 5:05am Reply

  • Diane Staley: I made these with 100% whole wheat flour to be a little healthier. I didn’t have any apples so I used 1 individual serving cup of unsweetened applesauce. They came out moist and delicious. October 27, 2018 at 6:51am Reply

  • Csrmen: They are the best cookies ever…not too sweet. Prep time longer than 15 min. I came out with 2 1/2 doz. Thanks for starting my Fall season on a happy note.c😀 October 17, 2018 at 5:12pm Reply

  • Twyla Wilson: These were DELICIOUS! So light and just the right amount of flavor so you can eat as many as you like (MWUAHAH). Even my husband who hates apples couldn’t get enough. Thanks Jaclyn! :) October 14, 2018 at 3:45pm Reply

  • Gisselle: I gave this recipe a try today and they are insanely good!!! Everyone loved it! I only did one batch since it was trial mode, but I think I will be doing this more often! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing! September 30, 2018 at 6:28pm Reply

  • Lynn: Your recipes are wonderful. I follow your exact recipe and it comes out perfect every time. I can’t wait to try these oatmeal cookies with apples. Thank You for sharing your recipes. Lynn September 30, 2018 at 8:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you like my recipes Lynn! Thanks for letting me know! I hope you love these too. September 30, 2018 at 10:40am Reply

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