Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

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Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

Well hello Wednesday. How did you get here? I missed my usual Saturday things post because I was sort of obsessing over my new niece. But, never fear. Here lies my newest installment of Saturday Wednesday Things. You’re welcome, America.

1. Time really flies when you’re having fun. I got back from our mini family reunion/baby ogling trip yesterday and have been trying to climb to the top of my dirty laundry pile ever since.

2. So far I have been rather unsuccessful.

3. Send help.

4. While on said trip, we had some family photos taken by Callie Mae Photography. We saw a ‘preview’ of the work she did and of course loved the photo. If you live in Utah or Idaho {or other places and are willing to travel, like us} then give this girl a call! She is wonderful….

5. Wonderful and CRUEL! I don’t like getting just a ‘preview’. Now I have to wait a week to get the rest of the photos?! WHAT? –>torture

6. If you haven’t yet ‘liked’ my latest photo at the Around the World in 80 Plates Facebook page, please please please take 4 seconds to click the button.  My life is depending on this!!!!

7. Ok, not really.

8. While visiting my sissy and her new baby, my parents brought me a Costco sized package of Canadian chocolate bars. A nice little token of the motherland….because our little family of three needs 18 chocolate bars.—>???

9. We basically just ate chocolate on the 13 hour drive home.

10. Now might be a good time to mention that I signed up to run the Portland Marathon. I’m gonna be running my booty off this summer. So far I think it’s a good idea, but ask me in a month.

11. I made cookies for you today. Because I love your faces. I thought it was about time I made cookies for you. Totally old school cookies. Like the kind your Grandma’s would make. Except I frosted them with a life changing substance I like to call heaven. Or for you normal folk Brown Butter Frosting.

12. When making these cookies, I ate more frosting than cookie dough. That’s saying a LOT.

13. Just like any other cookie, these are pretty simple to make. And even if you screw them up, the frosting will fix everything.

14. Also, I now believe that Brown Butter Frosting is the key to world peace.

15. So, in conclusion, I love my niece, I hate laundry, I’m a big chocolate-loving-fatso-except-not-really-because-I’m running-a-marathon, cookies are delicious and brown butter will change your life.

Here’s how you make them:


First things first–>find some cheap child labor. Let them know that being paid in cookie dough is not such a bad thing.

Butter and Sugar

Into your mixer, measure out some butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.

Mixed butter and sugar

Whip until light and fluffy.

Adding an egg

Add in an egg and vanilla {not pictured, but it went in!}

Mixed dough

Whip this all up to be a light and fluffy mess. Let it be known that I could eat this with a spoon. My daughter attempted approximately 14 times to swipe a lick. Actually, she asked about 5 times, got tired of hearing me say “no” and just started reaching in. The scoundrel.

Dry ingredients on a plate

Measure out all your dry ingredients and stir them together into a separate bowl and dump the whole thing into the mixer.

Adding oats

Add in the oats too and stir.

Chopped Apple

Once the batter is done, peel and dice up some apple. I used half a fuji apple because those are the apples we buy but use whichever kind you have.

Apple Oatmeal Cookie Dough

Stir the apples in by hand and you’re ready to go!

Apple Oatmeal Cookie Dough on a pan

Scoop the batter onto a baking sheet and cook 8-10 minutes.

Brooke licking the paddle

Now would be time for payment. Please excuse my crazy eyed daughter. She’s a wild child that cannot be reformed.

Butter in a pan

While the cookies are baking, we’re gonna make the frosting. Melt some butter in a small saucepan. Easy enough, right?

Brown Butter

Cook the butter over medium heat until it starts to brown. Keep swirling until it turns a medium to medium dark brown/amber color. Once it has browned, pour it out into a mixing bowl immediately. You turn your back for one second and it will burn! Even keeping it in a hot pan off the heat will turn it into black butter. Brown butter = good. Black butter = nast. Amen.

Brown Butter Frosting

Once you pour the butter into a mixing bowl, stir in some powdered sugar and milk to get a frosting consistency.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Once you pull the cookies out of the oven and your frosting is ready, you can go to town!

Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

Hello my pretties! I dusted the tops with a little more cinnamon and then served.

We LOVED these. But, anything could taste good with that frosting slathered all over it. 🙂 Hope you guys get around to making these! Perfect for an evening treat, an after school snack or to pack in a lunch.

Have a great Wednesday and don’t forget to come like this photo. Thanks, friends!

Here’s the printable:

Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

These delicious Apple Oatmeal Cookies are topped with creamy brown butter frosting and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Perfect as a yummy Fall treat!
servings 24 small cookies
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins


for the frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon milk approximately
  • cinnamon for garnish if desired


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Stir in egg and vanilla. Slowly incorporate all dry ingredients. Stir in oats and apples. Scoop onto prepared sheet and bake 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  • While cookies are baking, place 1/4 cup butter into small saucepan. With heat on medium, melt and brown the butter. Once the butter is a medium brown/amber color remove from heat and pour into a small bowl. Stir in powdered sugar and enough milk to get a spreadable consistency.
  • Frost warm cookies and sprinkle with more cinnamon, if desired. Serve.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple oatmeal cookies

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I love the pic of her licking the beater…part mischief, part sheer joy, part sneaky little daredevil…I can see my daughter being the same 🙂

    Great cookies, Lauren!

  2. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Your daughter is just too precious! And these cookies are to die for! It has all my favorite ingredients – apple, oatmeal, and butter. Oh wait, and that frosting too. Can’t forget about that!

  3. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    These look fantastic and your daughter is too cute (and smart)! I’d definitely have to make extra frosting to be safe.

  4. Tanya Schroeder

    Love the big chunks of apples you can see in the cookie! But even more I love your assistant. I have one of those too! Big help.

  5. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    I so want to make these but I know I would be completely powerless with them in the house. Thus, I will make these the next time I have company or have to bring a dessert and make everyone else powerless, too 😉

  6. Cookbook Queen

    I LOVE apples in baked goods…seriously one of my favorite things. But can you believe I still haven’t tried browned butter anything??? What is WRONG with me?!?!

  7. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    Ooooh these flavors are glorious. Apple + oatmeal + brown butter + cinnamon = all the comfort I need in cookie form! Also, your daughter is adorable. She can steal cookie dough from me anytime (except not really because licking the paddle is my favorite part).

  8. Valerie at The Year of Living Healthfully

    Lauren, these cookies look great. One question though. Your recipe calls for quick cooking oats. Do you think I can just sub in old fashioned, which I have on hand?

  9. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Cheap labor rocks. And can I have these for breakfast? They do have fruit so it seems totally okay in my book. 🙂

  10. Jennifer | Mother Thyme

    The pictures of your daughter are just precious! These cookies look divine. And with the brown butter frosting, I would be eating just the frosting too! 🙂

  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    These little cookies look so good, Lauren! The flavors are so reminiscent of fall, too, which I can never get enough of. Great recipe!

  12. Kathryn

    Does you daughter do the washing up too (aside from licking the kitchen aid attachment clean)? I think I need to get me one of those!

    These cookies are full of some of my favourite things and I feel the urge to cover everything that I eat in brown butter frosting right now!

  13. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    I liked your photo. The cookies sound amazing with the frosting!
    Good luck on the marathon. I have done a couple half’s, but have always wanted to do a whole. Not sure my knees could hold up though 🙁

  14. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    mmm…looks so warm and inviting! I don’t know that I’ve had apple in cookies before though it sounds wonderful! Love the oats, love the brown butter frosting…the apples, the cinnamon. It all looks lovely. I bet your adorable little niece loved them!

  15. Julie @ Table for Two

    you are such a genius for creating this. looks sooo good!! i can just imagine tasting a delicious apple pie in this cookie….brooke is absolutely adorable! haha cheap child labor, love it 😉

  16. Jennifer moore

    I’m currently making these cookies and the atter is amazing, but is there supposed to be more flour than just half a cup?

  17. Lenore

    Your daughter is ADORABLE. Also, I am obsessed with all things brown butter-related so I must make these immediately. Or tomorrow morning. But either way, very soon!

  18. Debra Kapellakis

    You have the cutest little helper I have seen since my 20 year old daughter was that age! 😀 I printed this recipe.

  19. JulieD

    The cookies and frosting look amazing! Love your daughter, she’s so cute! Hope I get to meet her next month!!

  20. Roselyn D

    I am making these this afternoon for a coffee date tomorrow. Looks so good. Question though, can I frost these cookies now, or should I wait till just before serving?

    p.s Happy Victoria Day from a fellow Canuck.

  21. Gillian

    These look so great! And they have apples and oats in them, so my nutritionist can’t get upset with me, right? Right?

    Maybe I’ll make half with frosting and half without, and eat the plain ones for breakfast 😀

  22. Nancy @ CouponClippingCook

    These cookies are a work of art. They look so good. Your pictures are so pretty and your little girl is adorable. Have a nice weekend!

  23. Clover

    I made these yesterday and the flavor was awesome, but they spread all over, and were really too thin. Couldn’t frost them (although I didn’t need to they taste great alone). However, if I make them again I’ll have to do something different 1/2 cup flour maybe wasn’t enough or something.

    1. Lauren

      Try making them smaller and possibly adding a touch more flour. Did you add the 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon? This recipe has worked for me several times…interesting that you’re were flat like pancakes.

      1. Clover

        I followed the recipe exactly and kept the cookies small, in fact they made 36 cookies because I made them a little small. Anyway they sure were tasy even if they were flat. I think a little more flour and maybe refrigerate them before scooping and baking. Thanks for the reply.

    2. Gillian

      Mine came out spread and flat too… so I added a good bit more flour to the second half of the batter, and then they were fine! I probably would put 3/4 – 1 cup of flour in them next time. But they’re yummy!

      I wonder… I used old fashioned (not quick cooking) oats – maybe the quick cooking ones absorb more moisture? or something…

      1. Clover

        I used quick cooking oats–they didn’t absorb any extra moisture. Maybe the kind of apple I used was extra juicy?

  24. Vanessa

    These are great!! Mine spread out a bit as well, but that makes no never mind to my family lol I added cinnamon to the frosting and am in love! Thanks so much for this delicious recipe 🙂

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  26. shelly (cookies and cups)

    This is the type of cookie i could eat 40 of and still want more. I mean there’s fruit in there, so it’s kinda healthy 🙂

  27. Chrissy

    LOVE these. What a great mix of flavors! I bet the brown butter adds such a yummy depth to these oatmeal cookies. Also, your daughter is just so adorable. I am sure that she was fine being used for her cheap labor 🙂

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  30. Shelley Sharp

    i have a question- If you don’t put the icing on right away, could you freeze the cookies, thaw them out and then frost them before you serve them? Just wondering, they look tasty and your daughter is lovely…

  31. Sam

    Made these today and they are awesome! I doubled the cinnamon and vanilla, just a personal preference, and I grated the apples instead of dicing them. Definitely will make again.
    Thank you!

  32. Rokssana

    Just made these cookies and they are delicious!! These garnered rave reviews and I will be making these again. Thanks for the recipe!

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