Applesauce Cookies

  • Yield 4 dozens

applesaucecookies

"This recipe was handed down to me from my husband's grandmother. The applesauce used in these cookies is made from the fruit grown on trees planted by Johnny Appleseed."

Ingredients

3/4 cup soft shortening
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup applesauce
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup seedless raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium-size bowl, mix shortening, sugar and egg thoroughly. Stir in applesauce. Combine dry ingredients and blend into shortening mixture. Mix in raisins and walnuts. Drop batter by spoonfuls on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes about four dozen cookies.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen: Sprinkle an even layer of cinnamon sugar on top of each cookie before baking. For a larger and more cake-like cookie, spoon batter by golf-ball sized portions onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes if using larger spoonfuls.

—Phyllis  Algeo, Savannah, Ohio

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