DirectionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream together shortening and brown sugar.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Sift together dry ingredients.
Stir into applesauce mixture.
If desired, add chopped nuts or raisins.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cool for 1 minute before removing to cooling racks.