Have you ever looked at a recipe and immediately felt skeptical? I have. Did you then say things to the recipe like, “What? Are you sure?” I have. Did the recipe talk back?
…neither did mine.
Anyway, I had one of those experiences when I looked at the recipe for these Easy Applesauce Cookies. There were no eggs, few ingredients, it used powdered sugar instead of granulated, and no mixer/beater was required, only good ol’ elbow grease. Typically, I don’t delve into anything I’m too uncertain about (I’m not a big risk-taker), but this recipe was sent to me by a reader, yankeegospelgirl, who spoke very highly of it. Who am I to doubt one of you little cookies? And so, I set aside my skeptical attitude and tackled these cookies with confidence.
The cookies came out just fine! I worried for nothing. They were chewy and tender with just the right amount of flavor. A cinnamon sugar coating makes these snickerdoodle-like, but better in my opinion. They have more flavor than a snickerdoodle thanks to that lovely applesauce. I think that’s what really makes these cookies special. They don’t taste like applesauce; but it adds a little something extra.
Besides being a tastier cousin to the snickerdoodle, these are also the easiest scratch-made cookies I’ve ever baked. You throw everything in a bowl, mix it by hand, then roll the dough into balls and plop ’em on a tray. You barely have to dirty any dishes and you don’t have to lug out the mixer. If you’re culinarily-challenged, then these cookie will change your life. Unless you’re illiterate (which would be weird considering you’re reading a blog right now), then you can handle these cookies no problem. They’re simple & tasty!
Psst…they’d also make great Christmas cookies instead of the same ol’ snickerdoodles!
A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
- Rolling them in cinnamon-sugar is optional, but I think that extra bit of spicy sweetness gives these cookies some oomph!
- This recipe yields a small batch. If you’re baking for a bunch of people, you might want to double it.
- You could use unsweetened applesauce to make these a little healthier.
- I think almond extract would be delicious in these if you need a change from vanilla.
- If you want something really indulgent, you could make a vanilla glaze for these.
- The recipe doesn’t require chilling, but I don’t think it would affect the cookies if you couldn’t bake the dough right away and needed to pop it in the fridge for a while.
- Rolling the cookies in cinnamon-sugar after baking may sound strange if you’re used to doing it beforehand, but trust me; it works better. I tried both ways, and you get more coating by doing it after.
Easy Applesauce Cookies
Recipe courtesy of Yankeegospelgirl
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix together the butter, sugar, salt, applesauce, cinnamon, and vanilla until well-combined. Then gradually add in the flour. Mix until fully incorporated and smooth.
- Form dough into balls by hand and place on cookie sheets. Gently flatten balls, but don’t make them too flat. Bake for 18 minutes or until lightly browned at 325 degrees. Gently roll warm cookies in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.