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Simple & Deliciously Soft Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies

by | Oct 30, 2023 | Recipes

These Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect balance between an oatmeal cookie and a slice of warm apple pie. Apple butter mixed into a traditional oatmeal cookie dough creates a cookie that’s soft on the inside, a little crispy around the edges, and melts in your mouth with each bite.

Overhead photo of cookies on a wire cooling rack.

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I’ve never really understood why oatmeal raisin cookies (and oatmeal cookies in general) get so much hate. Sure, if you’re expecting a chocolate chip in that cookie and it turns out to be a raisin, I can see how you’re disappointed. But did you not see the oats in the cookie?!?

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Shouldn’t that be the first hot tip that what you are about to pick up and put in your mouth is in fact NOT a chocolate chip cookie? Don’t come at me, haha; I’m just saying that maybe we should be a bit more observant at times.

These Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies certainly can’t be confused for a chocolate chip cookie. They’re so damn good that I would legitimately bet money that anyone who isn’t a big fan of oatmeal cookies will delight with each bite.

Close up photo of a cookie showing the texture of a baked cookie.

The only way to aptly describe these cookies is tell you that they’re basically like lil round, portable versions of a cozy hug. I’m not saying you’re going to gobble down half a dozen of them while baking each round in the oven; we both know you have more restraint than that.

What I am saying is that it’s going to be VERY difficult for you to not give into temptation once you’ve had that first bite of a cookie fresh from the oven.

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Ingredients For Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Overhead photo of the ingredients to make Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies. Ingredients shown include old fashioned oats, all purpose flour, butter, apple butter, vanilla extrac, brown sugar, white sugar, nutmeg, baking soda, eggs, salt, and cinnamon.

…a few notes about ingredients and making these Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies…

Making homemade apple butter is a long process, so opt for convenience and use your favorite store bought version when making this recipe.

Make sure you use apple butter and not applesauce; apple butter has a very thick almost paste-like consistency. Applesauce is much more watery and will make the cookie dough very loose if used in place of the apple butter.

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The cookies will be extremely soft once they’ve come out of the oven because the apple butter keeps them super moist. So, give the cookies about 2 minutes to cool down and firm up before you use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to fully cool.

Recipe Notes, Tips & Tricks

Ingredient Swaps & Variations – If you want to change up the texture of these Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies, try adding in 1 cup of diced apples or chopped nuts. For nuts, I’d recommend using either walnuts or pecans.

If you find these cookies to be a bit too spice-forward for you, try them out without the added cinnamon and nutmeg. Are you a fan of all things pumpkin spice? If so, try an apple pumpkin version by swapping out 1/2 cup of the apple butter for 1/2 cup of pumpkin purée.

Overhead photo showing the wet sand-like texture of the butter after being creamed into the brown and white sugar.

Ways to Use Leftover Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies – So, in all honesty you likely won’t have leftover cookies. BUT here are a few ideas that come to mind.

Grab some vanilla or pumpkin flavored ice cream and turn these cookies into ice cream sandwiches. Bust out the marshmallow fluff and use these cookies to make some kickass Fall-flavored whoopie pies. Break some of the cookies into crumbles and crisp them up in the oven to use as a sundae topping!

How to Make Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add all of the dry ingredients (oats, flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg) to a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine the ingredients thoroughly and then set the bowl aside.

Overhead photos of instructions for making Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies. Top photo shows a large mixing bowl with oats, a medium bowl with flour, and four small pinch bowls with baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bottom photo shows a large mixing bowl with butter, brown sugar, and white sugar.

Step 2. In a second large mixing bowl, add the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Use a fork or a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugars together until they are the texture of wet sand.

Step 3. After creaming the butter with the sugars, add in the eggs, apple butter, and vanilla; stir until everything is thoroughly combined.

Overhead photos of instructions for making Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies. Top photo shows a large mixing bowl with butter that's been creamed into brown and white sugar. Next to the bowl are three other bowls with apple butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Bottom photo shows the wet ingredients from the top photo combined and some of the dry ingredients being added into the wet ingredient mixture.

Step 4. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredient mixture into the mixing bowl with the wet ingredient mixture. Stir well until all of the dry mixture is thoroughly incorporated.

Step 5. Add 1/2 of the remaining dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture. Stir well to combine. Then add the remaining dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture and combine well.

Overhead photos of instructions for making Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies. Top photo shows all ingredients combined thoroughly to make the cookie dough. Bottom photo shows the cookie dough scooped out in 12 scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Step 6. Use a medium cookie scoop to evenly portion the cookie dough out onto a parchment lined baking sheet. If you do not have a cookie scoop, portion the cookie dough out “drop cookie style” using a large spoon. For each cookie, use 1 rounded spoonful of cookie dough.

Step 7. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, or until the tops and bottom edges of the cookies begin turning a deep golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and let sit for 2 minutes to “set”. Then, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to fully cool.

Close up photo of baked cookies cooling on a wire rack.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can these Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies be frozen?

Absolutely! I just toss them into a ziploc bag and store them in the freezer for when I want something sweet. Thaw them out on your kitchen counter until room temp and then enjoy.

Can I freeze the unbaked Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookie dough and bake off as needed?

Yep! Just portion your cookies out by the rounded scoop onto your cookie tray. Then place your cookie tray in the freezer for about 30-45 minutes for the cookie dough to firm up. Transfer your balls of cookie dough to a ziploc bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can these Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies be reheated? If so, how should I reheat them?

Certainly! Everyone loves that fresh from the oven warm cookie experience. Thanks to the added moisture from the apple butter, these cookies can be reheated without drying out. To reheat these cookies, warm them in a 350 degree oven for approximately 5 minutes.

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Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Soft on the inside and crispy on the edges, these Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies are melt in your mouth delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup apple butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg. Stir to combine well and then set bowl aside.

2. In a second large mixing bowl, combine butter and both sugars until the mixture resembles the consistency of wet sand.

3. To the creamed sugar and butter mixture, add the eggs, apple butter, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine well.

4. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredient mixture to the mixing bowl with the wet ingredient mixture. Stir until dry ingredients are fully incorporated.

5. Add 1/2 of the remaining dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture. Stir until combined well. Add the remaining dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture and combine well.

6. Scoop cookie dough out onto a parchment lined baking sheet using a medium cookie dough scoop or "drop style" by the rounded tablespoon.

7. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, or until the tops and bottom edges begin to turn a deep golden brown. Remove cookies from oven and let sit for 2 minutes to "set". Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

This nutrition data is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Please keep in mind that your specific nutritional values may vary based on the brand of ingredients you use to make this recipe.

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  1. Karla J Iaeger

    Your Dad said these sounded good, so going to make these for him. TBA. I like the design of your website, easy to read and move around. I didn’t have to go on a treasure hunt to find the actual recipe.

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    • Krystal

      Thanks, Karla. I’m glad the site design makes it easy to find each recipe and discover other recipes that you might enjoy. Hope you and Dad find the cookies to be up to par. 🙂

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