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Oatmeal Cranberry Applesauce Cookies

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Okay, so just because I’m dieting doesn’t mean that I can’t have sweets. Ok it does mean I can’t have sweets, but if I have learned anything about myself it’s that I cannot live without a cookie on occasion. If I go for too long without some kind of sweet treat my diet will end knee deep in a bowl of raw chocolate chip cookie dough.

So, instead of denying myself, I’m limiting myself and substituting something with some nutritional value instead. Novel idea, I know.

The original recipe came from this book here that I found at a yard sale.

It has lots of great stuff in it that I hope to make more of soon. But this recipe, Applesauce Cookies, has been warped into this kitchen sink cookie recipe because I wanted some extra sweetness and because I came across some hopelessly dried out cranberries in the back of my pantry. If you have kids, I’m sure you have some too. You’ll find them behind the 500 count pack of drinking straws and the box of Lipton tea bags you only use when you’re mother comes to visit. When you find them, soak them in a little hot water to bring them back to life.

I was actually really surprised how good these cookies were. They are moist and sweet and pair perfectly with a little glass of milk. They are only about 100 calories each, which makes it easy to squeeze one or two into the daily calorie intake. Make them and enjoy the fact that your butt did not just get bigger.

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cranberry Applesauce Cookies

Clean out the pantry and make some delicious cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: dessert
Cuisine: american
Servings: 36 servings
Calories: 100kcal
Author: jodiemo


  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup cranberries or raisins
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. allspice


  • Preheat oven to 375. Cream the sugar and shortening.
  • Add the applesauce and egg.
  • Mix together flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, allspice in a separate bowl. Gradually add flour mix to wet ingredients.
  • Stir in cranberries and coconut.
  • Drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes
  • Makes about 3 dozen.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. these look and sounds like a cookie I get at a local bakery .. sans cranberries – they just call them coconut oatmeat … thanks for the recipe

  2. Great sounding recipe; Your frugal philosophy is commendable and cooking from scratch always best. That way you know what's in the food. I'm pretty frugal, too, and one thing I might add is NO FAST FOOD. I don't think people realize how little nutrition they get for their buck.

  3. I love these type of cookies! Plus, if you use splenda brown sugar then you also have a diabetic friendly cookie! Cheers ^_^

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Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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