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. 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.

If you love eating apples and peanut butter these cookies are for you. A childhood favorite turned into a delicious treat. Perfect for snacks these gooey soft cookies are sure to please your kids while being healthy too.

I love creating new cookie recipes from scratch and I've created a nostalgic favorite for sure! It hits all the right flavors and brings me back to my childhood. Peanut butter and apples were a common snack growing up and being able to create a cookie that encompases that brings back all the feels. Just thinking about this recipe makes my mouth water. Juciy tender apples, creamy peanut butter, and those rich raisins sprinkled with oats baked to perfection; it really doesn't get any better than that.

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 using in cookies: Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. There are others but I prefer these. I have another apple cookie recipe with a table 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 set and edges are golden brown.

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

© 2012 Cholee Clay


Cholee Clay (author) from Wisconsin on November 25, 2012:

JSParker: Gala apples work pretty well for baking too. I've used them mostly in apple crumbles, but I'm sure they would work well in cookies too:) Hope you enjoy them!

JSParker from Detroit, Michigan on November 24, 2012:

Hmm, all I've got are Gala apples, still I might try it. We have a book full of oatmeal cookie variations, so thanks for a new idea, adding apples!

Cholee Clay (author) from Wisconsin on May 30, 2012:

alissaroberts-Thanks for the sweet comment, and sharing. I usually bake something once a week, having a fiance with a sweet tooth means trying to find or create something new and yummy to keep him guessing :)

Alissa Roberts from Normandy, TN on May 30, 2012:

Oh my! These sound and look delish! You have the best cookie recipes. Too bad you don't live closer to me because I would so be at your house every day just hoping you are baking a batch of cookies! :) Thanks for the great recipe - will be pinning this one!

Cholee Clay (author) from Wisconsin on May 27, 2012:

Outbound Dan-I don't think it is ever to early to bake:) Hope you enjoy them!

Dan Human from Niagara Falls, NY on May 27, 2012:

Wow that looks good! My egg sandwich cannot compare to that - I wonder if it is too early to start baking. Sounds delicious - thanks!

Cholee Clay (author) from Wisconsin on May 26, 2012:

cc-You're welcome. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Definitely a great new cookie for my household.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on May 26, 2012:

MMMMMMMMMMM. That's all I can say! These look so good, I'm going to have to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing this!! NOM NOM NOM

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