Easy Applesauce Cookies

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 verdict?

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:

  1. Rolling them in cinnamon-sugar is optional, but I think that extra bit of spicy sweetness gives these cookies some oomph!
  2. This recipe yields a small batch. If you’re baking for a bunch of people, you might want to double it.
  3. You could use unsweetened applesauce to make these a little healthier.
  4. I think almond extract would be delicious in these if you need a change from vanilla.
  5. If you want something really indulgent, you could make a vanilla glaze for these.
  6. 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.
  7. 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


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Colleen Bierstine


    • these are better for you, powdered is sugar but powdered down, applesauce for the fruit, flour for fat, cinammin is good for you, better than oil, sugar 2 cups, lard, good 4u cookie

  1. I’d like to understand why you use powdered sugar instead of agave nectar, natural sugar, or even regular sugar.

  2. I’m not sure what you consider a “small batch”! I doubled it and ended up with 80 (!!) decently sized cookies.

  3. This will also work with regular sugar if u don’t have powered sugar. They aren’t quite as sweet and I always add a tad bit more applesauce to make them a bit moister b/c if you don’t eat then right away they can get a bit dry.

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  5. This is a great recipe…easy peasy….if you follow the recipe you will have no problems…makes a small batch of decently sized cookies…great cookie dough and easy to mix…my husband will love them as an after work snack with milk…thanks so much for posting this one..great way to use up all that applesauce I bought at Costco…..lol lol

  6. Just made these with my kids. Very yummy! I didn’t have powdered sugar so I used granulated and I used 1/2 cup of applesauce instead of 1/4 cup since one poster suggested it needed to be moister. They turned out moist and yummy and my kids has a great time helping since this recipe is so easy!

  7. I was looking for a recipe to use a large can of unsweetened, natural applesauce and found this one! The cookies taste delicious! So glad I found this! Only issue I had was that the consistency of my cookie dough was not easy to roll into balls so I used 2 teaspoons and made them a little messy looking, but that did not affect their awesomely tasty results! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  8. Thanks for the recipe! Yes, they are good. Two things were unclear from the instructions:
    1) How many does it make? When I did it, it made 30 cookies.
    2) Should you grease the cookie sheet? I did, and it seemed like the right thing to do.
    Also, I had a LOT of the topping left over, which is fine, as cinnamon/sugar mix is good to save for another time. But next time, I’l use only 1/4 cup sugar.

  9. These are so easy to make, especially because I already had all the ingredients. :) I don’t have a lot of cooking experience, but these were so simple and yummy! Mine were a little salty, but I think it’s because I used salted butter. Next time I’m going to try using less salt. I sprinkled some powdered sugar on top after they were rolled in the cinnamon-sugar. :) I used a stoneware baking sheet & they came off easily without greasing it first. I ended up with 19 good-sized cookies.

  10. I just made a batch of these but I used Cup4Cup (gluten free flour) and they turned out perfect! I Absolutely LOVE this recipe! I used my pampered chef medium cookie scoop and I got 38 out of this batch! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe!!…now to try more of your recipes! :)

  11. These cookies are sooo good!! Ive made them multiple times. They taste wonderful and I love how they stay soft and moist for days after baking!! I do not grease the baking sheet when making these, it’s not necessary.


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