1940s Applesauce Cookie Recipe

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Step back in time with a batch of our 1940s Applesauce Cookies, a nostalgic nibble that’s straight from the pages of your grandmother’s cookbook. Full of old-school charm and homey flavors, these cookies are the bee’s knees when it comes to comfort food. 🐝🍪

Applesauce cookies first made a splash in the culinary scene during the 1940s, when rations were tight but creativity was abundant. As we all know, necessity is the mother of invention, and these cookies were proof positive. 🎖️

Imagine biting into a soft, chewy morsel, brimming with the flavors of apples, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg. It’s like sinking your teeth into a piece of history, an edible time capsule, if you will.⏳

Ingredients: The Core Elements

The secret to these time-travelling treats is in the ingredients. The applesauce adds moisture and subtle sweetness, while the spices deliver that familiar, comforting flavor. 🍎

Tip: Homemade applesauce is the cat’s meow for this recipe, but store-bought works in a pinch! 😺

Preparation: A Walk in the Park

With a few mixing bowls and a pinch of patience, whipping up these cookies is as easy as pie. Combine your dry ingredients, mix in your wet ingredients, and voila, you have your cookie dough ready to go. 🥣

Tip: Make sure to fully incorporate the applesauce into the dough for the best flavor distribution. 🔄

Baking: The Final Frontier

The dough bakes into delightful golden-brown cookies, as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate. Once they’re cooled, you’re ready for the pièce de résistance—a simple glaze that takes these cookies to the next level.🚀

Tip: Allow the cookies to fully cool before applying the glaze. This ensures it sets properly. ❄️

1940s Applesauce Cookies

Course: SnackCuisine: American


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Nostalgic and homey, these applesauce cookies are a trip back to the 1940s.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

  • For the glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsp milk


  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well.
  • In another bowl, beat together the softened butter and egg until creamy. Mix in the applesauce.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the applesauce mixture, mixing until just combined.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  • While the cookies cool, mix the powdered sugar and milk together to create the glaze.
  • Once the cookies have cooled, drizzle them with the glaze.


  • Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  • If the dough is too sticky, chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before baking.
  • These cookies are soft and cake-like, so be careful when transferring them from the baking sheet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use homemade applesauce in this recipe?
A: Absolutely! In fact, homemade applesauce will give your cookies an even more authentic, homemade flavor.

Q: My dough is too sticky to work with. What can I do?
A: If the dough is too sticky, try chilling it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before baking.

Q: How do I store leftover cookies?
A: Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They should stay fresh for up to a week.

Q: Can I freeze these cookies?
A: Yes, these cookies freeze well. Just make sure they’re completely cooled before you put them in the freezer.

Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Hey there! I'm Jamie Anderson. Born and raised in the heart of New York City, I've always had this crazy love for food and the stories behind it. I like to share everything from those "Aha!" cooking moments to deeper dives into what's really happening in the food world. Whether you're here for a trip down culinary memory lane, some kitchen hacks, or just curious about your favorite eateries, I hope you find something delightful!

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