How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

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If you can’t decide between cake or cookies for dessert, you can have both! Baking cookies from cake mix not only makes them super fluffy and soft, it’s also quick and easy. You can even top your cookies with homemade frosting if you want an extra decadent dessert. Now have your cake and eat it, too (in cookie form, of course)!

How to Choose a Cake Mix

If you want cookies that taste like birthday cake, go with a funfetti or vanilla mix.

If you love chocolate, use devil’s food or dark chocolate cake mix.

If you want something a little fancier, opt for a box of red velvet cake mix.

If you’re craving fruity flavors, try strawberry or lemon cake mix.

If you like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, make your cookies with carrot cake or spice cake mix.

If you want to use your favorite cake mix, go for it! You can pick any flavor or brand of cake mix you’d like.

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Everyone loves a delicious cookie, and these Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies are a perfect treat! They are super easy to make, very flavorful, and a perfect treat to go in the lunchbox or for after dinner. I substitute oil with unsweetened applesauce for a lower calorie option that keeps them moist and delicious!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

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I use a basic strawberry cake mix for these cookies. You could use a sugar-free cake mix if you can find a strawberry flavored one, or potentially use a yellow cake mix and diced fresh strawberries. Both are great options that also give you low point cookies.

Ingredients for Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Directions for Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined.

Spoon onto prepared baking sheet approximately 2″ apart.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until preferred doneness.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

  • 1 box Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined.
  4. Spoon onto prepared baking sheet approximately 2″ apart.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until preferred doneness.

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Note: We top them with 1-2 teaspoons fat-free whipped topping and sprinkles. A small amount of whipped topping is zero points!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Making strawberry cake mix cookies for a special treat is a must. I love strawberry everything, and it’s so easy, even kids can make this one with you. I love using a small melon baller to make scooping them out easy, and always have my wire cooling racks handy since this recipe makes a few dozen cookies.

It’s pretty simple to make muffins using cake mix. They’ll be denser and sweeter than regular muffins. The most common way to make them is to use applesauce as an easy alternative to oil and eggs.

Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. You can also use paper liners if you prefer.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add cake mix to a medium or large mixing bowl. Stir in applesauce and water and mix until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Fill each greased muffin cup about 2/3 full with the batter.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

Cool the finished muffins for 5 minutes in the muffin tins.

Transfer muffins to a cooling rack and let them cool for 5 more minutes before serving.

Cake mix muffins don’t need butter or margarine, but you can add it if desired. If you do, try brushing the tops of the muffins with melted butter—just enough to add a delicious buttery taste.

Try additions like cinnamon, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, blueberries, apples, raisins or pineapple.

Swap the applesauce out for other ingredients. Plain yogurt works in any cake mix. Canned pumpkin or canned sweet potatoes work well with a chocolate, spice or carrot cake mix. Mashed banana is an excellent option in a yellow or chocolate cake mix. For a sweeter muffin, try blueberry or cherry pie filling in a white or chocolate cake mix, or use apple pie filling in a carrot or spice cake mix.

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CAKE MIX APPLE-SPICE COOKIES RECIPE – BETTYCROCKER.COM

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ spice cake mix does double duty as a cookie mix in this recipe. Fresh chopped apple adds a bit of autumn snap to these harvest-time treats.

Provided by Deborah Harroun

Total Time 50 minutes

Prep Time 15 minutes

Number Of Ingredients 5

1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ spice cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup chopped apple
1/3 cup Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting
  • Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, stir together cake mix, oil and eggs until combined and dough forms. Stir in chopped apple.
  • Onto ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove cookies from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • In small microwavable bowl, microwave frosting on High 10 seconds. Drizzle melted frosting over cooled cookies.

Nutrition Facts : ServingSize 1 Serving

APPLESAUCE COOKIES II RECIPE | ALLRECIPES

A very moist spice cookie that people will rave about. Makes a great after-school snack, or a tasty cookie on your Christmas cookie tray.

Provided by WHITEFIVE

Total Time 51 minutes

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 12 minutes

Number Of Ingredients 12

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
¾ cup shortening
1 cup applesauce
2?½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the brown sugar and shortening until smooth. Stir in the egg, and then the applesauce until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; stir into the applesauce mixture. Mix in walnuts and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 77.8 calories, CarbohydrateContent 10.5 g, CholesterolContent 3.1 mg, FatContent 3.8 g, FiberContent 0.4 g, ProteinContent 1 g, SaturatedFatContent 0.8 g, SodiumContent 32.6 mg, SugarContent 5.7 g

These cookies taste like they’re made from scratch, but they have a secret: they only took 10 minutes.

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Making cookies out of cake mix is as easy as pie – oops, cake. It’s a way to get fresh-baked cookies with that made-from-scratch taste, minus the stress of measuring ingredients. Even the most-baking-challenged among us can’t screw up this treat.

All of the dry ingredients are already in the cake mix; your only chore is to add a few additional ingredients: eggs, oil and water. Three ingredients, 5 minutes of prep time, and 10 minutes in the oven. How easy is that? Before you know it, you’ll be eating warm, delicious cookies with a big smile on your face.

You can change up your cookie flavor by reaching for different types of cake mix – chocolate, vanilla, red velvet – whatever strikes your fancy. Think of the cake mix as a blank slate that you can add flavors to by mixing in goodies or frosting them with canned icing. You don’t even have to bake them as individual cookies: you can turn them into a bar if you’d like. The fun thing about cake mix cookies is you have more time to let your creativity run wild when you’re not spending energy measuring out all the ingredients.

By Robin Gagnon | Updated on 01/25/2021

This Strawberry cake mix cookie recipe is a great easy solution when you want some fun pink cookies for the kids and don’t feel like fussing with making regular cookie dough. The strawberry cookies are made from 3 simple ingredients: cake mix, oil and eggs.

So get out your mixing bowl, I’m about to share this super easy strawberry cake mix cookies recipe with you.
How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies – Why Use Cake Mix to Make Cookies?

I’m sure a few of you are wondering why I would use cake mix to make cookies, when cookies are generally pretty easy to make from scratch. The thing is using a box of cake mix omits several steps.

These strawberry cookies are the perfect solution when you either don’t have butter on hand or don’t want to fuss with it. You can use vegetable oil or even a light olive oil to make these strawberry cake cookies. Of course, while I used strawberry, any of the flavors of cake mix available would also work (except Angel Food, that may have issues).

If you enjoy baking with cake mixes in different ways, grab an extra box and make my Strawberry Dump Cake too! It is sort of like a cobbler. They are a fun sweet treat for Valentine’s day!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Kids Love Cake Mix Cookies

Kids love both making and eating these quick easy cookies. You can have these cake mix cookies on the cookie sheets far sooner than most cookie recipes, so kids will be enjoying them sooner. As a bonus… these strawberry cookies made with cake mix are nice big soft pink cookies. My daughter loved them!

Making Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Making Strawberry Cookies from cake mix is crazy easy. Here is a quick visual walk-through of the process, so you can see for yourself. The full printable recipe is below.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

The only ingredients you need to make these strawberry cake cookies is a box of cake mix, ⅓ cup of oil and two eggs. You also need a large bowl and a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat liner.

Yes, you can make these with melted butter if you prefer. I did that in my Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

First beat the eggs and oil together with a whisk. Just beat until smooth.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Then use a large spoon to mix in the cake mix to create the cookie batter. Make sure to break of the dry bits for a smooth consistency. The strawberry cookie dough has a texture about halfway between play dough and soft silly putty.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Scoop two tablespoons sized balls of the pink cookie dough onto the lined baking sheet. You will get 14-16 strawberry cookies in the batch.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Bake the strawberry cake mix cookies for 10-12 minutes. The tops will start to crackle when they are ready.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix
Once the cookies are firm enough to move place them on a baking rack to finish cooling so the family can enjoy.

Dress Up Your Strawberry Cake Cookies

I kept the cookies simple for this batch. I just wanted to show you how easy cake mix cookies are to make. If you want to dress yours up a bit try slathering on a little ready made cake frosting over the top when they are slightly warm or making big sandwich cookies by spreading frosting between two cookies. Of course you could also make strawberry cake mix cookies with white chocolate chips by tossing in some white chocolate chips while mixing the cookie dough. You could even make them heart shaped for Valentines day. They might be good cookies for making my Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Cups too.

Have fun baking!
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This semi-homemade applesauce cake is made by doctoring a plain white or yellow cake mix.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

What do you do when you want to make a cake, but you don’t have a lot of time? make a bundt cake. They are elegant and you can get away from putting a simple glaze on top and calling it good.

What do you do when you want to make a cake, but you are out of flour…but just happen to have a box of cake mix in the pantry? Make a doctored cake, so it tastes homemade. This applesauce bundt cake recipe is the result of no flour and little time!

I like to pretend this applesauce cake is healthy. It is lower in fat because I replace the oil with applesauce, but it still has all the sugar of a regular cake. However, it is delicious enough that it can be eaten either with a thin glaze or without any icing which does reduce the sugar consumption.

What kind of cake mix is used in applesauce cake?

You can use a yellow cake mix, a white cake mix, or a vanilla cake mix. A spice cake mix can also be used, but if you do reduce the apple pie spice to 1 teaspoon.

I have tried this recipe with multiple different cake mixes from 15.25 ounces to 21 ounces. If you use a package of cake mix that has 18 ounces or more, increase the applesauce to 2 cups.

What kind of applesauce is used in applesauce cake?

I prefer to use unsweetened applesauce and that is what is called for in my recipe, but if you don’t have any on hand you can alter the recipe to use the type of applesauce in your pantry.

If you use unsweetened cinnamon applesauce, reduce the apple pie spice to 1 1/2 teaspoon.

You can use sweetened applesauce if that is all you have on hand, but you should add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to offset the added sugar.

If you use sweetened cinnamon applesauce, reduce the apple pie spice to 1 1/2 teaspoon and add 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Easy Applesauce Bundt Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 package yellow or white cake mix (You can use Pamela’s Classic Vanilla Cake mix to make this gluten-free.)
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened applesauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Pour the batter into a greased Bundt cake pan or 13 x 9 pan.
  4. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes for a bundt cake, 30 – 35 minutes for a 13 x 9 pan, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove the cake and allow it to continue cooling.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Once the cake is cool, you can leave the cake plain, sprinkle it with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar, or you can drizzle the white chip cinnamon glaze recipe below.

White Chip Cinnamon Glaze Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, heat evaporated milk until it reaches a boil.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add chips; stir until smooth.
  4. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  5. Drizzle over cake.
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How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Eggs offer leavening, structure and moisture to baked goods. However, if you are on a special diet or you just happen to be out of eggs when the desire to bake strikes, applesauce makes for a seamless substitute in bread, muffins, brownies, cakes and more. When baking with applesauce, your recipe will turn out fluffy and rich, since the applesauce makes for a moist and slightly sweet binder in place of eggs.

Adjusting for Applesauce

The nice thing about applesauce is that most of the time, you don’t have to adjust your recipe when using it to replace eggs. For every egg that the recipe calls for, 1/4 cup of applesauce may be substituted. If you are using a boxed cake or brownie mix, there is nothing else to add. However, if you are baking from scratch, make sure that the recipe calls for baking powder. If it doesn’t, add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to the recipe for each 1/4 cup of applesauce. This will ensure your cake, bread or cookies come out light and fluffy.

Getting Choosy

When choosing applesauce for baked goods, unsweetened applesauce is the best option. Your recipe is sweet enough without adding extra sugars to the mix by using the sweetened version. If you add sweetened applesauce to the recipe, it may make the end product too sweet. To ensure that your recipe comes out as close to the original as possible, unsweetened applesauce is the way to go.

What’s the Taste Difference?

Some recipes are better suited to a substitution of applesauce for eggs than others. Yellow boxed cake complements the slight fruitiness of applesauce beautifully. White boxed cake is also well-suited for applesauce substitutions. Sweet fruit muffins, such as cranberry or banana nut muffins, and spiced breads work well with applesauce because the flavors do not compete with it. You’ll hardly notice a difference in brownies because the chocolate tends to overpower the apple flavor of applesauce.

Proceed with Caution

When you replace eggs with applesauce in baking, the fat content of the recipe is greatly reduced. Lower fat baking requires a shorter baking time to ensure that the good does not dry out or burn. If baking for guests, remember to let them know that you’ve baked with applesauce, as some people may have a fruit allergy and are likely not expecting a slice of cake or cookie to contain apple products. Substituting applesauce for eggs does not work well in pies because the the applesauce doesn’t give the pie the same structure that eggs do. For best results, look for other egg substitutes when baking pies.

How to make an easy apple bread recipe with a box of cake mix and applesauce. This has real apple pieces in it for a delicious cake mix apple bread that can be made in just a few minutes.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

We have an orchard, so there’s no shortage of apples or applesauce here on the farm. I’m always looking for ways to use applesauce, and this apple spice bread recipe is the perfect way to use my home canned applesauce.

This apple pie bread with cake mix is easy to make with a boxed cake mix. It can be made in one bowl in just a few minutes, and you can make it as muffins or a quick apple spice bread.

This cake mix apple bread freezes well, so make two loaves and save one for later. Or make it as an apple muffin recipe and freeze leftovers for a quick breakfast idea.

Using cake mixes for semi-homemade cooking is a great way to have home baked goods without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I use cake mixes to make easy spice cake pumpkin muffins and easy cake mix pumpkin bread.

You can also use a box of cake mix to make a Dunkaroo dip recipe or the best s’mores cookie recipe or red velvet cake mix cookies recipe. Check out these boxed cake mix hacks or try one of these 47 recipes from box cake mix. For brownies, try these boxed brownie mix hacks.

For more bread recipes, check out these posts:

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

What is Quick Bread?

This easy cake mix apple bread is a quick bread. Quick breads use baking soda and baking powder to rise instead of using yeast. They are easier to make since you don’t need to let the yeast proof.

The baking soda and baking powder are in the cake mix, so you don’t have to add more of either one to make an easy apple bread recipe.

How to Use Cake Mix to Make an Apple Spice Bread Recipe

Cake mixes already have the leavening agents, baking powder and baking soda, as well as flour and salt. Therefore, they are perfect to use to make an apple bread made with cake mix.

You will just need to combine the cake mix with the applesauce. I usually use my home canned applesauce. If you buy applesauce from the store, then I recommend using an unsweetened natural applesauce.

Applesauce makes a great substitute for oil in quick breads. I almost always use applesauce instead of the oil, so you don’t need to add the other ingredients from the box of cake mix to make apple bread made with cake mix.

I used a spice cake mix. However, you can also use a white cake mix or a yellow cake mix. You will need to add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or 1.5 teaspoons apple pie spice.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Apple Spice Bread Variations

This apple bread from cake mix is a basic recipe, but you can customize it.

  • Add 1 to 3 eggs for a fluffy easy apple bread recipe. Follow the directions on the back of the cake box.
  • Use a white cake mix or yellow cake mix to make apple pie bread with cake mix. Just add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or 1.5 teaspoons apple pie spice.
  • Add chopped pecans or walnuts.
  • Add the oil from the cake mix to make your cake mix apple bread super moist.
  • Add cinnamon baking chips.
  • Top with cinnamon sugar.

Best Apples for Apple Pie Bread With Cake Mix

You can use pretty much any apple to make apple spice bread recipe. If you are choosing apples just for this recipe, then I recommend using one of the following:

  • Honeycrisp
  • Granny Smith
  • Gala
  • Fuji

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Easy Apple Bread Recipe Tips and Tricks

This is an easy recipe, but here are some tips for the best apple pie bread easy recipe:

  • This recipe makes one loaf of apple spice bread recipe or 12 muffins. You can make muffins with this easy apple bread recipe by baking them at 400 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or at 375 degrees F for 23 to 28 minutes.
  • Don’t overmix the batter because this can cause the apple spice bread to be dense.
  • Watch the apple pie bread easy recipe and be careful not to overbake. Insert a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, then the bread or muffins are done.

How Long Does Apple Bread Made With Cake Mix Last?

This easy apple bread recipe will last about two days on the counter in an airtight container. You can also store it in the fridge for up to five days.

Apple spice bread freezes very well. I wrap it in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Then freeze for up to two months.

Cake Mix Apple Bread Ingredients

To make apple pie bread with cake mix, you will need:

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Apple Spice Bread Directions

Step #1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step #2

In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, applesauce, and diced apple until just combined.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Step #3

Pour the cake mix apple bread batter into a nonstick bread pan. You can spray the pan with a nonstick spray or natural parchment paper if desired.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Step #4

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool and serve. You can easy this cake mix apple bread plain or with real butter on top. It’s also good with this Crock Pot apple butter recipe or this easy pumpkin butter.

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Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Beat cake mix, eggs, and oil together in a bowl to form a thick batter. Fold raisins and walnuts into batter; drop by large spoonfuls onto a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until tops are no longer moist, 9 to 12 minutes.

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I forgot I needed to bring a dessert to a Christmas party! I had a spice cake mix and this sounded easy . but I also didn’t have any raisins. I chopped up some dried mangos instead. It turned out great. The nut and fruit combination was perfect for Christmas. Thank You!!

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All of these similar cake mix cookies are pretty good. But the cake mixes have shrunk to more like 15 oz. This means you need to reduce the oil a bit. Or I’ve used 2 boxes of mix with 3 extra large eggs and 3/4 to 4/5 c oil. Would be great to update the recipes. I usually add 1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla. For spice cake batter, a dash more pumpkin spice (or at least cinnamon). For chocolate cake mix, I add a Tbsp or so of cocoa to make it a bit richer and cut sweet/sweet taste.

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All of these similar cake mix cookies are pretty good. But the cake mixes have shrunk to more like 15 oz. This means you need to reduce the oil a bit. Or I’ve used 2 boxes of mix with 3 extra large eggs and 3/4 to 4/5 c oil. Would be great to update the recipes. I usually add 1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla. For spice cake batter, a dash more pumpkin spice (or at least cinnamon). For chocolate cake mix, I add a Tbsp or so of cocoa to make it a bit richer and cut sweet/sweet taste.

I forgot I needed to bring a dessert to a Christmas party! I had a spice cake mix and this sounded easy . but I also didn’t have any raisins. I chopped up some dried mangos instead. It turned out great. The nut and fruit combination was perfect for Christmas. Thank You!!

I make these with some kind of chopped nut (macadamia or almond slivers) and white chocolate chips. It’s our all time favorite. And couldn’t be easier. Going to make and bring to Paint & Pastries night tonight. 🙂

Took the advice of other poster and cut back on the oil. I hadn’t thought to check the size of the cake mix. Like so many products the sizes of packages are smaller. I also added cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to spice it up.

Super easy to make, these cookies turned out with a nice, slightly crispy outside and soft inside. I’ll definitely make these again!

I love cake mix cookies. they’re so versatile. My favorite is carrot cake with raisins or craisins and white chocolate chips. Depending on where they’re going, I may add nuts, either macadamia, pecans. or cashews. I always keep extra boxes of cake mix on hand just for quick cookies.

Easy recipe. A new favorite! I would eat all of them if I could get away with it! These remind me of something my grandma would make. I’ve made this a few times already and have also baked in a 13×9 to make into bar cookies.

Used dried cranberries instead of raisins.. Drizzled cooled cookies with glaze made with powdered sugar, powdered ginger, and orange juice.

yum yum, I couldn’t believe how easy to make they were 🙂

yum yum, I couldn’t believe how easy to make they were 🙂

I had a spice cake mix on hand and didn’t really want to make a cake out of it so I looked up cookie recipes and there it was. They turned out really well. I never had raisins, so I added coconut instead. I will be making them again.

This was so quick and easy to make. It would be great during the winter holidays and without a lot of fuss to make. I could not find an 18.25oz box of mix. I used the biggest one I could find (Duncan Hines, 16.5oz) and took the advice of another reviewer and reduced the amount of oil used. (I used a 1/2c measuring cup, but left out about 1/4″ from the top). I only used 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and substituted the raisins for a 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. When cooked, they don’t flatten out, they stay rounded and thick. The cookies were light and fluffy. I would definitely will make them again.

Loved it! Tasted like oatmeal cookies minus the oatmeal.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

An Applesauce Cake recipe that is a moist cake, rich with flavour and stuffed with plump juicy raisins. The natural sweetness from the applesauce and fruit creates an awesome flavor with every bite.

A simple cake made with simple ingredients, it’s one of my favorite fall desserts. I literally serve this for brunch, and sometimes, because I’m an adult, I’ll enjoy a piece with my cup of coffee in the morning.

Easy recipes are what we’re about with this amazingly moist applesauce cake. Why stress over anything complicated when you can bake perfection with this simple cake recipe?

And lovingly wrapped in Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting? Yes, please!

You could call it Cinnamon Applesauce Cake. I’ll call it delicious.

I baked it in a bundt pan, but you could use a regular 8 x 8 cake pan too. You have baking options because this cake recipe made with applesauce is versatile.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mixHave a slice of this yummy Applesauce Cake – and just look at all that frosting!

Now if you are looking for a healthy applesauce cake recipe, you could leave off the cream cheese frosting. But…

It really kinda makes the cake!

I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to our basic cream cheese frosting recipe (we’ve got a video for that!) and it’s really just so good.

There are lots of applesauce cake recipes out there too! Ina Garten, the Pioneer Woman, and Southern Living all have great recipes.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Applesauce Cake Recipe

I found this recipe in my Grandma’s Recipe Ledger – so it’s certainly a vintage recipe and one that’s been in the family recipe archives for generations.

This is an Applesauce Spice Cake. It feeds a crowd – just like our awesome carrot cake recipe or no bake apple pie lasagna.

But here’s the thing.

What about some Applesauce Muffins?

Frosted with some yummy Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting? You can create any family recipe that you want with the simple ingredients and steps!

Yep, that got your attention, didn’t it. It definitely got mine!

So let’s go bake together ok? I promise that this moist and delicious cake recipe is one that you’re going to love to make over and over again.

When you have a simple cake recipe this good, you have to keep it close so that you can refer to it always.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Ingredients you will need to bake your own Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake Recipe

  • unsalted butter
  • brown sugar
  • eggs
  • molasses
  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • cloves
  • ground flax
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • raisins

Want to try something different with an Applesauce Bundt Cake?

Try this cinnamon cream cheese glaze!

  • ½ pkg cream cheese
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 to 5 tsp vanilla flavoured coffee cream.

Just mix it all up and drizzle it all over your cake. Yum. Yum.

How to make the best Applesauce Cake

This is one of my favorite apple desserts and sweet cakes to make. It’s perfect for the holiday season and is truly a decadent dessert. When it comes to making homemade dessert recipes, you’re going to love this apple flavor.

Step 1: Mix the ingredients

Use unsweetened applesauce in a jar – try to get an organic brand. It’s so much easier and has the right texture for cakes.

Measure your flour by using a spoon to fill your measuring cup, then use a knife to level it off.

Then sift it with your other dry ingredients in a medium bowl- baking powder, salt and spices. It’s an extra step, but makes your cakes so much better!

Use a large bowl with a stand mixer to get the butter and sugars well blended – or a hand mixer if that’s what you have. Either one are fine.

I recommend using medium speed to mix them up.

Step Two: Add the flour

Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs)

Step Three: Cool the cake

Let your cake cool completely before frosting.

How long do you bake a cake?

Not sure about how long to bake your cake? Try the lower range of the times given. You can always add a few minutes if your cake isn’t fully baked.

How do you know when a cake is done baking?

Use a toothpick or wooden skewer to test the centre of your cake. If it comes out clean, then the cake is fully baked and ready to cool on a wire rack.

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Cake Baking FAQs

How do you make applesauce cake from scratch?

Use this recipe! It’s one of my Grandma’s favourites, and dates back to the early 1960’s. So easy and versatile, this applesauce cake recipe bakes up into a cake, or makes delicious muffins!

Can I use applesauce instead of oil in a cake?

Yes, absolutely. We use a combination, so that there is less oil, and therefore fewer calories. Our amazing carrot cake recipe uses part applesauce and part oil for a very moist, yummy cake. Just like this applesauce cake recipe.

Does this cake need to be refrigerated?

If you are leaving your cake naked, no frosting, then you can leave it out at room temperature for about three days. If you add our yummy Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting then it needs to go in the fridge.

What toppings can you add to the top of the cake?

This is the best part about this easy cake recipe! You can easily top it with anything that you’d like! I think that this easy applesauce cake tastes great with frosting or you can opt to use powdered sugar or even a caramel sauce drizzled instead.

You can also use caramel frosting, or even just serve this delicious homemade applesauce cake with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream as well!

A Delicious Applesauce Cake For You!

Just the wonderful smells from baking this cake will gather everyone in your home! The rich molasses, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg all blend to give you a moist, dense cake. Almost like a pound cake.

This is a perfect cake that is meant to be savored, with friends and family, and a delicious cup of coffee.

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How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line cookie sheets with parchment.

Whisk flour, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, applesauce, and vanilla bean paste until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix on low until combined. Scrape down bottom and sides of bowl.

Portion onto prepared sheets using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop. Bake for 12 minutes or until the tops bounce back when lightly pressed. Remove to a wire cooling rack.

Once completely cooled, make the glaze. Whisk powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla bean paste. The mixture will seem thick at first, then it will loosen. Spoon or pipe over the cooled cookies.

Have you had a chance to try our Instant Pot applesauce yet? I don’t want to be dramatic, but it’s changed my life. I’m now craving applesauce with every meal—and that didn’t happen when I was buying those little cups.

So, we’ve all heard of “pork chops and applesauce” a la Peter Brady, but how about some ways to use applesauce that maybe you’ve never considered?

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1 – Ice cream sundae sauce

Heat 1/2 cup applesauce with 1 tablespoon light brown sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon. Once warm, spoon over vanilla bean ice cream and top with chopped toasted pecans. It rivals apple pie—and that’s saying something.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

2 – Cheese board accoutrement

Add a little ramekin of homemade applesauce (no cinnamon, please) to your next cheese board. It’s just the right amount of unexpected sweetness paired with cheese and crackers.

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3 – Applesauce cookies

Yes, applesauce can be used as a fat replacement in recipes (I think the best application for replacement is in muffins), but what about really letting the applesauce shine? Applesauce cookies are light, fluffy, and soft with a mild apple flavor. Perfect for fall outings!

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4 – Potato pancake topping

You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a potato pancake with applesauce and sour cream. Trust me on this one. Make Meseidy’s potato pancakes (they’re the base for this recipe); you can even use instant mashed potatoes! Hint: make the potato pancakes ahead of time and reheat in a skillet or the oven just before serving.

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5 – Oatmeal stir-in

Oh, oatmeal really doesn’t get cozier than this! Cook up oatmeal using your favorite method, top with a generous swirl of applesauce and chopped pecans. Comfort food breakfast for fall!

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6 – Peanut butter spread

Stir equal amount peanut butter and homemade applesauce until smooth. Spread on toast, bagels, crumpets, graham crackers, you name it. I actually prefer this to straight peanut butter toast. It’s so light and delectable!

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Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies, a healthier cookie, the perfect snack or dessert. A delicious homemade applesauce makes these cookies even yummier! Everyone will love these including kids.

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I haven’t posted a recipe for cookies in a while, but when I found Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies in my mother’s recipe cards, I knew I had to try them.

Sweetened with less sugar and more applesauce I guess you could call them a healthier cookie.

Since I can’t get applesauce in Italy I made my own. So simple and easy, very similar to my Apple Pie Filling.

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More Apple Recipes you may enjoy!

I added very little water because I needed a thick applesauce for these Cinnamon Apple Sauce Cookies. Canned works just fine, but what the heck it really doesn’t take long to make it homemade.

And it is so good and probably a lot healthier than canned.

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I have made these Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies a few times, and a couple of times I made the dough with my food processor. Mix it all together, no need to refrigerate the dough, make it and bake it.

They come out soft, moist and almost cake like and you can dust them with a little powdered sugar if you like or eat plain.

I noticed my Mom had written that they were better if you to let them rest for a day before eating, so that the cinnamon and apple would mingle really well together. Can’t say they lasted that long in my house.

Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies

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I have never seen cookies go so fast. (actually the Thick Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies came really close).

A friend of ours came over for coffee in the morning, ate a couple of cookies and then came back in the afternoon for another coffee and another couple of cookies. He said they were that good. Enjoy!

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I used to see recipes for “skinny” cakes, cookies, and brownies and think….Yeah right! What’s the point of even EATING these delish baked goods if you’re simply going to “ruin” them with healthy stuff!? 😉 Well, I have swallowed my pride…eaten my words…changed my tune…turned over a new leaf …and any other cliche you can think of…because after trying a few substitutions of my own I’m a believer! You CAN have your lowfat cake and eat/enjoy it too!

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While I haven’t tried ALL of these ideas…I have seen each of them in several different places on Pinterest and on different websites…so I feel good about presenting them as an option for your consideration.

Just keep THIS in mind as you peruse the following “skinny” offerings:

If a recipe calls for 1/2 cup butter and you substitute 1/4 cup applesauce for half of the butter, you’ll save 44 grams of fat and 400 calories! Enough said.

“Skinny” FAT Substitutions:

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To lighten up cakes and cupcakes, replace the fat with the same amount of light sour cream and natural applesauce. For example, if the box calls for 1/2 cup oil, replace it with 1/4 cup light sour cream and 1/4 cup applesauce. The cake is moist without being greasy and tastes great!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Switch out half of the butter in a cookie recipe for mashed avocado. This simple change will reduce fat content by 40% and cut the number of calories by nearly as much. You’ll still get the creaminess of butter and the fatty taste, but this substitution knocks out some of the “bad for you” saturated fat in favor of the “good for you” monounsaturated kind.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

A substitution for oil or shortening: If you are substituting OIL, smash up canned (or cooked) beans and add enough of the bean juice to make it liquidy (not quite as runny as the oil, but a little more than mashed beans). If you are substituting for SHORTENING, mash the beans up without the bean juice. When measuring, the ratio is 1:1 (1 teaspoon of oil to 1 teaspoon of liquidy beans, OR 1 cup shortening to 1 cup mashed beans). If you are baking brownies, use black beans, if you are making banana bread or zucchini bread, use pinto beans. The basic rule is to use whatever colored bean would match your end product.

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Combine 1 boxed cake mix, 1 cup plain greek yogurt and 1 cup water. Mix together and bake according to directions on the cake mix box. Works best with Devil’s Food Cake mix, but experiment! The texture is similar to a cross between a cake and a brownie. Use a 9 x 9 inch pan for a thicker cake. Makes 12 servings at approximately 180 calories each.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Diet Soda Pop Cake and Cupcakes

There are a few different variations out there of this idea…the two most common being:

  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix & 1 (12 oz.) can Diet 7-Up (or Diet Sprite)
    -OR-
  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix & 1 (12 oz.) can Diet Coke (or Diet Cherry Coke)

Mix together the soda and cake mix until smooth. Leave out the butter/oil/eggs if the mix calls for it. Mix ONLY the cake mix and can of soda pop. Bake according to directions on the box. Test with a toothpick to ensure that the cake is cooked in the center. Makes 12 servings at approximately 171 calories each.

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Diet Coke Brownies

  • 1 box fudge brownie mix
  • 1 (12 oz.) can Diet Coke

Mix together the soda and cake mix until smooth. Leave out the butter/oil/eggs if the mix calls for it. Mix ONLY the cake mix and can of soda pop. Bake according to directions on the box. Test with a toothpick to ensure that the cake is cooked in the center. Each brownie is approximately 105 calories.

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Lemon Cool Whip Cookies

  • 8 oz. container of Cool Whip
  • 1 boxed Lemon cake mix
  • Juice of one lemon

Mix together the lemon cake mix and Cool Whip (you could also use Lite or Fat Free). Squeeze in the juice of one lemon. Spoon onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Optional: Mix lemon juice and powdered sugar to make a glaze. Drizzle over cookies while still warm. (OK, that part’s not so “skinny”, but it sure sounds good!)

What are YOUR favorite “skinny” cake, cookie, & brownie substitutions?

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Want to know what is better than 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies? 4 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies! The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in cookie heaven. The only thing wrong with it, is that I didn’t think of it sooner! These sweet babies are epic and I can’t wait for you to try them. Keep scrolling to see how you can make them for yourself.

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I have always been a chocolate and peanut butter fan. If I am going to buy a candy bar you can bet that it will be a peanut butter cup, every.single.time.

Of course, if we can wrap that all of that goodness up into a cookie that makes it even better. I literally couldn’t get enough of these bad boys.

We all know that cookies make me happy and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies are no exception. I plan on making them again this week.

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How to Make Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies with Peanut Butter with 4 Ingredients

Combine the chocolate cake mix , peanut butter, melted butter and eggs.

Can I Substitute Oil for the Butter in this Recipe?

Yes, because we are using melted butter you can absolutely use oil in this recipe. The fat in the recipe is really what keeps these cookies soft, so either works.

I just prefer the taste of butter, especially when combined with peanut butter.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Mix with a hand held mixer until combined. The dough will be thick and a bit crumbly but that is exactly how it is supposed to be.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

If you use your hands to knead the dough, it will come together into a nice dough.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Using a medium cookie scoop <1.5 tablespoon>, scoop dough into a bowl of sugar. Roll scoop of dough completely in sugar.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Using the tines of a fork, press down into the top of each cookie. Then press the tines into each cookie going the other direction to make a crisscross pattern.

Why do Peanut Butter Cookies have Fork Marks?

There are a couple reasons for peanut butter cookies to have fork marks. First of all, most peanut butter cookie dough is pretty dense. So putting the fork marks in the cookies flattens the dough and allows for a more even baking.

It also is a really iconic part of peanut butter cookies, so it can warn people with peanut allergies to stay away from the cookies.

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How to Tell When your Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are Done?

Normally you would be able to tell if the peanut butter cookies were done when the edges were turning light brown. That is a little different when you are using a cake mix because you really don’t want to over bake cake mix cookies.

That is especially true when you are using a chocolate cake mix. See all of my cake mix cookie baking tips here.

Bake your Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes. They may appear to be slightly underdone but remove them from the oven.

Then let them cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes. This will allow them to continue to bake slightly and set up nicely. Move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Grab one to dip in a nice cold glass of milk and enjoy. Better yet…the weather is getting warm, so go outside and eat them in the sunshine.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies just keep getting better and better!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Applesauce cake is an incredibly tasty cake flavored with applesauce and your favorite fall spices. It’s loaded with raisins and walnuts for more texture, to boot!

This cake is ultra-fluffy, but thanks to the applesauce, it’s also ridiculously moist. With its perfectly balanced flavors and textures, this cake has it all!

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Best of all, it’s so easy to make. All you’ll need is one bowl. And once it’s in the oven, the aroma is to die for!

Looking for a delicious, hearty, and cozy cake that’s also a breeze to make? Applesauce cake is the answer.

Applesauce Cake

Applesauce cake may be excellent for autumn, but it’s also perfect all-year-round.

I mean, how can you resist the flavors of apples, cinnamon, and cloves in a soft, fluffy, and moist cake?

Apart from flavor, applesauce also makes the cake unbelievably moist. It’s an ingredient you’ll want to substitute in other cakes, too!

Ingredients

  • Butter or Margarine – This adds moisture and richness to the cake. A mild-flavored oil such as vegetable or coconut oil works too.
  • Granulated Sugar – For a perfectly sweet cake. You can also use brown sugar for a deeper flavor and a moister cake.
  • Applesauce – Unlike other ingredients that you’ll want to use at room temperature, the applesauce has to be chilled for this recipe.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour is best, but you can also use whole wheat flour for a healthier cake. The cake will still be nice and fluffy.
  • Baking Soda – The leavening agent in charge of making the batter rise into a super-fluffy cake.
  • Ground Cinnamon and Cloves – For that warming autumn flavor. You can’t go wrong with the flavor combination of apples, cinnamon, and cloves!
  • Raisins – For more sweetness and chewy texture contrast.
  • Walnuts – For that wonderful crunch.

Tips for the Best Cake

  • This recipe calls for creaming the butter and sugar. This process is required to make your applesauce cake rise.

Beating the ingredients creates air pockets in the batter, which when mixed with the baking soda, causes it to expand. It may sound so technical, but it’s actually easy.

Beat softened butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until it’s pale yellow and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape the sides with a rubber spatula. That’s it!

  • Use smooth and thick applesauce for the recipe. If yours has chunks in it, blend it in a food processor until smooth.
  • The recipe tells you to grease the pan with butter or margarine and dust it with flour to avoid sticking. But you can also line the pan with parchment paper instead. Leave over-hang on the sides to help you take out the cake from the pan post-baking.
  • Do not over-cook the cake. Check for doneness at the 35-minute mark.
  • Use the toothpick test to check for doneness. Stick a toothpick into the center of the cake. You’ll know it’s done baking if the toothpick comes out clean.
  • Aside from raisins and walnuts, you can also load the cake with chocolate chips. Chocolate makes everything better!
  • Store applesauce cake in a sealable container, with a piece of paper towel on top to keep its moisture. You can leave it on the countertop for up to a week.
  • For a longer shelf-life, store the cake in the freezer instead. Wrap the slices individually with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Place them in Ziplock bags and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • To thaw the frozen cake, place it in the fridge overnight.

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How to Top Applesauce Cake

Applesauce cake is already amazing as it is, but there are ways to dress it up for more flavor and a prettier look. Here are some ideas:

  • Dust it with powdered sugar. It’s so easy, but it adds such a nice charm to the cake.
  • Drizzle it with honey. Its thick, syrupy consistency adds a nice contrast to the moist and fluffy cake.
  • Top it with sugar glaze for that fantastic festive feel.

To make, stir together half a cup of powdered sugar and a tablespoon of milk. Once the mixture is smooth and lump-free, drizzle it over the cooled cake.

Wait 15 minutes to dry the glaze and serve. Yum!

  • Slather it with cream cheese frosting for more sweetness and a subtle tangy flavor.

To make, beat half a cup of butter until pale and fluffy. Beat in 8 ounces of cream cheese until the mixture is smooth.

Gradually add in 2 to 3 cups of powdered sugar until you get a thick, pipeable frosting. That’s it! So easy.

Can I Make Applesauce Muffins With This?

Totally! You can use the very same recipe to make muffins.

Just pour the batter into muffin a muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 to 20 minutes or until the tops are golden.

Insert a toothpick into the center to check for doneness. It should come out clean.

Once baked, let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

These applesauce oatmeal cookies are so easy to make and healthy enough to eat for breakfast. It takes less than five minutes to prepare the cookie dough. The cookies are soft and chewy and can be customized with mix-ins of your choice.
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I love easy cookie recipes and this one is definitely one of the easiest. It took me about 3 minutes to mix the dough. This recipe is similar to my 2 ingredient banana oatmeal cookies, but made with applesauce instead.

Ingredients

  • Applesauce
  • Quick Oats
  • Mix-In of your choice (dried fruit, chocolate chips)

You will want to use quick oats rather than steel cut oats or rolled oats for this recipe because quick oats cook faster and don’t require as much liquid to soften.

Cookie Sweetness

The cookies are barely sweet on their own because the recipe uses unsweetened applesauce. Yes, unsweetened applesauce is still sweet but it’s not really sweet enough once you add in the oats. Of course, if you are looking for a low sugar recipe or don’t mind that the cookies are only a little bit sweet, you can make them without any mix-ins.

To add sweetness to the cookies, you’ll want to include a sweet mix-in like dried fruit or chocolate (use a refined sugar free chocolate to keep the cookies free of refined sugar). I usually use dried cranberries or raisins but I used some chopped chocolate for the ones in the photos. If you don’t want to add any mix-ins but you want sweeter cookies, you can also add in about 1 tbsp of maple syrup to the cookie dough (I did that for some of the cookies in the photos).
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Cookie Texture

These cookies are not classic oatmeal cookies. Instead, they are soft and chewy and taste like baked oatmeal in cookie form.
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How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Nothing beats homemade baked goods, but sometimes when time is short it’s okay to cheat and use those oh-so-convenient boxes of cake or muffin mix. In general, it’s better–and cheaper–to opt for cake or muffin mix over the ready-made packaged cakes or bakery muffins because you can still exercise some control over the contents.

Bear in mind that the popular brands of cake or muffin mix will have a long list of ingredients, usually beginning with sugar, enriched bleached flour, and in many cases–despite a 0 grams trans fats claim–partially hydrogenated soybean oil. This is before you add the eggs, oil, and water called for in the instructions. Organic cake mixes have a much shorter ingredient list, but will still require eggs, oil or butter to be added.

Tips for Decreasing Fat Content

The good news is that it is possible to minimize the amount of extra fat and cholesterol you add to the dry ingredients by making key substitutions that will still result in perfectly delicious baked treats. Here are some suggestions:

  • Use Less Oil: Cooking oil isn’t so bad; it’s better than using butter, but make sure you use canola oil, which has a healthier profile than most other cooking oils, with only 1 gram of saturated fat and 0 milligrams of cholesterol per tablespoon. Even so, reduce the amount of oil called for from 1/3 cup to a 1/4 cup.
  • Go Without Oil: To eliminate extra fat altogether, substitute the oil with drained applesauce, fat-free yogurt, or fat-free sour cream.
  • Boost Nutrition: Add some mashed banana to muffin mixes and a sprinkling of oats. Taking a leaf out of Hungry Girl’s book, try adding pumpkin purée to a box of brownie mix for some deliciously dense fat-free fudgy brownies.
  • Replace Whole Eggs: Instead, use two whites per whole egg—to cut cholesterol or use an egg substitute.
  • Diet Soda: No oil, no eggs, just cake mix and diet soda. Some people swear by this method.

Frosting Your Cake

So now you’ve baked your cake, what about frosting it? Many baked goods are perfectly delicious with just a dusting of powdered sugar. This works well on top of chocolate cake or brownies. But if it’s frosting you want, don’t ruin your slimmed-down cake by spreading store-bought canned frosting on it. Unfortunately, there’s simply no way to dress it up to be anything other than unhealthy. Still a source of trans fats, canned frosting should be a definite no-no.

For convenience, one box of frosting mix that’s worth seeking out is Dr. Oetker Organics, which offers chocolate or vanilla icing mixes (plus organic cakes mixes, brownie mixes, and cookie mixes). While these icing mixes call for 1/3 cup of butter, you could replace the butter with an oil-based spread that can be used in baking, such as the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” sticks, which have 50 percent less saturated fat and no cholesterol per serving, or “Smart Balance Butter Blend Sticks,” which have close to 30 percent less saturated fat than butter.

Alternatively, drizzle cakes with a quick and easy icing made from powdered sugar, and a little lemon juice. For chocolate cakes, blend powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and a little hot water to make a chocolate drizzle.

It’s Still Cake

Enjoy your lower fat cake, but do remember that just because you’ve lowered fat and cholesterol, doesn’t mean you get to eat a bigger slice or have second helpings.

Finally, one other thing to consider is making mini muffins or mini cupcakes with the mix instead of the regular-sized versions. This is a great way to practice portion control.

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An amazingly delicious, old fashioned Applesauce Cake recipe! It’s a super soft and moist cake, similar to carrot cake but rather with a light apple flavor and plenty of autumn spices!

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An Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe

Who can resist a simple, flavorful, homestyle cake just like Grandma would have made? This cake is just that!

It’s brimming with applesauce, generously speckled with warm spices throughout, there’s just enough sweetness, and it’s all balanced with a rich cream cheese frosting to polish it off.

It’s an autumn cake worthy of celebrations, bringing to the holiday dinner parties, nice for gifting, or just a great applesauce snack cake to have in the fridge to enjoy after dinner throughout the week.

You’ll find it’s so good in fact that it really doesn’t even need a frosting if you aren’t feeling up to it. That’s right, a cake so good you can even skip the frosting!

A luscious cake that will have you savoring every tempting bite!

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Applesauce Cake Recipe Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE

  • 2 1/4 cups (318 g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) brown sugar (break up any clumps with fingertips)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, nearly at room temperature
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, soft
  • 3 cups (360 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

See below for printable recipe in recipe box.

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Savor the warm feelings of comfort and contentment from this Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake, a long-time favorite recipe. Bake a slice of nice today

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Duncan Hines® Moist Deluxe® Spice Cake Mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups applesauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 container Duncan Hines® Creamy Home-Style Classic Vanilla Frosting
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Grease and flour 13×9-inch pan.
  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, applesauce and oil in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in nuts. Pour into bake pan.
  3. Bake at 350 ºF for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto cooling rack. Turn right-side up. Cool completely.
  4. For frosting, combine frosting and cinnamon;. Stir until blended. Spread over cooled cake.

Comments

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Wow big hit. My family loved it

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

I use pumpkin instead of applesauce in this recipe.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

My whole family loves this!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

I put sliced apples with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon on the bottom my baking dish, topped with cake batter, then iced with Buttercream Icing, turned out amazing and definitely make it again!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Moist and light. This was a big hit at the card party.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Due to allergies we do oats instead of nuts and chuncky home made apple sause. Its kinda a cross between an apple crisp and cake!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

This is one of our family’s favourites – and so easy. Who would have thought the simple addition of a bit of cinnamon in the icing would make such a difference. I do in a bundt pan and sprinkle toasted coconut or chopped nuts on the top.

With apple picking season just around the corner, I decided it was time to dig out my favorite apple recipes, including this Glazed Apple Coffee Cake Recipe.

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather starts to cool down enough that you can easily go out and enjoy a trip to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch.

And although most of you have most likely already ordered your first Pumpkin Latte, I dedicate the month of September to everything apple related. Then, of course, October becomes Pumpkin-mania!

Our Favorite Apple Recipes

  • Instant Pot Apple Butter
  • Slow Cooker Apple Butter
  • Classic Apple Pie
  • Apple Hand Pies
  • Creamy Caramel Apple Dip
  • Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce
  • Instant Pot Apple Sauce
  • Instant Pot Caramel Apple Cheesecake
  • Quinoa Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bowl

And now, we can add this Glazed Apple Coffee Cake to the list as well! Not only does it taste fantastic, it is super easy to make!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

With the help of a cake mix, you will have the batter made and in the oven in a matter of minutes! And within the hour you will be able to sit back and enjoy a sweet breakfast treat or a dessert with your family and friends.

Glazed Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

Of course any apple recipe begins with picking out the right apple for the job. There are certain varieties of apples that hold up better when baked.

For this recipe we prefer to use Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Fuji or Gala apples. Just peel and dice the apples and place them in a large bowl. Then sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon sugar on top and set aside while you prepare the cake batter.

Next, in a mixing bowl, beat together the wet ingredients. You will see that this Glazed Apple Coffee Cake Recipe uses applesauce as one of the ingredients.

Use Applesauce Not Oil

We started to use all natural, unflavored applesauce in place of vegetable oil in many of our baking recipes. Not only is it a healthier alternative, the flavor is perfect for this recipe!

Now, slowly add the yellow cake mix until well incorporated. Then, using a large spoon or spatula, fold in the diced and prepared apples until they are distributed throughout the batter.

Pour the apple coffee cake batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar on top. Use a butter knife to make swirls on the top of the cake by dragging it in a stripe motion several times, both vertically and horizontally.

Then put in an oven that has been preheated to 350°F. Bake for approximately 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. While the apple coffee cake is cooking, prepare the glaze.

Mix the glaze ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. If the glaze appears to thick, add a little more milk. On the contrary, if it is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar.

Then drizzle the glaze on top of the entire cake. Serve warm or cover and store at room temperature. This glazed apple coffee cake is a great breakfast treat when served with coffee. Or enjoy it as a dessert or snack on a cool Autumn evening.

Apple Fritter Cake is a soft apple filled cake, with a crispy sugar glaze! You’re favorite old fashioned doughnut in cake form!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

So my husband refuses to eat breakfast for dinner. Like ever.

BUT he will eat dinner for breakfast. (. ) Basically, no pancakes for dinner, no way, but Sesame Chicken for breakfast, yes please.

And quite honestly, I never really gave it much thought until our little guys came along…Kids historically LOVE breakfast for dinner. But I have to deprive my children this milestone of childhood because the husband puts his foot down. Oh, and also, anywhere that SELLS breakfast for dinner he will deny. iHop? Only before 11:00 am. A Diner? Drag him kicking and screaming. And don’t even mention Cracker Barrel. Sighhhhhhh.

BUT sometimes I like to trick him and serve breakfast for dessert…He doesn’t even know what’s happening.

I am basically a dessert wizard. Case in point…Apple Fritter Cake. Cake that derived from a breakfast food, shape-shifted into a cake, disguised as dessert.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

How to Make Apple Fritter Cake

This apple cake cake is so soft and moist..loaded with apples and cinnamon.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Chop up a couple apples…

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

You’ll need about 2 cups of diced apples…

The trick for this cake is cooking your apples to make them soft and delicious.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Cook them up with some sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and water…

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Let your apples cool. The syrup will thicken up and it will be glorious.

Meanwhile make your cake batter. You’ll need to add some applesauce to your butter and sugar…

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Add in some eggs and vanilla too. The batter will look a little odd, but it’s ok.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Next add in your dry ingredients…

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

And some Greek yogurt. Alternate them as you add them.

Yes, you could sub this for sour cream too!

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Then spread half of the batter in a prepared 9×13.

Pour your delicious apple concoction up on top…

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Then sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon on top of that.
Finish by spreading the remainder of your batter to cover the apples and a little more brown sugar.

Can you believe this is real life?

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

When your cake is baked, you need to poke it a little bit. Grab a butter knife and stab it 31 times. Exactly.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Then whip up a little glaze. It’s just a little powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Then pour this over top of your holey-hot cake.
The glaze will coat the cake and sink in, leaving you with a crispy, sugary coating.

Let the heavens open up and sing to you now…

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Let it cool a few minutes and then stick your face in it.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Or use a fork. Whatever.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

This Apple Fritter Cake recipe was originally posted on my website in 2012. I have updated some of the photos and recipe.

Last Updated December 6, 2020 . Published February 14, 2018 By Rosemary 11 Comments

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Homemade Applesauce Cake is more than just a simple Apple Cake. So moist, it’s made with homemade applesauce, a touch of cinnamon and a delicious brown sugar and cinnamon crumb topping. The perfect breakfast, snack or dessert Cake.

Applesauce Cake Recipe

From all those years ago when I first set foot in Italy to today, I have to say my taste in food has changed quite a bit.

Oh yes I still love bagels, Macaroni and Cheese and of course a really good Layer Cake. But I have also discovered how delicious fresh vegetables can be with just a little salt and olive oil.

And desserts, Italians love dessert, but no fancy frostings or Icings, usually just a simple sprinkling of powdered sugar.

That is probably why I think this Homemade Apple Cake is one of the best cakes I have ever made!

Tips for making this Applesauce Cake

  • You are going to need a thick applesauce but the best way is make your own (my recipe included).
  • Cream the butter, sugar and yolks.
  • Add the dry ingredients with the applesauce alternately to the creamed mixture.
  • Use a 8 or 9 inch bundt pan. (cake pan works good too)
  • Don’t forget the crumb topping.

To tell you the truth whenever I make my own applesauce I usually use the same 2 or 3 varieties. Fuji, Yellow Delicious or Gala. If the first 2 aren’t available then I will go for the Gala apples.

I like the taste and the fact that they are quite firm apples. If you have another favourite that you use than by all means use them.

This Homemade Apple Cake is the perfect Breakfast, Snack or even Dessert Cake. Enjoy!

By Aubrey · Published: December 7, 2020 · Last Updated: December 7, 2020 This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.

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Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cookies are the fluffiest cinnamon sugar cookies ever! Ready in just 30 minutes for an easy last-minute dessert!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

I love to bake, but sometimes the recipes get way too complicated. These Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cookies are a quick and easy dessert made with a box of yellow cake mix and covered in cinnamon sugar. They’re a fantastic Christmas cookie too! You can also skip the boxed cake mix and make this cookie recipe with my Homemade Cake Mix!

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Cookies out of cake mix are super fluffy and easy to make for last-minute company. I always keep yellow cake mix on hand now, that way I can whip up these cookies anytime I want!

These snickerdoodle cookies made with cake mix will last about 2 weeks in an airtight container. Or you can freeze them for up to 4 months. If frozen, simply thaw and enjoy!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

What is a Snickerdoodle?

Through sometimes called sugar cookies, a snickerdoodle is a cookie all its own! These simple cookies are made with sugar, flour, and butter (or oil!) and rolled in cinnamon sugar. They can be soft or crunchy and is most popular in the United States.

This snickerdoodle cookie variation uses traditional ingredients plus cream of tartar, a couple of eggs, and vanilla extract. Instead of flour, I use a yellow box cake mix to make these snickerdoodle cookies super fluffy and light.

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Ingredients

COOKIES: These cake mix cookies only need a few ingredients. They’re as simple as boxed yellow cake mix, cinnamon, cream of tartar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. There’s cinnamon in the batter in addition to the cinnamon sugar coating to give these snickerdoodle cookies a warm cinnamon flavor.

CINNAMON SUGAR: You can buy cinnamon sugar or save the money and easily make some at home! For my homemade cinnamon sugar, I use about 2 teaspoons of cinnamon for every 1/4 cup of sugar.

CREAM OF TARTAR: While you don’t need it for leveling, cream of tartar gives snickerdoodle cookies their classic tangy flavor and chewy texture! If you’re out of this rising agent or don’t like the taste, you can always skip it.

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How to Make Cake Box Snickerdoodle Cookies

  1. First, preheat your oven and prep your sheet pans. You can use parchment paper, silicone baking mats, or cooking spray. I usually use two baking sheets for this recipe to give the cookies room.
  2. Then, mix together your dry ingredients – boxed cake mix, cinnamon, and cream of tartar.
  3. Once combined, add the eggs, vanilla, and oil into the dry ingredients. Mix by hand until thoroughly combined and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  4. If you’re making homemade cinnamon sugar, mix that together in a small bowl while the dough rests.
  5. When the dough is ready, shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls of dough in your cinnamon sugar mixture. Be sure to leave at least 2 inches between the cookies, they’re going to spread.
  6. Now, bake the cookies until the edges are just slightly set but still light and fluffy, and soft. If the cookies overbake, they will become crumbly and cake-like. Let the cookies rest a few minutes on the pan before moving to a cooling rack.

Resting the dough is an important step in this recipe! This step makes the dough easier to work with and gives the cookies the best soft and chewy texture.

If you wanna add some seasonal flavor to your snickerdoodle cookies, swap out pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice for the cinnamon!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

More Easy Dessert Recipes

  • Chocolate Cake Mix Bars
  • 5-Ingredient Banana Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Cake Batter Dip
  • Cake Mix Cherry Cheesecake
  • Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
  • More DESSERT recipes…

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Tools used to make this Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cookies recipe

Silicone baking mat: These are an amazing baking tool that saves on parchment paper. It’ll release your homemade cookies or sheet pan dinners like it’s nothing!

Baking sheets: I always use two baking sheets for this snickerdoodle cookie recipe because it makes 18 cookies. These are my go-to baking sheets because they’re tough with a great nonstick coating.

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How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

  • Servings Per Recipe: 36
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 77.3
  • Total Fat: 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.4 mg
  • Sodium: 106.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 1.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 1.2 g

Introduction

Ingredients

    Cookie:
    1 box spice cake mix
    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    1 cup canned pumpkin
    1 teaspoon Chef Meg’s Pumpkin Spice Blend
    2 tablespoons flax seed, ground
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing:
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons skim milk

For this recipe, you want pure canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix, which contains spices and sugar.

The photo shows these cookies without icing.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the cake mix, applesauce, pumpkin, ground flax and spices.

Beat at medium speed using a hand mixer for 3 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl using a plastic spatula.

Continue to beat for 1 minute.

Use a silicone pan liner or spray a baking sheet with pan spray. Drop the batter one heaping tablespoon at a time onto the prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes or until springy to the touch.

Cool on a wire rack.

To make the icing, soften the cream cheese by placing in a food processor and mixing until smooth or placing in a bowl and whipping using a hand mixer. Add the sugar and the milk and mix well to combine.

Dip each cookie into the icing.
Makes 36 cookies, one cookie per serving

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This applesauce bundt cake is amazing! So moist and full of cinnamon apple flavor! Super easy to make one-bowl recipe!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

I love one-bowl cake recipes! This applesauce bundt cake is so simple to make and so delicious! Simple is always best!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

This cinnamon applesauce cake uses very simple everyday ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar, eggs and applesauce. There is a good chance you already have everything you need in your pantry 🙂

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Have everything except applesauce? If you don’t want to leave the house to get it at the store, you’ve got 2 options: order applesauce on Amazon to have it shipped to your door or make your own applesauce using my easy applesauce recipe!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Making this amazing applesauce cake is really easy! All you need to do is mix the ingredients in one bowl, pour the batter into a Bundt pan and bake! This recipe is perfect for beginner bakers, there is really no way to mess it up! This applesauce cake always comes out so beautiful and tastes so good!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

To decorate this applesauce bundt cake, simply sprinkle it with powdered sugar. No frosting needed – powdered sugar makes this cake look and taste complete!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Below is the picture of how the cake looks before it’s inverted. It’s hard to believe it’s the same cake 🙂 Whatever you see on top becomes the bottom of the cake when it’s flipped over, and the top will be smooth and beautiful and sprinkled with powdered sugar!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

This applesauce cake is baked in a full-size Bundt pan (10 to 12 cup capacity). If you want to make a small cake, you can halve the ingredients and bake it in a small Bundt pan (5 to 6 cup capacity). If you are using a half-recipe and a small pan, reduce the baking time to 45 minutes. Bundt cakes are so pretty and make great homemade food gifts!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

If you don’t have a Bundt pan, you can also bake it in a regular rectangular 9×13 inch pan. Just bake it until the toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

If you like this easy applesauce bundt cake, you will also love these other easy recipes:

Best Ever Apple Pie – only you try this amazing apple pie recipe, you’ll never make it any other way! Truly the best ever!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Cinnamon Apple Bread – this is also a super-easy one-bowl recipe – mix all the ingredients in one bowl, pour into a loaf pan and bake! So yummy and full of cinnamon apple flavor!

Easy Homemade Applesauce – once you try the taste of homemade applesauce, you’ll never want to eat store-bought 🙂

Cinnamon Roll Cake – it’s like a cinnamon roll in a cake form! So easy to make and tastes amazing!

Puff Pastry Apple Strudel – this apple roll is super easy to make using frozen puff pastry dough! Wrap apple slices in puff pastry and bake!

These cookies are moist and cake-like, and scattered with chocolate chips that make them a perfect fall treat!
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Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup applesauce
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
chocolate chips, nuts, raisins

Method:

Mix the first 5 ingredients together.

Add in the rest of the dry ingredients to it, combining well.

Add your chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins and mix in.

Scoop onto a baking sheet. The dough will be very soft. It gets plopped on the baking sheet, but will cook up nicely.

Bake for 8-11 minutes at 400* or until lightly brown.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

A few baking tricks when making cookies:

  • A cookie scoop for the dough helps them come out equally sized.
  • Baking with 2 cookie sheets makes the time go by much faster.
  • I always bake cookies using my silicon baking mats! Breezy cleanup.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Try these yummy Fall Applesauce Cookies. They’re a healthier alternative for an after dinner treat.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • chocolate chips nuts, raisins

More Apple Recipes:

Homemade Applesauce – We’re making homemade applesauce using a blender, so simple. I used 4 apples and it makes about 2 cups for a delicious and healthy snack!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Cream Cheese Apple Dip – We love making this sweet cream cheese apple dip for parties or play dates – or Friday afternoons! It’s one of my go-to potluck recipes that is a hit with kids and adults, and someone always asks me for the recipe.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Chocolate Peanut Butter Apples Slices – These chocolate peanut butter apple slices are so yummy, and pretty healthy too, especially if you use a good quality dark chocolate.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apples– The baked apples you know and loved, bumped up a notch with cheesecake stuffing! YUM!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Apple Cider Float Bar– This is one of our favorite ways to welcome fall! You’ve got to try the experience of enjoying an apple cider float!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Easy Apple Pie for Your Thanksgiving Feast– No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a delicious apple pie! This recipe has become a family favorite.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Apple Cider Quinoa Breakfast– The most delicious way to start a brisk fall morning! A warm breakfast is both comforting and filling on a cold, busy day.

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i haven’t tried these yet, but they look a lot like the ones my mom made. Instead of mixing the chips in, she would put them on top and decorate the cookies with a little powder sugar. Mmmm…

We make a very similar cookie, but since my kids don’t like the traditional spicy flavor I substitute nutmeg for the cloves and we take out the raisins. We use walnuts in most all of our applesauce recipes because their softer texture is perfect and their flavor is so great with apples.

I tried to make these last night. The only thing I changed was using oil instead of shortening. The batter was way to loose for a cookie, but they made great mini muffins! Thanks for the recipe.

This is my all time favorite cookie.

I love it when recipes have simple ingredients that I already have on hand. I received this post and preheated my oven … easy as that 🙂

These remind me of growing up for sure! We are making applesauce this weekend, just in time to make some of these as well- woohoo!

Oh, yum! My mom used to make applesauce cookies, but they never looked that good. 🙂

Yummy, I’m going to make these this weekend! I love to make applesauce muffins, but I’ve never even thought of applesauce cookies!

I love these cookies too. My grandma always made these. They are so perfect this time of year.

ohhh thanks for the recipe! We will make these today!

These look so yummy, and they remind me of my childhood. What a perfect fall treat.

If I tell you there is a delicious, fluffy completely addicting cooking that has NO SUGAR would you try it? Because these applesauce cookies are just that. Slightly sweet, moist full of flavor and chocolate perfect cookies without any sugar.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

My kids ate them so quickly! They had NO IDEA these cookies were different than others. Let me show you how fun and simple they are to make.

Applesauce Cookies

ARE APPLESAUCE COOKIES SWEET WITHOUT ANY SUGAR?

If you are expecting a sugary cookie this is not it! Applesauce cookies are sweet but the intensity of the sweetness will depend on your applesauce. Because the applesauce is the sweetener I feel that it is important to have QUALITY sweet applesauce. My homemade applesauce had no added sugar, but was made with fresh, sweet apples so it was plenty sweet. If you are using a store bought unsweetened applesauce that is not very sweet to your taste as is don’t expect your cookies to be super sweet.

Step 1: Cream the butter, eggs and together. Then slow add flour

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Step 2: While that is creaming together in a small separate bowl mix baking soda together with your applesauce. A nice little fizzing action will happen.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Step 3: Incorporate the applesauce mixture into the flour and creamed ingredients. After its well mixed gently mix in the chocolate chips.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Applesauce cookie batter

This batter is similar to a pumpkin cookie batter. It’s really sticky, not one that you can roll into balls. so just plop a spoonful on to a cookie sheet. Space them far enough apart to allow the cookie to rise and spread as it bakes.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Bake them for about 12 minutes, when they are turning a light golden color. (clearly you can see we use extra chocolate chips)

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

My entire family loves these cookies and they devoured the entire batch in 2 days this last time I made them. Depending on how large you make them it makes about 3 dozen.Plenty to share. if you are feeling generous.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

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Y’all. I have the coolest cookie recipe for you! These 3-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies are so easy and tasty to make!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Yes, these cookies only take THREE ingredients, and they are as yummy as they are easy to make!

Which, come on, are the BEST sort of cookies to make!

Plus, they use things you PROBABLY already have in your kitchen.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

The super awesome thing about this recipe — it is a BASE recipe. That means, it’s totally good by itself, or you can add in WHATEVER ingredients you want, to make them extra amazing!

Just dig through your cabinets, and see what tasty treats you have. Experiment a little.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

You can use nuts, sprinkles, a dash or three of cinnamon, chocolate chips, M&Ms, you can EVEN use Fruity Pebbles!! Yes, I’m serious.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

I had a friend who used Skittles, and they turned out so fun!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Are you ready to hear how easy this is?

Here is what you will need to make 3 Ingredient Magic Cake Cookies

  • 1 Box of any flavor cake mix you want. I have used yellow cake mix, spice cake mix, chocolate cake mix, lemon cake mix, and strawberry cake mix. They ALL work! (For this one, we are using lemon)
  • You will need 1/2 a cup of oil. I use Vegetable or Canola oil. But you can get away with ANY light oil. Just be aware that oil can change the flavor, depending on what you use.
  • 2 eggs

That’s it. Easy, right.

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Here is how you make 3 Ingredient Magic Cake Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

You, LITERALLY, put all the ingredients in a big bowl, and mix it up until the lumps are all gone.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

If you are using add-ins, dump them in and stir with the other ingredients.

Drop the dough, about 2 tablespoons at a time, onto a cooking stone. If you don’t have a cooking stone — first of all, GET ONE — but, you can lightly spray a cookie sheet before putting the dough on it.

Put them in a preheated oven for about 9 minutes. I mean, it really depends on your oven. Check them after 8 minutes — they may go as long as 10 minutes.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Let them cool for about 15 minutes before you eat them — if you can wait that long! You can also lightly dust the tops with powdered sugar for added sweetness.

They are SO easy, and so stinkin’ good! My kids LOVE to pick a cake flavor and a mix in, and help make these cookies.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

This soft and super moist applesauce cake is packed with wholesome ingredients and a delicious classic apple flavor your whole family will love.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

If you’ve been on a search for the best homemade applesauce cake recipe around, this one won’t let you down!

Light and fluffy, with just 9 ingredients (yes, really), it’s everything you could ever hope for in a healthy Fall dessert.

The cake is easy to make and kid friendly, with no eggs or dairy required, and it can even be oil free. This is a really great way to use up extra applesauce.

Also try this popular Crustless Pumpkin Pie

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

The first time I ever tried an applesauce cake was one November night back in high school, at a friend’s sleepover birthday party.

Trying to be healthier, she had substituted the oil in a boxed spice cake mix with applesauce.

Not normally a fan of low fat cakes or baked goods, I remember being so impressed with how moist and tender the cake was even without added fat.

Over the years, I’ve come up with my own old fashioned applesauce cake that doesn’t rely on a box (because from scratch always tastes better).

It envelops the entire kitchen in a sweet cinnamon aroma as you’re baking and makes you want to cozy up next to a warm fireplace, fork in hand.

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How to make an applesauce cake

To make the cake, start by gathering the ingredients and greasing an 8-inch baking pan or lining it with parchment paper.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk all liquid ingredients, then stir in remaining ingredients to form a batter.

Smooth the batter into the prepared baking pan, and place on the oven’s center rack to cook for 18 minutes or until perfectly fluffy. Let cool.

Frost as desired, and serve. If you can wait, the cake is even sweeter and better textured a day after it’s made.

I recommend refrigerating leftovers for freshness, and they should be good for about 3-4 days. Or slice and freeze for up to a month.

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Apple cake frosting options

The apple spice cake can be dusted with powdered sugar or iced with a basic glaze or with melted coconut butter.

You can also top it with Coconut Whipped Cream, store bought vanilla frosting, dairy free ice cream, or the homemade cream cheese frosting recipe below:

Simply whip together 8 oz packaged or homemade cream cheese or Vegan Cream Cheese with 4 oz butter or vegan butter, 2 cups powdered sugar (unrefined if desired), and 1 tsp pure vanilla extract.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Applesauce snack cake ingredients

For the applesauce: Either sweetened or natural unsweetened applesauce works. And if you wish to use homemade applesauce, that works too!

For the flour: I’ve successfully made the recipe with spelt flour (for a whole grain option), regular all purpose flour, or oat flour for a gluten free cake. In general, I’m not a fan of baked goods with whole wheat flour, so sub that at your own risk.

If you prefer a flourless cake, try either this Keto Birthday Cake or my Almond Flour Banana Bread.

For the sweetener: I used unrefined coconut sugar for the cake in the photos, but regular white or brown sugar or unrefined cane sugar also work. Granulated erythritol or xylitol are most likely fine to use as well, although I haven’t tried them here.

Above, watch the applesauce cake recipe video

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

The recipe was adapted from this Vegan Cake and from my Apple Bread.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

This applesauce cake is a sweet loaf recipe.

Some might call it an apple bread, because technically it is a quick bread, but whatever you call it, it is absolutely delicious.

The applesauce in the recipe adds sweetness while cutting down on the amount of sugar in the recipe and keeps the cake nice and moist.

These kinds of easy cake recipes are wonderful to bake, then freeze for later use.

I sometimes slice the loaf ahead of time, then wrap the individual slices with a couple of layers of plastic wrap and freeze.

When you need a bit of cake just take it out by the number of slices you need and thaw. No need to thaw the whole loaf if you don’t need it all.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Applesauce Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

Nutrition

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Make it Healthier:

You can always make this cake even healthier. Here is how:

1. I have already lightened up this recipe. The original recipe called for a brown sugar and cinnamon topping on the cake. That is delicious but the cake is very good without it.

2. Cut down on the sugar called for in the recipe. I would use 3/4 cup of sugar instead of 1 cup.

3. Replace 1/2 of the white flour with whole wheat flour. If you sift the whole wheat flour it will still be a nice light loaf.

Tip:

  • For lower fat baking, try substituting unsweetened applesauce for the oil in loafs and cakes. The taste is about the same and the fat content is cut considerably.

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July 11, 2020 By Lilly

The BEST Homemade Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Not only are these homemade peanut butter cookies super quick and easy to make, they are exceptionally soft and delicious thanks to a simple box of yellow cake mix. I’ve been making my cookies like this for years, so I thought I’d go ahead and share the secret to making the softest peanut butter cookies, ever.

You only need 4 simple ingredients to pull this recipe together: a box of yellow cake mix, peanut butter, a couple of eggs and a little vegetable oil. Mix everything together, bake and enjoy!

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

How To Make The Best Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

If you don’t already have them on hand, get your booty to the store and buy these ingredients. Don’t forget the wine while you’re there.

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Push the buttons on your oven until you figure out how to preheat it to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or whatever you use to keep crap from sticking to it.

Now, get a large bowl and put everything inside the bowl except for the packaging material and egg shells. Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Wash your hands while you sing “Happy Birthday” twice, and then make 15 even balls with the dough and line them up on your baking sheet. Make sure they look perfect like mine.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Use a fork to do that criss crossy thing and then bake for 10-15 minutes or until they are cooked but not burnt looking.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Enjoy with a tall glass of milk or red wine, whichever you prefer.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

Looking for the BEST homemade peanut butter cookie recipe? Well, here you go. These quick and easy cake mix cookies are made with just 4 ingredients and are incredibly simple to make.

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 box yellow cake mix

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, eggs and oil until well combined.

Slowly add the contents of the dry cake mix to the batter and mix well until you get a thick cookie dough.

Use your hands to make about 15 even balls of dough; line them up on your baking sheet.

Press a fork into each dough ball to form a “cross hatch” design.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until they start to turn slightly brown.

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

You’ll never make peanut butter cookies without cake mix again. 🙂

How to make applesauce cookies using cake mix

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