Applesauce Cookie Recipe

Applesauce Cookie Recipe

By Contributor Tamara Goyette

Fall to me brings about the perfect opportunity to bake. Some days you just want to stay inside, especially if it’s raining outside. Baking is a great way to get kids involved in helping up. They can be involved with the fun of baking, cleanup, and eating. Applesauce cookies are a go to for me when fall rolls around. You really cannot go wrong with the mixture of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg with yummy sweet applesauce. These are not your usual cookies though, they are very soft and will make you wonder if you could actually bake them into a cake, but I love them baked this way.

Applesauce Cookies

Applesauce Cookies


  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cloves

Brown Sugar Icing Drizzle

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1/8 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar


Cookie Directions:

- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

- Mix the white sugar, butter, and egg in a large mixing bowl. I like to use room temperature butter so that these all mix easily. You can use a stand or hand mixer.

- Add in the applesauce, and let that get mixed completely into the contents of your mixing bowl.

- In a separate bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients.

- Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

- This is a more wet looking dough, but it will hold its shape when you scoop it out.

- Scoop small portions onto your cookie sheet about an inch or so apart. I like to use a squeeze handle melon baller as it gives the perfect cookie portions each time.

- The cookies are then placed onto a nonstick pan, or if you have a pan that does tend to have cookies stick grease it lightly.

- Bake the cookies for 8-12 minutes, til a toothpick comes out clean.

- Let cool for a minute on the pan, then remove and let the cookies finish cooling on a wire cooling rack.

Brown Sugar Icing Drizzle:

- Mix together the butter, vanilla, and brown sugar til smooth.

- Slowly start adding in the cream.

- Add in the powdered sugar a little at a time until your desired consistency.

- Drizzle the icing across the cookies, or spread it onto them.

Applesauce Cookie Recipe

The recipe makes between 2 and 3 dozen cookies depending on how big you make them. For a really nice finishing touch I like to drizzle the brown sugar icing across the cookies in a zig zag pattern. To do this I scoop the icing into a baggy, and snip the tip off one of the corners then squeeze out the icing onto the cookies. Toss out the baggy when done! It is easiest to do this when they are cooled and on the drying rack because the excess icing can just go off the edge. Let the icing set and you can easily pack these cookies into baggies, or in tins. If you are hoping to save some of these for another day, hide them because they will go fast!

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Tamara Goyette is a loving wife, and mother to a very determined little girl. The Fraser Valley area of the Lower Mainland in British Columbia has always been home. She loves reading a good book while curled up in a blanket, and sipping a cup of tea. Her blog is about her family, and the adventures, and activities they get up to at Discovering Parenthood.

49 responses to “Applesauce Cookie Recipe”

  1. These look so tasty! Can’t wait to make some!

  2. Yummy these looks delish thanks for sharing , a must try 🙂

  3. I love replacing oils with applesauce in recipes. my son would love these cookies, thank you!

  4. now these look good, I love the drizzle on top

  5. omg i want these right now! they look absolutely delicious I cannot wait to try them out.!!

  6. these look really good and I think they’ll be really tasty, love the spices so these are made for me 🙂

  7. OMG i have NEVER heard of applesauce cookies. Before but they SOUND and LOOK so GOOD! Thanks for sharing. Might make these for my boys.

  8. Yum! These sound like the perfect fall day treat! Will be making this with my little nephew this weekend I think!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. That brown sugar drizzle sounds so good! What a yummy cookie recipe!

  10. I have never had applesauce cookies and I think it’s perfect for the fall!

  11. that looks so good

  12. These look delicious!

  13. These looks so good, I have so much applesauce here that we can use. The zigzag pattern with the icing is so different and neat!

  14. These look so yummy! I’m going to try and make them with coconut oil and see how they turn out! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. these look so yummy and i love applesauce these would be perfect for me to make

  16. I used to make similar cookies to this and lost the recipe long ago, so I’ve got to make them for sure!

  17. We just made apple sauce with the apples we picked this week. Might have to try these cookies….

    Thanks for sharing!

  18. I will definitely have my daughter give this a try – she’s the baker in the house!

  19. These cookies really appeal to me because I love the spices.Tey have to be deliciously moist with the applesauce in them.Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  20. These cookies sound delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  21. I love cookies AND applesauce, so I can’t Imagine how delicious these really are! Must try for me.

  22. Wow these look really good. Going to try and make them.

  23. These applesauce cookies are a definite going to try for me.Theylook and sound so delicious.I bet you can’t eat just one!!I love the brown sugar icing on them.Thanks so much for another great recipe.

  24. These cookies look so moist and delicious and I love the brown sugar icing too.Thank you for posting this.

  25. I have not tried making these yet, they look like they are a moist cookie

  26. I would love to try this cookie!

  27. This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try them!

  28. Great recipe like replacing fat with fruit & the icing looks so good

  29. yummy , my grandson would love these thanks for sharing 🙂 they look delish

  30. I made these cookies last weekend and they were delicious, I mean totally awesome tasting. The only thing I changes was I put a little less ground clove because it gives me heartburn…other than that I would recommend these to everyone!!!..

  31. These look great and I bet they smell terriffic when they are baking. I am not one for chocolaye so this sounds great. I saw some maple frosting I bt that would be good on these.

  32. These look and sound delicious. I’m going to give them a try! Thanks for sharing it.

  33. wonder if they are soft would they drop in my coffee when I dip them

  34. These look so tasty and I can’t wait to try them. I love when there’s recipes where I have everything to make it in my pantry.

  35. This looks so good. I want one right now!

  36. These are sinfully delicious

  37. These look very delicious! I love recipes with apple sauce also.

  38. applesauce cookies are by far the best

  39. Oh my goodness! Our grandchildren love applesauce, and they will certainly love these applesauce cookies! Thank you for sharing!

  40. Time to get these made again,they smell so good when baking..fills the whole house

  41. I love replacing oils with applesauce in some recipes

  42. I’ve never heard of this type of cookie before. I must say your pictures help them to look really yummy !

  43. I have used apple sauce many times in baking but not for the purpose of making applesauce cookies. The recipe certainly has great ingredients, including some wonderful spices. Thank you for this reciipe.

  44. Never thought of making cookies with applesauce!

  45. This cookie recipe looks very healthy, I will have to try it out!

  46. These look delicious and make a great snack. Thanks for sharing.

  47. These look so tasty! I will have to give this recipe a try.

  48. The cookies look very tasty These will be nice for school lunch or just a snack

  49. These look delicious! Pinning for later. I think my kids would enjoy these a lot.

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