Fall cuisine is typically marked by what many consider to be more traditional and even somewhat austere flavors. Fall cuisine usually boasts 'Old World' flavors such as cloves, walnuts, and cranberries. These are flavors one might have envisioned a puritan family enjoying fresh off the Mayflower. At first bite, the robust ‘kick' and bold expression of these little treats will be sure to impress and delight, and possibly even allow one to reminisce on the joys of autumn, from the fading leaves to the memories of a Thanksgiving past.

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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.

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  • Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, walnuts, and cloves together in a large mixing bowl. Beat the egg, applesauce, lemon juice, vanilla, cranberries, lemon zest, and butter together in a separate bowl with an electric hand mixer; pour into the flour mixture and mix well. Drop spoonfuls of the dough 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, about 10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with the confectioners' sugar to serve.

Nutrition Facts

196.9 calories; 2.8 g protein; 33.6 g carbohydrates; 20.5 mg cholesterol; 111.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2009
These were so delicious! I did make a couple changes because dumbo me forgot the lemon at the store....so I used an orange. Very very good! It would be awesome with the lemon too! They're puffy and moist which I don't normally like in cookies but these had alot of flavor. I drizzled a powdered sugar glaze on top with a touch of almond extract. Yummy! Read More
(5)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/12/2010
the flavor on these were great but they turned out to be very sticky and dense...the moisture in them seemed to multiply! Perhaps next time i won't make the glaze for them and just leave them plain... Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2009
These were so delicious! I did make a couple changes because dumbo me forgot the lemon at the store....so I used an orange. Very very good! It would be awesome with the lemon too! They're puffy and moist which I don't normally like in cookies but these had alot of flavor. I drizzled a powdered sugar glaze on top with a touch of almond extract. Yummy! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2009
These were so delicious! I did make a couple changes because dumbo me forgot the lemon at the store....so I used an orange. Very very good! It would be awesome with the lemon too! They're puffy and moist which I don't normally like in cookies but these had alot of flavor. I drizzled a powdered sugar glaze on top with a touch of almond extract. Yummy! Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2009
Great bold flavor. Because the cookies are so fluffy and don't really brown I think next time I'll bake the batter in a loaf pan - it tastes more like yummy bread. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/12/2010
the flavor on these were great but they turned out to be very sticky and dense...the moisture in them seemed to multiply! Perhaps next time i won't make the glaze for them and just leave them plain... Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2017
Loved it. Found this recipe while searching for something to do with the walnuts and cranberries I had. Changed a couple things. Did not add cloves. Had no applesauce so instead I used another 1/4 cup butter. I also only used 2/3 cup sugar and I caramelized it. Used 3 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon dried lemon peal instead of fresh ingredients because I really like to have things measured out. Turned out amazing. Will make it the same way next time. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/11/2013
I made this recipe based on the fact that I love the ingredients. However the cookie just didn't do it for me. Too cake-like. I don't like clove so I used half the amount--it didn't help. I don't think clove complemented the ingredients. One reviewer used orange & I believe that would complement the clove more. I just made them tonight and perhaps tomorrow they will be better. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2018
Recipe needs help. I added a tsp. of salt and skipped the cloves. Results: The dough was too soft as other reviewers have indicated so the cookies ran together on the pan. If I make them again I will add more flour to stiffen the dough. I think this is a decent basic recipe for a cake-like cookie but use your judgement on the amount of flour and make sure the butter isn't melted just softened. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/23/2019
I did not make any changes. The cookies did not stay fluffy but flattened out instead. They tasted good but had no she appeal and looked nothing like the picture Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/28/2018
Made a batch: baked great took out as soon as they were golden brown on the bottom followed directions as for cooling glazed....had husband taste them...wasn't a fan..I tasted them...not a fan. Will prepare a different recipe for get together tomorrow. Very disappointed in lack of flavor.. The cloves overwhelm the lemon. Should have read all of reviews before I spent the time and used the ingredients. Read More