Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies

APPLESAUCE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES are the perfect skinny(er) way to enjoy holiday baking! These soft chocolate chip cookies are loaded with chocolate and made with applesauce! These applesauce cookies have amazing flavor, less calories, and you can eat the dough with no worries!

APPLESAUCE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES stacked on a blue and white dish towel

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies are an easy way to make a healthier version of everyone’s favorite cookie. Lots of chocolate, lots of flavor, less calories!

IT’S HOLIDAY BAKING SEASON! I know I’m a food blogger, and I have over 800 recipes on this site now, but baking still gives me the shakes. I’m STILL nervous after all this time, and every time I successfully make a sweet treat I’m ultra proud of myself. I may be more comfortable with the spicy and cheesy recipes, but I for sure have a sweet tooth, so I’m taking baby steps until I become the baker of my dreams.

These APPLESAUCE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES are the perfect EASY recipe that literally anyone can make and EVERYONE will love. They’re soft, they’re chewy, and they’re so flavorful (the applesauce adds such dimension!). And as a bonus, they’re a bit lower in calories than traditional chocolate chip cookies! Talk about a win. Healthy chocolate chip cookies that are easy to make, what more could you ask for?

These applesauce chocolate chip cookies use applesauce in place of eggs, which also means the batter is safe to eat raw…which might mean you never end up with any baked cookies, but I trust that you can do this! These are great for the holidays, and so delicious, they might become your new go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. So start your oven and lets get cooking!

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect egg-free cookie recipe. They’re delicious, they’re easy to make, and they’re a bit healthier than the average cookie too!

 

Easy chocolate chip cookies lined up on a baking sheet

APPLESAUCE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES are the perfect skinny(er) way to enjoy holiday baking! These soft chocolate chip cookies are loaded with chocolate and made with applesauce! Amazing flavor, less calories, and you can eat the dough with no worries!

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m THRILLED to be an 2016 Reynolds Ambassador this year. Is there any better company on the planet! They’ve been walking me through this whole baking adventure and I couldn’t be more honored. You might remember my Salted Caramel Soft Batch Cookies from earlier in the year, one of my favorite recipes on the site! For that recipes, I used Reynolds® Parchment Paper and it worked like a charm.

For this recipe, I used the ultra convenient Reynolds® Cookie Baking Sheets. They are already pre-cut to fit standard sized baking sheets, and I’m OBSESSED. They lie flat, are nonstick (so no spray needed!), and help to make your cookies evenly cooked every time. It’s the perfect tool for mess-free cooking. These cookies are so loaded with chocolate chips I worried they would stick, and they didn’t at all. My usually finicky oven cooked them all to perfection and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks Reynolds!

APPLESAUCE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES are the perfect skinny(er) way to enjoy holiday baking! These soft chocolate chip cookies are loaded with chocolate and made with applesauce! Amazing flavor, less calories, and you can eat the dough with no worries!

A plate of chocolate chip cookies made with applesauce next to a glass of milk

How to Make Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay back to the cookies. There’s so much to love, I don’t know where to start with these applesauce chocolate chip cookies. Let’s start with the cookie dough. Since it doesn’t contain any raw eggs, it’s just way too tempting not to eat the batter with a spoon! I may or may not have eaten several cookies that way. Don’t judge! The batter just is so smooth and delicious. YUM! Next, let’s talk about how easy these cookies are to make. Prep is super quick, then you just let them bake in the oven, and next thing you know, you’ve got amazing chocolate chip cookies ready to eat!

  1. Using a stand mixer, mix butter and sugar into a smooth and fluffy consistency.
  2. Add in the applesauce and continue mixing.
  3. Set mixer to low speed, add in baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, & 1 cup of flour, and mix.
  4. Add in the 2nd cup of flour and mix just until incorporated (do not over mix).
  5. Use a spoon to mix in the chocolate chips by hand.
  6. Use a a 1 inch scoop to make cookies, and drop on to a baking sheet.
  7. Bake 12-15 minutes at 375°F.

The perfect applesauce chocolate chip cookies! They are so chocolatey and delicious. This has become a favorite go-to easy cookie recipe.

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APPLESAUCE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES are the perfect skinny(er) way to enjoy holiday baking! These soft chocolate chip cookies are loaded with chocolate and made with applesauce! Amazing flavor, less calories, and you can eat the dough with no worries!

Dipping a chocolate chip cookie in a glass of milk

Can you substitute applesauce for eggs in chocolate chip cookies?

Yes, you can easily use applesauce in place of eggs when baking chocolate chip cookies. A general guideline is 1/4 cup of applesauce for each egg in a recipe. Since this recipe is all about the applesauce, you don’t have to do any measuring of your own or make any substitutions. I’ve found the perfect ratio for these cookies!

A stack of applesauce chocolate chip cookies next to a glass of milk

They’re the perfect size to dip in a glass of milk, and the perfect size to eat more than one. I think you’ll be just as hooked on these Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies as I am. Just too good.

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies. Enjoy!

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APPLESAUCE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES are the perfect skinny(er) way to enjoy holiday baking! These soft chocolate chip cookies are loaded with chocolate and made with applesauce! These applesauce cookies have amazing flavor, less calories, and you can eat the dough with no worries!
Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

APPLESAUCE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES are the perfect skinny(er) way to enjoy holiday baking! These soft chocolate chip cookies are loaded with chocolate and made with applesauce! These applesauce cookies have amazing flavor, less calories, and you can eat the dough with no worries!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: applesauce cookies, chocolate chip cookies, healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe
Servings: 24
Calories: 166 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
Ingredients
  • 1 stick unsalted butter 1/2 cup, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cinnamon applesauce
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup good quality milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup good quality semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Line a baking sheet with a precut Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheet. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream together the room temperature butter with the sugar. Beat until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Pour in the applesauce and continue to beat until fully mixed.
  5. Add in the baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, and 1 cup of the flour. Place the mixer on a lower setting and beat until combined. Add in the remaining cup flour and beat until just mixed. You don't want to over mix the dough.
  6. Use a spoon or spatula to mix in the chocolate chips.
  7. Use a small ice cream scoop (mine was a 1" scoop) to drop the cookies onto the baking sheet, about 1-2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are just golden brown and cooked through. (be sure not to over cook!)
  9. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  10. **blogger tip: to make the cookies picture perfect, add a few extra chocolate chips to the top right after removing from the oven. pretty!

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Nutrition Facts
Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 144mg 6%
Potassium 42mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Sugars 15g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.7%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 3.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Elisa
I had to make this recipe as soon as I read it. Delicious! I followed your recipe exactly (including using the Reynolds Baking Sheets- LOVE them!!) but my cookies spread out a lot more than yours did. Anything specific you did to help them keep their shape? Thanks for the great recipes! :)
    Tiffany
    Was your butter too soft? If it was close to a melted state, that would cause your cookies to spread.
Becky Hardin
Oh I'm so glad you liked them! That's strange, mine barely spread at all. I actually wanted them to spread a touch more lol. I'll test them again and see what I can figure out. Thanks for saying hi!
2pots2cook
So simple and so great ! Thank you ! Definitely on my to do list for this weekend ! Thank you !
Elizabeth McCrary
Outstanding cookies! Recipe is quick, easy, and results in some of the best cookies to leave my oven. And I love they use applesauce - I have to eat several a day to ensure I'm getting a serving of fruit... :) Your recipes never disappoint - keep up the great work!
    Becky Hardin
    Wow, just SO happy to hear you loved them! Completely made my day. Thanks for letting me know!
lux
These sounded great (less calories! woo!) and then I plugged the numbers into MFP, and they only have like 5 calories less than my favorite nutella chocolate chip cookies (at around 150 calories a piece). :( Ugh, why can't we get a chocolate chip cookie that only has like 50 calories, lol! :) I can't stop at just one!
Jenn
I searched for an apple sauce cookie not thinking there would be many out there and I LOVED how simple your recipe is that I had to try it. I used a Flax and Ancient Grain gluten free flour, unsweetened applesauce, 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, coconut sugar and I crossed my fingers. I only made a half batch just in case, but I'm SO happy to report that with my substitutions they stayed together and came out almost fluffy and oh so delicious! Yummy little pillows of goodness! Thank you for the recipe! I needed something egg free and subbing with the rest of my dietary needs still made a beautiful cookie.
    Becky Hardin
    That is so awesome! I'm just so happy to hear that and love your substitutions. Thanks for letting me know!
Gini
Just loved the recipe and tried it out but they were soft... Any idea why?
April Moss
Where does the 8 grams protein come from, that's listed in the nutritional facts?
Mary Elizabeth
baked the cookies this morning! The only change i made was to reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup. I added 1/2 cup of flaxmeal. The cookies are Melt in your mouth texture and taste. Thick and soft. My husband says this receipe is a keeper.
    Becky Hardin
    This is awesome! Love your substitution. Thanks for letting me know, hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
PIYALI CHATTERJEE
Hello Tiffany Tried following your recipe. My outcome was like cake, taste is great. Can you please help. Thank you for a wonderful and tasty recipe.
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