Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

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


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

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.

Ingredients for oatmeal cookies with apple.

What do I need?

The ingredients for these apple oatmeal cookies are simple and straightforward.

  • Butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Old fashioned oats
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Apple
  • 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.

Putting cookie dough on a cookie sheet.

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.

Apple Recipes

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!

This Baked Applesauce is by the far the best applesauce you’ll ever try. It’s so easy too! You could even use your homemade applesauce to make a batch of my Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies.

When you need a cozy weekend breakfast, it’s hard to beat this Baked Apple Cinnamon Pancake! Or try these Apple Streusel Muffins with your morning coffee.

Oatmeal Cookies with chopped apple.

Whether you’re craving pie, cake or something entirely different, I’m positive we have the perfect apple recipe!

Cookie Recipes

After you try today’s recipe, make another favorite that combines apple with oatmeal: Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies! The peanut butter adds a fun twist to the already delicious cookies.

These Dark Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies are especially popular with chocolate fiends. So are these Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies!

Check out these other recipes our readers love.



Today’s recipe was originally adapted from Joy the Baker.

Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies with apple.

Toasty on the outside and chewy on the inside, these Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies will have you ready for fall!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 111kcal
Author Lynne Feifer


  • Mixing bowls
  • Mixer
  • baking sheets
  • 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.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

This recipe was first published on 11/29/12. It has been updated on 3/10/22 in format and with pictures.


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