Old Fashioned Applesauce Cookie Recipe From My Grandma
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.
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 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.
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...
- Cream the shortening and sugar together. After they are well blended, add the egg to the creamed mixture and beat until light and fluffy.
- Sift the flour together with the cinnamon, cloves, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
- Add the sifted ingredients alternating with the applesauce to the creamed mixture and blend together.
- Add the raisins and nuts and mix until blended.
- Drop by teaspoons onto greased cookie baking sheets. ( I use the product Pam cooking spray which works well. )
- Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes until well browned.
- Cool on wire racks.
Cook Time, approximate...depending upon if your oven is regular or convection.
Preparation of Applesauce cookies, start to finishClick thumbnail to view full-size
|Serving size: 1 cookie|
|Calories from Fat||27|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 3 g||5%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 2 g|
|Carbohydrates 7 g||2%|
|Sugar 4 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 4 mg||1%|
|* 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.|
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. It is 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.
I 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!
Plate of applesauce cookies
Slightly different Applesauce Cookie Recipe showing the health benefits of each ingredient.
© 2012 Peggy Woods