iced apple cookies

Easy Apple Cookies

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 18 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These hearty apple cookies are plenty sweet, yet low in added sugars. You can also serve them as breakfast cookies (you may just want to leave the icing off!)


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat or gluten-free flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (or 1 tablespoon additional flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup grated apple (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews, walnuts, or sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • Yogurt Icing (optional)


  1. Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl using a wooden spoon. Place into the fridge to chill while the oven preheats.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Portion out 2-tablespoon sized balls of dough, place onto the prepared baking sheet, and press down until 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Space them about an inch apart—they won’t spread, so close is okay. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheet and top with Yogurt Icing if desired. Let set for a few minutes and serve.


These are best eaten on the day they are made, but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-5 days. They will soften slightly when stored.

To make these slightly smaller, use 1 tablespoon batter and bake as directed for 18-20 minutes.

Yogurt Icing:
Stir together 2 tablespoons plain whole milk Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl until very smooth. Place the icing into a zip top bag and seal. Cut off one corner and drizzle over cookies. (Or just use a spoon!) Let set for a few minutes or up to 2 hours and serve.

Use certified gluten-free oats if needed to make this recipe gluten-free.

Use pink lady or granny smith apples or another cooking apple you prefer.

You don’t need to peel the apples when grating them.

You can use the frosting or omit it. You can also drizzle on a little vanilla yogurt right before serving for a lower sugar option.

You could use dried cranberries or use additional seeds or nuts in place of the raisins if you prefer.

These are perfect for a healthier dessert or snack. Or even a breakfast cookie!

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