Applesauce Cookies

Apple Sauce Cookies

The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins

Need to satisfy a cookie craving and use up that opened jar of applesauce? Or maybe you went crazy canning applesauce, and need some ideas beyond eating it from the jar or serving with juicy pork chops (guilty as charged)? These soft and chewy applesauce cookies are the answer.

Applesauce is naturally sweet, allowing you to use less sugar than in traditional cookie recipes, another win when trying to balance our weekly menu plans with healthy fare and treats. The cinnamon in these applesauce cookies suggests memories of homemade apple pie without the fuss of making a crust or slicing apples. You can put your own spin, and add some cloves and nutmeg if you have them in the pantry.

Store-bought applesauce works great, but if you’ve been wanting to try making homemade applesauce, these soft and chewy applesauce cookies are the perfect reason to do it now. Whether you make a batch on the stove-top or in your Instant Pot, your cookies are sure to be a hit.

The final touch comes from a flurry of confectioner’s sugar on top, or "baking bling" as we affectionately call it.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Optional: confectioner’s sugar (to finish)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Apple Sauce Cookie Ingredients
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  2. Preheat oven to 375 F with rack in center. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon to combine; set aside.

    Dry Ingredients
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  4. In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy, 3 to 5 minutes.

    Creamed Butter and Sugar
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  5. Add egg, and beat until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.

    Beat egg into creamed butter
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  6. Add flour mixture and applesauce to bowl. Beat until just combined and no visible traces of flour, about 1 minute.

    Apple Sauce Cookie Dough
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  7. Drop dough 1 1/2 tablespoons at a time, 2-inches apart, onto prepared baking sheets.

    Cookie Dough
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  8. Bake, one tray at a time, until golden around edges and lightly browned on the bottom, 12 to 15 minutes.

  9. Let cool completely on baking sheets before sprinkling with confectioners sugar and serving.

    Apple Sauce Cookies
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  10. Serve and enjoy.


  • Fresh from the oven, these cookies are rather delicate. Be sure to let them cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • The flavor develops as they sit overnight, so if will power is your strong suit, they taste even better the next day.
  • In fact, their cake-like texture keeps fresh for days, making them a great make-ahead cookie for bake sales and holidays, or packing up to send to friends and family.
  • Store in a covered container for up to 5 days.