If you want chewy, flavorful cookies that practically melt in your mouth, you have to try this delicious applesauce cookie recipe. Applesauce cookies are the chewiest, most flavorful cookie! This recipe is a great way to use an opened can of applesauce before it goes bad! 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! 

Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe finished with cookies on a white table and cooling on a wire rack
Looking for a delicious way to use an opened jar of applesauce? Make a batch of applesauce cookies!

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!

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! 

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  • Yield: 4 dozen  
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9-11 minutes
Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe Ingredients- oats, apple sauce, flour, eggs, butter, sugar, raisins, spice, vanilla, walnuts on white background
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.

Step 3- Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
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.

Step 4- Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe- Next, mix in egg, vanilla extract, and applesauce.
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.

Step 5- Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe - In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
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. 

Step 6- Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe- Then, in a small bowl, add raisins and a spoonful of flour mixture. This will keep the raisins from clumping together in the cookies.
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. 

Step 7 -Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe - Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients, mixing well.
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.

Step 8- Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe- Next, fold in oats, raisins, and pecans.
How amazing does this look?!

Step 8

Next, fold in oats, raisins, and pecans.

Step 9- Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe - Divide batter using a cookie dough scoop, roll into ball and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
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.

Step 12- Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe - Store in airtight container.
Can’t you just smell the cinnamon and apple?! YUM!

Recipe Notes:

Let your applesauce oatmeal cookies cool off before taking them the cookie sheet because then they won’t fall apart.

Don’t like butter? Then substitute the butter in these homemade applesauce cookies for something like coconut oil.

You can use a cup applesauce that is sweetened, but your sweet treats will be extra sweet. Less sugar options are generally healthier.

Don’t like raisins? You can turn them into applesauce chocolate chip cookies. Though I would stick with dark chocolate chips as they go better with the “warming” spices.

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! 

Finished Easy Applesauce Cookie Recipe with cookies stacked on white counter with raisins
It’s SO easy to make gluten free applesauce cookies! You only have to swap out two ingredients!

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 11 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: 

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



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