Chewy and chocolatey, with a hint of spice, Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies are a tasty treat for fun snacking, picnics, school lunches or dessert.
This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
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.
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!
What You’ll Need
- 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.
- No special tools are needed.
Step by Step Directions
Cream butter until smooth then blend in sugar.
Mix in egg and applesauce
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.
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!
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.
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 Spice Cookies
- 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.
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