Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies with Golden Raisins

January 31, 2020

Oatmeal Cookies with glaze
If you're a fan of a traditional Oatmeal Raisin cookie, then you are going to love these that include fresh chopped apple, applesauce, and a not-to-sweet drizzle of glaze to top them off. 

COOK + BAKE   |   Published January 1, 2020

Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies on Plate

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Cookies are one of the things that I really enjoy experimenting with in the kitchen knowing that there a different substitutions that can be made or the addition of a few spices that will give you a completely different cookie.  I did that last fall with my Apple Chocolate Chip Cookies and played around until I got them just right.

Baking is basically a science where you need the right amount of flour, eggs, etc in order for a recipe to work.  But that doesn't mean that you can't experiment within that ratio either.

Plate of oatmeal cookies with glaze and coffee

To be completely up front with you, these Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies actually started out as a recipe from a very reputable source.  I thought they sounded really good and like a semi-healthy option for a cookie as we all try to eat a little better in January.  I mean, they have oatmeal in them so they are good for you, right?

Well, the recipe turned out horribly.  They were flat, brown crisps and looked nothing like the picture.  And the glaze was way too sweet.

It frustrated me because I didn't know what I could have done wrong or how they could have turned out so poorly.  After awhile, I decided to look at the comment section in the recipe and found out that no one was finding much success with this recipe.  That made me feel better, so I decided to try again since I still had applesauce and golden raisins left.

Plate of oatmeal raisin cookies with glaze

The recipe I'm posting now is really nothing like the original aside from it having a couple of the same ingredients.  The first didn't even have spices, so that I was an alteration I had made from the very beginning.

I'm really pleased with how the cookies turned out the second time around.  I took a plate full to a family dinner the day I made them and everyone there seemed to enjoy them as well.  They have the right amount of spiced apple flavor and the right amount of sweetness from the sugars and glaze.


Oatmeal cookies and raisins

I wanted to share this story so that you can see when a recipe fails, it isn't always your fault.  I hear a lot of people saying they just aren't good in the kitchen or that what they make never turns out right.  But there is so much that goes into being successful and it isn't always YOU.  It could be your oven temperature is off.  Maybe the recipe is better prepared with room temperature eggs, but the recipe didn't say that, so you used straight-from-the-fridge eggs.  Or perhaps, as was the case here, the recipe just wasn't good to begin with.   

My goal here isn't just to share recipes with you, but to help you be successful making those recipes.  Whether that is being sure to share details like the type of pan I used or where I placed it in the oven to only posting after I have worked the kinks out what I'm making.

When the dust (literally) settles down on my home renovations, I'd love to put together some tutorials, like how to properly "read" a recipe,  that will help those of you who feel like you aren't good in the kitchen. Would that be something that could help you?  I'd like to hear your thoughts.

What would you enjoy learning about?  

How can I help you?

Closeup of Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies


  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped apple
  • 1 cup golden raisins


  • 1 1/2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons milk


STEP 1:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

STEP 2: Put butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Beat on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes until ingredients are well creamed together.

STEP 3: Add the egg and applesauce and mix until well blended, about 1 to 2 minutes.

STEP 4:  Mix in the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.

STEP 5:  Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the chopped apple and raisins with a silicone spatula or wood spoon.

STEP 6: Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes or up to one hour.

STEP 7: Use a 1 1/4" or 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop to make evenly sized dough balls.  Drop them onto the baking sheet spacing the dough 2 inches apart.

STEP 8: Bake cookies in the lower third of your oven until they are golden and just set, about 13 to 15 minutes.  Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

STEP 9:  When cookies are cool, mix together the confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and 1 Tablespoons of milk in a medium bowl using a fork to whisk ingredients until combined.  Add just enough extra milk to make a thick icing glaze.  Place the glaze into a pastry bag or Ziploc bag with the corner cut off and drizzle over the cookies.  The icing will be fully set up after a few hours.

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.


Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies

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