Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are always a treat, but this Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies recipe filled with fresh apple and caramel bits is a true fall favorite! Serve these for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or just because.

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Every time I make an oatmeal cookie recipe, a funny parenting moment pops into mind.

The kids and I were standing at the kitchen counter tied up in aprons, covered with flour, making oatmeal cookies. The kids were arguing over eggs.


Carson thought that chickens laid eggs and baby chicks separately and Ava was primly correcting him. With a voice of authority she said, “Carson all eggs turn into chickens at some point.”

Then I piped up and thoughtlessly said, “Actually, only fertilized eggs turn into chickens.”

Before the words were off my lips, remorse flooded my mind. What had I done?! Immediately I was bombarded with an onslaught of questions parents often have trouble answering.

“What does it mean to be fertilized?” (Sheepish answer.)

“How does the chicken get fertilized?” (Another sheepish answer.)

“Why does it take a male and female chicken to make the egg fertilized?”

Deep sigh from mommy, “Guys, Why don’t we finish the cookies and we can talk more about this later when daddy gets home.”

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They both looked at me with wide knowing eyes. Even at ages 5 and 7 they could see right through my attempt to distract them. They looked at each other, then agreed, “No mommy, we want to talk about this RIGHT NOW.”

Panicked on the inside, but calm on the outside, I decided to stick with the word fertilization and tried to answer all their questions without passing out.

Yes, all mammals must be fertilized to make babies.”

Yes, even people.”

Yes, with their special parts. That’s why we keep our special parts covered up. They are meant to be used only for fertilization.” (Really sweating….)

Yes, that means daddy has fertilized mommy.”

Yes, two times! Can we be done talking about this? The cookie dough is drying out.”

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I just barely made it through that last one.

But at least we’ve had “the talk” be it ever so early. It has come up again a couple times in the last few years, never as in-depth as the first time and always holding strongly to the word fertilization.

Yet every time I think about it, I burst out in a deep belly laugh that only such conversations with children can cause.

Now we’d better get back to the oatmeal cookies before the dough dries out…

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This variation of oatmeal cookies, Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies, is one of my favorites. I added rich Musselman’s Apple Butter to the dough to give it a punch of deep apple flavor, then blended in fresh diced apples and little caramel bits. The combination of the rustic oats and apple butter, dappled with fresh apples and caramel bits, is so enticing. These cookies taste like fall!

The butter and apple butter make this oatmeal cookie recipe ultra soft and tender, almost like breakfast cookies. Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies are wonderful paired with hot apple cider on a chilly day, or for tucking into lunch boxes with XOXO notes.

The apple butter is most definitely the secret ingredient for endless flavor in these Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies.

If you’re looking for more apple butter recipes this fall, I’ve got several here, but make sure to check out Musselman’s New Apple Butter Site. It’s full of great apple-icious recipes and is super easy to navigate!

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53 comments on “Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Betty Lynneposted October 28, 2013 at 6:13 am Reply

    Oh my. These sound wonderful! Adding them to the grocery list right now. Love the combo of apples, caramel and oats!

  2. Tieghanposted October 28, 2013 at 6:26 am Reply

    Caramel and apple and oatmeal are one of the best combos! My post tomorrow includes all three! These cookies are perfect in every way! YUM!

  3. Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted October 28, 2013 at 6:52 am Reply

    DYING laughing as I read this. I can say these cookies would definitely distract me from any conversation, so at least your kids are determined :)

    • Sommerposted October 28, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

      Yes, they are certainly determined, to say the least. ;)

  4. TidyMomposted October 28, 2013 at 6:54 am Reply

    oh what a funny story Sommer! who would ever think making cookies would lead to “the talk” haha!!

    these look delicious! we LOVE Musselman’s Apple Butter!

  5. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted October 28, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

    These apple cookies sound amazing!

  6. Carolynposted October 28, 2013 at 7:28 am Reply

    Oh yeah, girl. You opened a big can of worms with that one! Just shove some cookies at them to get them to stop asking THOSE questions. ;)

  7. Ericaposted October 28, 2013 at 7:36 am Reply

    Oh my. Thanks for kicking off my Monday with such a wonderfully awkward story! These cookies sound delish. Fall is my favorite season, and I love foods that taste of it.

  8. Heather Christoposted October 28, 2013 at 7:42 am Reply

    That is so funny. I am totally chuckling! My kids ask these questions ALL the time. I just distract, distract. But maybe next time I will take a page out f your book and use the term “fertilize” that is awesome! Also these cookies look wonderful Sommer- love the addition of apples :)

  9. Julie @ Table for Twoposted October 28, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply

    Haha, oh man, the joys of parenting. I’m dreading the day that I’ll have to explain to my kids that, too. These cookies look wonderful and when I make them, I’ll always remember your funny story!

  10. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted October 28, 2013 at 8:51 am Reply

    HA! Oh my goodness. Love that this conversation came up first around eggs. Perfect for a food blogger. ;)

    These cookies look wonderful!!

  11. Diane {Created by Diane}posted October 28, 2013 at 9:05 am Reply

    that is a funny story and these cookies look so delicious Sommer, I really NEED to make some….or you could send me some and I would TOTALLY be fine with that :)

  12. Jenny Flakeposted October 28, 2013 at 9:20 am Reply

    What fun little cookies! Perfect for this time of year!!

  13. Tracy | Peanutbutter and Onionposted October 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm Reply

    Love these. Love the icing sugar… it really gives them a touch of class

  14. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted October 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm Reply

    LOL!! I think you may need to write a “fertilization book” for parents:) Love these cookies, Sommer!

  15. Coco in the Kitchenposted October 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Oh, no, the dreaded “Mommy, where do babies come from?”
    We’re still safe (Daisy’s only 2) but that day is coming…. yikes!

    Love the addition of caramel & apples to oatmeal cookies. Might whip up a batch tonight for after dinner. Thanks, Sommer!

  16. naomiposted October 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm Reply

    Love the cookies, Sommer. As for the conversation — well, looks like you handled perfectly! :)

  17. Ash-foodfashionpartyposted October 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm Reply

    lol..on the question. I’ve always dreaded that one.
    These cookies look so good, the caramel and apples, perfect.

  18. Ashley M | Our Full Tableposted October 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm Reply

    I’ll take two please! Yummy!

  19. Kristinposted October 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm Reply

    Gah! YUM! I don’t know how you manage to do this all so quickly! Amazing! You’re my foodie hero!

  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted October 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm Reply

    Did you say caramel apple? I’ll take a dozen, please!

  21. Melanie @ Carmelmoments.composted October 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm Reply

    They look yummy! I love all the different flavors rolled into one.

  22. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted October 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm Reply

    I would call these breakfast! So yummy!

  23. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted October 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Conversations like that terrify me as a parent. I would have shoved dough into their little face holes and told them to wait until DAD got home… That’s what is happening to Ben when that time comes….Sucker.

    These would be a perfect distraction for THAT conversation haha

  24. marlaposted October 29, 2013 at 4:52 am Reply

    Love the fall flavors in these cookies!

  25. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted October 29, 2013 at 9:09 am Reply

    love love these! I could dive in

  26. Marian (Sweetopia)posted October 29, 2013 at 9:30 am Reply

    Sommer, these look amazing! I’ll take two, please! xo

  27. Roseneposted October 29, 2013 at 9:41 am Reply

    I am a new fan of your page!! I love all of your recipes. I am gonna have fun this week learning all about your cooking. Thanks for such amazing recipes!

  28. Courtney @ Neighborfoodposted October 29, 2013 at 9:52 am Reply

    AHhahaha! This was a fantastic story. Especially that last answer- Yes, two times!! :) At least you got to have the talk while making delicious cookies. For some reason, that seems less intimidating.

  29. Paula - bell'alimentoposted October 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Love these. Perfect fall cookies.

  30. Andraposted October 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm Reply

    Question! I’m ready to make these pretty little gems, but I have a silly question! When you say “dry oats”, does that mean rolled oats or can I use the quick oats I already have? If the recipe calls for rolled oats, would I still be able to use the quick oats? Thank you!

    • Sommerposted October 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm Reply

      Andra, Not a silly question at all! You can use either in this recipe. It has enough moisture to offset the texture of rolled oats, but quick oats work just fine.

      Happy Baking!

  31. Jeanetteposted October 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm Reply

    Yes, I remember all those “big” talks…I think the boys were more uncomfortable with me talking about it than I was LOL. Love how moist these sound.

  32. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted October 30, 2013 at 3:10 am Reply

    I couldn’t help but burst out laughing, what a conversation to have over cookie making!

  33. Angieposted October 30, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply

    These oatmeal cookies are so good!

    Rating: 5
  34. Aggieposted October 30, 2013 at 8:08 am Reply

    Oh my gosh I love oatmeal cookies – these sound so awesome Sommer!!!

  35. Lauraposted October 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm Reply

    I love apple butter. What a cleaver idea to add it to oatmeal cookies!

  36. DessertForTwoposted October 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm Reply

    What a great use for Apple butter!

  37. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted October 31, 2013 at 7:02 am Reply

    Ahhhhh…those questions are always fun. NOT! :) Awesome cookies!

    Rating: 5
  38. Marlyposted October 31, 2013 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Hmm, this must be why I always like to have music playing when making cookies. Love this recipe – can’t wait to try it!

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  40. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolateposted November 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply

    Too funny! I am never going to think of oatmeal cookies the same!

  41. Deborahposted November 4, 2013 at 11:04 am Reply

    I HAVE to try these. Wow, they look amazing!

  42. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoesposted November 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm Reply

    These are similar but also totally different than a recipe for Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies a friend just gave me. Might have to have a bake-off!

  43. Nutmeg Nannyposted November 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm Reply

    These cookies are SO SO tasty, I love the chunks of apple :) it’s so enticing!

    Rating: 5
  44. Shainaposted November 7, 2013 at 11:26 am Reply

    These look so good. I have made apple cookies before, but never with apple butter. I can’t wait to try.

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  46. Rachelposted November 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm Reply

    I made these today, they where really yummy! I have to say though the caramel was everywhere! Next time I make them I am going to melt the caramel and drizzle it on top of the cookies once they are done baking.

    Rating: 4.5
  47. Leslieposted December 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm Reply

    I’m a fan of anything apple & oatmeal! I’m stopping by from Pinterest. I’m also saving this recipe. Yum!

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  49. Aimee D.posted November 26, 2014 at 7:15 am Reply

    I made these for a Thanksgiving potluck at work. I made a double batch so that my husband could bring some to his work and we could share some with our families. They were a HUGE hit with everyone, and they all wanted the recipe (so of course I shared the link to your blog). My husband’s family wants me to make them again tomorrow : )
    My only modification was that I couldn’t find caramel bits ANYWHERE, so I bought Werther’s Hard caramels and pulsed them in my blender until they were small enough pieces.
    Also, a commenter asked what type of apple you used…I used Cortland. It softened nicely without turning to mush.

    Rating: 5
  50. Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweetposted September 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm Reply

    What a treat! YUM! Pinning now to make later ;)

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