Mix 1/2 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup applesauce, then add two beaten eggs. Stir in a mixture of 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon each nutmeg, salt and cinnamon. Add 12 ounces chocolate chips and bake about eight minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some variations to the basic applesauce cookie recipe are substituting cinnamon chips for chocolate chips while reducing the amount of ground cinnamon, or mixing in butterscotch chips, walnuts and vanilla. Another variation is topping the cookies with maple frosting and walnuts.
For an applesauce cookie similar to a spice cookie, cream together 1 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup shortening, stir in one egg, then mix in 1 cup applesauce. Mix together 2 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. Add the flour mixture to the applesauce mixture, and stir in 1 cup chopped walnuts and 1 cup raisins.
Spoon teaspoonfuls of batter onto greased cookie sheets, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool on the cookie sheets for a couple minutes, then allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. This recipe makes about five dozen cookies.