Super Soft Applesauce Cookies

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Applesauce cookies are soft and chewy, with the perfect balance of sugar and spice. Make this easy cookie recipe for a sweet treat!

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ingredients in glass bowls on marble table

Tips For Making Applesauce Cookies

  • Using Unsweetened Applesauce

The sugar and spices provide plenty of sweetness for this easy apple recipe. Grab a jar of your favorite applesauce that’s labeled unsweetened or no sugar added. 

You can also make a batch of homemade applesauce to use instead.

  • Room Temperature Ingredients 

Letting dairy and other cold items warm on the counter is the secret to successful baking. 

Not only is it much easier to cream softened butter, but removing the chill from eggs results in a fluffier cookie. Just let them sit on the counter for no more than two hours.

applesauce cookie dough
  • Make Scooping Easier

While there’s nothing wrong with using a spoon, cookie scoops guarantee uniform-sized treats and keep your hands clean too. A medium scoop, which is about 1.5 tablespoons, is perfect for most cookies.

  • Avoid Over Baking

It’s important to remove cookies from the oven when they’re still a little soft in the center since they’ll continue to firm up as they cool. 

Let them sit for a couple minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

forming applesauce cookie balls on parchment

Supplies for Making Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

  • Stand mixer or large mixing bowl with hand mixer for making your cookie dough.
  • Cookie Sheet – Used for anything from cookies to roasting, a good baking pan will last for years.
  • Silpat Mat – There are so many uses! Roll out doughs, cut out cookies and biscuits, or make other desserts. It even provides a non-slip surface for transporting pots and pans.
  • Wire Rack – Great for cooling all kinds of baked goods.
applesauce cookie dough balls on parchment

Old Fashioned vs. Quick Oats 

Most baking recipes call for old fashioned rolled oats to get that familiar chewy texture. The larger pieces also provide more structure to your baked goods and give them a rustic, homemade feel.

Quick oats are simply rolled oats that have been chopped into smaller pieces, which allows them to cook faster.

These are a great option for when you want the flavor from the oatmeal but a prettier, more uniform looking cookie. 

applesauce cookies on drying rack

How long will these applesauce oatmeal cookies stay fresh?

When stored in an airtight container or storage bag, these will keep at room temperature for up to a week! 

This makes them a great option for holiday gifts, bake sales, or sending to loved ones in another state.

In fact, the flavor continues to develop the longer they sit. Make them a day or two before a party, and they’ll taste even better.

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Enjoy!

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Super Soft Applesauce Cookies

Donna Elick
Applesauce cookies are soft and chewy with the perfect balance of sugar and spice. Make this recipe for an easy treat in just 30 minutes!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 3 Dozen

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 stick, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the applesauce and raisins. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, beat the brown sugar, butter, and egg until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Fold in the applesauce and raisin mixture with a spatula. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add the flour mixture into the batter and beat until combined. Fold in the oatmeal and nuts with a spatula just until combined.
  • Drop cookie dough by spoon, about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the tops no longer look wet and the sides darken a little in color.
  • Move the cookies to a rack to cool. Store covered at room temperature for best taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 1272cal | Carbohydrates: 204g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 817mg | Sugar: 80g | Fiber: 11g | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 8mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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super soft applesauce cookies

Originally published November 2020

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5 Comments

  1. How can I make these using almond flour? I know you cannot just do a straight substitution and the amount and cooking times will change. I would love to see some of these recipes made diabetic friendly.

    1. I wish I had information to give you on making the cookies with almond flour, but you are right – that requires a lot of changes to the existing recipe, which we haven’t tested. I’m sorry that I can’t be more helpful.

      TSRI Team member,
      Becca

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