Applesauce Snickerdoodles


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This is one of my kids favorite cookies. They are so good and fluffy with a hint of apple and cinnamon taste.

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  • 2 3/4 C. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C. smooth, unsweetened applesauce (don't worry, we will add many sweeteners later)
  • 1/2 C. shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1/4 C. honey
  • 1/4 C. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon (set aside)
  • 2 Tbs. sugar (set aside)

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Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, wisk together the applesauce, shortening, the honey, the sugars and the eggs. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cream of tartar. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ones. Cover and place in the freezer for about 45 min. This makes it easier to handle the dough later. In a shallow bowl mix the 2 Tbs. of sugar and the cinnamon. Now here comes the fun part. You are trying to make evenly sized balls and roll them in the sugar mixture. Since the dough is so soft, however, this can get messy. I suggest using two spoons together to grab balls of dough and roll them in the sugar. Once you get that going, place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 min., it will take a few batches to get the cooking time down right. The cookies should be brown and soft, but not too brown (i.e. burnt). Remove from cookie sheet immediately and place on wire rack to cool.

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