Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies


Oatmeal raisin cookies tend to get a bad rap as being not as fun and flavorful as other holiday goodies.  Add to that the fact that they are generally just as unhealthy – if not more so – as their more appetizing counterparts!  But, if you are looking for a healthier alternative this year, try our spin on this classic cookie which we find both delicious and nutritious!

When compared to an oversized, store-bought oatmeal cookie, our version costs far less – around $0.18 apiece versus aroun $2.00.  Ours also packs a nutritional punch that will make you happy you made the healthier choice.  At 80 fewer calories, low sodium, and almost no fat, with a little portion control you can treat yourself without the guilt!

 Download a printable recipe here!

Servings: 24 cookies

Total Ingredient Costs: $4.20

Cost per Serving: $0.18


Cookie dough:

  •  ¼ cup reduced-fat margarine, melted ($0.56)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar ($0.44)
  • 1 large egg ($0.13)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce ($0.46)
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats ($0.76)
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour ($0.21)
  • ½  cups unbleached all-purpose flour ($0.16)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (< $0.01)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder (< $0.01)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (< $0.01)
  • ¾ cup raisins ($1.00)… or splurge for golden raisins or dried cranberries!


  • 1 cup powdered sugar ($0.30)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract ($0.15)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of water, plus a teaspoon more if needed

*You’ll have extra of these ingredients which store well in your pantry or fridge for future use!  Prices are based on the amount of each item to be used for this recipe.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper to absorb excess oils.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat melted margarine and brown sugar until combined.  Add egg and applesauce, continue to mix until completely blended.
  3. Add oats, flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to mixture.  Mix gently until just blended.  Stir in raisins (or other dried fruit pieces).
  4. Drop ⅛-cup scoops onto the cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between scoops.
  5. Bake about 12 minutes until just set.  Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make icing: In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, water, and vanilla, stirring until smooth.  Add ½ teaspoon or two of water for desired drizzling consistency.  Put cookies side-by-side on cookie sheet or plate lined with parchment paper and, using a teaspoon, drizzle glaze over cookies.

Nutrition Comparison:
In addition, check out this side-by-side nutrition comparison:

Store-Bought Oatmeal Cookie   Our Healthier Version  
store bought nut facts oatmeal cookie

Now, let’s break down this nutrition label.  What does it tell us?  At half the calories, our healthy version is far lower in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.  It also contains just one third of the sodium.  This makes it a heart-healthy version of your traditional food enemy.   Additionally, with all the veggies plus a whole wheat crust, you’re getting in a lot more fiber, vitamins, and minerals – especially crucial antioxidants – which help to reduce cancer risk. 

Turn your guilty pleasure into a more wholesome treat!

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