Here they are the ever-popular Applesauce cookies! Something about baking with apples evokes that down-home, cozy comfort food feeling. So, if you are nostalgic for a childhood memory or want to make a new one, you will enjoy these soft and moist apple applesauce cookies.

I love cooking with applesauce; it’s a great natural sweetener and perfect for easy cookie recipes.

Small-batch cookies are easy to make and taste much better than store-bought. And you won’t have an abundance of cookies tempting you!

The recipe card below lists the ingredient quantities and step-by-step easy instructions for these wonderful old-fashioned applesauce cookies.

Helpful How-To’s

  • You can easily double the recipe if you prefer a larger batch of cookies.
  • No mixer is needed; you only need a wooden spoon, measuring cup, and bowl.
  • Use a cookie scoop to bake uniform-size cookies that will bake evenly.
  • This recipe uses 1/4 cup of shortening. However, you can use a 50/50 of unsalted butter and shortening.
  • Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on the cooled cookies for a pretty presentation.

Other tasty cookies from a bygone era are my Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Snickerdoodles.

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Baked applesauce cookies on parchment paper.

Applesauce Cookies

A soft and tender cookie with a cake-like texture and apple and spice flavors, perfect holiday cookie.
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Course: Dessert for One
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 16 minutes
Servings: 9 cookies
Calories: 158kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Crisco
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons cold coffee
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ cup raisins


  • Mix the shortening, sugar, and egg until well combined and smooth.
  • Stir in the applesauce and coffee, mix to blend.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves,and cinnamon. mix well.
  • Fold in the raisins.
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough for 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to drop dough onto the parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-11 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack


This recipe uses 1/4 cup of shortening. However, you can use a 50/50 of unsalted butter and shortening.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g
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