With whole wheat flour and applesauce, can we call these cookies healthy? I hope so, because they taste AMAZING! Perfectly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re the perfect snack for an autumn afternoon.
Bulk items Used: Whole Wheat Flour, Brown Sugar, Spices
I’m always skeptical when people call any kind of cookie healthy. I mean, they always still have a lot of sugar and a high calorie content for their size. So instead, I’ll call these healthier cookies. This is because they are made mostly of whole wheat flour, and they have applesauce in them. Also, comparing their nutrition values to a chocolate chip cookie, they have about 50 less calories per cookie, half the fat and more vitamins, potassium and iron. We can call them healthier!
And it’s a good thing too, because they are addictive! Mixed into the whole wheat flour, is a perfect blend of warm spices–cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Adding in applesauce makes the cookies super moist. Oh and there’s chocolate, I can’t forget to mention the chocolate.
Biting in to them reminds me of coming home from school on a lovely autumn afternoon. Ok, it’s probably because my mom use to make these all the time when I was growing up. But seriously, these tasty treats are basically a burst of fall in your mouth!
Tips for Making Whole Wheat Applesauce Cookies
- These are called whole wheat cookies, so why add 1 cup of all-purpose flour? The short answer is that whole wheat flour doesn’t have very much gluten in it. Gluten is what helps create structure and volume in baking. Without it, these cookies would be very small bricks. All-purpose flour does have gluten in it, which is why we add it. We want them to become soft and fluffy.
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- The original recipe calls for regular applesauce, but it will be ok if you want to use “no sugar added applesauce” instead. I haven’t tried cinnamon applesauce before, but I think it would also be delicious.
- The finished cookie dough will be unlike most cookie dough. It will be much wetter, more similar to brownie batter. Don’t worry! This is how it is suppose to look!
I hope you love these healthier cookies as much as I do!
Whole Wheat Applesauce Cookies
- 1 cup white flour
- 2¾ cup whole wheat flour
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp allspice
- ½ tsp cloves
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups applesauce
- Preheat oven to 375° and prepare cookie sheets by lining them with a baking mat, parchment paper, or greasing them.
- In your mixer (or a large bowl), combine the butter, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar. Mix for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, combine both flours, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda and baking powder.
- Alternate adding 1 cup of flour mixture and 1 cup of applesauce to your butter/sugar mixture, until everything is completely combined. Mix in chocolate chips. Dough will be very wet, unlike most cookie dough. It will be more like the consistency of brownie batter.
- Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto your prepared cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. These cookies expand as they bake. Bake cookies at 370° for 10 mins. The edges will be slightly brown.