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Maine Mud Cookies

 Maine Mud Cookies
“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
48 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, sugars, baking soda and
  • salt. Stir in buttermilk and applesauce (dough will be thick and
  • moist).
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with
  • cooking spray. Spread with a fork to make irregular shapes.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire
  • racks. Yield: 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 56 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 44 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 starch.