Iced & Spiced Applesauce Cookies

Even though (to my knowledge) I have never had these cookies before, I woke up this morning craving them. Succumbing, I came up with this recipe and I have to say, I couldn’t ask for more. Moist and a little fluffy with crisp edges, MmmMmm! If you would like you may leave off the icing, but I enjoy the bit of added sweetness.



2-1/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/2 cup shortening

3 tsp water

1-1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 c applesauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves; set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer (or medium bowl), cream together the shortening, water, and brown sugar. Add egg, and then applesauce to the mixture; beat until creamy.
  4. Mix in dry ingredients.
  5. Drop on cookie sheet by round tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly. Bake for 15 minutes and cool on rack.



1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1-1/2 Tbsp milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon


  1. While cookies cool, make the glaze: In a small bowl combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.
  2. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies.

Source: The Spiffy Cookie original

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