If you are thinking “Aren’t apple cookies for Fall?” let’s just talk about that for a minute. Yes, apples are technically a Fall fruit, but come on. Don’t you buy apples all year long?? I sure do! They are the #1 fruit staple in our kitchen. We have apples either with cheese and crackers, for an after school snack, or alongside sandwiches at least once on almost any given day. They don’t say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away between September and December.” We can always find apples in the grocery store!
OK, so as I was writing that, I went to look up why we have apples available all the time. According to this article, apples (even organic) are treated with a chemical and put in cold storage for about a year before they ever make it to the grocery store. That makes me feel less like my grocery store apple is going to keep the doctor away, but for the sake of this recipe, let’s just all agree that we can get apples all the time, m’kay?
Since we eat apples on the regular, sometimes we buy more than we need. Or, sometimes my boys swear to me that they love green apples, but then they decide they don’t want to actually eat them when we get them home. Whatever the reason, we occasionally have apples in our fruit basket that are a little past their prime. I’m not talking rotten, but just a little shriveled or bruised or otherwise less than ideal. This cookie recipe is perfect for those tired apples you don’t want to throw out. Think of it like banana bread for apples.
These cookies are rich with apple cinnamon flavor and contain a fiber boost too from the oatmeal. I didn’t call these breakfast cookies, but I’d definitely feel fine about enjoying a couple with my morning coffee. They are way more wholesome than a doughnut! Whether you enjoy these apple oatmeal cookies for breakfast or dessert, I feel sure that you’ll like them :)
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