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Oatmeal Raisin Applesauce Cookies Recipe

Patty collects recipes and gadgets from the past and is interested in early American history, the Civil War, and the 19th century.

One day, I spilled a jar of applesauce into my oatmeal cookie dough...

One day, I spilled a jar of applesauce into my oatmeal cookie dough...

In Search of Archway Raisin Cookies

Years ago, I loved Archway Raisin Cookies, but when the company stopped making them, I learned to make the following recipe. I stumbled upon this mix of ingredients when I accidentally spilled a jar of Mott's applesauce into my oatmeal raisin cookie mix. It makes the cookies very moist and adds a lovely flavor as well.

Archway Cookies was started out of a garage in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1936—during the Great Depression. Since then, the company has been taken over in sequence by two other entities, but the Archway trademark is still in use.

The original raisin cookies were a soft sugar cookie with raisins. I have not been able to find any other brand that makes something similar.

Years ago, I loved Archway Raisin Cookies, but the company stopped making them!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

10 min

30 min

2 to 3 dozen cookies

Equipment Needed

  • Clean and sanitized kitchen counter
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Damp washcloth under the mixing bowl to keep it from scooting on the counter
  • Electric mixer or a second bowl and a wooden spoon
  • Table forks
  • A teaspoon
  • A small cup for beating an egg
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • At least one cookie sheet
  • Large spatula


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or use 1 cup and increase flour by 1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for variety, try almond extract)
  • 1 1/3 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup dark raisins
  • ½ cup walnuts (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Thinly cover baking sheet(s) with butter, margarine, or cooking spray.
  3. In the mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a second bowl, or in the bowl of the electric mixer, cream the butter and both sugars together until smooth (I use a bowl and a fork).
  5. Slightly beat the egg with a fork in a cup.
  6. To the second mixing bowl, add applesauce, the egg, and the vanilla. Mix or stir until smoothly mixed.
  7. Add the applesauce mixture to the flour mixture slowly and mix thoroughly. If using an electric mixer, remove the bowl.
  8. Stir in the oats and raisins.
  9. Add nuts and spices if desired.
  10. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets about two inches apart.
  11. Bake until golden brown: 10 to 12 minutes, depending on humidity of your location.
  12. Remove the baking sheet(s) from the oven and cool on wire racks or tea towels (5-6 minutes). Remove cookies from baking sheet(s) with a spatula and allow to cool more completely on a cookie plate. Store in a cookie jar or air-tight container.
A 1950s display of Archway Cookies.

A 1950s display of Archway Cookies.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Do you have a calorie or carb count for these yummy cookies?

Answer: These cookies contain approximately 50 calories each, with 11 or 12 grams of carbs each and even a bit over 1.5 grams of protein, but carbs can be reduced by using unsweetened applesauce and cutting the sugar in the recipe a little. Artificial sweeteners don't seem to work well in this recipe for me.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS


Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 01, 2020:

@Cindy - 65 years!? You are certainly determined and I am so glad to have put this on the Internet for you to find. This is my favorite cookie besides the old Archway soft raisin cookie, which I have not yet been able to duplicate. Have a wonderful weekend!

Cindy on April 29, 2020:

I have been looking for this recipe for 65 years. Thank you! Can’t wait to make a batch.

ML on April 11, 2020:

This is a great recipe, truly delish! Saving this in my recipe folder!

Mike V on January 10, 2011:

good cookies

Stacie Naczelnik from Seattle on September 06, 2007:

I don't make my own, but my grandma makes it for me! Mmmm! She makes great pear sauce too.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 30, 2007:

Thanks Stacie, I love this recipe! Applesauce is great isn't it -- do you make your own?

Stacie Naczelnik from Seattle on August 30, 2007:

This recipe looks good--I love baking with applesauce.

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