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Old-Fashioned Apple Cookies

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 24
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In only 20 minutes you can enjoy these delicious scratch cookies made with tart chopped apples, warm spices and sweet brown sugar. Come fall there are plenty of cookie recipes that will make good use of the bounty of fresh apples, but you won't find one better or faster than these Old-Fashioned Apple Oatmeal Cookies.
Updated Jul 24, 2019
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  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 medium apple, chopped (1 cup)


  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°. Grease cookie sheet with shortening. Beat brown sugar, butter and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, nutmeg, salt and baking soda. Stir in apple.
  • 2
    Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto cookie sheet.
  • 3
    Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool. Store loosely covered.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Vary this quick cookie by using different fresh fruits-- or even vegetables-- that you might have on hand. Good substitutions for the apple include pears, bananas, zucchini and carrots.
  • tip 2
    Drop cookies are those that you drop directly from a spoon or ice cream scoop while rolled/or cut-out cookies are rolled out with a rolling pin.
  • tip 3
    Drop cookies easily using two spoons. Scoop dough with one spoon and push it onto the cookie sheet with the other spoon. For more drop cookie tips and tricks see our guide How to Make Drop Cookies


115 Calories, 5g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 16g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
1 Starch; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Bring your cookie tray back to the good ol’ days of scratch baking with this classic apple cookie recipe! And don’t worry, just because these cookies are scratch doesn’t mean they’ll take all day to make. They actually only takes 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake in the oven. Apples and nutmeg make this recipe perfect for fall, and the apple chunks add bursts of flavor and a surprising texture. But if you’re craving something a little different, or don’t have apples on hand, consider switching out your fruit. Pears, bananas and even veggies like, zucchini and carrots, all work well in this recipe. For more ideas to upgrade up your cookie tray, check out the rest of Betty’s cookie recipes. And if you love everything apple, make sure to peruse the rest of Betty’s best apple recipes and read up on tips and tricks for baking with apples.
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