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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 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.
Nutrition 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.
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  • Torampaul
    Sep 4, 2012

    My kids love these!!

  • Muppety
    Jul 16, 2012

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  • havetomakedinner
    Jun 30, 2012

    consistency of a sponge, just so-so flavor

  • JackieDS
    Mar 24, 2011

    Strange texture, weird aftertaste. Not great.

  • hollygleeson
    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.

  • emabey
    May 10, 2010

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  • Spiffy64
    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!

  • fanaticbaker
    Dec 15, 2007

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    Jun 6, 2007

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  • lisaforbush
    Feb 7, 2007

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