A very moist spice cookie that people will rave about. Makes a great after-school snack, or a tasty cookie on your Christmas cookie tray.

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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the brown sugar and shortening until smooth. Stir in the egg, and then the applesauce until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; stir into the applesauce mixture. Mix in walnuts and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

78 calories; 3.8 g total fat; 3 mg cholesterol; 33 mg sodium. 10.5 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (61)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2003
This cookie tastes great. Only two complaints... I followed the recipe exact and the cookies didn't brown even after baking for 15 minutes. Also the recipe only made 2 1/2 dozen cookies and I made the cookies fairly small. Next time I will double the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/26/2004
This is an adult cookie. They do not look very pretty. I must say that they are moist. Read More
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79 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2003
This cookie tastes great. Only two complaints... I followed the recipe exact and the cookies didn't brown even after baking for 15 minutes. Also the recipe only made 2 1/2 dozen cookies and I made the cookies fairly small. Next time I will double the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2003
This cookie tastes great. Only two complaints... I followed the recipe exact and the cookies didn't brown even after baking for 15 minutes. Also the recipe only made 2 1/2 dozen cookies and I made the cookies fairly small. Next time I will double the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2007
I had no problem whatsoever with the dough or these cookies (like some reviews I read). They baked perfectly and beautifully in less time than the recipe suggested (that's my oven for ya though). I do agree that it's not about the presentation with this cookie..it's all about the taste! They are moist and delicious in flavor. I omitted the raisins because I don't like them and I used a tsp of cinnamon and a dash of allspice. I also drizzled a little glaze on top just to make them a bit more appealing to the eye. I tried it with a sprinkle of confectioner's sugar but I liked the glaze better. This recipe is worth trying! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2007
I used smart lite margerine and added an extra 1/4 cup of applesauce instead of an egg to make them even healthier and they still turned out great thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2003
We loved these cookies. Easy to make and very moist. My daughter doesn't like raisins so she substituted chocolate chips in her batch-very yummy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2003
Very easy cookie to make. Husband loved them he couldn't keep his hand out of the jar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2006
These are very soft cake-like and puffy. One batch lasted appx 3 hours at my house a new record for us! These cookies are very "home-y." I needed to bake mine a few mins longer than stated. I baked them until the bottoms were medium brown and they were just perfect. Thanks for this keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2009
This is a wonderful recipe! I've made it several times now and it also works with just about anything that resembles applesauce in texture. Of course I began with applesauce and they were great but it also works with cooked pumpkin raw carrots or zucchini grated in the food processor. When I substituted them because they are less acid than applesauce I added two teaspoons baking powder. I've become very experimental lately trying to use up leftovers in the fridge! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2008
Since my family doesnt eat raisins I substituted chocolate chips for them and the cookies were still fantastic. If my finicky family will eat them anyone would!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/26/2004
This is an adult cookie. They do not look very pretty. I must say that they are moist. Read More
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