Old Fashioned Applesauce Cookie Recipe from My Grandma

Applesauce cookies with raisins and chopped walnuts

Applesauce cookies with raisins and chopped walnuts
Applesauce cookies with raisins and chopped walnuts | Source

Recipe Folder


Slowly but surely I have been making an effort to go through the many accumulated possessions that were retained by my mother all these many years. My dear mother passed on into the next life several years ago now. My husband, mother and I shared a home the last few years of her life, so I have been able to leisurely do this job as I wish.

The things that take the longest, in my opinion, are the personal paper items like cards, old letters, photos, recipes and similar items.

Buried amidst all of this I recently discovered an entire recipe folder that contained mostly handwritten recipes that belonged to my maternal grandmother. Much of it is in her handwriting and some of it is in the handwriting of other relatives or friends.

Recipes were written on the back of actual letters, and others on receipts of various kinds or even little bits of scrap paper of all hues and sizes. In some cases the paper is very fragile and could crumble away easily. The well spattered pages of other recipes were obviously favorites and referred to often when following directions.

All together it is a treasure trove of links to the past for various reasons. I decided to try out some of the recipes before passing the actual pages on to family members who may be interested in preserving these handwritten gems for posterity purposes.

My maternal grandma

My dear maternal grandma
My dear maternal grandma | Source

Hand-written recipe for Applesauce Cookies from my Grandma

Hand-written recipe for Applesauce Cookies from my Grandma
Hand-written recipe for Applesauce Cookies from my Grandma | Source

Applesauce Cookies


I decided to try this first of many recipes that I will be following because I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand in our pantry and refrigerator without having to shop for ingredients in the grocery store.


Back in the days when my grandma was making these cookies, she would have been using her own homemade applesauce which was delicious and came from trees in their own yard...at least when they lived in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Following the directions exactly, I ended up with exactly fifty cookies...not the "6 1/2 dozen" that the recipe states that this will make.


These applesauce cookies are not overly sweet (which is to our liking) and they are nicely and aromatically spiced. They would make the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon coffee or tea break.

My hubby tasted them as did I and we both agree that they will make a nice addition to the cookie assortment that I give out as annual Christmas gifts to some of our friends. In fact, if I find other good recipes in my grandmother's old recipe file, I may alter the usual assortment quite a bit this next year.

Time will tell...

I will give the directions as they were written, but if you happen to have a convection oven, multiple tins of cookies can be baked at the same time and the time spent in the oven can be cut down as well. Eight to nine minutes was all it took to have these applesauce cookies rise and achieve a nice golden brown appearance while being baked in the convection oven instead of the 15 to 20 minutes as noted in the recipe.


Cool the cookies completely before packaging them up in a cookie tin or cookie jar.


Preparation of Applesauce cookies, start to finish

Blending the shortening and sugar
Blending the shortening and sugar | Source
Sifting the dry ingredients together
Sifting the dry ingredients together | Source
Adding the applesauce and dry ingredients in alternating fashion to the batter.
Adding the applesauce and dry ingredients in alternating fashion to the batter. | Source
Completed batter with raisins and nuts added.
Completed batter with raisins and nuts added. | Source
Uncooked batter dropped by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet.
Uncooked batter dropped by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet. | Source
Close-up of applesauce cookie still on baking sheet after being baked and prior to being moved to wire rack to cool.
Close-up of applesauce cookie still on baking sheet after being baked and prior to being moved to wire rack to cool. | Source

Ingredients for the Applesauce Cookies

  • 1/2 cup shortening, ( I used Crisco )
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, I used a large one
  • 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dates, ( I used raisins )
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped, ( I used walnuts )

Instructions to follow when making these applesauce cookies...

  1. Cream the shortening and sugar together. After they are well blended, add the egg to the creamed mixture and beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Sift the flour together with the cinnamon, cloves, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  3. Add the sifted ingredients alternating with the applesauce to the creamed mixture and blend together.
  4. Add the raisins and nuts and mix until blended.
  5. Drop by teaspoons onto greased cookie baking sheets. ( I use the product Pam cooking spray which works well. )
  6. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes until well browned.
  7. Cool on wire racks.

Cook Time, approximate...depending upon if your oven is regular or convection.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 50 cookies

Baked Applesauce Cookies cooling on wire rack.

Baked Applesauce Cookies cooling on wire rack.
Baked Applesauce Cookies cooling on wire rack. | Source

Applesauce Cookies

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories 56
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 7 g2%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 4 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
4.6 stars from 8 ratings of Applesauce Cookies

Plate of applesauce cookies

Plate of applesauce cookies...ready for one?
Plate of applesauce cookies...ready for one? | Source

Old Fashioned Cookies


If you decide to make this applesauce cookie recipe, please leave a comment below as to how you like them.

These would be perfect cookies to tuck into a lunch box or picnic basket for a sweet treat that also has some nutritive value. Sure to be a winning recipe for your family and friends!

Stay tuned for some more old fashioned recipes dating back to my grandma's era.

Think I'll go grab an applesauce cookie right now along with an afternoon cup of herbal tea. Wish you were here to join me!

Other sweet recipes from My Grandma...


Slightly different Applesauce Cookie Recipe showing the health benefits of each ingredient.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

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Peggy W 14 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello DREAM ON,

You certainly love those cookies that your mother makes from your comment. If you have not shared it here, perhaps you could? Those old timey recipes are often the best. Hope you like these applesauce cookies.


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DREAM ON 14 months ago

Peggy W I will have to try those wonderful apple sauce cookies. The best of your hub was the hand written recipe that brought back memories of my mom. She made a cookie with everything in it. Almost lethal but so delicious. Thank you so much . Have a great night.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Roberta,

Enjoy this good applesauce cookie recipe. I used to make homemade applesauce when I lived in Wisconsin and grew up eating my mother's homemade applesauce. This is a great time of year for eating apples or using them in other guises such as these cookies. Thanks for your comment.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Stopping back by to say that I've also not pinned several recipes due to joining Pinterest late in the game…but I expect to catch up as you are doing. Apple season is the perfect time to make good use of this recipe, as well as any other season. :)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Journey *,

So glad you enjoyed this hub with the photos and directions on how to make this old fashioned cookie. Appreciate your comment and votes. :)


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