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This is my go to recipe for a fairly healthy, but extremely tasty oatmeal cookie. I found it online years ago and I cannot remember where it’s from. I have always used raisins instead of chocolate chips, but I am sure either one would be delicious. They are a perfect “good for you” cookie when you’re in the mood for a little treat.

Makes: 2 dozen cookies         Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (if using raisins)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup plain apple sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup raisins or chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add cinnamon if using raisins instead of chocolate chips.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars with an electric mixer. Beat in the egg, followed by the applesauce and the vanilla extract.
  4. Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Add raisins or chocolate chips just before the batter comes together.
  5. Drop tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 9-12 minutes at 375 degrees. Rotate baking sheet halfway through cooking. Let cool on sheet for 3 -4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.