Applesauce Cookies and Glazed Bars


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. 
  2. Cream butter and both sugars; beat in egg.
  3. Add baking soda to cold applesauce and stir into batter.
  4. Add rest of dry ingredients, including raisins and nuts.
  5. Drop by tablespoonfuls on greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Increase flour to 2 1/4 cups. Omit baking powder. Decrease baking soda to 1/2 teaspoon.
  3. Spread batter in 8 x 8-inch buttered pan.
  4. Bake 50 minutes.
  5. While still warm, spread with glaze made from confectioners’ sugar and milk and several drops of almond or lemon extract.
  6. Cool. Cut into bars.