It depends on the recipe. For example, the shortbread cookies I make at Christmas need butter - subbing applesauce would not make a shortbread cookie worth having. I only make them at Christmas and ruining them is not an option.
There are a lot of recipes that use a ton of unnecessary oil. I've seen some cake recipes that call of 1.5 cups of oil! I usually just move on to the next recipe, not everything you find on the internet is good!!
Sometimes recipes for veggies or meats call for a lot of oil for pan frying. A good non-stick pan and a spray of oil can cut lots of calories without messing up the result.
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