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Browned Butter Oatmeal Apple Cookies

Baked Oatmeal Apple Cookies on a wire rack.

Hi sweet friends.  The calendar flipped to September without me really being able to wrap my mind around it. Here we are;  Time waits for no one.  With the flip into September we spiritually have to set aside our watermelon wedges (noooo, not yet!) and reach for the apples and cinnamon (honestly, not a bad consolation).  I can handle it if this switch involves oatmeal cookies with browned butter. I mean, with those words alone, summer is fading into the distance.

Today’s cookies are a hybrid of two of the most popular cookies here on JtB: Everybody’s After School Cookies and Dad’s Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are admittedly more of an after school cookie so the invitation (and it’s a good one) is to keep a batch of frozen cookie dough balls in the freezer to bake off every afternoon as your soul calls for.  You don’t have to be in school to need an after school cookie.  For these Oatmeal Apple Cookies we’re keeping the browned butter, of course.  We’re adding dried apples and swapping butterscotch chips for dark chocolate.  Not a bad idea in the bunch.

Welcome to the coziest season.

Ingredients for oatmeal cookies measure in small bowls.

Here’s what you’ll need for these Oatmeal Apple Cookies:

•  Both browned butter and softened butter

•  Granulated sugar and brown sugar

•  All-purpose flour (though a gluten-free one-for-one blend also works well!), baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and cinnamon.  Cream of tartar will give the cookies an added chewiness and softness.

•  Old-fashioned oats though quick cooking oats are just a delicious in this recipe

•  Large eggs and vanilla extract

•  Dried apple pieces, coarsely chopped to bite size pieces.

•  Optionally you can add finely chopped pecans and butterscotch chips.  I can also imagine chopped walnuts and dark chocolate chips being delicious. There’s no wrong move here.

•  Another optional move is coating the dough balls in cinnamon sugar – like a loaded snickerdoodle.

Start by browning butter and cooling it to room temperature.

The browned butter can be cooled but still liquid (that’s totally fine) or cooled to solid but pliable (also great).

Add softened butter along with granulated and brown sugar to the oatmeal cookie dough.  Whip together with electric hand beaters until pale and fluffy – 3 to 5 minutes.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well before adding the second egg.  Eggs will help the cookies rise and help give them their structure so add with care.

After eggs, we’ll add our vanilla extract.

Browned Butter Oatmeal Apple Cookie dry ingredients in a clear bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, leavening, salt, cinnamon, and oats.

Add the dry ingredients all at once to the wet ingredients and give the two a big ol’ stir together.

I usually stir the cookie dough with a wooden spoon and spatula from here on out.  Dig deep and look for any hidden butter or flour patches in the dough.

Cookie dough with dried apples, pecans, and butterscotch chips in a bowl.

What makes these Oatmeal Apple Cookies the most delicious version of oatmeal cookies yet? Soft and sweet dried apples, duh.  Earthy pecans and sweet butterscotch chips, too.  We’re loading these cookies up.

Cookie dough balls dipped in cinnamon sugar before baking.

Shape the cookie dough into generous balls and roll in cinnamon sugar.

We’re adding a hint of extra spice, that sugary crunch and who doesn’t love a snickerdoodle.  These cookies can do it all.

Baked Oatmeal Apple Cookies

I like to bake my cookies in the upper third of the oven. Not the top rack, not the middle – in that sweet spot in the upper third.   We talk about which oven rack is best for baking in our Baking 101 series.

Bake until the oatmeal cookies are spread and golden.

They’ll be incredibly fragrant and golden around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool until they’re just cool enough to pick up and taste test.

If you’re baking the cookies from frozen, give them a minute or two more in the oven.

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Browned Butter Oatmeal Apple Cookies

Oatmeal Apple Cookies cooling on wire rack.

The perfect fall after school cookie with oats and dried apples, pecans and bonus butterscotch chips.

  • Author: Joy the Baker
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Yield: about 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: dessert

Ingredients

Scale

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butters melted to browned and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups (250g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups (256g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups diced dried apples
  • 1 heaping cup butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup finely diced pecans

For Coating:

  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • a big pinch of kosher salt

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a medium bowl with electric hand beaters cream buttes with the sugars and beat on medium speed until aerated and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minutes between each addition. Add the vanilla extract. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl as necessary.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the oats, flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Add the dry ingredients all at once to the butter mixture and beat on low speed. Remove the bowl from the mixing stand and stir in the dried apples, butterscotch chips, and pecans. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the dough to plastic wrap or waxed paper and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.
  4. Just before baking, place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl whisk together sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Form the dough into 2 tablespoon balls. Roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place each ball about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake until golden and puffed for about 12 minutes, rotating the pan once during baking. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  7. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Uncooked dough can be portioned (not rolled in sugar) and frozen in balls first on a baking sheet, then in a freezer safe bag. Bake cookies from frozen for 14 or so minutes.

Keywords: cookies, oatmeal, apple, fall, browned butter, cinnamon, butterscotch, pecans, joy the baker

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