In a medium bowl, combine the applesauce and baking soda. Mix with a spoon and set aside.
Cream sugar, shortening and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes. Add applesauce mixture and mix until well combined.
In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt and then add to the sugar/shortening mixture. Mix together until well combined.
Add oats and mix. Add the remaining flour and mix just until combined.
Stir in the chocolate chips. Scoop the cookie dough with a cookie scoop onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just barely begin to turn a light golden brown.
Let the cookies cool on baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
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