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Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies

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These cinnamon applesauce cookies are soft and delicious. The tops are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. These are a favorite cookie during the Fall season.

This is a classic recipe that smells incredible while baking in the oven. Make a batch for a family favorite treat.

applesauce spice cookies stacked on a white plate

Perfect Cookies

  • This is a soft cookie with a light and fluffy texture.
  • The tops are sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon sugar for a sweet treat.
  • Ingredients can be added to one bowl and mixed with an electric mixer.
  • These flavorful cookies are the perfect snack with a cup of coffee, tea, pumpkin spiced latte, glass of milk, or a homemade smoothie.
  • For more applesauce baking recipes try our applesauce oatmeal muffins!
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Recipe Ingredients

APPLESAUCE: Choose an unsweetened jar of applesauce from the grocery store. You’ll need 1 cup unsweetened applesauce. You can also use homemade apple sauce.

BUTTER: Leave ⅓ cup on the counter to soften. It should be room temperature when making the recipe.

BROWN SUGAR: I used light-brown sugar. You could also use coconut sugar or use less sugar with lakanto monkfruit sweetener (it’s sugar-free).

FLOUR: You’ll need 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour. You can substitute with 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour to add more whole grains.

SPICES: You’ll need 1 tsp of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.

ETC. You’ll also need vanilla extract, 1 egg, baking powder and baking soda.

TOPPING: Brown sugar and cinnamon are mixed together and sprinkled on top of the cookies.

VARIATIONS: Add golden raisins, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, quick oats or rolled oats.

Baking sheet with cookies on it

How To Make Delicious Applesauce Cookies

This recipe only uses one bowl!

  1. Cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer. Mix in the applesauce, vanilla extract and egg.
  2. Add dry ingredients according to the full recipe card instructions below. Mix until just combined.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to place batter on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake cookies for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Mix cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle on top of each cookie. Serve and enjoy!

Store these yummy cookies in an air-tight container up to 3-4 days. These can also be stored in the freezer up to 3 months for maximum freshness.

What Does Applesauce Do In Cookies?

Applesauce can act as a fat replacer for butter or oil. In this recipe, it’s adding extra moisture to create a soft texture for the cookies.

stacked applesauce spice cookies with kitchen towel and cinnamon sticks in background.

More Easy Cookie Recipe

Soft Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies

A soft spiced cookie topped with cinnamon sugar. These smell incredible while baking in the oven.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies




  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or a silicone mat).
    Tip: I like to lightly spray the cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray, then lay the parchment on top. This helps the parchment to stick.
    baking sheet with parchment and avocado oil on side
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer.
    creamed butter and sugar in white bowl with hand mixer
  • Mix in the applesauce, vanilla extract, and egg.
    wet ingredients in white bowl with hand mixer
  • Add the all purpose flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix until just combined.
    batter in white bowl with hand mixer
  • Use a spoon or cookie scoop to drop cookies onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
    dropped cookie sheets on a baking sheet with cookie scoop
  • In a separate bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon for topping.
    white bowl of cinnamon sugar with fork on butcher block
  • Generously sprinkle over top of each baked cookie. Use a spatula to place cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
    baked cookies on baking sheet and white bowl with cinnamon sugar and spoon

Recipe Notes:

  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving.

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