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Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Caramel apple oatmeal cookies are a celebration of fall! Shredded fresh apple is added to an oatmeal cookie with chewy pieces of caramel mixed throughout! 

Baked caramel apple oatmeal cookies styled for photography

How to Make Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

We’re going to be using the classic creaming method for cookies to make the caramel apple cookies. The cookie base is a pretty standard drop cookie and we’re going to add all kinds of add-ins to make them fall flavored!

Step 1: Cream Together Butter and Sugar

Butter and sugar after being creamed together for caramel apple cookies

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. You want to cream for a good 3 minutes until the mixture lightens in color.

We are using dark brown sugar in these cookies to give them the most chew and molasses flavor. If you only have light brown sugar on hand, that will work, but dark brown is best for these cookies.

Step 2: Mix in the Egg and Vanilla

Adding eggs and vanilla into the cookie dough

Mix in the egg and vanilla extract into your mixing bowl until well combined.

Step 3: Mix in the Dry Ingredients

Adding spices and other dry ingredients into mixing bowl for caramel apple oatmeal cookies

Next, mix in all the spices and then the flour. Once you add the flour into the mixture you want to mix until just combined. The more you mix once the flour is added, the tougher you cookie will be.

Step 4: Add the Mix-Ins

Adding shredded apple, caramel pieces, and slivered almonds into cookie dough.

Add the shredded apple, caramel pieces, and slivered almonds if you’re using. For the caramel pieces, I used a bag of the Werther’s Originals soft caramels and cut them up into small pieces. You could also use caramel chips if you can find them.

Step 5: Bake

Scooping caramel apple cookie dough onto baking sheets

Scoop large mounds of dough onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake. Remove from the oven when the edges are set and the middles still look slightly gooey.

Transferring baked cookies onto a cooling rack.

Sometimes the caramel pieces will start to melt out of the cookies. I like to take a spoon and spray it with some non-stick spray and then use it to push the caramel back into the cookie right when they come out of the oven.

Baked caramel apple oatmeal cookies

Baked caramel apple oatmeal cookies styled for photography

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 14 Large Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Caramel apple oatmeal cookies are a celebration of fall! Shredded fresh apple is added to an oatmeal cookie with chewy pieces of caramel mixed throughout! 


  • 1 stick (113 gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (170 gr) dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cup (150 gr) ap flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (150 gr) quick oats (*can also use rolled oats, but I like the texture quick oats gives to this cookie more. Or you can pulse rolled oats in a food processor several times)
  • 2 cups (about 225 gr) finely shredded apple without the peel (this will take about 2 small or 1 large apple. A firm baking apple like a granny smith will work best)
  • 3/4 cup caramel pieces (130 gr, I used a 4.5 oz bag Werther's Original Soft Caramels and cut them into small pieces)
  • 1/2 cup (60 gr) slivered almonds (*optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C).
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment, or a large bowl with a hand mixer. Cream the butter and sugar together on medium/high speed until light and fluffy- about 3 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  3. Add the salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the mixing bowl. Mix until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the flour until just incorporated. Do not over-mix.
  4. Add the oats, shredded apple, caramel pieces, and slivered almonds if using. Use a silicone spatula to fold the rest of the ingredients in until evenly distributed.
  5. Scoop large mounds of dough onto parchment lined baking sheets. I like to use about 3 TBSP per cookie.
  6. Bake at 375 F (190 C) for 10-14 minutes, until lightly browned. Some of the caramel pieces will likely start melting out of the cookies. I like to take a spoon and spray it with non-stick spray and then use it to push the melted caramel back into the cookie right when they come out of the oven.
  7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets before moving them to cooling racks to cool completely.
  8. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

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31 comments on “Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. OMG I laughed so hard I cried. That is hilarious.

    Michael says you were probably somewhat awake but in between the dream and waking states. He sleep talks all the time-usually doing lectures that sound really smart (like the social ramifications of South park hahahahaaaa).

    <3 youuu!

    • Yeah, I think I am halfway awake when I do it. I always do it as I’m falling asleep, I never do it after I’ve been asleep for a while. And I always know in the morning that I did it, I just can’t ever remember what I said.

      One time, I was talking about being in a factory of sauces and I was telling everyone (there were several people over at the time) that they needed to go put the sauces away and I wouldn’t stop talking about sauces. My boyfriend at the time didn’t know that I was asleep and he was getting really mad at me because he couldn’t figure out what I was talking about. HAHA.

      Love you too!

  2. This is so funny! I talk in my sleep too sometimes, i would love it if someone recorded it so i could hear it! my mum says i only do it if i go to sleep before eleven at night though and i will start taking at about one in the morning! weird eh 🙂

    • *talking at about one in the morning. oops 🙂

    • Totally weird. My sister does it too. But she always only says a couple of sentences and it is usually gibberish. I had no idea I did it for such a long conversation. Mine always happens when I am first falling asleep.

  3. That is sooo funny!! The whole time I was reading it I was picturing your face lol I bet your expressions were priceless!! Ryan talks in his sleep sometimes I can’t wait to try and record it! Xoxo

  4. Thanks for the great laugh this morning! And also thanks for the wonderful recipe! YUM!!

  5. This is hilarious! My other half could totally relate – I have freaked him out more than a few times with my sleep talking , which I have always done since I was little, sleep talking that is, not freaking him out 🙂 I need to share this with him so he know that I am somewhat normal!

    Love the boozy cookies!

    • It is so much more normal than you think. Pretty much my whole family does it. Sometimes, I answer my phone in my sleep and will have a whole conversation with someone while asleep and not remember any of it. So weird.

  6. Great post. I will read your posts frequently. Added you to the RSS reader.

  7. That is seriously hilarious. I would hate if I talked in my sleep; I’d always be paranoid about what I’d say. The cookies look great too 🙂

  8. This conversation made me laugh so much that I cried! Thank you for sharing!
    And of course the recipe sounds delish!

  9. GREAT post – the sleep conversation is too funny! I read it twice, once to myself and once to my boyfriend because he wanted to know what I was laughing so hard about!

  10. Ok, gotta tell you the title of this recipe gave me a giggle! Can’t wait to try these. 🙂

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  12. My stepsister sings in her sleep lol

  13. I’m curious–what does the whiskey add? Just flavor?

  14. Stephanie Chant I will bring this recipe on Sunday, what time?

  15. Wow. Im crazy and I don't get the same result lol… love your cookies

  16. I know I am late to this one, but this is totally my wife…not literally of course, but she does the whole sleep talk/conversation thing too and I really need to start recording it for her. Hers is hillarious gibberish so often that it doesn’t make enough sense to remember to then repeat to her the next day.

    On a side note, I am the baker in our house and can’t wait to try this and other recipes on here.

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  18. What can you substitute for whiskey?

  19. I’d like to get back into baking bread & making do-nuts but at 82 years of age, I have limitations with my left arm. I’m not able to knead the bread. I use to have a wonderful recipe for refrigeratior rolls & I can’t find my recipe. I have a standing mixer with a dough hook I’d like to use in making some good homemade bread. Would you be able to help me? I would appreciate any tips you could pass on to me. Thank you & your dinner roll recipe sounds wonderful.

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