Grandma’s Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

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Welcome to my new recipe blog! 

I decided to make this blog a companion to my main blog Homemade by Jade  which has been around for over two years. It is about homesteading and reviving lost skills such as sewing, gardening for food, crafts and cooking from scratch.  I do share recipes on that blog, but I also write posts on lots of other things.  If you are interested in having a look, click the link.  You can even sign up to have the posts sent to you in e mail.  So why did I make this blog, when I already have a blog I can share recipes on?  Because I have many more recipes that I want to share, and I didn’t want to flood Homemade by Jade with a ton of recipes.  I will still share recipes there, but this blog is for nothing but recipes.

I believe in making things from scratch.  You can make just about anything from scratch, from ketchup to Worcestershire sauce.  I also have a ton of family recipes for cakes, pies and cookies that I will be sharing.  Buckle up and prepare to learn to make everything from scratch!  We will start with my Grandma’s Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies.

My Grandma used to make the most delicious cookies, they were applesauce oatmeal and they had the most delightful spicy flavor.  I made sure when I was old enough to bake that I got the recipe from her so I could make them.  They are so yummy, this is not a recipe you want to lose!


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 cups quick oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. With an electric mixer cream the sugar and shortening together
  3. Add egg and applesauce and beat slowly until combined
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients except oatmeal and beat on medium for 1 minute
  5. Add oatmeal a little at a time until well combined
  6. Drop spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  Do not overbake, cookies should be somewhat soft in the middle when removed from the oven.

I put the walnuts in as optional because sometimes Grandma would put them in, and sometimes she would not, it depended on if she had any in the pantry.  I have also made them with pecans and they were just as awesome!

There is nothing more fabulous than eating these cookies warm from the oven with a cold glass of milk and raw apple slices.  This was one of my very favorite snacks as a child and eating them now brings up very fond feelings of my Grandma and my childhood.

Have a great week!

Jade    🙂


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  1. Sandra September 15, 2015 2:53 pm Reply

    They look yummy and they seem so easy to make to. My kinda recipe.

  2. Nancy Hardin September 15, 2015 5:37 pm Reply

    Oh golly I love oatmeal cookies and this sounds like a perfect recipe. Are they crunchy or soft? I would think they’re probably soft due to the applesauce and I would love that! I might even throw in some raisins, making them oatmeal-raisin cookies. Love it Jade, thank you so much!! Sharing!

    • Tracey Jade Boyer September 15, 2015 5:47 pm Reply

      They are soft in the middle but the outside is kinda crispy. Yes, I have put raisins in them before, it is a wonderful addition, even if you already have nuts! Hope you enjoy them!

  3. Sandy KS September 15, 2015 11:59 pm Reply

    Welcome to BlogJob. I am happy to see you here. I already get your other blog post sin my email. I may not always comment. You do always get a view. I think you are a very talented in the kitchen. I have seen your sewing and such. I am sure I will not be disappointed.

    • Tracey Jade Boyer September 16, 2015 11:34 am Reply

      You are too kind 🙂 It is nice to know that Homemade by Jade has such loyal fans….I hope to build the same thing on this blog! If there is any particular recipe you would like to see, just let me know.

  4. peachpurple September 16, 2015 10:27 am Reply

    yummy, I love using oats for my cookies, but can i replace something else for applesauce? Brown sugar or honey?

    • Tracey Jade Boyer September 16, 2015 11:40 am Reply

      I think you could use any type of fruit puree like peaches or pineapple. If you want to stay away from fruit, you may want to just increase the shortening to 3/4 cup, or add 1/4 cup of butter. You could try just making them without the applesauce but they may not be more crunchy and not as moist. You could try the honey, but I really am not sure how it would turn out. If you try this, please let me know what happens. 🙂

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