I know the words “Applesauce cookies” don’t ring through the ears like “Devilishly decadent triple chocolate cookies.” With that said, if my grandmother’s recipe book has a recipe for applesauce cookies, there’s likely a very good reason for it and that reason is likely because they are in her words “delightful.”
After posting such things recently as Nutella ricotta cinnamon pizza, Deep-fried pickles and Double chocolate cheesecake, I thought it might be time to lessen the caloric-intake for a moment. I suppose I could have done a post about a salad or an incredible tomato consommé, but I thought an applesauce cookie might just get the job done while still getting some cookie-action.
As a bonus, I found out that a lot of recipes tailored to those with their waist-size in mind use applesauce as an alternative to sugar nowadays. Seeing as this recipe is over 50 years old and knowing my grandmother’s fondness for butter and sugar, I don’t think this was her concern. However, maybe even she thought a little balance was needed at times in the kitchen. Don’t be misled, these cookies sacrifice nothing in terms of taste. It’s soft, moist with the perfect texture from the raisins and the nuts. My first thought as I took a bite was that it tasted like the top of a muffin which is always a good thing!
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of applesauce
- 1 tsp. of baking soda
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. of salt
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (I went with 1/4 cup of pecans and 1/4 of walnuts)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of ground cloves (I didn’t have it in the pantry, so I forged ahead without it this time)
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Cream shortening and sugar, then add applesauce, blending in.
- Sift flour with baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
- Add sifted ingredients to applesauce mixture and stir until smooth.
- Add raisins and nuts and stir until combined.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet, spacing the cookies 2 to 3 inches apart.
- Bake about 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.
(FYI – I recently began an online writing class called “New Media Bootcamp“. My goals are simply to learn and to continually improve my writing, Taste Better With Friends and maybe pick up some fancy tricks along the way. This week’s homework was to write a 25, 100 and 350 word post.)