Applesauce crunch named chocolate ‘cinnful’ cookies
These cookies made with ’cinn’amon and nutmeg, are a long standing family favorite. They have some nut texture but overall, are a very soft, cake-y cookie. The combination of chocolate, spices and applesauce is stellar. Recently I was away on business and pleasure for a couple of weeks.
My daughter called one evening and requested that we bake off a double batch of these cookies when I returned and then share the recipe. So here we are and now our freezer is stocked with small packages to grab when a sugar attack strikes. Besides making cookies, try baking some in a muffin tin. A more vertical shape, you can bake more dough at a time and serve them in a small colorful package. This is an updated name, formerly they were known as Applesauce Crunch Cookies.
Recipe: Chocolate ‘Cinnful’ Cookies
Prep Time: 10 Min | Cook Time: 45 Min | Yield: 4 doz cookies or 3 doz muffins | Level: Easy
- 2 cups applesauce
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 12 oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 In a 3 cup liquid measuring cup or bowl combine the applesauce and baking soda and let set. It needs just a little head space because the soda causes the applesauce to expand.
3 In the meantime, in a large bowl cream the sugar and shortening.
4 Add the eggs and combine. Stir in the applesauce mixture.
5 Combine the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Add 1/4 of the flour mixture at a time stirring after each addition.
6 Add chocolate chips, oats and nuts and mix to blend.
7 Drop by one heaping tablespoonful on greased baking sheet and bake until lightly golden, about 13-15 minutes.
Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers, fill 2/3 to 3/4 full and bake for 21-23 minutes.
- Exchange semi-sweet for milk chocolate chips.
- Exchange rolled for quick oats.
- Exchange walnuts for pecans.
Inspiration – Norma Horton
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: May 18, 2012