Great Gram’s Applesauce Cookies

One of my family treasures is the cookbook that my great grandmother hand-wrote for my mom. It’s written in an ancient green address book. I love flipping gently through the pages and seeing her handwriting, as sweet and tiny as she was. Each recipe lists its origin – friends, family, etc. It’s a veritable Who’s Who of old Catholic ladies in our hometown.

This recipe is one of the more popular ones in our family. The process is simple. The resulting cookies are very soft and cakey. It’s filed under “C” for Cookies.

Filed under “C” for Cookies. The splatters on the page reveal our secret rating system – modern blogs use stars; we note the number of stains to see which recipes are the best.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg.
  3. Sift together the dry ingredients. Add to the butter and sugar mix, alternating the dry ingredients with the applesauce.
  4. Drop by the teaspoon onto a lightly greased cookie sheet (I used parchment paper instead)
  5. Bake until the bottoms start to turn golden, about 9 minutes.

5 thoughts on “Great Gram’s Applesauce Cookies

  1. You’re in luck! The original recipe called for 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening, so Great Gram wrote it as a vegan recipe. I cheated and used butter because, in general, shortening gives me the willies.

  2. Pingback: The Virtual Cookie Exchange |

  3. Pingback: Cookie Fair | The Reluctant Hippie

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s