Farmhouse Applesauce Raisin Cookies

These Farmhouse Applesauce Raisin Cookies are delicious, moist, easy to make and call for simple ingredients that you likely have on hand!

Close up freshly baked applesauce cookies with raisins cooling on a baking rack on a white napkin with blue lines.

If you enjoy this old fashioned recipe you may also like Grandma’s Fudge and our Cream Pie.

Applesauce Raisin Cookies Recipe

We like simple cookies that taste good!  This old fashioned applesauce cookie recipe has been in the family for years and it’s a nice, classic cookie.  It doesn’t take fancy ingredients to make and is great for a cookie swap cookie or special afternoon treat for loved ones.

Regular raisins work very well in this recipe.  Another benefit of having extra raisins on hand is they are a healthy snack that the kids love on Celery and Peanut Butter.

The original recipe also calls for 1 cup of nut meats chopped.  I don’t have nut meats sitting around, so we just buy nut topping or chopped nuts, or whatever is most economical and in a reasonable size package at whatever grocery store we’re shopping at that day.

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Old fashioned applesauce cookies filled with raisins and chopped nuts on a wire rack.

I have noticed quite a variety in the chopped nut offerings.  If you have a favorite nut I would recommend using that.  Just like our Banana Bread Cookies, these cookies are delicious without the nuts.

Moist Cookies with Applesauce

I love using applesauce to keep baked goods moist and delicious.  Here are a couple other delicious family favorite recipes that feature applesauce, Cinnamon Applesauce Cake and Farmhouse Applesauce Bars

I like the moisture, texture and sweetness applesauce ads with being overwhelmingly sweet.  These applesauce treats all have wonderful flavor profiles.  And anytime there’s leftover applesauce the kids love gobbling it up!

Moist applesauce raisin cookies on a cooling rack resting on a white and blue napkin.

Cottage cheese is another old fashioned ingredient to keep baked goods like our Cottage Cheese Cookies really moist.

Ingredients Needed

  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Butter
  • Egg
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Raisins
  • Chopped Nuts – we like nut topping or walnuts

How to Make Applesauce Raisin Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix well applesauce, sugar, butter and egg with an electric mixer.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together dry ingredients. Slowly add all dry ingredients except for raisins and nuts.  Mix well.
  4. Add raisins and nuts and mix lightly.
  5. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Refrigerate any extra cookies to extend shelf life.
A few raisins popping out of the top of golden brown finished cookies.

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We hope you enjoy these cookies and applesauce treats as much as we do!

Close up of a moist applesauce cookie recipe made with raisins on a silver rack to cool.

Farmhouse Applesauce Raisin Cookies

Servings 48 cookies
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
These Farmhouse Applesauce Raisin Cookies are delicious, moist, easy to make and call for simple ingredients that you likely have on hand!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes


  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream butter and sugar.
    1/2 cup butter, 1 cup granulated sugar
  •   Mix in egg and applesauce.
    1 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1 egg
  • In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients except for raisins and nuts.  Mix well. 
    2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Add raisins and nuts and mix lightly.
    1 cup raisins, 1 cup chopped nuts
  • Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Refrigerate any extra cookies.


Calories: 81kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 54mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 66IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Recipe originally shared on September 18, 2018 with updates made on March 1, 2024.

18 Applesauce Raisin Cookies on a wire rack on a wood table


  1. What if I only have original applesauce?? Can I just decrease the sugar??

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Yes! I have used regular applesauce before and it will work fine. Will be a bit sweeter unless you reduce the sugar. I hope this recipe works well for you!

  2. 5 stars
    Dear Jennifer,

    Thank you for this awesome recipe. My parents are enjoying as I write to you.

  3. The recipe was clear & easy . It was a nice Surprise for my fiancé! Will definitely make them again.

  4. Really liked this recipe. It was very simple to make. Thank you for posting it.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      5 stars
      Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    New baker here. Should i cut the sugar by half or less if i have regular applesauce?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! I haven’t tested it, but I think you can use the full amount of sugar or cut it and the cookies should work well either way. Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do!

  6. 5 stars
    My Husband says this recipe is just like his Grandma made.. Thank you!! Been making this Recipe for ever!

  7. I found that I needed to add an additional few minutes to the bake time. The edges are light brown but the underside of the cookies remain light. The dough is baked thoroughly and I use light color aluminum pans. Are the bottoms supposed to be brown? I do not want to add more time than I already have since it may dry out the cookies.

  8. 5 stars
    Just sweet enough with the raisins and soft. So good. I’m making more now

  9. 5 stars
    I enjoyed these cookies, although I left out the nuts. They are soft and very flavorful.

  10. Laurie Pitman says:

    5 stars
    I let the raisins sit overnight in a mixture of orange blossom honey, a little hot water, a spritz of vanilla, and a sprinkle of apple spice spice. In the cookies I substituted 1/4 oat flour and added 1.generous tsp of cornstarch. Instead of the spices, I just used Penzeys apple pie spice. I baked for 9 minutes. They turned out great.

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