Oatmeal Apple Cookies

"These delicious cookies are chock full of chewy yummy and mostly healthy ingredients. Enjoy!"
photo by Amanda Gryphon photo by Amanda Gryphon
photo by Amanda Gryphon
photo by Amanda Gryphon photo by Amanda Gryphon
photo by Amanda Gryphon photo by Amanda Gryphon
photo by Alvin L. photo by Alvin L.
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Ready In:
30 cookies




  • Preheat oven to 375° and grease cookie sheet.
  • Combine shortening, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla in large bowl.
  • Beat at medium speed until well blended.
  • Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, soda and nutmeg in a small bowl and mix into creamed mixture at low speed until just blended.
  • Stir in oats, apples, raisins and nuts.
  • Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough about 2-inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 13 minutes or until just set.
  • Cool for a minute or 2 on cookie sheets and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  1. Cindy Lynn
    These are absolutely divine! If you like Oatmeal cookies, you'll love these!!! DH doesn't really care for cooked raisins, so I left them out, but I think as well as he liked these, I'll give a few raisins a go too next time. I couldn't believe how fast these went. Within minutes after the first batch came out of the oven they were gone. They turned out soft and chewy. I used Granny Smith apples, my favorite for baking and the cookies weren't too sweet, nor the apples too tart. I thought everyone would have had their fill and I'd have some for DH's lunch tomorrow. NOT!!! Thanks for sharing a really great and healthy recipe Karen!
  2. gopackgo
    Amazing. Fluffy and on the lighter side. I loved these. I made one change though, I used half of the shortening and added a half a cup of unsweetened applesauce. Delicious and healthier too :) I didn't put raisins or nuts in it, which made the cookie lighter. I highly recommend using applesauce or apple butter!
  3. Monicaeh
    10 Stars..I tried this recipe to avoid wasting some extra apples. What a wonderful surprise. These are GREAT! What a nice change from chocolate chip cookies. I exchanged the flour with whole grain flour which gave them a light but hearty texture. These did not last 24 hours. Next time I will add more diced apples and walnuts. Thanks!
  4. Maria S.
    These cookies are "quite good" as my husband says. I made a few changes as I am always tweaking recipes to make them more heart healthy. I added flaxseed, reduced the brown sugar by 1/4 cup, used homemade applesauce for 1/4 cup of the shortening and 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour. These cookies are so good I think we'll have them for breakfast!
  5. jf26941
    First of all, I normally never rate a recipe I altered, but since I'm giving it 5 stars anyway I figure what the heck. These were really great! Instead of the trans fatty shortening (eww!) I used 1 stick of unsalted butter and 1/2 cup of homemade apple butter. The reason I went this route is because I was really looking for a recipe that had apples and apple butter in it, but I couldn't find one. At first I thought that I would cut out part of the sugar and cinnamon because of the apple butter, but it ended up being bland without it (most likely due to the reduced fat), so I ended up adding all of it at the end anyway. I followed the recipe as is other than that and they turned out great! I reccommend the walnuts and walnuts most definitely:)


  1. Alvin L.
    Delicious! Used unsalted butter instead of shortening, omitted the raisin (love raisins, but wanted the apple to be most prevalent), and upped the apples by another 1/2-1/4 cup. Otherwise exactly as in the recipe, including cooking times. Perfect!
    • Review photo by Alvin L.
  2. selinmccrea
    I made these to include with my first Christmas cookie baskets. Reviews are raving about how good they are. I did sub the shortening and that may be my shortcoming. They turned out so bland that we had to douse them in peanut butter. Even then, they're barely "good". I subbed half and half of apple sauce and olive oil instead of the shortening. One viewer said they used apple butter and I searched online to see if that'd work. I found out it would. It made A LOT of cookies too. I have so much left over, I can feel the pounds come on... <br/>So diced apples were gala for me. They are chewy.
  3. wealthave
    These are delicious! I was looking for a different kind of oatmeal cookie and this recipe was the big winner. I usually follow the recipe exactly but sometimes I substitute white chocolate chips for the nuts...Yum! Thanks, Karen, for posting. These are a big hit in my house.
  4. RachelCS
    The first time I made this recipe, my husband announced that it was his new favorite! It reminded me a little bit of spice cake. The recipe was very easy to follow, as well. I did change the recipe a bit. I used olive oil instead of shortening (it is what I normally have on hand), added a touch more flour, and didn't use raisins. I used dried cranberries instead, and it definitely was a delicious flavor combination. Thanks for the recipe!
  5. annlouise
    Fresh, fun cookie with lots of healthful punch. Used whole wheat flour, lard instead of shortening, and sucanat for half of the brown sugar. I love the crisp browned bottoms and the spice.



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