Applesauce Cookies With Vanilla Icing

by , July 24, 2017
applesauce cookies
Diana Rattray

These soft applesauce cookies are finished with a wonderful vanilla icing. Feel free to replace part or all of the nuts with raisins or brickle chips.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


Vanilla Icing

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, soda, spices, and salt; stir to blend and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the brown sugar and shortening until smooth and fluffy; beat in the applesauce, egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir in the flour and spice mixture until well blended. Fold in the raisins or chopped nuts.
  3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Heat oven to 400 F.
  5. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until set.
  6. Immediately remove the cookies to racks and let them cool.
  7. In a bowl, combine the 4 tablespoons of butter with the confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat to blend with enough milk or half-and-half to make a thin icing.
  8. Spread the icing on the cooled cookies. If desired, sprinkle with extra chopped pecans.

Makes About 3 Dozen Cookies

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