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