Thursday, September 13, 2012

Oatmeal Apple Cookies with Salted Caramel Drizzle or Not

I wanted to make these cookies, which are fairly healthy, and they turned out so well. I also added dried cranberries and walnuts, to bump the flavors, and of course cinnamon. Can you tell that I'm having fun with the Salted Caramel Drizzle? The drizzle just added a touch of fun. These cookies are all dressed up for a Tea Party or maybe you'll add these to your Christmas Cookie baking list.  They are a softer cake like cookie filled with chopped apples, dried cranberries, and walnuts, perfect flavors of Fall or the Holidays.

Now, if you don't want to dress up the cookies, they are perfect for  lunch boxes, snacks, or even dessert, and not overly sweet.  All the oatmeal, apples, and walnuts add a healthy dose of antioxidants to these cookies.  I used AP flour, but you could sub whole wheat for the AP to bump up the nutrition in these cookies. I like to make my cookies smaller, because Scott always wants more than one cookie, my secret to portion control. Whichever way you make these cookies,  drizzled or plain, they taste so good.  Enjoy!

I have a busy weekend planned, so I might not be around my computer too much, but I'll catch up with you soon.  Have a great weekend! 

Oatmeal Apple Cookies with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

 Adapted from Quaker Oats

  •  1/2  C (1 stick) butter
  • 1 C firmly Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 C All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt (optional)
  • 3 C Quaker Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1 C Dried Cranberries
  • 1  C  finely chopped apples- I used golden Delicious
  • 3/4c c chopped walnuts
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.
  3. Add eggs, and vanilla; beat well.
  4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
  5. Stir in oats and chopped apples, dried cranberries and walnuts mix well.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.
If you want you can drizzle the cooled cookies with the Salted Caramel Sauce, here.


  1. Leave off the caramel??? That's not even something I'd consider. Heck, just leave the jar open and I'll dunk my cookie in. Saves the time of drizzling. They look amazing.

    1. I have a huge jar of caramel, just for dunking,lol.

  2. Honestly the drizzle just should not be optional my friend ;)

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Uru,
      Optional drizzle or not, the cookies are wonderful, full of oatmeal, walnuts, and dries cranberries.

  3. Oh, gosh, these look incredible, Becky! And the caramel really ups the wow factor!!!. Sorry about your Bears...but glad to have a happy household this morning :) Enjoy your weekend!!! xo

    1. Lizzy,
      The caramel makes these cookies all dressed up for company, or plain for the cookie jar. I feel bad about the Bears, but then there is always next week:)

  4. Are you carameled out yet? lol. I think these really do need the drizzle though. I hope you are having fun and look forward to hearing all about it.

    1. Gina,
      I am almost carameled out, lol. There may be one more caramel creation:)
      Stay tuned!

  5. These sound delicious Becky! That caramel drizzle looks soooo good :) I'm so excited its fall and we get all of these yummy recipes coming out again!

    1. Kristina,
      Now we can get out our sweaters, too. I love Fall, and all of the wonderful recipes. too.

  6. How can you go wrong with a fun cookie icing like salted caramel drizzle? These cookies sound delicious;-)

    1. Patty,
      These cookies are so good, especially with the caramel drizzle.

  7. Caramel drizzle on a wow wow!

    1. Kate,
      the caramel drizzle is so good, but the goodies are good without the drizzle as well.


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