Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe

If you want chewy, flavorful cookies that practically melt in your mouth, you have to try this delicious applesauce cookie recipe.

Applesauce can be used as an egg replacement while baking, but with these delicious applesauce cookies, it’s no longer an optional ingredient, and instead steals the show! 

They are always a hit, and a great recipe to use up that opened jar of applesauce before it goes bad.

Or, bookmark this recipe for the fall, after you go apple picking!

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe
Looking for a delicious way to use an opened jar of applesauce? Make a batch of applesauce cookies!

How To Make Applesauce Cookies

I love basic cookie recipes that can be made from ingredients you already have in the pantry, like this applesauce cookie recipe! 

This Applesauce Cookie Recipe: 

  • Yield: 4 dozen  
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9-11 minutes
Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe
I love cookie recipes made from basic pantry ingredients, because it makes it easier for impromptu baking!

Ingredients – Applesauce Cookies

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats 
  • 1 cup raisins, optional
  • 1 cup nuts, walnuts or pecans chopped, optional  

Instructions – Applesauce Cookies

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Then, line baking sheets with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe
If you don’t own a silicon spatula (or two, or three!) you need to get one! SO helpful for baking!
Step 3

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe
You can use plain applesauce or even cinnamon applesauce! Any flavor that you have on hand will work, and will just add to the taste of your cookies!
Step 4

Next, mix in egg, vanilla extract, and applesauce.

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe
Whisk your dry ingredients to evenly distribute them.
Step 5 

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. 

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe
Want to learn a cool trick? Add a bit of flour to the bowl of raisins when you are baking. This will keep the raisins from clumping together.
Step 6 

Then, in a small bowl, add raisins and a spoonful of flour mixture. This will keep the raisins from clumping together in the cookies. 

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe
Add your dry mixture to the wet mixture, a little at a time, so that you get the perfect consistency.
Step 7 

Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients, mixing well.

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe
How amazing does this look?!
Step 8

Next, fold in oats, raisins, and pecans.

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe
I recommend using a cookie scoop for evenly portioned cookies, but two spoons works, too!
Step 9

Divide batter using a cookie dough scoop, roll into ball and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

Step 10

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly golden and slightly set. Bake longer for a crispy cookie. 

Step 11

Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.

Step 12

Store in airtight container.

 

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe
Can’t you just smell the cinnamon and apple?! YUM!

How To Store Applesauce Cookies 

As soon as your cookies have cooled to room temperature, store them in an airtight container.

I prefer to store cookies in the fridge, but you can also freeze them! 

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe
It’s SO easy to make gluten free applesauce cookies! You only have to swap out two ingredients!

Gluten Free Applesauce Cookie Recipe 

You can still enjoy this recipe if you have a gluten allergy or gluten sensitivity! All you have to do is swap out two ingredients! 

To make gluten free applesauce cookies, replace the all-purpose flour and the oats in the recipe above, with gluten free all-purpose flour, and gluten free oats. 

Be sure to check the label on all packaged ingredients, to make sure they are also gluten free. 

Yield: 4 dozen

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe

Applesauce cookies are chewy, and packed with flavor! This recipe is a great way to use up an opened can of applesauce before it goes bad!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes 9 seconds
Total Time 21 minutes 9 seconds

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins, optional
  • 1 cup nuts, walnuts or pecans chopped, optional

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Line baking sheets with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
    3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
    4. Mix in egg, vanilla extract and applesauce.
    5. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
    6. In a small bowl, add raisins and a spoonful of flour mixture. This will keep the raisins from clumping together in the cookies. 
    7. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients, mixing well.
    8. Fold in oats, raisins and pecans.
    9. Divide batter using a cookie dough scoop, roll into ball and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
    10. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly golden and slightly set. Bake longer for a crispy cookie. 
    11. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
    12. Store in airtight container.

Easy Cookie Recipes 

If you’re looking for a good way to introduce your kids to baking, easy cookie recipes are the way to go! 

There are so many steps in a cookie recipe, that kids won’t get bored.

With plenty of opportunities to measure, and follow directions, baking cookies easily ties into math, and other lessons, too.

Not to mention all of the sweet memories you will make! Here are some of my favorite cookie recipes: 

Which do you prefer in your applesauce cookies: raisins or chocolate chips?

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