Apple Oatmeal Cookies

This healthy recipe for Apple Oatmeal Cookies is coming to you from the Big Apple herself! I’m currently eating my way through New York City, one of my favorite places to visit in the fall. Right before we left, I baked a final batch of Apple Oatmeal Cookies, responsibly sent it to work with Ben…then called his desk two hours later to ask him to steal back a few for the plane.

Thick, soft, and chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies. Healthy and perfect for snacks, lunchboxes, and dessert! @wellplated

I called too late. By 9:15 a.m. the entire container of fluffy, cinnamon-spiced, and chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies had vanished. When Ben broke the news, I know I should have been pleased that they were well received, but the cookie lover inside of me couldn’t help but feel a wee bit crushed.

Also, I’m not sure if you’ve flown recently, but let’s just say the standard issue plane peanuts do NOT compare to the cozy fall cookie paradise that are these Apple Oatmeal Cookies.

Lesson learned. When traveling, secure your Apple Oatmeal Cookie supply before that of your neighbor. Or is that the oxygen mask?

Thick and chewy Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies. @wellplated

In case you were worried about my cookie deprivation (a serious hazard indeed), please be assured that I am not lacking for eats here in New York, as my Instagram (this one too!) and Snapchat (wellplated) can attest. I planned 85% 95% of our trip agenda around our meals, and while I certainly don’t regret a single bite, I know when I return home, I’ll be ready for a line of up healthier recipes.

Fortunately, thanks to recipes like these Apple Oatmeal Cookies, any balanced meal plan need not exclude dessert! These delicious, healthy cookies are 100% whole grain, naturally sweetened with honey, and made with one of my new ingredient staples, Phil’s Fresh Eggs. I’m working with Phil’s this year to create a series of recipes, including these yummy, cinnamon-spiced Apple Oatmeal Cookies.

Delicious and healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies. @wellplated

I’m a fan of Phil’s Eggs because they are always cage free and come from chickens that are humanely raised on Phil’s original family farm. I notice a discernable difference in the eggs’ quality and flavor, and I love that I am supporting a family-owned company too.

The BEST Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies. Perfect for healthy snacks and desserts! @wellplated

Whether you are looking for a healthy lunchbox treat for your kids, a sensible snack to pack yourself for work, or a way to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your diet in check, these wholesome Apple Oatmeal Cookies are here for you. They’re sweet enough for dessert, but healthy enough to double as a snack or even breakfast on-the-go.

I topped the Apple Oatmeal Cookies with a vanilla glaze for a more “dessert” feel, but honestly, I enjoyed them just as much without it. I’m also rather smitten with idea of them as a breakfast cookie, so the next time, I plan to omit the glaze completely and add chopped walnuts and raisins to the cookies too.

Fresh Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies. Add raisins, nuts, or any of your favorite mix-ins! @wellplated

However you decide to bake these Apple Oatmeal Cookies, just don’t send a batch to work with your husband and expect to have any leftover!

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Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Thick, soft, and chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies. The perfect healthy sweet treat! EASY recipe that’s perfect for snacks and desserts.

Yield: 12-14 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes (includes chill time for the dough)

Ingredients:

FOR THE APPLE OATMEAL COOKIES:

  • 1 cup quick oats (I recommend quick oats over rolled oats, as the rolled oats will have a much firmer texture that is harder to chew)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or substitute white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (I recommend aluminum free)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large Phil’s Fresh Egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup honey (or substitute pure maple syrup)
  • 1 medium firm, sweet apple (such as a Honeycrisp, Gala, or Fuji), peeled, cored, and diced into small pieces (about 1 cup)

FOR THE GLAZE:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the oats, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
  2. In a small, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter. Let cool for a few minutes, then whisk in the vanilla extract and egg. Once smooth, whisk in the honey until well combined.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour in the wet ingredients. With a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir just until the ingredients are combined and the flour disappears (do not over mix). Fold in the diced apples. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the dough to firm slightly.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat. With a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop the dough by generous tablespoons, then shape into slightly flattened balls. Arrange the cookies 2-inchs apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, just until the edges of the cookies appear dry and barely begin to brown. Let rest on the pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. While the cookies cool, prepare the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon milk. Continue adding milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over the cookies, let set for a few minutes, then enjoy!

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or wrap tightly and freeze for up to 2 months.

Recipe adapted from Amy’s Healthy Baking

// All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (of 13) without glaze

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 128
  • Total Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 19mg
  • Sodium: 36mg
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Protein: 2g

If you like these Apple Oatmeal Cookies, don’t miss these other simple and healthy cookie recipes:

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies

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Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Whole Wheat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies. Best chocolate chip cookies I've ever had.

The BEST Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

I am sharing this post in partnership with Phil’s Fresh Eggs. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands and companies that make it possible for me to continue creating quality content for you. To learn more about Phil’s, you can visit its company website and Facebook page too.

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

17 comments

  1. These look delicious, can’t wait to try them next week!

  2. Fall cookie perfection! Whenever I send cookies to my boyfriend or bring them over, they disappear SO QUICKLY too! What is it about the male appetite that makes them do that?! Haha

  3. I could snack on these alll day (:

  4. Thank you for making an apple recipe. I feel everyone goes pumpkin crazy and forgets fall is apple season. These cookies look delicious. I will have to try them with apples I picked last weekend.

  5. These cookies are beautiful! Would love to have some with my cup of tea!

  6. Definitely making these tomorrow! As a nursing mom, oatmeal recipes are awesome (it’s supposed to help supply)… and it’s a good excuse to make and eat some cookies!

  7. hey girl these look so tasty! Have fun in The Big Apple!

  8. Erin, how much walnut/raisins would you add?

  9. I’ve made these twice now and they are fantastic! I made them without the icing and they really didn’t need them. They smelled divine baking in the oven. I brought them to work and they were gone in minutes, everyone couldn’t believe they were made with oats, whole wheat flour, honey and only a little bit of butter. Apple baked goods are way better than pumpkin in my book!

    I recently bought way too many apples at an apple orchard in Wisconsin and was looking for healthy and tasty recipes and your site has the best! 

    • Erin, I am SOOOO happy to hear this! Isn’t it the best when desserts that are actually healthy don’t taste healthy at all? Thanks so much for trying the recipe and sharing this lovely review.

  10. I made it with my daughter this weekend. We liked them a lot and so did her friends at school.

  11. I’m wondering if mine only turned out ok. because I cooked for too long.  My bottoms were very light brown, baked about 18 mins because at 15 they didn’t look done. Will have to try again! 

    • Hi Stef, they might be overbaked a little, but it could also be the cookie sheet. Dark-colored ones tend to overbrown cookies on the bottom. I really like lighter colored ones like this!

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