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Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

Are you a fan of apple pie? Are you a fan of oatmeal cookies? Put the two together and you have these totally delicious apple pie oatmeal cookies, it doesn’t get better than that.

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I cannot contain my excitement for this recipe! It started as a random idea test and is now one of my most beloved fall treats. I personally LOVE apple pie filling but something about pie crust just doesn’t always do it for me (I feel like this is another controversial opinion of mine). But in come oatmeal cookies, a CLASSIC favourite and a love of mine for yearssss. And it’s the perfect way for someone like me to enjoy the cozy feeling of apple pie with the perfect vessel of an oatmeal cookie. They’re also fantastic for functions, it’s like everyone gets their own little apple pie! 

INGREDIENTS:

  • butter 
  • brown and white sugar
  • eggs 
  • vanilla extract
  • maple syrup 
  • AP flour
  • cinnamon, nutmeg 
  • rolled oats (larger rolled oats work best for oatmeal cookies) 
  • apples 
  • lemon juice
  • cinnamon, nutmeg
  • brown sugar 
  • cornstarch 
  • vanilla extract 

How to make apple pie oatmeal cookies:

Topping:

Firstly, start by making the apple pie topping. Peel your apples and dice them into tiny pieces, Granny Smith is probably the best choice because the tartness works really well with the sweetness of the rest of the dessert. However, you can absolutely use any apples you have and it will be just as delicious. Add the apples to a saucepan with the lemon juice, spices, and sugar. Mix together and start to cook over medium heat. Separately, mix the cornstarch with ⅓ cup of water, add to the saucepan and mix. Let the mixture come to a boil, then cover the pan and reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow the apples to cook until slightly soft and the mixture has become thick. At this point you can shut off the heat and add the vanilla, let the apples cool completely before using. 

Cookies:

The cookie base is a pretty standard oatmeal with a little extra somethin’ somethin’ from the maple syrup. Start by creaming your butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Then add in your eggs, vanilla, and maple syrup and mix until well combined. In another bowl mix the flour and spices together, then add to the mixture a little bit at a time. I usually like to add it in about thirds. Add the oats last and gently mix until everything is fully incorporated. 

Scoop out the dough using a medium sized cookie scoop. I tried making a small indent in the raw dough to hold the topping but I didn’t make it big enough so it rose with the rest of the dough in the oven and levelled out. If you’d like to try doing it before hand you’d have to make a generous sized hole in the middle of the dough. If not, you can do it after like I did in this case. Just use the back of a fork or something similar to flatten the dough a little bit since oatmeal cookies tend not to spread very much. 

Assembling the apple pie oatmeal cookies:

Bake the cookies at 375℉ for 8-9 minutes, you can bake them right away since this recipe does not require chilling the dough. Right when the cookies come out of the oven, take a fork again or whatever you have available and press in the centres of each cookie to create a place for the topping to sit. Let the cookies cool completely before adding the topping. When they have cooled you can spoon in a little bit of apple topping onto each cookie. There isn’t a set amount for this, it’s kind of just whatever your heart desires. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to overload the cookies with the topping to be sure you have enough for the whole batch. Unless you want to completely overload your cookies, in that case you just need to make more topping! 

No matter how you assemble, these apple pie oatmeal cookies are an absolutely delicious fall treat! 

A pattern for cookies on a counter with one half of an apple. Pieces of oats and apple are scattered around.
The final apple pie oatmeal cookies on a rack with a few apple slices in the bottom left corner.
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Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

Are you a fan of apple pie? Are you a fan of oatmeal cookies? Put the two together and you have these totally delicious apple pie oatmeal cookies, it doesn't get better than that.
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Total Time49 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pie, apple pie oatmeal cookies, fall desserts, from scratch, oatmeal cookies
Servings: 27 cookies
Author: Gianna

Ingredients

Oatmeal Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups rolled oats

Apple Pie Topping:

  • 3 medium apples peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch +⅓ cup water
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

TOPPING:

  • Make the apple pie topping. Start by peeling and chopping the apples. Add them to a saucepan with the lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and sugar. Mix and put on the stove over medium heat.
  • Mix the cornstarch and ⅓ cup of water, then add to the saucepan. Mix together and allow the mixture to come to a boil. When it starts boiling, cover it and reduce the heat to very low. Simmer the mixture until it has thickened and the apples are slightly cooked and a little bit soft. This will take around 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla at the very end, mix until combined then let the mixture sit to cool.

COOKIES:

  • Preheat the oven to 375℉.
  • Soften butter and add to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add brown and white sugars and cream together.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla, and maple syrup, mix to combine.
  • Add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix until just combined.
  • Finally, add the rolled oats and gently mix until evenly distributed.
  • Scoop dough out onto a lined baking sheet and flatten the cookie with the back of a fork.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes or until edges are golden brown and the middle is the slightest bit underdone.
  • Right after the cookies have been removed from the oven, take a fork or spoon and flatten the middle section of the cookie to create a place for the topping to sit. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before eating and assembling.
  • Add about a spoonful of apple pie topping to the indents you created. Enjoy!

5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Haven’t made them but I’m on a fruit dessert kick and this is a perfect next recipe! Glad to see apple topping is from scratch & not a can 👍🏼

    1. That sounds wonderful, I hope you love it! The topping is delicious with the fresh apples!

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