14 Sweet Ways to Use a Jar of Applesauce

applesauce rum raisin cake
Photo: Renee Paj

Applesauce is more than just a tangy, filling treat. Use it to keep cakes, cookies, and breads moist and to add subtle flavor to every bite. Whether you're craving an easy skillet bread pudding or a luscious, fruit-filled cake, we have the best applesauce dessert recipes that transform a standard jar into something spectacular. Find your favorite in this collection of 14 of our best applesauce desserts.

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Applesauce Rum-Raisin Cake

applesauce rum raisin cake
Renee Paj

A rich, textured cake made from a whole wheat flour blend, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and rum-soaked raisins. Reviewers suggest adding a glaze after the cake has cooled for a super moist bite.

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Applesauce Doughnuts with Buttermilk

Applesauce Doughnuts
Allrecipes Magazine

Sweet, comforting goodness in bite-size ball form. These doughnuts have an especially tender crumb courtesy of buttermilk and a generous amount of applesauce. Finish things off with a sprinkling of powdered sugar for a beautiful and tasty topping.

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Applesauce Bars

applesauce bars with frosting
Sarah Larsen

Delicate, spiced cake bars with a simple vanilla frosting make a great after-school treat or bake sale addition. Pumpkin spice gives these bars a delicious depth that make them a surefire hit for any occasion.

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Applesauce Bread Pudding

portrait shot applesauce oatmel bread pudding in iron skillet
Angela Sackett Superhotmama

A new take on bread pudding that combines applesauce, brown sugar, raisin bread, and a quick-oat streusel topping. An easy skillet dessert that bakes to perfection in just 30 minutes.

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Apple-Spice Muffins

assorted fruit spice muffins in tin

These scrumptious muffins prove that nutritious doesn't equal bland. Swap out diced apples for peaches or blueberries for a fruity, personalized treat that just happens to be low on calories.

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Polish Applesauce Cake

polish applesauce cake

Add this buttery, fruit-filled cake to your repertoire for a silky bite you can enjoy anytime. Use your 9x13 baking pan to create rich yellow cake layers that surround warm, spiced applesauce.

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins

Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins
Photo by CC<3's2bake.

"This is a great recipe" says home cook Abby. "My husband didn't think they tasted 'healthy' at all and my 2-year old devoured them. I will definitely make again."

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Healthier Best Brownies

These cake-like brownies are rich, moist, and extra chocolatey so no one will know that they're a bit lighter than the traditional, full-fat version. A cocoa-honey frosting adds a velvety element to every bite.

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Mom's Applesauce Pancakes

portrait shot apple topped pancake stack
Okinawan Princess

Use this recipe to whip up a sweet and tangy breakfast for the whole family. These pancakes boast a vibrant flavor from the combination of applesauce, lemon juice, and ground cinnamon. Serve hot with a topping of your choice.

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Healthy Oatmeal Cookies with Honey

portrait shot oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Love oatmeal but not raisins? This one's for you. Quick oats, honey, unsweetened applesauce, and dark chocolate chips combine for a perfectly rich and chunky cookie.

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Applesauce Pumpkin Spice Bread

Applesauce Pumpkin Spice Bread

You don't have to wait for the holidays to enjoy a deeply flavored slice of pumpkin spice bread. Dark brown sugar and ginger come together to give each slice a uniquely delicious edge.

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Applesauce Pie

applesauce pie

A creamy, old-fashioned confection that's sure to wow with just 6 ingredients. Use a prepared graham cracker crust to save time, then simply fill with an applesauce and sweetened condensed milk mixture for a lovely pie.

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Applesauce Noodle Kugel

Applesauce Noodle Kugel in a blue dish
Allrecipes Trusted Brands

This recipe is made up of "tender noodles stirred with a comforting blend of margarine, sour cream, egg substitute, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, chunky applesauce, and raisins," says recipe creator ANGCHCK. Top with cinnamon for a luscious finish.

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Baked Apple Crisp

baked apple crisp

Applesauce lends a saucy sweetness to this down-home dessert. Bake crisp until bubbly, let cool, and then serve with a dollop of creamy yogurt.

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