Easy Recipe Oatmeal cookies are healthier

Can I make the dough ahead of time?

You can, but the oats might absorb too much moisture and bloat. Depending on how long you let the dough sit in the fridge before baking, the resulting cookie might not have the soft texture we want you to experience.

Can I substitute other dried fruits or different kinds of chocolate?

Anything your heart desires. Raisins, dried cranberries, and dried currants will work just fine. And if you don’t mind a little knife work, chopped dried apricots, dried pears, and candied ginger will all be delicious. You can use any chocolate you want, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even experiment with different nuts as a substitute. We love toasted pecans for a nice little crunch.

If you’ve made this recipe, we’d love to hear from you down below in the comments. Leave us a rating and let us know how you liked the cookies!


1 c. quick-cooking oats
1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
1/4 c. whole-wheat flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 c. applesauce
1/2 c. dried cherries
1/3 c. chopped dark chocolate, plus more for topping

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