To prepare cookies, combine shortening, brown sugar and egg; stir well. Stir in applesauce. Combine dry ingredients. Add to shortening mixture; stir well. Fold in raisins and nuts. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet.
To prepare topping, combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle on cookies. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. While cookies are warm, press down slightly to create a crinkly appearance.