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Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies

The sweet, spiced flavor of apple butter makes these soft, chewy Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies wonderfully delicious! - Bake or Break

Apple butter is a fall must around here. It’s such a delight to spread on biscuits, bagels, and more. And it’s a great ingredient for baking, too. With this recipe, apple butter adds wonderful flavor and texture to nutty oatmeal cookies.

These little guys are perfectly soft, chewy, and flavorful. The warm, delicious spices and sweet fruit from the apple butter add such a lovely taste. The first time I tried one I thought to myself that it tasted like fall. But I must say, I would welcome a batch of these cookies any time of year.

The sweet, spiced flavor of apple butter makes these soft, chewy Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies wonderfully delicious! - Bake or Break

You can use store-bought apple butter or make your own. A while back, I shared a recipe for Apple-Pear Butter with you. If you’d like to use that one, make it as is or use all apples for the fruit. You can scale the recipe if you like, as you’ll make far more than you need for this recipe. But it’s so good and has so many uses that I’m sure the excess of a full batch won’t go to waste.

All the spices in the apple butter mean that you don’t have to add any to the cookie dough. Of course, we all like different levels of spice in our baking. You can certainly add a bit of cinnamon or other spice to the dough if you like. Just take into consideration the flavor and spice of your apple butter before making any additions.

The sweet, spiced flavor of apple butter makes these soft, chewy Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies wonderfully delicious! - Bake or Break

The combination of apple butter with brown sugar, oats, and nuts make these cookies absolutely fantastic. I bake a lot of cookies, and I have to say that these are one of my favorites in recent memory. Bake a batch for a sweet fall treat to share with friends and family.

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Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Yield about 40 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes

The sweet, spiced flavor of apple butter makes these soft, chewy Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies wonderfully delicious!

Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies on a plate

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple butter (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts, such as pecans or hazelnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the oats. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and brown sugar until thoroughly combined. Mix in the apple butter. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix well.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in the nuts.
  5. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared pans, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. A cookie scoop works well for consistent portioning.
  6. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until the centers appear set.
  7. Cool on the pans for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

The sweet, spiced flavor of apple butter makes these soft, chewy Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies wonderfully delicious! - Bake or Break

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    21 Comments on “Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. This looks like a yummy cookie. I have some Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter and wondered if you thought the consistency of that would work as a substitute for the Apple Butter?

  2. I plan to make these with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter too!  I’m taking them to Thanksgiving dinner with our in-laws.  They look awesome!  I’ll let you know how they turn out :).  Thanks for all of the great recipes!

  3. Hi Jennifer 

    Could I use my homemade applesauce in place of the apple butter ? It’s quite thick and spiced with cinnamon but not as thick as apple butter ?  Nancy

    • Hi, Nancy. Apple butter is usually thick enough to spread. Applesauce may be too thin to get the same consistency of dough. If your dough is too thin to scoop, you may have to add more flour.

  4. Hi Nancy, have you tried to add some small diced apple. Eating one right now that I got from store and it has sm diced apples. It’s delicious but really want to try your recipe?

  5. Do you have to use hazel nuts or pavan in this recipie

  6. Wondering if I could exclude the nuts

  7. I’d like to substitute steel-cut oats for the rolled (because that’s what I have in the cabinet). Would I want to soak them first or just bake the cookies a bit longer?

    • Hi, Alison. Steel-cut oats are not ideal for baking because they’re so much harder than rolled oats. I’ve not tried it, but I’ve read that they can be used if they’re cooked first. Still, I would expect a difference in the texture of the cookies.

  8. I love these! I added a diced apple instead of nuts, and adjusted with 1/4 cup more of oats. Absolutely fabulous!

  9. Just made these but without nuts. I followed the recipe accordingly but used salted butter because it was all I had on hand and added a tad bit more apple butter. They were absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  10. I wouldn’t have changed a thing but I was running low on AP flour. I used pear butter I made and froze last fall, half spelt flour, and made each cookie more like 2 tbsp each. Perfect recipe. Adding to my saved recipes for posterity. So yummy.

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