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Peanut Butter and Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Cholee is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys creating family and budget-friendly recipes from scratch.

Peanut butter and apple oatmeal raisin cookies

Peanut butter and apple oatmeal raisin cookies

Inspiration From a Childhood Snack

My fiancé loves cookies, so for our anniversary, I'd been trying to come up with something special. I wanted to make something that not only tastes good but is a little on the healthier side too. We tend to eat way too many baked goods around here—but let's face it, who doesn't?

One of my absolute favorite pastimes is creating recipes and mixing different flavor combinations. I tend to make too many cookies, which is why I'm taking a healthier spin this time. I decided to reach back to my childhood and grab inspiration from one of my most beloved snacks.

I think I have created the perfect combination for both of us. He loves oatmeal raisin cookies, whereas I prefer the classic peanut butter cookie. I combined both with this peanut butter, apple, oatmeal, and raisin cookie. It's the best of both worlds in my opinion. They are gooey, soft, and have a blend of flavors not usually found in a single cookie. The apples are tender without being soggy and bring the flavors of peanut butter and raisin together beautifully.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

25 min

12 min

37 min

2 dozen cookies

*Warning: Not all ovens cook the same and some ovens may not heat evenly. Check your cookies halfway through baking and rotate the sheet if needed.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (just enough to bring out the flavors of the other ingredients)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large or 2 small apples, I use Granny Smith for their tartness
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Which Apples Are Best for Cookies?

These apples are perfect for use in cookies: Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. There are others but I prefer these. I have another apple cookie recipe with a chart that offers options for great baking apples.

Dried Apple Substitution

If you prefer to use dried apples, I would recommend using 1 cup of dried apples. Dried apples have just as much flavor as fresh and would not make a difference flavor-wise. However, dried apples tend to have extra sugar, so I would take that into consideration if you decide to use dried over fresh apples.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with a whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter until fluffy. Add the peanut butter and beat until well blended and fluffy.
  4. Add both sugars and beat until the mixture is creamy. Add the eggs until combined.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture until everything is well combined.
  6. Fold in the apples and raisins.
  7. Drop dough into balls on a baking sheet and bake for 11-13 minutes or until cookies are set and edges are golden brown.

A Healthier, Unique Treat

These cookies are super easy to make, and with added fruit and oats, they are better for you than most cookies. If you are like me and do not like raisins, you can easily omit them and substitute them with cranberries or blueberries. Both pair nicely with the apple, or you can simply leave them out completely.

The flavors blended in these cookies complement each other well, and each flavor can be tasted without one single flavor overpowering another. If you are in need of a new cookie recipe this summer, or simply looking for a change, this recipe is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

© 2012 Cholee Clay