Apple Cinnamon Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

I always, always have apples in the house. Not sure why - but if you open my fridge, there will be a bowl of little apples in there. I spend time around horses, so the apples never go to waste - the horses certainly don't scoff at a bruised or slightly mushy apple! But for some reason I'd stockpiled more apples than usual and needed a fun way to use them up. Lightbulb moment - what if I made apple treats for my human friends instead of the actual horses? I found these apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies from Joy the Baker and immediately knew they'd be perfect - not only because I had every single ingredient already in the house, but because, well, all of her recipes are amazing. These are some of the best cookies I've had in a long time - even the dough was outstanding. My chocoholic hubby usually turns his nose up at non-chocolate cookies and desserts, and even he was wolfing these down at an alarming rate. My horse friends loved them, and since I couldn't leave the horses out, they got the remaining apples in my fridge. Everybody wins! 


Apple Cinnamon Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

barely adapted from Joy the Baker

makes 3 dozen medium-sized cookies


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup AP flour or white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • scant 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 small apples, peeled, cored, and diced small (I used a Gala and a Pink Lady)
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Line an unrimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. I like to bake my cookies one sheet at a time - if you'd like to bake more than one sheet at a time, position your racks in the center and top third of the oven, and rotate the sheets halfway through baking. 
  2. Toss the diced apple with the lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the egg and beat for one more minute. Add the vanilla extract and beat until mixed in.
  4. Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined (don't overmix). Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the apples and walnuts by hand. 
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, depending on if you want soft or crispy cookies. I did some of each - both were outrageously delicious. So just keep an eye on the cookies and when they're lightly browned around the edges and beginning to set in the center, you can take them out. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully (especially if they're soft) moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely. 

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fall flavors have to be my favorite. these cookies look perfect!

What a perfect fall treat! Can't wait to stock up on apples to make these =)

Thanks guys! Joy the Baker has amazing cookie recipes - these are perfect for fall.

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