Traditional Applesauce Cookies

We’re commemorating Black History Month with a recipe that was a favorite among soldiers during the Civil War. LuJuana Hood for the Pan African Historical Museum shared a recipe for Applesauce Cookies.

Civil War Applesauce Cookies Recipe


  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add applesauce and mix well. Add sifted dry ingredients and blend well.
  2. Drop by heaping tablespoon on greased cookie sheets.
  3. Flatten and sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

They Do Not Brown! {almost true, they are hard to burn but i managed to do it. They are forgiving if you are a couple of minutes late}.

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