This recipe started as an idea for a breakfast cookie.  As you can see, that’s not the direction it took.  I mean, you could eat them for breakfast.  There’s oats, apples, dried cranberries and walnuts.  A person might use this list of these ingredients to rationalize having one (okay, maybe two) for breakfast.

caramel apple cookies

Along with a chai tea these cookies are a wonderful fall treat no matter when you might eat them.

caramel apple cookies

You can keep the mixer put away for these cookies.  Just one big mixing bowl, a wooden spoon and a bit of muscle will bring it all together.  I’ve also included measurements in weights for my gluten-free friends using different flours.

cookies adapted from ‘The Vegetarian Family Cookbook’


caramel apple cookies

Caramel Apple Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups/7 ounces whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup/3.4 ounces quick cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup/2.0 ounces granulated sugar
  • 1 cup/9.0 ounces natural applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons safflower (or vegetable) oil
  • 1/2 cup/3.0 ounces finely diced apple
  • 1 cup/3.5 ounces dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup/2.5 ounces chopped walnuts
  • For Maple Frosting:
  • 3 tablespoons Earth Balance butter
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, oats, flax seeds, baking powder, baking soda and sugar in a mixing bowl and stir together.
  3. Make a well in the center and add the applesauce, oil and vanilla extract. Stir together until dry and wet ingredients are well combined. Add a little more applesauce if needed, to make a smooth, slightly stiff batter. Stir in apples, cranberries and walnuts. Drop in rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheets. Gently press down on each cookie with fork tines, flattening just slightly.
  4. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool completely before frosting.
  5. For Frosting: In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine butter, milk and brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Allow to cool before adding in confectioner's sugar. Frost cooled cookies.

caramel apple cookies

What are your favorite fall flavors?


2 Responses to Caramel Apple Cookies

  1. bentley says:

    those look amazing. will you come over and bake me a batch?

    • Alison says:

      Now that would be fun. It’s probably gorgeous up your way this time of year. Hope you are making the most it and having a good fall.

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