Back to School Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

There I said it – Back To School. Whether you love the idea or dread it, it is inevitable. My Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies are a school safe option. They make a large quantity of cookies and freeze very well. If you can’t find cinnamon baking chips, you can omit them or substitute butterscotch. I found my cinnamon ones at my local Bulk Barn.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup cinnamon baking chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F

  2. Beat shortening, sugars, vanilla, and egg together until light and fluffy

  3. Dissolve baking soda in water.  Add dissolved soda, salt, and cinnamon to beaten mixture

  4. Add in oatmeal and flour

  5. Stir in apple and baking chips

  6. Scoop batter onto parchment lined cookie sheets.  Bake 10-15 minutes.  Do not overbake


This recipe is based on one my family has used for over 100 years.  It would be my guess that the shortening used to be lard to butter.  Use a flavourful baking apple for these cookies and keep the pieces to a uniform size.  Err on the side of underbaking cookies if you want a chewy consistency.  If you wait until your cookies are golden all over to take them out of the oven, you will definitely have crunch.

Back to School Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

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