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Apple Oatmeal Cookies

5 from 12 votes

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These delicious Apple Oatmeal Cookies are topped with creamy brown butter frosting and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s like apple pie meats oatmeal cookie, perfect as a yummy Fall treat!

Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting on parchment paper next to a glass of milk

Apple Oatmeal Cookies | With Brown Butter Frosting

I made Apple Oatmeal 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. When making these cookies, I ate more frosting than cookie dough. That’s saying a LOT. And just like any other cookie, these are pretty simple to make. And even if you screw them up, the frosting will fix everything. Also, I now believe that Brown Butter Frosting is the key to world peace.

Main Ingredients Needed

Lots of simple pantry items come together to make these amazing cookies, here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Butter, Granulated + Brown Sugar – this recipe starts out with the traditional creaming method. Be sure to use softened (not melted) butter.
  • Egg – for texture and structure.
  • Vanilla + Salt – both used for flavor.
  • Baking Soda – used to help the cookies rise.
  • Cinnamon – this warm spice is used to accompany the apple and oat flavors. So comforting!
  • Flour – to fill out the cookies!
  • Oats – I used quick cooking rolled oats but you could also use old fashioned oats as well.
  • Apple – I used Fuji apples but any apple variety works here. I know some of you are die hard Granny Smith Apple fans when it comes to baking so use what you like.

For the Brown Butter Frosting

  • Butter – this will be melted and browned which adds a great nutty flavor to the whole frosting.
  • Powdered Sugar – used to thicken and sweeten the frosting.
  • Milk – used to thin everything out and gives it a consistent texture.
  • More Cinnamon – this is used as an optional garnish!

Variations

One thing that I love about my readers is that they take my recipes and customize them to suit their wants! Here are a couple of common variations for these apple oatmeal cookies:

  • Plain: Skip the frosting and enjoy these cookies plain.
  • Shredded Apple: I diced my apples but if you want to you could shred them. This distributes the flavor and moisture a little better.
  • Add Nuts: Walnuts to be specific, this sounds so good.
  • Make Sandwich Cookies: Instead of frosting one cookie, make these into sandwich cookies instead. Kinda like my Oatmeal Cream Pies!

Apple Oatmeal Cookies FAQs

This recipe has been around for a while which means I have some Frequently Asked Questions and answers for you! Read this before making these cookies, kay?

Nervous about the cookies spreading too much?

Cookies usually flatten out because there isn’t enough flour mixed in. It’s a pretty common thing to happen and has to do with how you measure the flour. I suggest doing a tester {bake 1 cookie} to see how they do. If they’re really flat, then add a little more flour, like 1-2 tablespoons. Then test another cookie to see how they bake.

Too much baking soda can flatten cookies too, so make sure you follow the recipe card to a T.

What is the purpose of a silicone baking mat/parchment paper? 

I like using parchment paper because it means less dishes! And the Silpat silicone mats are great for cookies. NOTHING sticks to them!

How do I prevent flakey frosting?

As the frosting cools it might develop a hardened, flakey top, this is totally normal for frostings made in a saucepan. However, if you’re looking for a smoother texture, simply allow the browned butter to cool then with a hand or stand mixer, mix it with the other ingredients.

Can I freeze Apple Oatmeal Cookies?

You absolutely can! Freeze unbaked (dough) or baked (without frosting). Then either pop those suckers into the oven from frozen to bake or thaw and warm up, as desired. I suggest making the frosting fresh for maximum flavor and ease. Freeze for up to three months.

How long do these last?

Because these cookies contain fresh cut apples I’d enjoy and eat them ASAP. However that doesn’t mean you can’t store them for a few days either (up to three days). Be sure to store in an airtight container. You can either leave the cookies unfrosted then frost as you go or separate them with a layer of parchment paper.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies on a cooling wrack

How to Make Apple Oatmeal Cookies

For full details on how to make these apple oatmeal cookies, see the recipe card down below 🙂

1. Preheat + Prep

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.

2. Make the Dough

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.

3. Bake + Cool

Scoop onto the prepared sheet and bake 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden. Cool completely or until warm, your choice!

4. Make Brown Butter Frosting

While cookies are baking, place 1/4 cup butter into a small saucepan. With the 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 (add more powdered sugar and milk as needed to get the consistency you like).

5. Frost Cookies

Frost warm cookies and sprinkle with more cinnamon, if desired. Serve.

Frosted Apple Oatmeal Cookies

More Oatmeal Cookies to Try!

We LOVED these Apple Oatmeal Cookies. 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 day and don’t forget to save this recipe (bookmark/pin/print).

The printable recipe card is below, enjoy!

5 from 12 votes

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

Ingredients

for the frosting:

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

Instructions

  • 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.
    Mixed dough
  • Stir in oats and apples.
    Apple Oatmeal Cookie Dough
  • Scoop onto prepared sheet.
    Apple Oatmeal Cookie Dough on a pan
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden.
    Apple Oatmeal Cookies
  • 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.
    Brown Butter
  • Stir in powdered sugar and enough milk to get a spreadable consistency.
    Brown Butter Frosting
  • Frost warm cookies and sprinkle with more cinnamon, if desired. Serve.
    Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

Nutrition

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. Ashlei Carry

    They came out so good! I think I may have messed up somewhere though in following the directions. My cookies definitely did not come out fluffy and the frosting cake out flaky ☹️ What’d I do wrong?

  2. Priscilla

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren 🙂
    Your daughter is sooo adorable :)!!!
    It’s four years later and I come across this recipe!! Thanks for the recipe! They look delicious, I’m going to make these for my Labor Day wknd cookout. Nothing wrong with cheap labor LOL. I had all of 6 of my grands helping me during this past 4th of July weekend!!!. LOL
    Thanks again!

  3. Silvia

    So they did come out runny and not very cookie-ish but after I added more flour and put them into a cupcake pan instead, they came out like super yummy cupcakes.

  4. Valerie Clayton

    Mine spread flat as well. I’m pretty sure I could call them Florentines. I’ll try more flour next time and maybe chill the batter.

  5. Joel

    I made these last night to take to a pot luck at work today. Sadly, something went wrong and I have to consider these a fail. I gotta start by saying that the flavor is amazing and if they had worked for me as they should have, they would probably be like my favorite cookies. As for the problem, that is 2-fold. First, I don’t know what went wrong, but my cookies flattend waaaaaaaay out and turned into like cookie wafers. I am ok with that, they still seemed crispy so I hoped they would hold up. Something else happened over the night though, they became super soft and cakey and crumbly. Sadly, I couldn’t serve them for the pot luck. But as a bit of a silver lining, I am going to take this all back home and try to turn them into the best cake balls ever.

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  7. Lane

    5 stars
    I want to thank you for this recipe. I take food to my grandmother every weekend. She usually resists and says I shouldn’t bring her anything. Since I made these cookies for her – she requests them frequently – which she has NEVER done. (She is rather hard to please.) So, even though as a rule I am vaguely resentful and envious of you women that do it all so effortlessly… Thank you!

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  9. Darah

    do you think this would do well as a muffin/ cupcake? maybe adding baking powder? im trying to get a healthy bottom to go with the ghost frosting dollops on top…. 🙂

    1. Lauren

      They wouldn’t puff like a cupcake or muffin, but if you wanted to get them to be in perfect circle shapes, that would do the trick!

  10. Ariel

    I am so sad! I just made these, and they did NOT turn out 🙁 🙁
    I just recently discovered how awesome baking is, so I probably just made novice mistakes. First, they were totally flat and melted-like when I pulled them out of the oven. I am guessing that may have been an issue with the butter being the wrong temp? Also, I think I was too chicken with the frosting, and didn’t let it get brown enough. It is still really good, but it is more like regular-ol butter frosting.

    Also, what is the purpose of a silicone baking mat/parchment paper? Maybe an obvious question for seasoned bakers, but I am still learning…I just lightly greased my sheets…maybe thats why they didn’t turn out??

    1. Lauren

      I think they flattened out because there wasn’t enough flour mixed in. It’s a pretty common thing to happen and has to do with how you measure the flour. Next time you make them, do a tester {bake 1 cookie} to see how they do. If they’re really flat, then add a little more flour, like 1-2 tablespoons. Then test another cookie to see how they bake. Did you use 1/4 teaspoon baking soda? Too much baking soda can flatten cookies too.

      I measure my flour by fluffing the flour first with a measuring cup, then scooping the measuring cup in and leveling off the top with my fingers or a butter knife.

      I like using parchment paper because it means less dishes! And the silpat silicone mats are great for cookies. NOTHING sticks to them! I doubt your lightly greased baking sheets had anything to do with them not turning out.

      1. Ariel

        This is embarrassing, but I realized I was doubling the recipe, and doubled everything but the flour :S. I did have some dough left and added more flour and they turned out perfect. Thanks for the advice 🙂 🙂

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