The BEST Apple Breakfast Cookies

Okay, okay; I’ve gone a little bake-crazy lately… But the PERFECT fall weather we’ve had in Minnesota this month, coupled with delicious freshly picked apples we hand-selected at the orchard have just made my favorite fall activity THAT much more irresistible. 

I had exactly one apple leftover from our orchard stash, so I had to make it count. I decided I really wanted to make cookies with it, so I searched Pinterest for a recipe resembling what I was craving (with every intention of making it my own, of course). I found this recipe, if you’d like to try the original… Or, keep reading to try The Modern Homemaker version!

This cookie is everything that is good about fall and cookies. It’s chewy, slightly tart, sweet, and is bursting with warm spices. 

As always- I encourage you to mix it up. Try different add-ins or spices and make it your own!! (Suggestions I thought of while baking- omit one of my add-ins for almonds or walnuts, or trade out the nutmeg for pumpkin pie spice. YUM…)

The BEST Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies 

*disclaimer: might actually eat all 24 cookies before breakfast. 


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I used Mexican vanilla extract)
  • 1 + 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 apple- peeled, cored, chopped into very small pieces (tart is really good!)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Mix together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Set aside. 
  3. In a separate large bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until well blended and smooth. 
  4. Add in egg and vanilla, one at a time, and mix until blended. 
  5. Slowly add dry mixture into sugar mixture. Stir until combined. 
  6. Add oats. Mix well. 
  7. Add apples, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips. Mix until evenly dispersed throughout dough. 
  8. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets. (Helps to pack them when rounding somewhat, to keep the add-ins from falling)
  9. Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden. 
  10. Cool on rack.


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