Applesauce Cookies

Applesauce cookies are simple wholesome cookies that are easy to make and oh, so good.

I love to make these delicious cookies in the Autumn from homemade applesauce, when apples are at their peak of flavor.

It smells just like apple pie!

Making homemade applesauce for your cookies is much easier than you might think - especially if you use your Slow Cooker (Crock-Pot) .

I've provided an easy recipe for homemade slow cooker applesauce at the end of the page.

Of course, your cookies will be great with jarred applesauce too. There are so many varieties of applesauce to chose from - smooth, chunky, sweetened, unsweetened, plain, or spicy. Select the style of applesauce you like best for your old-fashioned applesauce cookies.

Easy Applesauce Jumbles Cookies

Easy Applesauce Jumbles Cookies

I've got three great apple cookies recipes for you to choose from - one is a traditional from scratch applesauce cookie recipe, the other is a shortcut cookie recipe that uses a spice cake mix and the last is for easy, old-fashioned applesauce jumble cookies.

What could be simpler?

I love using cake mix cookie recipes when I want the satisfaction of homemade cookies in less time with fewer ingredients.

Before beginning to bake cookies, always remember to position one of your oven racks in the center of your oven.

And always cool your cookie sheets completely before placing cookie dough on them to prevent spreading!

Applesauce Cookies Recipe

This cookies recipe calls for a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flour for a more wholesome cookie but you can use all all-purpose or all whole wheat if you prefer. To make these extra special, spread the tops of them with the brown butter icing recipe provided.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F degrees. Line cookie sheets with silicone liners, nonstick foil, or parchment paper. Alternatively, use ungreased cookie sheets to bake your cookies.
  2. In a medium size bowl whisk the flours, spices, baking soda, and salt until well blended and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
  4. Beat in the egg and applesauce then stir in the flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake until no indentation remains when touched and light golden brown around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack with a spatula.
  7. Ice cookies if desired.

This recipe yields about 4 dozen Applesauce Cookies.

Recipe source: Betty Crocker's Cookie Book (1985)

Icing for Applesauce Cookies

In a small saucepan heat 1/4 cup butter over medium heat until the butter turns a light golden brown. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 cups confectioners sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk until smooth and desired consistency is achieved. Ice cool applesauce cookies.

Cake Mix Cookies Recipe - Shortcut Applesauce Cookies

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package spice cake mix
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick foil or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the cake mix, oil, applesauce, and egg with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes, until well blended.
  3. Stir in the raisins or dried cranberries.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until the center is just barely set when lightly touched with your fingertip and the edges are firm.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool for one minute on the cookie sheets then transfer to wire racks with a metal spatula and allow to cool completely.

This recipe yields about 4 dozen Applesauce Cake Mix Cookies.

Recipe source: Cake Mix Cookies: More Than 175 Delectable Cookie Recipes That Begin With a Box of Cake Mix by Camilla V. Saulsbury

Easy Recipe for Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

For truly made from scratch applesauce cookies, make a batch of homemade applesauce in your slow cooker.

  • 8 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks (6 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar (to taste)

Combine all ingredients in Slow Cooker (Crock-Pot) and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or on high 3 to 4 hours. Stir until well blended. If you want smoother applesauce, mash with a potato masher or puree in the blender.

Easy Applesauce Jumbles Recipe

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, if desired
  • Brown Butter Glaze (see below)
  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients (except raisins, nuts and Brown Butter Glaze) and mix with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
  3. Stir in raisins and nuts, if using.
  4. If dough is soft, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched lightly in the center.
  7. Remove from the oven and immediately transfer cookies to wire racks and allow to cool completely.
  8. Once cool, spread cookies with Browned Butter Glaze.

Browned Butter Glaze:
Heat 1/3 cup butter over low heat until golden brown; remove from heat. Stir in 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat in 2 to 4 tablespoons hot water until smooth and of desired consistency for spreading.

This recipe yields about 5 dozen moist and flavorful Easy Applesauce Jumbles.

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