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Apple Crisp Cookies

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My Apple Crisp Cookies pack all the flavors of Fall in each irresistible bite. Loaded with fresh apples, these drop cookies bake up with crispy edges. Molasses and oatmeal give them that satisfying chew you crave from a good homemade cookie.

Six apple crisp cookies are stacked with a basket of whole apples in the background.

Looking for an easy new apple cookie recipe? Craving an extra-special oatmeal treat? Drum roll please: let me introduce you to the one, the only, Apple Crisp Cookie. (And the crowd goes wild!)

This recipe makes super-soft drop cookies with comforting Fall flavors. From here forward, I predict these will be top contenders in your baking rotation each season. Once you try them I think you will agree.

Why You’ll Love These Cookies

The ultimate apple oatmeal cookie has a few important prerequisites. Well, I am happy to report this one satisfies every criteria.

  • Packed with Fall fruit. These apple cookies are loaded with juicy, fresh apple.
  • Filled with flavor. Fall spices and rich molasses add complexity and depth.
  • Texture on point. I used rolled oats to achieve that maximum chew factor.
  • Easy to make. No need to stress, these will always impress.
Apple crisp cookies spill from a glass cookie jar and a pitcher of apple cider sits beside them.
Fall-inspired cookies loaded with fresh apples, molasses, and oatmeal.

What You’ll Need

Be sure you have the spices you’ll need on hand. Their Fall flavors perfectly complement the oatmeal in this recipe.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Spices – Ginger, ground cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon
  • Oats – Use old-fashioned oats.
  • Butter – Softened to room temperature.
  • Sugar – Brown sugar and white sugar. The brown sugar adds a caramel note that is quite lovely!
  • Egg
  • Molasses
  • Vanilla extract
  • Apples – Peeled and diced into small ¼” pieces.
  • Pecans – Chopped but also optional.

Can I use different kinds of oats?

I don’t recommend it. You see, old-fashioned oats or rolled oats are always the better choice when baking. They add a nuttiness and that characteristic chew to these apple cookies. Instant and quick oats do not retain their texture when baked and are not ideal for using in this recipe.

What are the best apples for cookies?

Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Jonagold apple varieties all have crisper, firmer flesh. This means they hold up to heat when baked. My Apple Crisp Cookies turn out wonderfully when using any of these kinds of apples.

Several golden baked apple crisp cookies sit on a small plate with a basket of apples and a pitcher of apple cider in the background.

How to Make Apple Crisp Cookies

Let’s go over step-by-step how to make your own batch of these easy apple cookies.

  • Peel and dice. Cut apples into small, 1/4 ” pieces. Set aside.
  • Combine dry ingredients. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, salt, and oats. Set aside.
  • Combine. Mix softened butter, sugar, brown sugar by hand or using a mixer, beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg. Stir into sugar mixture and combine well.
  • Add molasses and vanilla extract.
  • Fold dry ingredients. Incorporate into wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Fold in diced apples (and pecans if desired.)
  • Chill dough. For at least two hours.
  • Preheat oven. 350 degrees.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Scoop. Drop 1 1/2 tablespoons dough onto baking sheet, spacing 3 inches apart.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes. Allow to rest for 3 minutes before removing and transferring to a cooling rack.

Tips for the Best Apple Cookies

A few tips to ensure your cookies are the apple of everyone’s eye.

  • Chill dough. This dough should be chilled for at least two hours before baking your cookies.
  • Keep apples from browning. Once apples are diced, keep in a bowl of ice water before using. Be sure to drain them well before using.
  • Don’t add more flour. The cookie dough will be sticky, but don’t add in more flour than the recipe calls for. Too much flour will make them heavy and tough.
  • Line baking sheets. Parchment paper is your best friend. The cookies will slide right off when you use it.

How to Store and Freeze

This recipe makes two dozen Apple Crisp Cookies. If you have willpower, here is how to store them.

  • Countertop: In an airtight container or zipped-top baggie these cookies will keep at room temperature for a week.
  • Freezer: Making sure to cool completely, you can store your Apple Crisp Cookies in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Apple Crisp cookies spill out of a cookie jar amidst fall decor of leaves and whole apples.

More Easy Cookie Recipes to Try

You can never have too many easy cookie recipes up your sleeve. Here are more Fall favorites to try!

Several golden baked apple crisp cookies sit on a small plate with a basket of apples and a pitcher of apple cider in the background.

Apple Crisp Cookies

Fresh diced apples, oatmeal, and molasses meld together in these soft Fall-flavored drop cookies.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 1 ¼ cup (156 g) flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup (81 g) oats, old-fashioned
  • ½ cup (114 g) butter, softened
  • ½ cup (110 g) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 g) white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup (125 g) apples, diced in 1/4" pieces
  • ½ cup (50 g) pecans, diced, optional

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  • Peel and dice apples into small, 1/4" pieces. Set aside.
  • Combine all dry ingredients by whisking together. Set aside.
  • Combine softened butter, sugar, brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Add egg. Combine well. Stir in molasses and vanilla extract.
  • Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in diced apples (and pecans if using).
  • Chill dough for at least two hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 °F (177 °C)
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop cookie dough three inches apart and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  • Rest for 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.


Serving: 1 cookie | Calories: 99 kcal | Carbohydrates: 13 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0.001 g | Cholesterol: 12 mg | Sodium: 116 mg | Potassium: 48 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 8 g

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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cookies, Apple oatmeal cookies, easy cookies
Recipe Rating

Peggy Norton

Thursday 13th of October 2022

My daughter made these and gave me a few. I loved them, so I am printing the recipe to make some myself.

Julie Chiou

Monday 17th of October 2022

great to hear! thanks for the feedback!


Friday 23rd of September 2022

What type of molasses did you use? Light or dark?

Julie Chiou

Friday 23rd of September 2022

I typically use dark.