So-Easy Applesauce Cookies

A simple sweet treat that’s delicious and easy to make. These applesauce cookies are ready to eat in less than 45 minutes and are a no-fuss recipe.

With the combination of applesauce, spices, and a buttery cookie base, these have great flavor and are super soft.

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes when I want something easy.

closeup view of of soft applesauce cookies.

Applesauce Drop Cookies

An easy, family-friendly cookie recipe, these come together in minutes and kids love them. Perfect in a lunchbox or for an after-school snack.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Serving Size 30 cookkies


For the Cookie Dough

  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

For Sprinkling

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Prep. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease two baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.
  • Mix wet ingredients: In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and mix well. Stir in the applesauce.
    wet ingredients combined in bowl.
  • Combine and add dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just blended.
    mixing bowl with dry ingredients being added.
  • Drop onto baking sheets and sprinkle: Using a spoon, drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. The dough will appear wet. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
    balls of dough being sprinkled with cinnamon sugar
  • Bake and cool: Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    cookies cooling on wire rack.



Once the cookies have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container. They’ll stay fresh for up to 3-4 days.
To freeze: Place the cooled cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them for about an hour or until they’re firm. Once frozen, transfer the cookies to airtight freezer bags or containers. 
For a smoother texture, use smooth applesauce. If you prefer a chunky texture, use chunky applesauce.
Add 1/2 cup raisins or nuts if you’d like.

notes about the ingredients

Applesauce: The star of the show! Applesauce not only adds natural sweetness but also gives the cookies their unique texture and moistness. Depending on your preference, you can opt for smooth or chunky varieties. I always use Mott’s original sweetened. Nothing fancy!

Ground Cinnamon & Ground Cloves: Don’t leave ’em out!

Everything else is a basic pantry ingredient.

ingredients on marble counter.

Quality Baking Sheets: They ensure even baking for the cookies.

Parchment Paper: This aids in easy cookie removal and avoids sticking.

Wire Cooling Rack: Helps the cookies to cool evenly without getting soggy.

Mixing Bowls: Having separate bowls for wet and dry ingredients ensures a smooth baking process.

Electric Mixer: It’s a pain to beat butter and sugar without one! A cheap hand mixer will do just fine for this recipe.

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This is a very budget-friendly cookie and hopefully you have everything on hand already.

plate of applesauce cookies with bite missing

Tips for Drop cookies

Consistency Matters: The dough for these cookies is wetter than typical cookie dough. Don’t be alarmed; this ensures a moist final product.

Spacing is Key: Given their consistency, make sure to leave ample space between each cookie drop on the baking sheet to avoid them merging while baking.

Personalize Your Treat: Feel free to get creative! Add in raisins or nuts for an extra layer of flavor and texture.

Monitor The Edges: The perfect way to know if your cookies are done is to check the edges. They should turn a light golden color. Overbaking might result in dry cookies.

Cooling: Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack. This ensures they firm up a bit but still retain their delightful softness inside.

finished applesauce cookies on cooling rack

More Fall Cookie Recipes

It’s baking season. Here are some more of my favorite seasonal cookies

then I like to say a few more things before including an image

close up view of finished cookies

I hope you enjoy the season and have a great year of baking ❤️.

So-Easy Applesauce Cookies

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