Applesauce Cookies

  • Yield: 4 dozens

"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."


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


  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