Fall is right around the corner, so why not embrace it with a perfect seasonal morsel: applesauce cookies. You'll get to know the lighter side of snacking with our healthier take on a classic snack. These tasty applesauce treats are sure to become your new favorite! We will cover the detailed recipe plus share some fun variations to completely change your guilt-free dessert game. They're sure to "bake" your day!

How To Make Applesauce Cookies

flay lay of homemade applesauce and apples

What You'll Need

  • measuring cups
  • mixing bowls
  • wooden spoons
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • ice cream scoop

Ingredients

  • 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon pink salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
apples, applesauce, and applesauce cookies

Instructions:

Now that you've assembled all of the necessary kitchen gadgets and delicious ingredients, it's time to tackle the recipe itself.

Step #1: Prep Step

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step #2: Combination Station

In a large bowl, stir together honey, coconut oil, applesauce, and eggs until well-blended. Add the oats, chocolate chips, cranberries, salt, cinnamon, flour, and baking soda. Mix thoroughly.

raw cookie dough

Step #3: Too Cool

Refrigerate dough for 10-15 minutes. This step will allow for the rolled oats to absorb some of the liquid; don't skip this step or else the consistency of your cookies won't be correct.

Step #4: Scoop It Up

Using an ice cream scooper, scoop dough into small balls on the lined sheet. Leave about an inch between cookies.

Step #5: Baking Beauty

Bake for ten to twelve minutes, depending on your oven. You'll know they're done when the edges get golden brown and the center is set. Remove from the oven and let cool for five minutes before digging in!

Variations

bowl of finished cookies

Depending on what's available in your pantry, you can feel free to substitute butterscotch or cinnamon chips for the chocolate. Instead of cranberries, consider golden raisins. Also, to cut calories, you could lessen the amount of honey, use just one egg, and/or halve the chocolate chips. For a richer flavor, consider utilizing dark chocolate chips instead. To add a bit more sweet flavor, we think using half a tablespoon of coconut sugar is super delicious. Keep in mind this will make these applesauce cookies less healthy.

Additionally, you can tweak this recipe for special dietary restrictions. To make it gluten-free, substitute gluten-free compliant chocolate chips and use oat flour rather than whole wheat flour.

We also love the idea of making homemade applesauce for this recipe; it provides a certain gourmet twist to an already scrumptious treat. We hope you enjoy our amazing applesauce cookies and some of the cool variations we recommended! You're one smart cookie for trying this healthy recipe.

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