Grandma’s Wheat Germ Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min.


4 dozen

Updated: Sep. 23, 2022
In her Clear Lake, Minnesota kitchen, Pam Voigt lightened up a traditional oatmeal chocolate chip cookie by adding wheat germ, eliminating butter and using applesauce.
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  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups toasted wheat germ
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar and oil until blended. Beat in egg, then applesauce. Combine the flour, wheat germ, oats, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to brown sugar mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Flatten slightly with a glass bottom coated with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies are set. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 102 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate, 1g fiber), 2g protein.