Oatmeal Apple Butter Cookies

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Chewy oatmeal thumbprint cookies with a sweet apple butter filling.


  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ¼ cups flour*
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • ⅔ cup apple butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until combined.
  3. In a separate medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together softened butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.  Slowly add dry ingredients, beating until just combined.  Fold in raisins and nuts (if using).
  4. Use a cookie scoop to drop cookies onto the prepared baking sheet. Use a spoon to press a well into the center of each cookie.  Use a spoon to drop dollops of apple butter into the well of each cookie.
  5. Bake 8-12 minutes or until cookies are just set and lightly browned on the edges.


Substitution Tip: You can also use all-purpose, whole wheat, whole wheat pastry, whole wheat white or oat flour for this recipe.


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