Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies, a healthier cookie, the perfect snack or dessert. A delicious homemade applesauce makes these cookies even yummier! Everyone will love these including kids.
I haven’t posted a recipe for cookies in a while, but when I found Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies in my mother’s recipe cards, I knew I had to try them.
Sweetened with less sugar and more applesauce I guess you could call them a healthier cookie.
Since I can’t get applesauce in Italy I made my own. So simple and easy, very similar to my Apple Pie Filling.
More Apple Recipes you may enjoy!
- Maple Caramel Apple Cheesecake
- Homemade Apple Pie Cookies
- Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Frosting
- Homemade Cinnamon Apple Strudel
I added very little water because I needed a thick applesauce for these Cinnamon Apple Sauce Cookies. Canned works just fine, but what the heck it really doesn’t take long to make it homemade.
And it is so good and probably a lot healthier than canned.
I have made these Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies a few times, and a couple of times I made the dough with my food processor. Mix it all together, no need to refrigerate the dough, make it and bake it.
They come out soft, moist and almost cake like and you can dust them with a little powdered sugar if you like or eat plain.
I noticed my Mom had written that they were better if you to let them rest for a day before eating, so that the cinnamon and apple would mingle really well together. Can’t say they lasted that long in my house.
I have never seen cookies go so fast. (actually the Thick Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies came really close).
A friend of ours came over for coffee in the morning, ate a couple of cookies and then came back in the afternoon for another coffee and another couple of cookies. He said they were that good. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter (room temperature) (105 grams)
- 1 cup brown sugar (lightly packed) (200 grams)
- 1 large egg (room temperature)
- 2 cups cake flour ** (or you can substitute with all purpose flour) (230 grams)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt*
- 1 cup thick applesauce (unsweetened or very lightly sweetened-store bought or homemade) (200 grams)
*if using unsalted butter add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
** To make 1 cup cake flour, measure out 1 cup all-purpose flour, remove 2 tablespoons and add 2 tablespoons cornstarch (whisk together to combine).
- 4 medium apples (peeled, cored and chopped)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 400° (200° celsius), line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE (makes approximately 2 cups) 400 grams)
- In a medium pot add chopped apples, water and lemon juice, cover and cook on low for approximately 15-20 minutes or until apples are soft, add 1 tablespoon sugar mash with a potato masher and continue cooking on low for approximately 5 minutes or until thickened. Let cool. Refrigerate unused applesauce, use within a week.
- Sift cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl.
- In a medium bowl cream together butter and brown sugar add egg blend about 2 minutes, add sifted dry ingredients alternately with the applesauce, combine until just combined.
- Drop batter by spoonfuls (about the size of a golf ball) on prepared cookie sheets, bake for approximately 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Keep in cool dry place, best if let to sit for 1 day before eating. (If you can wait) Enjoy! Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
Republished from Feb 5, 2016.
sandra myatte says
This recipe turned out great, I would just add a tsp of cinnnaom to bring it tomy taste. Overall moist and chewy. Thanks for the tip how to make cake flour and brown sugar,I had neither and followed the recipe. The brown sugar turned out so well a made a larger batch for later use.
Hi Sandra, thanks glad you liked the cookies. You’re welcome, glad I could help. Take care and have a great week!
Had 4c of applesauce pulled from freezer, made mine zero refined sugars! Doubled recipe right out of the gate! Why not, if that good right? And they most definitely are! Yum!
Hi Casey, thanks so much, so glad you enjoyed it. Good to know, no refined sugars. Take care and have a great weekend!
Hannah H. says
I love this recipe and have shared with several friends! They’re a big hit since they’re so different. The texture is kinda spongey but very moist and delicious! I put Hershey’s cinnamon chips in mine to add a little extra to it. Great recipe!!
Hi Hannah, thanks so much, so glad everyone enjoyed them. Great idea with the chips. Take care!
Hi I used store bought unsweetened moss applesauce added some vanilla and nutmeg and used cane sugar
And I didn’t have a cookie tray so I just baked it in a shallow glass dish so they’re now cookie bars lol
Baked for 20 minutes and they taste good but the texture is more of a cake than anything
But very nice recipe
Hi Shana, thanks and good idea. Yes they are more of a cakey cookie. Have a great weekend. Take care!
Kim Singer says
I doubled the recipe, needing to make more, I followed the recipe using unsweetened organic applesauce from ALDI’s, but the batter was really wet and the first batch ended up spreading over the whole pan (still tasted amazing though lol) I added probably about a cup more of flour which made them look more like the picture. Tasted great.
Hi Kim, glad you liked them and yes depending on the type of flour sometimes more is needed. Take care.
Good! We added bran flakes and nuts, YUMMY perfect for my client’s who need to there weight and the diabeics
Hi Barbie, thanks so much, good idea. Have a great weekend.
Great cookies! I used unsalted butter but instead of adding salt I added a 1/4 tspn of allspice. I also added a 1/4 cup of chopped English Walnuts and a cup of yellow raisins. Turned out great.
Hi Larry, thanks glad you liked them.
Simple recipe,had ingredients on hand,added dried cranberries. Drandkids love them
Hi Deb, thanks so much, and so glad the grandkids enjoyed them too. Have a wonderful Sunday.
Delicious! Not too sweet. I added chopped walnuts. Yum.
Hi Ellen, thanks so much, good idea with the walnuts. Take care.
Rosemary questi sono facile da farli grazie , bella mia buone cose sempre, in salvamento saluto per L’italia mia miriam da Trieste ma in USA
Grazie Miriam sono contenta che ti siano piaciuti! Un saluto da Roma.
Ceceily Ford says
can you use store bought applesauce instead of making yours.
Hi Ceceily, yes you can use store bought, try to get one that is lightly or unsweetened. Let me know how it goes.
The best cookies ever! They melt in your mouth! Delicious!
Hi Camelia, thanks so much so glad you liked them. Have a great weekend.