Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Grandma's Applesauce Cookies from Carol Jensen

Grandma Jensen's house always smelled so good. It seems that whenever we visited her she was in the kitchen with her apron on, wearing a tidy cotton house-dress with her hair beautifully pinned up, baking something for us. Invariably it was cookies. Her applesauce cookies are on of my all time favorite! They're soft and tasty, healthy before "healthy" became a marketing slogan and filled with succulent spices, raisins and walnuts.

Do you remember when Grandma baked an entire huge tub of cookies and gave it to us to take on one of our summer road trips? I will never forget my thrill and astonishment at such a sweet abundance! Hail to our Grandma!

1 stick of butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 cup applesauce
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease some cookie sheets.
Cream the butter and sugars, beating until light in color.
Stir in the eg and the applesauce.
Mix together the dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture.
Add in the raisins and nuts.
Drop by spoonfuls on the cookie sheets and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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