Martha and Me: Iced oatmeal applesauce cookies

This recipe is for Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies. I chose this recipe because I felt that it was a good Fall cookie. It was getting good reviews on Martha Stewart’s site and I am a huge fan of applesauce so I thought I would tackle this cookie and see if it was worthy of making it into my idea book.


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup chunky-style applesauce
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup golden raisins
1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

This recipe makes about two and a half dozen cookies.


  1. Make cookies: Preheat oven to 350. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until combined. Add egg and applesauce, mix until well blended, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix in raisins.
  2. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until golden and just set, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack set over parchment paper; let cool completely.
  3. Make icing: Whisk confectioners’ sugar, syrup, and 3 tablespoons water until smooth.  Drizzle over cookies, let set.

These cookies came together well. It is important to mix the egg, butter, sugar, and applesauce for 2 to 3 minutes because at first I only mixed for a minute and I read and kept going and it made a much smother creamier mixer.

The baking time is a very good time to make the cookies just perfect. But the problem I had last time I had again. In Martha’s picture her cookies were big thick gooey cookies, and mine turned out to be as flat as a skipping stone. I am not saying this made them taste bad.  The cookies I made came out very moist and chewy.

The frosting is very easy to make. It is very thick due to the syrup so it helps to start the drizzle into your bowl that you mixed the icing in and then move the spoon out and over the cookies.

I had five people taste the cookies and rate them on a scale of 1 to 5- 1 being the lowest 5 being the highest- on over all taste, texture, appearance, frosting, and willingness to try making recipe. I also had them make comments on what they would change about the cookie.

Overall Taste- 3.5
Texture- 4.5
Appearance- 5
Frosting- 3.5
Willingness to make recipe- 3.5

Comments- 3 of the 5 voters said that the frosting was too sweet while one of my voters did not like the cookie at all!

The judging might look grim but to be honest I loved this cookie. I can not stop eating them! I wish that you could taste the apple sauce more in the cookie but the frosting is the perfect topper to the moist chewy cookie. So what if they are flat? I will keep this recipe and it will go in my book with out a doubt!

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