Best German applesauce cinnamon oatmeal raisin cookies (also called Apfelmuskekse mit Haferflocken und Rosinen) that require just one bowl to prepare and only 20 minutes of your time. Check out step-by-step instructions below.
Fall season is approaching, this means these super delicious and so-easy cookies would be on the menu a lot in my house. Since my 1st child was born this recipe has been my go to cookie recipe on workdays, busy weekends or on ‘mom, we want cookies right this second’ occasions. They may not win the ‘best-looking cookie award’ (if that’s even a thing), but boy they are so so worth it.
If you want to try more easy (but scrumptious) cookie recipes definitely try my 3 Ingredient walnut cookies recipe or my Egg Yolk Lemon Cookies with poppy seeds recipe (if you have leftover egg yolks from the previous recipe).
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Butter, melted – melted butter adds depth, but you can substitute with same amount of vegetable oil or better yet extra virgin olive oil.
- Applesauce – plain applesauce (homemade or store-bought) or a mix of applesauce with mango/pears, etc. Whatever you have on hand.
- Brown sugar – to make things sweeter.
- Flour – all purpose unbleached flour or Italian type 00 works well.
- Steel-cut oats or rolled oats – whatever you have on hand. I’ve made these cookies with all types of oats and they turn great every time.
- Egg – to bind things better.
- Cinnamon – for taste.
- Baking powder – to elevate cookies.
- Raisins – personally I prefer the darker type of raisins, but any variety will do. Recommend using organic like these on Amazon.
How to make applesauce oatmeal raisin cookies
Making these cookies is child’s play, literally. I usually get my kids involved and they love mixing the ingredients, then impatiently wait to eat them. Makes cookies that much tastier for them.
Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Stir to mix well. Then add all ‘wet’ ingredients and incorporate. Leave batter to sit for 5 minutes (in the fridge if weather is hot), then with (wet) hands shape flat cookies.
Place onto baking tray with space in between and bake until golden in preheated oven. Voila, cookies are done.
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German Applesauce Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 60 g (1/4 cups) melted butter
- 80 g (1/4 cups) brown sugar
- 150 g (0.6 cups) applesauce
- 100 g all purpose flour
- 150 g steel-cut oats (or rolled oats)
- 1 tbsp. (4g) pack baking powder
- 100 g (1/2 cups) raisins
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon powder
- 1 egg, medium to large size
- In a large mixing bowl add flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon and baking powder. Stir well to combine.
- Then, add egg, applesauce, melted butter and raisins. Combine and set aside for 5 minutes so oats can soak up some of the moisture.
- With a spoon (ice cream scoop) take some of the cookie batter and shape flat even cookies with your hands (wet hands slightly with water if needed). Place each cookie onto baking tray (or parchment paper) leaving space between cookies.
- Bake cookies in preheated oven (180C/360F) for about 15-20 minutes or until they get golden. Make sure to check frequently as they turn brown pretty quickly.
- Remove from stove, let cool and enjoy.
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