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Soft Apple Ginger Spice Cookies

In addition to being some of the best spice cookies you’ll ever eat, these may also be the easiest since you don’t need an electric mixer to prepare the dough. You can also make them without diced apples, or substitute dried cranberries.



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2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
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1 ½ tsp. baking powder
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1 tsp. baking soda
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1 tsp. ground ginger
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1 tsp. ground cinnamon
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¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
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¼ tsp. salt
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½ cup canola oil
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¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
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¼ cup molasses
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¾ cup sugar, plus ½ cup for rolling cookies
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1 large apple, peeled and finely diced (1 cup)


1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, or coat with cooking spray.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in large bowl.

3. Whisk together oil, applesauce, and molasses in separate large bowl. Whisk in 3/4 cup sugar. Stir in flour mixture with spatula. Fold in diced apple.

4. Place remaining 1/2 cup sugar in bowl. Roll 1/4 cup dough into ball, then roll ball in sugar. Repeat with remaining dough. Place balls on prepared baking sheets.

5. Put baking sheets in oven, and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until tops of cookies are dry and bottoms are golden brown. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
6 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
30 g
0 mg
127 mg
<1 g
16 g
Makes 20 4-inch cookies

Comments on this Recipe

I'm going to make these tonight as we have a glut of apples, but I am going to use double the applesauce and 1/4 cup of pureed prunes instead of the oil. I've used that in brownies (per the Millineum cookbook...yum!) and it was wonderful. I'll let you know, but it should be good.

Yummie :)

I made these recently and they are so good! Soft and moist and flavorful. I used our local pick-your-own apples (Jonagold) and homemade applesauce (same apples, raw, blended with a little lemon in our Vitamix blender) and they were delicious! Had to share them with my sister so we wouldn't eat the entire batch outright. Will make these again, share with family, and probably send out in care packages.

Absolutely fantastic cookies! I made them last night and they are soft on the inside but keep their shape nicely. Rather than use 1/4 cup of dough for each cookie, I scooped 1 tablespoon of dough - rolled into a ball - and baked for the same amount of time indicated. The sugar is a nice touch, but can be omitted if desired. I will certainly make these again, and again, and again!

Wow. I made these last night and they are to die for. On top of that they are super easy. I also used my vitamix to make applesauce from an apple. I will definitely be making these again! I only used 1/2 cup sugar instead of 3/4 cup, and threw in a little more of each of the spices.

SO good! They just came out of the oven. I used 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 2 cups all-purpose, and 1 chopped up granny smith apple. MMM. Boyfriend says they're my best cookie yet. <3

I've been using white/whole wheat flour for these and a tad less sugar. soft, moist pretty cookie. very easy for kids to make, too. they love making the balls and rolling them in the sugar. no special skills required.

I have had this recipe for over a year and never made them until today! Wow! They are so good! Just like everyone says on their comments; they are soft with a little crunch to them on the outside. Instead of 1 tsp of ginger, I cut it back to 1/4 tsp. I also didn't use the full amount of cinnamon, but cut it back to 1/2 a tsp. They are still good!! =D I am excited to bring these cookies to my church's potluck tomorrow!

these are a delight to make and eat and my whole family agrees that i should bake some more. i did have trouble though, in making my sister and brother wait until they cooled to taste one.

Anyone try using less oil and more applesauce?

I made these yesterday since I was going over to a vegan friend's home for dinner. They were amazing and you'd never even know they were vegan!

I made these yesterday since I was going over to a vegan friend's home for dinner. They were amazing and you'd never even know they were vegan! Definitely use the apples- it makes them taste like apple pie in a cookie!

I've made these several times and love them. I altered the recipe and used spelt, Sugar in the Raw, and fresh grated ginger instead. They still turn out amazing. When I have time I make the homemade applesauce recipe as well. These cookies are the best!

These are amazing- like Fall in a cookie! I just made them for the first time. I added extra apple sauce and only baked them for 18 minutes and they came out perfectly!

I found there wasn't enough liquid ingredients?

I found that using King Arthur White Whole Wheat blend of flour changes the texture just a bit, and I prefer the KA white flour for this. I also tried dried cranberries once just to see. the chopped apple is much preferable, making a softer cookie.

a good recipe to make with kids -- easy mix and they love to roll the balls in the sugar. (Supervise apple chopping of course)

Does anyone recommend using fresh ginger instead of ground ginger? If so, how much fresh ginger should be use?