Tasty Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy and chocolatey, with a hint of spice, Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies are a tasty treat for fun snacking, picnics, school lunches or dessert.

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Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

I like oatmeal cookies.  And I like chocolate chip cookies.  But I think that cookies are even better if you put the two together.  Toss in some applesauce and spices and it’s over the top.  Even health food lovers can’t resist.    

That’s right, Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies are seriously yummy.  And just a little guilty.

applesauce oatmeal cookies

Why You’ll Love This!

Yes, Applesauce Oatmeal cookies are:

Chewy and Chocolatey.   Why do cookies sometimes make you choose between chewy and chocolatey.  I love the chew from a nice oatmeal cookie, but I don’t love raisins.  I do love chocolate chips!  Yup, you’ve got both here. (But you can do raisins if you want.)

Less Guilty.  While these aren’t exactly health food, I did try to keep the sugar to a minimum and add some healthier extras like applesauce, oatmeal, and spices.  Every little bit helps!

Extra flavor.   Every extra bit of flavor is squeezed into these with fruity applesauce, rich chocolate and beautiful spices.  And I was excited to have some fresh spices from Selefina Spices  to make these taste so good!

applesauce oatmeal cookies

What You’ll Need

Ingredient Notes

  • Butter. This adds richness and helps the cookies hold together.
  • Brown sugar.  This adds sweetness and a hint of molasses flavor. 
  • Applesauce.  This adds moisture and flavor.
  • Egg.  This helps the cookies rise and adds richness.
  • Flour.  This adds structure and stability to the cookies.
  • Oatmeal.  This substitutes for some of the usual flour and adds flavor and chewiness.
  • Salt.  This enhances flavor.
  • Baking soda.  This helps the cookies rise and become lighter.
  • Cinnamon, cloves, allspice.  These add a spicy flavor.
  • Chocolate chips.  These add flavor, sweetness, and chocolatey goodness.
  • Pecans.  These are optional but can add flavor and a little crunch.  

Special Tools

  • No special tools are needed.

Step by Step Directions

Cream butter until smooth then blend in sugar.

cream butter and sugar

Mix in egg and applesauce

add egg and applesauce

In a separate bowl combine flour, rolled oats, baking soda, salt and spices.

combine dry ingredients

Stir into butter mixture. 

stir together

Add nuts, if using and chocolate chips.

add nuts and chocolate chips

Drop by rounded teaspoonful or cookie scoop onto baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until browned.


How to Serve

Cookies are perfect for many occasions.  Serve them as after school snacks, lunch box treats or picnic food.  And while apples are a fall food, if you use applesauce, it’s an all year food.  In fact, making these helped me to finish up the applesauce I canned in the fall!

For snacking a nice glass of milk or cup of coffee is a perfect accompaniment!

cookies and milk

Variations and Special Diets

For a more traditional applesauce oatmeal raisin cookie, use raisins in place of chocolate chips.  Or go wild and use both.

For a tasty oatmeal cookie that may be the easiest cookie ever, take a look at these Granola Bar Cookies..  Or consider  Healthier Oatmeal Jam Bars.

If you need to do gluten free cookies, I can’t tell you how to convert these—sorry.  But I can send you over to a post for some tasty Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies or Easy Gluten Free Molasses Cookies.

applesauce oatmeal cookies

applesauce oatmeal cookies

Applesauce Spice Cookies

Chewy and chocolatey, with a hint of spice, Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies are a tasty treat for fun snacking, picnics, school lunches or dessert.
Author: Inger
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Cookies & Candies
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 178 kcal


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup chocolate chips can use raisins
  • ½ cup pecans optional


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray baking sheets with nonstick spray.
  • With a mixer in a large bowl cream butter until smooth then blend in sugar. Add egg and applesauce and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, rolled oats, baking soda, salt and spices. Stir into butter mixture. Add nuts, if using and chocolate chips.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonful or cookie scoop onto baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until browned.


Calories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 130mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 133IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
I am not a health professional and nutrition data is calculated programatically. Accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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14 thoughts on “Tasty Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Raymund

    5 stars
    These Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies sound amazing! I love the combination of chewy oatmeal, chocolate chips, and the hint of spice. It’s great to hear that you were able to add some healthier ingredients like applesauce and oatmeal while keeping the sugar to a minimum. The addition of fresh spices from Selefina Spices sounds like the perfect finishing touch to make these cookies even more delicious.

  2. Sue

    We love applesauce oatmeal cookies but haven’t tried with the chocolate chips and pecans. Will have to make them this way next time!

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