Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you ever feel bad eating sweet upon sweet upon sweet, and think about how much butter and sugar you just added to your body? Maybe you don’t struggle with this problem as much as I do. But as someone who is addicted to candy and desserts sometimes I feel just a little guilty about what I am putting into my body.

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you have these struggles sometimes too, then this is the perfect recipe for you.  (I’m not claiming that these cookies are low in fat because I’m not a nutritionist – but instead of butter or lots of oil we use apple sauce!)

*I was provided with a sample pack of Wacky Apple Products for me to review. All opinions are my own. 

Wacky Apple Company is based in Colorado and they have dedicated themselves to getting delicious and healthy apple snacks into the hands of children. Their products are naturally sweet, without the addition of sugar, water, preservatives, etc.

Their products include 5 flavors of organic apple sauce (golden, apricot, cinnamon, mango and wild berry), 3 flavors of flat fruit – aka fruit leather (cinnamon, apple and wild berry), 5 flavors of organic apple juice (apple, fruit punch, grape, apple grape and wild berry) and seasonal organic fresh fruit too!

I was able to try out a few of their products out. I really loved their cinnamon apple flat fruit, which tasted like cinnamon apple sauce in a fun fruit leather form – which makes it totally portable! Their fruit juice was delicious, and so refreshing (apple juice is one of my favorite drinks ever!). And their apple sauce was so good too, my favorite flavor was the apple cinnamon (I just love that combo) or the mixed berry apple sauce!

Their products can be purchased in any UT Whole Foods store.

I used their cinnamon applesauce in these cookies and they turned out so good, thanks to the recipe Heather from Wacky Apple sent to me! I slightly edited the recipe, and the cookies turned out more like cake cookies, but they were still delicious! The applesauce didn’t give the cookies a strong flavor difference, but I like knowing there is less oil and no butter in these cookies.

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies
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  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ TBS cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup Wacky Apple cinnamon apple sauce (or 1 small container worth)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  1. Combine flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a medium sized bowl.
  2. In another bowl combine sugars, oil, applesauce, egg and vanilla
  3. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour in the chocolate chips and mix in well.
  5. Chill cookie dough in the fridge for 30 minutes up to overnight.
  6. Scoop cookies out onto a sprayed baking sheet and bake in oven preheated to 350 for a bout 10 minutes.


Applesauce chocolate Chip Cookies


  1. Does it have to be Wacky Applesauce or can it be regular applesauce

    1. Any applesauce should work great!

  2. Elizabeth · · Reply

    Would like to know the calories per cookie…Thank you

    1. I don’t have the calorie count per cookie. You can plug the ingredients you use into a calorie counter and divide it by how many cookies you make. Sorry.

  3. My first comment on this recipe was in September of 2013 and I wanted to let you know this is STILL my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Our friends ask me to make them every fall!

    1. Ashlie, I am SO SO glad you love these cookies so much! That is so nice for me to hear that from you! Glad you come back to the recipe again and again – now I need to remake these cookies too!

  4. I really want to try this recipe – it looks and sounds amazing! But could someone tell me how many cookies the recipe makes? Thanks!

    1. The cookies are in the oven right now, and everything looks fine. I’ve noticed that they aren’t spreading properly though…What do you think went wrong? Thanks!

      1. They just came out, and they taste very much like bread – it is floury and the texture isn’t right. It shouldn’t be the baking soda, because my baking soda works (I tested it). What did I do wrong? Please help!

      2. Sorry they didn’t turn out for you, if you look at my pictures you can see that they don’t spread out thin like normal chocolate chip cookies, they are much denser too. They should taste like a healthier chocolate chip cookie.

      3. What are they supposed to taste like?

  5. I followed this recipe but used avocado oil instead of canola oil and added more vanilla… I also used wheat flour instead of white… when I scooped the cookies I used a 1 1/2 tblspn cookie scoop and baked for 11 mind and let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet. OMG, IT IS THE HOLY GRAIL OF COOKIE RECIPES! !!!! I CALLED MY MOM AND TOLD HER MY Ccc were way better than hers lol. Thank you :-)

    1. Oh my goodness – haha that is just fantastic! I’m so glad you made it work for you!!

  6. Christina, I like your substitutions. I’m gonna make them this afternoon, but use a GF flour along with GF oats. These sound amazing!

    1. I hope you like them! Let me know how they go :)

  7. Christina · · Reply

    I eliminated the oil all together, kept the applesauce amount as instructed and added a 1/4 a cup of pb. I also used half wheat flour, 1/4 cup of oat bran, 1/2 a cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of white flour. I also reduced the sugar to 2/8 cup of white and brown, then added about a ,1/4 cup of honey.Used white and milk chocolate chips, 1/4 cup each and added cinnamon. If the dough appeared runny, I added more oatmeal and flour to thicken…these turned out amazing!

  8. Wow – Pinned! I’ve never seen applesauce in cookies. Only in cakes, muffins, etc. How cool that you can sub out all butter and almost all the oil!

  9. Does the cookie sheet need to be sprayed or can I just use parchment paper?

    1. Parchment paper works instead of spraying the cookie sheet

  10. I made these this past Saturday and they were wonderful! I used olive oil instead of the canola oil and I didn’t have access to the brand of applesauce that you used, so I used regular flavor of the brand at my local store – DELICIOUS! This is definitely a repeat recipe. I was able to get about 28 cookies and shared a few with neighbors and between my husband and myself there were none left by Sunday!

    1. Ashlie, I am so glad that the cookies turned out so well for you. Those are great substitutes you made. Thanks for letting me know!

  11. Okay, now you have me drooling! these look absolutely fabulous!

  12. I love this! I wish I could figure out even more substitutions! I love making treats but hate what they are filled with. Love this recipe!

    1. I have found a few substitution ideas on pinterest. Here is one. I haven’t tried them all though, so don’t blame me if it doesn’t work ;)

  13. Ellen Garrett · · Reply

    No you can’t substitute completely with applesauce, I just tried and it was way too dry. Maybe my sauce was too thick but I added 1/8 cup of canola oil to counterbalance the dryness. I am hoping it all works, cooking these now.

    1. So you added 1/2 cup of apple sauce and 1/8 cup of canola oil? Hope they turn out for you! My dough was super runny so I added more flour than the original recipe. Its a pretty thick dough, especially with the cornstarch its like a gummy texture.

  14. These look (and SOUND!) so delicious. I wonder if you could add more applesauce and eliminate the oil all together. That’s what I do with some of my breads, but I’m not sure it would be the same with cookies, but maybe worth a shot. PINNING!!

    1. Holly, I was wondering the same thing as well, but since I haven’t done a lot of substitution with applesauce I was afraid to try. If you try it out, let me know if it works!

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