I thought that I would deviate from my usual and share a recipe. One companion activity to gardening is cooking!  – I do love to cook and bake…I’m a little weak on the clean as you go part! This recipe was one of my favorites growing up. My Aunt Lula – yes that was here real name, used to make these when we visited. They are better after being stored a day or so, they become more chewy/soft. The are a prize winner too…. I won first prize with this recipe two years running in the Junior Division – fruit cookie category-  at the Kern County Fair so many years ago! The  Junior Division is 16 and under. There is a long story associated with the competition that I won’t share but, my sister Denise will remember the details!


Amount Ingredient
2 Cups

1 Cup

2 ¼ Cups

½ cuo

1 Cup

1 tsp

1 tsp

1 tsp

1 tsp





Butter or margarine – I like butter

Oatmeal – Old Fashioned



Ground cloves




  1. Mix applesauce, sugar, butter and raisins in saucepan. Heat up until very warm – just short of boiling.
  2. Mix flour, spices and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Add 1 tsp soda to warm mixture, it will foam up pretty strong sometimes,  stir.
  4. Add warm mixture to bowl with dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Spoon the sticky dough onto cookie sheet in ball shapes – adjust size of ball as desired after first sheet is done.
  6. Do not lick fingers between each spoonful! Wait……
  7. Eat and enjoy …… homemade cookies have many fewer calories than store bought….. Don’t quote me though!

Pre-heat oven to 350 deg F

Bake 17-20 minutes