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Applesauce Cookies

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Soft and full of spice applesauce cookies are the perfect easy treat. They’re also a great way to use up extra bits of applesauce.

Applesauce cookies on a white plate with a glass of milk and text overlay.

Applesauce oatmeal cookies are delightful when eaten as a simple dessert, but also pack well into lunch boxes and care packages.

Using Applesauce

Do use an unsweetened, pureed applesauce here. If you use a spiced version, skip the additional spice called for in the recipe.

I simply run my homemade chunky applesauce through a blender to puree it for the cookies.

The applesauce in these cookies lend to a soft and tender texture that is also hearty thanks to the addition of the oats. However, there is a bit of crunch to the outside of these cookies as well.

Old-Fashioned Comfort

These are indeed a simple cookie. There’s nothing fancy here in terms of ingredients or process. And yet that old-fashioned flavor is so very delightful and comforting.

The ingredients are likely already in the pantry. Even if all of the spices aren’t on hand, they can easily be switched or skipped all together.

Applesauce oatmeal cookies on a plate with a glass of milk.

Naturally Dairy-Free

There’s no butter in these cookies, meaning they’re ideal for anyone skipping dairy. It also means, there’s no need to wait for the butter to soften before making cookies.

Substitution Ideas

Want to make it gluten-free? Use a gluten-free flour blend. I have had good success with Bob’s Red Mill.

Need it vegan? Use your favorite egg replacer.

Optional Additions

Bulk up the cookies by adding up to 1 cup of chopped nuts, dried fruits (raisins), even chocolate chips.

Applesauce oatmeal cookies on a plate with a glass of milk.

Drizzle the baked and cooled cookies with some vanilla glaze for a pretty presentation and extra bit of sweetness.

Great Keepers

The cookies will stay fresh in an air-tight container at room temperature for about a week.

Freeze extras in an air-tight container for up to 6 months. We quite enjoyed eating them straight from the freezer in our house, but feel free to let them thaw before enjoying.

Yield: 18 Cookies

Oatmeal Applesauce Cookie

Applesauce cookies on a white plate with a glass of milk in background.

Sweet and crunchy applesauce oatmeal cookies come together quickly and easy for a simple dessert from the pantry.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 Cup Unbleached, All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened, Pureed Applesauce
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the applesauce, egg, and sugars until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until completely combined.
  5. Drop by large spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and set.
  7. Cool on wire racks.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

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Tuesday 19th of May 2020

Can I use steel cut oats in this recipe?

Kathie Lapcevic

Friday 22nd of May 2020

I imagine you could but the texture is likely to be different.