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old fashioned applesauce cookies

Old Fashioned Applesauce Cookies

Soft, cakey, spicy applesauce cookies. Cinnamon chips are optional, but very good here!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Cost 5


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened and room temperature (114 grams)
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar (220 grams)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (260 grams), weigh or measure by spooning
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup oats, old fashioned or quick
  • 1/2 cup chopped raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon chips or butterscotch chips optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the very soft butter, brown sugar and vanilla and stir until blended. For a light and cakey cookie, beat until light and creamy. For a cakey but slightly heavier texture (my preference) just beat until blended. Scrape the bowl well, then add the egg and stir until blended. Scrape bowl and stir in the applesauce.
  • In a second bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Stir the flour mixture into the applesauce mixture, then stir in the oats, raisins and walnuts. The dough should be thick enough to scoop. If for some reason it's not, cover bowl and chill for 20 minutes.
  • Scoop cookie dough with a large cookie scoop onto the baking sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time for 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes. If you are making the cookies smaller, check at 10.
  • Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. These cookies actually improve a bit as they sit.