cookies · Fall (Halloween & Thanksgiving)

Apple Crisp Cookies

The best name I can come up with for this recipe is Apple Crisp Cookies.  Why? Because the sweet combination of cinnamon-y apples, crunchy oatmeal and brown sugar, and the delicious brown butter glaze that goes on top makes these cookies taste exactly like a warm slice of apple crisp.


My cousin Tonya posted this recipe on her blog, along with a baking disaster story.  Well actually, first she called me to vent to me about it.  We hate it when a recipe leaves out a key step or ingredient and it turns into a disaster.  Very annoying.


The way the recipe was originally written, her cookies did not turn out, and she is a baking expert.  They still tasted delicious, but she decided that the dough probably needed to be refrigerated before the cookies were baked.  She said they tasted great, and the thought of an apple-cinnamon oatmeal cookie sounded so great to me that I decided to try them too, even though she wasn’t a big fan of the original recipe.


I made the dough as originally directed in the recipe she had followed, looked at it, felt it, and tasted it, and decided there were a lot of things missing.  Flour, for one- I didn’t think the recipe as written had nearly enough.  I also decided it needed more cinnamon, more leaveners, and more apples.  Adding these things made it so I did not have to chill the dough (something I hate doing).


The result was a soft, chewey cookie filled with sweet apples and cinnamon and oats that made my entire kitchen smell like fall.


For the brown butter frosting, I decided to do more of a glaze, which was delicious.  If you’d like to do frosting instead of glaze, check out the original recipe on Bakerlady

This is the perfect thing to make in the fall, for an after school snack, or for the oatmeal raisin cookie lover in your life who might feel like trying something new.

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup peeled, diced apple ( I used granny smith) “marinated” in 1 tablespoon granulated sugar + 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the brown butter glaze:1/4 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
3-5 tablespoon milk {approximately}
1/4 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.

Peel and chop your apple, and mix it with 1 tablespoon sugar + 1/2 tsp cinnamon.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Stir in egg and vanilla. Slowly incorporate all dry ingredients. Stir in oats and apples.

Form cookies out of about a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball.  Flatten just slightly.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden.

While cookies are baking, place 1/4 cup butter into small saucepan. With heat on medium, melt and brown the butter.  Be careful not to burn it.  Burnt butter glaze is no good.

Once the butter is a medium brown/amber color remove from heat and pour into a small bowl. Beat in powdered sugar, cinnamon, and enough milk to get a nice glaze consistency.


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