Maine Mud Cookies Recipe
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Maine Mud Cookies Recipe

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“Every year as winter makes way for spring, we here in Maine experience a fifth season we call ‘mud season.’ I made this special treat to get through that period,” Kathleen Winslow relates from Swanville, Maine. “These cookies bring a smile to every face.” —Kathleen L. Winslow, Swanville, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 56 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, sugars, baking soda and salt. Stir in buttermilk and applesauce (dough will be thick and moist).
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Spread with a fork to make irregular shapes.
  3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Maine Mud Cookies in Taste of Home August/September 2006, p12

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Torampaul User ID: 1024983 140926
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"My kids love these!!"

havetomakedinner User ID: 1605879 142804
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"consistency of a sponge, just so-so flavor"

JackieDS User ID: 2649363 81597
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"Strange texture, weird aftertaste. Not great."

hollygleeson User ID: 1391175 91020
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"Okay taste, but not a fan of the cakey texture. I added almond slivers to give them some consistency, which helped, but I would not make them again."

Spiffy64 User ID: 5125460 64070
Reviewed May. 10, 2010

"these were fairly good cookies..really chocolatey and rich...i also added semisweet chocolate chips but i think walnuts would also be really good!"

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