Applesauce Cookies with browned butter icing

With the onset of fall and the chill in the air arriving, these Applesauce Drop Cookies with Browned Butter Icing are the perfect little afternoon snack to have with a hot cup of tea!

These soft and tasty Applesauce Drop Cookies are a delicious and warming cookie to serve guest with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Kids love them and they make a great afternoon snack as well as a part of your Thanksgiving Dessert table!

Applesauce Drop Cookies with Browned Butter Icing

The origin of Applesauce Drop Cookies

This month is my last post for the Secret Recipe Club.  I have been with the club since it started when Amanda, over at Amanda’s Cookin’ started it from a group of us who used to chat in a Yahoo Group forum.  

It took off like a storm and became so popular that there had to be 4 groups of bloggers who would post a different Monday of the month each week.  I always have been in group A and I’m ending in group A.

Applesauce Cookies with browned butter icing

Today, my last secret recipe surprise is Anna’s blog, Cheese with Noodles.  I seriously considered making Amazing Stove Top Mac & Cheese from her blog considering her name, however I ran out of time and had to find something I had ingredients for right in my pantry and not have to make a store run.  

That is when I came across the Applesauce Drop Cookies with Browned Butter Icing.  Anna found the recipe from a Betty Crocker Cookie book.  I wonder if she and I have that same cookbook?  The Applesauce Cookie I knew would be a soft one which was a plus in Grumpy’s direction and the browned butter icing was the deciding factor.  These cookies were going to be my post!

a stack of 3 iced and baked cookies on a plater

Variations to the recipe

  • Add 1 cup raisins, chocolate chips, or cinnamon chips or a combination of all!
  • Dice up an apple and stir it into the batter.
  • Add a cup of chopped toasted walnuts.
  • Stir 1 tsp of cinnamon into the icing

Steps for a successful Applesauce Drop Cookie

  • Don’t skip the straining of the applesauce.  If you do, the batter will be thinner and not work as a drop cookie.
  • Watch the butter carefully as it is browning. It doesn’t take long for browned butter to become burnt butter.
  • Parchment paper or a silpat works best for preventing the cookies from sticking to your baking sheet.

Soft Cookie Recipes are the bomb!

We are huge fans of soft cookies. I grew up with my Grandmother making them on a regular basis! My very favorite soft cookie recipe is Soft Blueberry Cookies with Lemon Glaze. We also love Nanny’s Pineapple Cookies with Orange Glaze!

Applesauce Cookies with browned butter icing

Applesauce Drop Cookies

A soft and lightly spiced cookie with a delicious browned butter icing!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Cookie Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Applesauce Cookies, Applesauce Drop Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 48
Calories: 114kcal


For the Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups strained applesauce
  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

For the icing

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Add vanilla and mix until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add applesauce and mix until combined.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to applesauce mixture gradually stirring until combined.
  • Drop dough using small cookie scoop onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until cookies bounce back to the touch and no longer look wet.
  • To make frosting: in a heavy bottomed saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook until particles start to turn brown.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla, powdered sugar and heavy cream. Stir until creamy.
  • You may need to add a little more cream as you go along as this frosting will thicken more as it cools.
  • Frost cookies. Store in airtight container.


Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Amanda E October 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    I'm going to miss seeing your posts in the SRC 🙁 Thanks for sharing such fantastic cookies, love the idea of a brown butter icing!

  2. Sara October 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    These cookies look really tasty! We will miss you! 🙂

  3. honeyb October 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Last SRC??? They will miss you for sure! The cookies look great. You rock.

  4. Mary Ellen October 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    These applesauce cookies look so good! I'd love one now please….

  5. Michaela Kenkel October 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I am in the SRC, group B, we will all be sorry to see you go! These little lovelies look delish, and I bet tasted even better!!

  6. Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads October 6, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    These cookies look so wonderful! Perfect for the season!

  7. Renee Paj October 7, 2014 at 12:43 am - Reply

    These look so good..and that frosting. OMG. Drooling.

  8. Carlsbad Cravings October 7, 2014 at 1:32 am - Reply

    These look delicious and so cute! I think I could eat a whole dozen!

  9. Erica S ( October 7, 2014 at 2:46 am - Reply

    YUMMMM! These look sweet and so tasty with that icing! And I'm glad you left out the raisins 🙂

  10. Sandra Shaffer October 7, 2014 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Browned butter in baked goods tastes so amazing! I bet the applesauce adds a lot of moisture to these cookies too!

  11. Cheese with Noodles October 7, 2014 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Did you like how the cookies turned out? I only made them the one time for my blog, but they sure were good! I may make them soon here in a week or so, they're perfect for this time of year. Next time I will do like you did and use butter instead of shortening!

    Hopefully you enjoyed your time doing SRC. I was sadly never assigned your blog, but I recognize your blog name from AllRecipes. I've been posting recipes there for the past 13 years.

  12. Couscous & Consciousness October 7, 2014 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Gorgeous looking cookies, and you're right they definitely seem perfect for fall. Love the sound of browned butter icing – I could just eat a bowlful of that.

  13. Michele @ Flavor Mosaic October 7, 2014 at 11:58 am - Reply

    These cookies look wonderful.

  14. Sarah E. October 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Shelby, for being an amazing part of SRC for so many years! Don't be a stranger 🙂

  15. The Food Hunter October 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm - Reply


  16. marye @ restless chipotle October 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    YUMMY! Pinned!

  17. Bethany October 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    What temp do these bake at? Instructions say to preheat to 350, but in instruction set #5 it says to bake at 250.

  18. Sarah October 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    we will miss you in src! these cookies look so good!

  19. RJ Flamingo October 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Great post for your last SRC! I can just taste these luscious-looking cookies, now!

  20. Life Tastes Good October 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Oooh I love a soft cookie too. These sound fabulous! How things have changed from yahoo groups to now everyone using FB – I remember those days when I was in too many groups it was hard to keep up sometimes.

  21. Patsy K October 7, 2014 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    the browned butter icing is what has me drooling over these cookies! perfect for fall!

  22. honeyb October 8, 2014 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Bethany, that was a mistake on my part! A typo…they bake at 350. Sorry about that!

  23. bellini October 8, 2014 at 9:31 am - Reply

    These are the perfect seasonal cookie Shelby.

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