These walnut oatmeal cookies are made with applesauce and finished with a sweet maple glaze.
Five year old Maryanne only liked three cookies: Mrs. Field’s chocolate chip cookies, Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies, and my mom’s homemade cookies (aka Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies).
Basically, if it didn’t have chocolate chips, it obviously wasn’t a proper cookie.
And then somehow I got my hands on an oatmeal cookie and my eyes were opened to the world beyond chocolate chips. It hasn’t been the same ever since.
Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies with maple glaze
The holidays are upon us. With two weeks until Thanksgiving, it’s only a matter of time until KOST begins playing nonstop holiday songs.
But more importantly, November means the start of cookie season! It’s the most sweet and delicious time of the year for my cookie monster of a stomach.
Rather than start with the most decadent of the cookies (chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!), I’m sharing a lighter (slightly healthier) cookie- apple walnut oatmeal cookies with maple glaze!
Obviously these are the kind of cookies that are totally appropriate for breakfast. In my opinion, anything with oatmeal is a designated breakfast item.
These cookies are not very sweet and they’re easy on the butter. The addition of apple sauce helps to bind the ingredients and also keeps the cookies soft and moist. And if it makes you feel any better, there are equal parts flour and oatmeal.
The maple glaze is the finishing touch to these perfect little holiday treats.
I think my five year old self would devour these cookies in a heartbeat (or at least hide them from the rest of family).
Once you’ve made batches and batches of cookies, it’s time to send them off to friends and family. Aren’t these holiday gift tags and recipe cards the cutest? You can download and print them here at the Better Homes and Gardens website.
Can’t figure out what cookie to make? Check out The World’s Largest Cookie Exchange Pinterest board for all sorts of tasty inspiration!
Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Glaze
- ¼ cup unsalted butter (57 g), room temp
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar (150 g), packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar (100 g)
- 1 large egg, room temp
- 1 Tablespoon molasses (20 g)
- ½ cup applesauce (130 g)
- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour (195 g)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, or kosher salt
- 1 ½ cup old-fashioned oats (135 g), also labeled as rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts (115 g) lightly toasted, roughly chopped
- 1 ½ cup confectioners' sugar (175 g), unsifted powdered sugar
- ¼ cup dark maple syrup (75 g)
- pinch fine sea salt or kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon milk or non-dairy alternative milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), cream butter. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix until smooth. Add egg, molasses, and apple sauce.
- In a bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt. Add to mixing bowl. Fold in rolled oats and walnuts.
- Use a 1 ½- inch scoop to portion out cookies. Arrange on parchment lined baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 13-15 minutes, rotating pans midway through baking. Allow to cool in pan for 3 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool to room temperature.
- Maple Glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar, maple syrup, salt and milk until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add additional milk 1 tsp at a time until desired consistency is achieved. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies. Enjoy immediately, or allow glaze to harden and set.
Reader Questions and Reviews
I can see why you changed your mind! These cookies look wonderful Maryanne! On my list!
Thanks Mary Ann! Can’t wait for you to try them out! :)
oatmeal-based cookies never get enough love; i always see people reaching for the chocolate (can’t blame them, but still), or snubbing the oatmeal. so i was really glad you posted these, and even happier that these are perfect breakfast material!!
Thanks! YES, totally breakfast material :)
I love the presentation of the cookies, I am planning to make more homemade presents this year and I find it great to find more inspiration for it. :)
Thank you, Adina!
WHOA! Is it okay if I load mine with glaze? Like double dunk it :)
YES! I like the way you think. You can totally overload on the glaze :)
Take a delicious cookie and add a delicious glaze? I’m sold! Can’t wait to try these!
Wow! These cookies and that glaze sound incredible! I think my five year old self would love them too!
Love me some oatmeal cookies, I bet they would be great with a nice cup of tea!
Love the look of these cookies! That drizzle on top is calling my name!
These cookies look gorgeously delicious! And I was the same exact way as a kid liking the same 3 types of chocolate chip cookies! :)
These look like the kind of cookies I would LOVE. Thanks for sharing!
As much as I enjoy a really good chocolate chip cookie, I will choose oatmeal any day of the week. Especially one with a glaze like this one!
Can these delicious cookies be frozen then defrosted and then frosted to give out. Thank you.
Your cookies look wonderful. I was just wondering if you can include gram measurements as well. I find it works better for me than cup measurements. Thank you