Triple Chocolate Applesauce Cookies

Cookies created with a triple amount of chocolate within.  The applesauce makes these chocolaty cookies amazingly moist and chewy!

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The best way in which I can describe these cookies, they are not like your regular chocolate cookie.  These are so very moist, and yet chewy.  I guess, like taking a bite out of a really good brownie.  These cookies pretty much melt right in your mouth!

There are a few ways how I got these Triple Chocolate Applesauce Cookies to where they are very moist, soft, and chewy… and chocolaty!

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When I was creating these cookies, I used cake flour–  instead of the regular all-purpose flour.  The reason being, I wanted a tender and delicate texture in the cookie.  Cake flour has a fine texture and high starch content compared to all-purpose flour.  Don’t be fooled… it’s not just for cakes!  

I added more unsweetened baking cocoa powder to the flour than you normally would think to add.  Because, baking cocoa powder is like flour– a powder.  I wanted these cookies chocolaty!  But, not taste like it was full of flour.

To get these cookies more on the even more chocolaty side, I added melted chocolate to the batter.  There’s also chocolate chips inside, as well!  Which is how it is Triple Chocolate.

Applesauce gives these cookies the moistness needed with all the chocolate.  If you have never cooked with applesauce before, be assured you do not taste it in the cookie at all.  The applesauce is mainly in there for the texture content.

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Drizzle some melted chocolate on the tops of each cookie.  This part is totally optional.  But it’s fun and gives the cookies a little bit more personality, don’t you think?  

Let’s just chocolate these right up!

Baking cookies are one of my most very favorite things to do in the kitchen.  What is your most favorite thing to do or make in the kitchen?

Triple Chocolate Applesauce Cookies
Cookies created with a triple amount of chocolate within. Applesauce is what makes these chocolaty cookies amazingly moist and chewy! Makes about 3 medium size dozen cookies.
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  1. 1/2 cup butter, room temperature (use the real stuff!)
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 egg yolk
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  6. 1 cup applesauce
  7. 4 ounces melted chocolate (milk chocolate, semi sweet, or dark)
  8. 1 3/4 cups cake flour, sifted
  9. 3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa powder
  10. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  11. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  12. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  13. 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  14. 2 ounces melted chocolate for top drizzles (optional)
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Mix in the egg and yolk.
  3. Add the vanilla, applesauce, and 4 ounces of melted chocolate.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift the cake flour. Add in the baking cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk all of the dry ingredients together.
  5. Slowly add the flour into the mixing bowl of wet ingredients. Do not over mix.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Refrigerate cookie batter for 15-30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Place parchment paper or silicon mat onto your baking sheet and place the cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart from each other. (Use a medium cookie scoop or two spoons.)
  10. Bake 12-14 minutes.
  11. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5-7 minutes. They will finish setting up to put onto a cooling rack.
  12. Drizzle 2 more ounces of melted chocolate on the cooled cookies. (Optional.)
  13. Enjoy!
  1. Store in an air tight container and cookies will stay soft up to 4 days.
Simply Gloria
One bite of these chocolaty cookies ….and you’ll be in chocolate bliss!

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 Enjoy, my friends!

 *Triple Chocolate Applesauce Cookies were shared with {The Inspiration Network} & {The Best Blog Recipes} & {Design Dining Diapers} & {Happy Valley Chow} & {Sewlicious Home Decor}


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  1. Oh wow these look too good to be true! So decadent and not that bad for you…I’m in love. :)
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  2. These cookies look heavenly Gloria! All that chocolate and so moist too – YUM! Pinned!
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  3. These look amazing! And I love how you’ve used applesauce :D
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  4. Oh my….these look awesome, Gloria! I love baking with applesauce–it really does help cookies stay moist!
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  5. Oh YES Gloria!! I am ready for more chocolate in my life! These look scrumptious!! What a clever little idea to put applesauce in them to keep them moist. Love it!!
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  6. Applesauce in cookies?! Now that sounds awesome! Great job G :)

  7. I cannot wrap my mind around how there is applesauce in these sublimely gorgeous chocolate cookies! Must try, Gloria!
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  8. I am definitely going to make these, Gloria. The pics are making me wish I had a few in front of me right now!
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  9. These are gorgeous!
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  10. Hi Gloria, I have read the recipe twice and I don’t see where the cup of chocolate chips go in.
    Did I miss it some where?

    • Bonnie, thank you for bringing this to my attention! I think I had overload chocolate on the brain that day while typing *chocolate* over and over…that I spaced out the fun part– the chocolate chips. (hehe)
      Just updated the recipe, thank you!

  11. Wow! I dub thee the cookie queen!

    Always amaze me! You are so creative with your pictures and I always feel like I can taste then when looking at it! Pinning this, and I love that you made them with applesauce!
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  12. I’ve heard of so many cookies/cakes using applesauce, but I’ve never tried it. I think these cookies are the excuse to finally try it. They look sinfully delish!
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  13. Nickole Brown says:

    Mmmmmmmm. Sounds delicious. Definitely going on the menu for next week!

  14. Gloria, this is a great recipe! I love that you used cake flour and the addition of applesauce is a genius idea! I love soft cookies the best – and triple chocolate, oh yes! :) Thanks for sharing and of course, pinning! Happy Thursday!
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  15. I love adding applesauce to cookies, it really does make a difference! These cookies are stunning Gloria!
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  16. I’ve never tried applesauce in a cookie, but this looks like the place to start! These cookies look so chocolatey and gooey…cake flour sounds like a great idea! Pinning, Gloria — I need to try these!
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  17. I’m all over these cookies especially if they taste as good as they look. Pining!
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  18. OMG, your cookies look delicious, I wish had that stack of cookies to eat right now! I printed your recipe, thank you.

    If you like to bake and love chocolate, you might like my Chocolate Chip cake recipe,

    Michael :-)

  19. These cookies are so gorgeous! And how could they not be delicious!!

  20. AMAZING Gloria. I have actually never used cake flour. I will need to check that out!
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    • Nancy, I love using cake flour in a lot of things besides cakes. Just play with it. Maybe by putting some all purpose flour in a recipe and adding some cake flour with it makes a difference. A more tender texture. I use it in biscuits, pancakes, and other stuff. Go for it!

  21. Oh my goodness!! These cookies look spectacular. My favorite thing to bake is cookies as well and these are totally going on my “bake soon” list! Uh, like really soon.
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  22. I’m ready to be in chocolate bliss! These look incredible, Gloria. I wish I had one right now! Pinned!! :)
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  23. Ok, if you make a batch of these for BYBC, I will bring some baked goods as well, you pick! :)
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  24. Goodness, Gloira! Like I said, there would be tons of amazing food if we were neighbors. I’d have to get you to make a batch of these. These look so darn good! Pinning this and definitely going to have to try. I’m practically drooling over here!
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    • Julie, but I don’t know which place would be better…. the brrrr chilly snow or the gaters crawling around! (=
      I’d definitely trade you for those Nutella PB cookies you made!

  25. Oh these look delicious!!!! Pinned :)
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  26. These cookies look amazing Gloria! Pinning! Your gorgeous pics are making me wish I had a few in front of me right now :) Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend! xo
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  27. The title of these pulled me in, and then your pictures sealed the deal…I think I’m in love!! :)

  28. Girl, these look soooo good! Love your styling and photography here, too. Cannot wait to make these cookies…they’re perfect with Valentine’s Day coming…or, you know…just to satisfy the ol’ chocolate craving. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! :)
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  29. Drizzling chocolate on top is so not optional!! Love how much chocolate is involved in each cookie, and the applesauce of course ;) Gorgeous photos, have a fabulous weekend! XO

  30. OMG…I need these cookies Gloria!! I wanted to make a brownie type cookie last week, but they always turn out too crispy and heavy. I wanted gooey and chocolaty, and you have achieved that with these cookie! You are a genius!! :) I must make these soon!
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    • Lisa, you would really dig these then. So funny how you were on the brownie kind of cookie about the same time …. great minds (or shall I say, blondes!) think alike! Hope you’re having a great cocktail tonight… have one for me!

  31. This is an amazing recipe Gloria!! Trifecta chocolate and applesauce for added moisture. Creative recipe development. Love it and can’t wait to enjoy it!!!
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  32. Wow!! These cookies look stunning!! You got some amazing pics. They looks so good, I want to sink my teeth into them now! Have pinned. Stopping by from Show Stopper Saturday – thanks so much for hosting another great party. ~Erin
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  33. These like amazing! What kind of chocolate did you melt for the batter and for pouring over the top? Milk chocolate?

    • Jennie, I did use milk chocolate. The kind that are in the melting cubes. (Each cube is 2 ounces.) But, you could really use any kind of chocolate. I’ve even used all dark chocolate before… the baking cocoa, the melted inside the batter, and the drizzle was all dark chocolate. Either way, it’s really delish! Have fun baking up a batch… and eating them! Enjoy. (=

  34. These cookies look simply mind-blowing! I can practically taste how moist and chewy they are just by looking. It must be soft and chewy cookie season, since I recently posted an unbelievably soft chocolate chip cookie myself! Gorgeous cookies, Gloria! Pinned! :D
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  35. These look so good and I love that they have applesauce in them!! Thank you for linking them up this week!! :)

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  36. Love these, Gloria! I can’t wait to bake these for my littlest- he’s a total chocoholic! Pinning!
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  37. Gloria, I’m not sure if you got this or not my Internet crashed…so if you did just delete this one! But I wanted to let you know I featured these today in a chocolate roundup! You can see here!

    Thanks so much for sharing it!


  38. Gloria! These look so yummy! I have been using applesauce for years in cookies/breads for years. I always use unsweetened in place of oil when I can as I feel it is much more healthy and keeps baked goods so moist! Thanks for sharing. And I was thinking of how you could make these POP for more holidays! You could use White chocolate and color it to match: Red for Valentine’s, Green for St. Patrick’s, , Red, White and Blue for Memorial Day and July 4th, etc. You get the idea! And melt peanut butter chips, etc. and drizzle too! What ever mix you love! These are the perfect cookie! Thanks for sharing!

  39. they look amazing!
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