Home · Recipes Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies Author: Maryanne CabreraPublished: Nov 11, 2015Updated: Jul 26, 2023 View Recipe17 ReviewsThis post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy. 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 delicious oatmeal cookie. My eyes opened to the world beyond chocolate chips. It hasn’t been the same ever since. 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. Glazed Apple Oatmeal Cookies 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. Ingredients and Substitutions Here are most frequently questioned ingredients along with substitutions: Molasses is a by product from sugarcane refinement. It is thick, dark syrup with varying degrees of sweetness and flavor. Varies range from light, dark, to blackstrap molasses. Find it in the baking aisle alongside corn syrup and other bottled sweeteners. Molasses add more warm flavors to the dark brown sugar. Simply omit if you don’t have it. Applesauce is a puree made from cooked apples. Use unsweetened applesauce. If desired, use spiced applesauce. Applesauce is often flavored with cinnamon or mixed with other fruit such as strawberry or pear. Old-fashioned oats are also known as rolled oats. This adds bulk and nutrients to these cookies! In a pinch, substitute in quick oats. Do not use steel cut oats or Irish/Scottish oats for these cookies. Walnuts pair wonderfully with the applesauce and oatmeal. However, you may sub in any nut of your choice. For best flavor, lightly toast nuts before adding to cookie dough. Maple Glaze The maple glaze is a simple mixture of confectioners’ sugar (aka powdered sugar or icing sugar) thinned out with dark maple syrup and milk. For best results, use dark maple syrup. Dark maple syrup is known for its richer, more intense flavor compared to lighter hued maple syrup. Be sure to use high quality PURE maple syrup. The kind of maple syrup has ONE ingredient. Stay away from imitation maple syrup or “pancake syrup.” With maple syrups, the dark the color signifies the stronger the flavor. Maple syrup was originally graded from Grade AA to Grade C to indicate color and flavor The maple glaze is the finishing touch to these perfect little holiday treats. Once you’ve made batches and batches of cookies, it’s time to send them off to friends and family. Thank you, Better Homes and Gardens, for sending over these cute holiday gift tags and recipe cards! Can’t figure out what cookie to make? Here are some of our favorite holiday cookies: Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies Decadent Chocolate Cookies Peppermint Patty Cookies More Oatmeal Cookie Recipes Cherry Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies Vegan Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies Oatmeal Fig Cookies Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Glaze These soft and chewy walnut oatmeal cookies are made with apple sauce and finished with sweet maple glaze.Yield: makes 29 cookies Prep Time: 15 minutes minutesCook Time: 15 minutes minutesTotal Time: 30 minutes minutes Servings: 29 cookies Print Recipe Pin Recipe Rate Recipe Ingredients¼ cup unsalted butter (57 g), room temp¾ cup brown sugar (150 g), light or dark variety, packed½ cup granulated sugar (100 g)1 large egg, room temp1 Tablespoon molasses (20 g)½ cup unsweetened applesauce (130 g)1 ½ cup all-purpose flour (195 g)1 teaspoon ground cinnamon½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon fine sea salt, or kosher salt1 ½ cup old-fashioned oats (135 g), also labeled as rolled oats1 cup walnuts (115 g) lightly toasted, roughly choppedMaple Glaze:1 ½ cup confectioners' sugar (175 g), unsifted powdered sugar¼ cup dark maple syrup (75 g)pinch fine sea salt or kosher salt1 Tablespoon milk or non-dairy alternative milk Instructions 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. Author: Maryanne Cabrera Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanKeyword: oatmeal cookies, apple sauce cookies, walnut oatmeal cookies, maple glaze Did you make this recipe?Show us on Instagram! 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