Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting Well hello Wednesday. How did you get here? I missed my usual Saturday things post because I was sort of obsessing over my new niece. But, never fear. Here lies my newest installment of Saturday Wednesday Things. You’re welcome, America.

1. Time really flies when you’re having fun. I got back from our mini family reunion/baby ogling trip yesterday and have been trying to climb to the top of my dirty laundry pile ever since.

2. So far I have been rather unsuccessful.

3. Send help.

4. While on said trip, we had some family photos taken by Callie Mae Photography. We saw a ‘preview’ of the work she did and of course loved the photo. If you live in Utah or Idaho {or other places and are willing to travel, like us} then give this girl a call! She is wonderful….

5. Wonderful and CRUEL! I don’t like getting just a ‘preview’. Now I have to wait a week to get the rest of the photos?! WHAT? –>torture

6. If you haven’t yet ‘liked’ my latest photo at the Around the World in 80 Plates Facebook page, please please please take 4 seconds to click the button.  My life is depending on this!!!!

7. Ok, not really.

8. While visiting my sissy and her new baby, my parents brought me a Costco sized package of Canadian chocolate bars. A nice little token of the motherland….because our little family of three needs 18 chocolate bars.—>???

9. We basically just ate chocolate on the 13 hour drive home.

10. Now might be a good time to mention that I signed up to run the Portland Marathon. I’m gonna be running my booty off this summer. So far I think it’s a good idea, but ask me in a month.

11. I made cookies for you today. Because I love your faces. I thought it was about time I made cookies for you. Totally old school cookies. Like the kind your Grandma’s would make. Except I frosted them with a life changing substance I like to call heaven. Or for you normal folk Brown Butter Frosting.

12. When making these cookies, I ate more frosting than cookie dough. That’s saying a LOT.

13. Just like any other cookie, these are pretty simple to make. And even if you screw them up, the frosting will fix everything.

14. Also, I now believe that Brown Butter Frosting is the key to world peace.

15. So, in conclusion, I love my niece, I hate laundry, I’m a big chocolate-loving-fatso-except-not-really-because-I’m running-a-marathon, cookies are delicious and brown butter will change your life.

Here’s how you make them:

Brooke 1 First things first–>find some cheap child labor. Let them know that being paid in cookie dough is not such a bad thing.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 1 Into your mixer, measure out some butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 2 Whip until light and fluffy.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 3 Add in an egg and vanilla {not pictured, but it went in!}

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 3.5 Whip this all up to be a light and fluffy mess. Let it be known that I could eat this with a spoon. My daughter attempted approximately 14 times to swipe a lick. Actually, she asked about 5 times, got tired of hearing me say “no” and just started reaching in. The scoundrel.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 4 Measure out all your dry ingredients and stir them together into a separate bowl and dump the whole thing into the mixer.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 5 Add in the oats too and stir.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 6 Once the batter is done, peel and dice up some apple. I used half a fuji apple because those are the apples we buy but use whichever kind you have.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 7 Stir the apples in by hand and you’re ready to go!

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 8 Scoop the batter onto a baking sheet and cook 8-10 minutes.

Brooke 2 Now would be time for payment. Please excuse my crazy eyed daughter. She’s a wild child that cannot be reformed.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 9 While the cookies are baking, we’re gonna make the frosting. Melt some butter in a small saucepan. Easy enough, right?

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 10 Cook the butter over medium heat until it starts to brown. Keep swirling until it turns a medium to medium dark brown/amber color. Once it has browned, pour it out into a mixing bowl immediately. You turn your back for one second and it will burn! Even keeping it in a hot pan off the heat will turn it into black butter. Brown butter = good. Black butter = nast. Amen.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 11 Once you pour the butter into a mixing bowl, stir in some powdered sugar and milk to get a frosting consistency.

Apple Oatmeal Cookies 12 Once you pull the cookies out of the oven and your frosting is ready, you can go to town!

Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting 1 Hello my pretties! I dusted the tops with a little more cinnamon and then served.

We LOVED these. But, anything could taste good with that frosting slathered all over it. :) Hope you guys get around to making these! Perfect for an evening treat, an after school snack or to pack in a lunch.

Have a great Wednesday and don’t forget to come like this photo. Thanks, friends!

Here’s the printable:

Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

Yield: 2 dozen small


1/2 cup butter, softened
6 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup all purpose flour + 1 tablespoon
1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup peeled, diced apple {I used a fuji}

for the frosting:
1/4 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon milk {approximately}
cinnamon, for garnish if desired


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper and 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. Scoop onto prepared sheet and 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. Once the butter is a medium brown/amber color remove from heat and pour into a small bowl. Stir in powdered sugar and enough milk to get a spreadable consistency.

Frost warm cookies and sprinkle with more cinnamon, if desired. Serve.

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74 Responses to “Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting”

  1. #
    Kathryn — May 16, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Does you daughter do the washing up too (aside from licking the kitchen aid attachment clean)? I think I need to get me one of those!

    These cookies are full of some of my favourite things and I feel the urge to cover everything that I eat in brown butter frosting right now!


    • Lauren — May 17th, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

      We’ve tried to teach her the concept of dishes, but it’s been a total FAIL. Maybe in a few months.


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I love the pic of her licking the beater…part mischief, part sheer joy, part sneaky little daredevil…I can see my daughter being the same :)

    Great cookies, Lauren!


  3. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Your daughter is just too precious! And these cookies are to die for! It has all my favorite ingredients – apple, oatmeal, and butter. Oh wait, and that frosting too. Can’t forget about that!


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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

    These look fantastic and your daughter is too cute (and smart)! I’d definitely have to make extra frosting to be safe.


    • Lauren — May 17th, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

      Yes! Extra frosting is a must!


  5. #
    Tanya Schroeder — May 16, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Love the big chunks of apples you can see in the cookie! But even more I love your assistant. I have one of those too! Big help.


  6. #
    Katrina — May 16, 2012 at 11:23 am

    That frosting looks heavenly! Yum!


  7. #
    Blog is the New Black — May 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    You had me at brown butter.


  8. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — May 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I so want to make these but I know I would be completely powerless with them in the house. Thus, I will make these the next time I have company or have to bring a dessert and make everyone else powerless, too 😉


  9. #
    Cookbook Queen — May 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I LOVE apples in baked goods…seriously one of my favorite things. But can you believe I still haven’t tried browned butter anything??? What is WRONG with me?!?!


  10. #
    suzieg — May 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    One of my favorite things….beater licking, I think she is very well paid!


  11. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — May 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Ooooh these flavors are glorious. Apple + oatmeal + brown butter + cinnamon = all the comfort I need in cookie form! Also, your daughter is adorable. She can steal cookie dough from me anytime (except not really because licking the paddle is my favorite part).


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    Valerie at The Year of Living Healthfully — May 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Lauren, these cookies look great. One question though. Your recipe calls for quick cooking oats. Do you think I can just sub in old fashioned, which I have on hand?


    • Lauren — May 16th, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

      Yup! That should be fine!


  13. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Cheap labor rocks. And can I have these for breakfast? They do have fruit so it seems totally okay in my book. :)


  14. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — May 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    The pictures of your daughter are just precious! These cookies look divine. And with the brown butter frosting, I would be eating just the frosting too! :)


  15. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — May 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    These sound perfect! Love apple and oats together, and with brown butter frosting, I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong!

    Love the picture of your daughter!


  16. #
    Karly — May 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    These sound amazing. Brown butter really is magical.


  17. #
    Emily @ She Makes and Bakes — May 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Love the brown butter frosting. That would be amazing on almost anything!


  18. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    These little cookies look so good, Lauren! The flavors are so reminiscent of fall, too, which I can never get enough of. Great recipe!


  19. #
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — May 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Who could resist baking cookies for your cute little angel. They sound scrumptious!


  20. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I liked your photo. The cookies sound amazing with the frosting!
    Good luck on the marathon. I have done a couple half’s, but have always wanted to do a whole. Not sure my knees could hold up though :(


  21. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    mmm…looks so warm and inviting! I don’t know that I’ve had apple in cookies before though it sounds wonderful! Love the oats, love the brown butter frosting…the apples, the cinnamon. It all looks lovely. I bet your adorable little niece loved them!


  22. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    you are such a genius for creating this. looks sooo good!! i can just imagine tasting a delicious apple pie in this cookie….brooke is absolutely adorable! haha cheap child labor, love it 😉


    • Lauren — May 17th, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

      It’s like apple pie meets oatmeal cookie…with a good brown butter slathering.


  23. #
    Jennifer moore — May 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I’m currently making these cookies and the atter is amazing, but is there supposed to be more flour than just half a cup?


    • Jennifer moore — May 16th, 2012 @ 10:23 pm



    • Lauren — May 16th, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

      nope! 1/2 cup is right!


  24. #
    Lenore — May 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Your daughter is ADORABLE. Also, I am obsessed with all things brown butter-related so I must make these immediately. Or tomorrow morning. But either way, very soon!


    • Lauren — May 17th, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

      Yay! Hope you like them!


  25. #
    Meg — May 17, 2012 at 3:24 am

    I have tried a few times to make apple pie cookies.. all unsuccessful. These sound awesome.


  26. #
    Debra Kapellakis — May 17, 2012 at 6:55 am

    You have the cutest little helper I have seen since my 20 year old daughter was that age! 😀 I printed this recipe.


  27. #
    Kristen — May 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Cutest, sweetest pictures, ever! Those cookies look great too :)


    • Lauren — May 17th, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

      Thanks, Kristen!!


  28. #
    JulieD — May 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    The cookies and frosting look amazing! Love your daughter, she’s so cute! Hope I get to meet her next month!!


  29. #
    love2dine — May 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Another big hit!! This looks and sounds so delicious!


  30. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — May 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    These look amazing! I love creative cookies!


  31. #
    Roselyn D — May 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I am making these this afternoon for a coffee date tomorrow. Looks so good. Question though, can I frost these cookies now, or should I wait till just before serving?

    p.s Happy Victoria Day from a fellow Canuck.


  32. #
    Jolene ( — May 18, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Hehe, this post is awesome! I especially like that you love our faces :-)


  33. #
    Gillian — May 18, 2012 at 4:14 am

    These look so great! And they have apples and oats in them, so my nutritionist can’t get upset with me, right? Right?

    Maybe I’ll make half with frosting and half without, and eat the plain ones for breakfast 😀


  34. #
    Nancy @ CouponClippingCook — May 18, 2012 at 4:26 am

    These cookies are a work of art. They look so good. Your pictures are so pretty and your little girl is adorable. Have a nice weekend!


  35. #
    Clover — May 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I made these yesterday and the flavor was awesome, but they spread all over, and were really too thin. Couldn’t frost them (although I didn’t need to they taste great alone). However, if I make them again I’ll have to do something different 1/2 cup flour maybe wasn’t enough or something.


    • Lauren — May 18th, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

      Try making them smaller and possibly adding a touch more flour. Did you add the 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon? This recipe has worked for me several times…interesting that you’re were flat like pancakes.


      • Clover — May 18th, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

        I followed the recipe exactly and kept the cookies small, in fact they made 36 cookies because I made them a little small. Anyway they sure were tasy even if they were flat. I think a little more flour and maybe refrigerate them before scooping and baking. Thanks for the reply.

    • Gillian — May 18th, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

      Mine came out spread and flat too… so I added a good bit more flour to the second half of the batter, and then they were fine! I probably would put 3/4 – 1 cup of flour in them next time. But they’re yummy!

      I wonder… I used old fashioned (not quick cooking) oats – maybe the quick cooking ones absorb more moisture? or something…


      • Clover — May 19th, 2012 @ 3:43 am

        I used quick cooking oats–they didn’t absorb any extra moisture. Maybe the kind of apple I used was extra juicy?

  36. #
    Vanessa — May 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    These are great!! Mine spread out a bit as well, but that makes no never mind to my family lol I added cinnamon to the frosting and am in love! Thanks so much for this delicious recipe :)


  37. #
    Deborah — May 22, 2012 at 4:02 am

    All you have to do is say browned butter, and I come running!! And that is the best kind of child labor!


  38. #
    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — May 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Mmm! These look amazing. I think I want a couple for breakfast this morning!


  39. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

    This is the type of cookie i could eat 40 of and still want more. I mean there’s fruit in there, so it’s kinda healthy :)


  40. #
    Chrissy — May 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    LOVE these. What a great mix of flavors! I bet the brown butter adds such a yummy depth to these oatmeal cookies. Also, your daughter is just so adorable. I am sure that she was fine being used for her cheap labor :)


  41. #
    Cat Davis - Food Family Finds — June 6, 2012 at 2:34 am

    This is so my kind of cookie! I pinned it to try this weekend.


  42. #
    Rasha J. — October 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Made these last night. They were absolutely delicious. Added 1/2 cup walnuts. Great recipe!!!


  43. #
    Shelley Sharp — December 14, 2012 at 12:52 am

    i have a question- If you don’t put the icing on right away, could you freeze the cookies, thaw them out and then frost them before you serve them? Just wondering, they look tasty and your daughter is lovely…


    • Lauren — December 14th, 2012 @ 5:48 am

      I frost them pretty much right away. Never done it before after freezing but don’t see why that wouldn’t work!


  44. #
    Sam — February 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Made these today and they are awesome! I doubled the cinnamon and vanilla, just a personal preference, and I grated the apples instead of dicing them. Definitely will make again.
    Thank you!


  45. #
    Jaclyn — October 6, 2013 at 6:01 am

    These have got to be the ultimate fall cookie! They look so delicious!


  46. #
    Rokssana — October 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Just made these cookies and they are delicious!! These garnered rave reviews and I will be making these again. Thanks for the recipe!


  47. #
    Ariel — October 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I am so sad! I just made these, and they did NOT turn out :( :(
    I just recently discovered how awesome baking is, so I probably just made novice mistakes. First, they were totally flat and melted-like when I pulled them out of the oven. I am guessing that may have been an issue with the butter being the wrong temp? Also, I think I was too chicken with the frosting, and didn’t let it get brown enough. It is still really good, but it is more like regular-ol butter frosting.

    Also, what is the purpose of a silicone baking mat/parchment paper? Maybe an obvious question for seasoned bakers, but I am still learning…I just lightly greased my sheets…maybe thats why they didn’t turn out??


    • Lauren — October 21st, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

      I think they flattened out because there wasn’t enough flour mixed in. It’s a pretty common thing to happen and has to do with how you measure the flour. Next time you make them, do a tester {bake 1 cookie} to see how they do. If they’re really flat, then add a little more flour, like 1-2 tablespoons. Then test another cookie to see how they bake. Did you use 1/4 teaspoon baking soda? Too much baking soda can flatten cookies too.

      I measure my flour by fluffing the flour first with a measuring cup, then scooping the measuring cup in and leveling off the top with my fingers or a butter knife.

      I like using parchment paper because it means less dishes! And the silpat silicone mats are great for cookies. NOTHING sticks to them! I doubt your lightly greased baking sheets had anything to do with them not turning out.


      • Ariel — October 21st, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

        This is embarrassing, but I realized I was doubling the recipe, and doubled everything but the flour :S. I did have some dough left and added more flour and they turned out perfect. Thanks for the advice :) :)

  48. #
    Darah — October 31, 2013 at 4:48 am

    do you think this would do well as a muffin/ cupcake? maybe adding baking powder? im trying to get a healthy bottom to go with the ghost frosting dollops on top…. :)


    • Lauren — October 31st, 2013 @ 10:25 am

      They wouldn’t puff like a cupcake or muffin, but if you wanted to get them to be in perfect circle shapes, that would do the trick!


  49. #
    Lane — February 7, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I want to thank you for this recipe. I take food to my grandmother every weekend. She usually resists and says I shouldn’t bring her anything. Since I made these cookies for her – she requests them frequently – which she has NEVER done. (She is rather hard to please.) So, even though as a rule I am vaguely resentful and envious of you women that do it all so effortlessly… Thank you!


  50. #
    Joel — July 17, 2014 at 6:16 am

    I made these last night to take to a pot luck at work today. Sadly, something went wrong and I have to consider these a fail. I gotta start by saying that the flavor is amazing and if they had worked for me as they should have, they would probably be like my favorite cookies. As for the problem, that is 2-fold. First, I don’t know what went wrong, but my cookies flattend waaaaaaaay out and turned into like cookie wafers. I am ok with that, they still seemed crispy so I hoped they would hold up. Something else happened over the night though, they became super soft and cakey and crumbly. Sadly, I couldn’t serve them for the pot luck. But as a bit of a silver lining, I am going to take this all back home and try to turn them into the best cake balls ever.



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