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Soft Applesauce Spice Cookies

These applesauce spice cookies are soft and delicious. The tops are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. This is a classic recipe that smells incredible while baking in the oven. Make a batch for a delicious treat for the whole family.

applesauce spice cookies stacked on a white plate

Applesauce Spice Cookies

Applesauce spice cookies are made with all-purpose flour, brown sugar, and applesauce. These are a soft cookie with a light and fluffy texture. The tops are sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon sugar for extra sweetness.

These cookies make a great afternoon treat with a cup of coffee or tea.

plate of applesauce spice cookies with small bowls of spices, striped kitchen towel and cinnamon sticks surrounding it.

Applesauce Spice Cookies Ingredients

Here’s what ingredients you’ll need:

  • Unsalted 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 lakanto monkfruit sweetener (it’s sugar-free).
  • All Purpose Flour – You’ll need 1 ½ cups of all purpose flour.
  • Spices – You’ll need cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.
  • Baking Etc. – You’ll also need vanilla extract, 1 egg, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Topping – Brown sugar and cinnamon are mixed together and sprinkled on top of the cookies.

Equipment Used

  • Nordicware Baking Sheet – This is a bigger baking sheet that allows me to pack more cookies on! I use this baking sheet often for a variety of recipes.
  • Parchment Paper – I like to use compostable parchment paper. This keeps the cookies from sticking to the baking sheet and makes clean up easier.
  • Avocado Oil Spray – My go to for any oven recipes. If you spray it on the baking sheet first, then add the parchment paper, this will help it to stick.
  • Cookie Rack – The best place to let your cookies cool completely.
  • Mixing Bowls – These make mixing and clean up a breeze.
  • Hand Mixer – The easiest way to mix your batter. Takes up minimal storage space too.
Baking sheet with cookies on it

How To Make Soft Applesauce Spice Cookies

This recipe only uses one bowl. Here’s an overview:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer.
  2. Mix in the applesauce, vanilla extract and egg.
  3. Add the flour cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, baking powder and baking soda. Mix until just combined.
  4. Use a cookie scoop to place batter on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for 15-18 minutes.
  5. Mix cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle on top of each cookie. Place on a rack to cool completely.

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.

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Soft Applesauce Spice 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
Calories: 74kcal




  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Tip: I like to lightly spray the baking 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 place the cookies onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
    dropped cookie sheets on a baking sheet with cookie scoop
  • In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon for topping.
    white bowl of cinnamon sugar with fork on butcher block
  • Generously sprinkle over top of each cookie. Place on a 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

Nutrition Info Note: The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes and the size and number of what you make. The nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands you choose and the ingredients you use.

If you’re looking for more specific details (for example, to track your macros) then I recommend adding specific brand ingredients and this recipe to a food tracker app on your phone.

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