When chef and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Virginia Willis shared her weight-loss strategies for an EatingWell feature, she said, "I do not want the enticement of dozens of cookies lying about on the counter or in the freezer. But sometimes I just need a bite of something sweet and chocolaty. This is my 'tablespoon cookie' recipe—I don't even bother getting out the measuring cups. And I love how lacy and thin they are."

EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2022


Credit: Jacob Fox

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10 mins
25 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

  • Combine butter, granulated sugar and turbinado sugar in a small bowl. Using a rubber spatula, stir until well blended. Add applesauce and vanilla; stir to combine. Add flour, baking soda and salt; stir to combine. Add chocolate chips and stir to combine. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing cookies about 2 inches apart.

  • Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, about 8 minutes. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool and firm up, about 10 minutes.

To make ahead:

Store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days.


Silicone baking mat or parchment paper 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Per Serving: Cal 97, Fat 5g (sat 3g), Chol 8mg, Carbs 13g, Total sugars 9g (added 9g), Protein 1g, Fiber 1g, Sodium 70mg, Potassium 17mg.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie
102 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 12.8g; dietary fiber 1.1g; soluble fiber 0.1g; insoluble fiber 0.4g; sugars 9.1g; other carbs 2.5g; fat 6.1g; saturated fat 3.7g; mono fat 1.8g; poly fat 0.2g; cholesterol 7.6mg; water 2.8g; ash 0.2g; vitamin a iu 89.6IU; vitamin a re 24.8RE; vitamin a carotenoid 1RE; vitamin a retinol 23.8RE; vitamin a carotene 6mcg; vitamin b1 thiamin 0mg; vitamin b2 riboflavin 0mg; vitamin b3 niacin 0.3mg; niacin equivalents 0.5mg; vitamin b6 0mg; vitamin b12 0mcg; vitamin c 0mg; vitamin e alpha equivalents 0.1mg; vitamin e iu 0.2IU; vitamin e mg 0.1mg; folate 3.2mcg; vitamin k 0.9mcg; pantothenic acid 0.1mg; boron 1.5mg; calcium 5.6mg; chromium 0.1mcg; copper 0.1mg; fluoride 0.1mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 17.5mg; manganese 0.2mg; phosphorus 28mg; potassium 56.3mg; selenium 3.2mcg; sodium 1.8mg; zinc 0.3mg; 40 butyric 0.1g; 60 caprioc 0.1g; 80 caprylic 0g; 100 capric 0.1g; 120 lauric 0.1g; 140 myristic 0.3g; 160 palmitic 1.6g; 180 stearic 1.4g; 161 palmitol 0.1g; 181 oleic 1.8g; 201 eicosen 0g; 221 erucic 0g; 182 linoleic 0.2g; 183 linolenic 0g; 184 stearidon 0g; 204 arachidon 0g; 205 epa 0g; 225 dpa 0g; 226 dha 0g; omega 3 fatty acid 0g; omega 6 fatty acid 0.2g; alanine 0g; arginine 0.1g; cystine 0g; glycine 0g; histidine 0g; isoleucine 0g; leucine 0.1g; lysine 0g; methionine 0g; phenylalanine 0g; proline 0.1g; serine 0g; threonine 0g; tryptophan 0g; tyrosine 0g; valine 0.1g; alcohol 0g; caffeine 6.6mg; pyramid fat 0; exchange fat 0; energy 102kcal; aspartic acid 0.1g; glutamic acid 0.2g; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; trans fatty acid 0g; exchange other carbs 0; biotin 0.2mcg; pyramid fruit 0; pyramid bread 0; exchange starch 0; theobromine 51.7mg.