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This apple cookies recipe makes irresistibly soft snickerdoodles, spiced with cinnamon and full of bursts of sweet tart fruit!

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If you’re looking for an easy baking project with apples, this apple cookies recipe will have your heart! They’re essentially apple snickerdoodles, irresistibly soft, with a sweet coating of cinnamon and sugar. Each bite has a burst of sweet tart apple! They take no time to whip up and don’t require any refrigeration of the dough before baking: which means you can sink your teeth into that soft, spiced cookie as soon as possible. These were big winners at our house!

Ingredients in this apple cookies recipe

Here at A Couple Cooks, we love it when we can make a recipe without a trip to the store. Such is this apple cookies recipe, a simple snickerdoodle that only requires the normal baking cast of characters: flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and of course, cinnamon! If you’ve got one apple, you can make this recipe. The cookies are ideal as a fall dessert, but they work in any season! A friend of ours taste tested these and said she couldn’t stop eating them (a good sign!). Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sweet tart apple
  • All purpose flour
  • Cream of tartar
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
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Best type of apples for cookies

The best variety of fruit for apple cookies is the same as with apple cobbler or apple crisp: select a firm, crisp tart apple. The tangy tartness accents the sweetness of baked goods, and the crisp texture stays together while baking. Other apple varieties can end up in a mushy, sweeter filling that’s not as satisfying as with a crisp tart apple. Here are some of the best types apples for baking and cooking:

  • Pink Lady
  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Granny Smith
  • Honeycrisp
  • Fuji

Tip: make sure to finely dice the apple

This apple cookies recipe is very simple: the dough comes together quickly and you don’t even have to refrigerate it before baking! The most important part of putting together the recipe is this: dice the apple as finely as possible. If the apple pieces are too large, they can cause the cookies to crack and break when baked.

We cut our apples into pieces that were about 3/8-inch wide (between ¼ and 1/8-inch). You don’t have to measure, simply cut them as small as you can.

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Another tip for this apple cookies recipe is the quality of pans matters! We made half of these cookies on a shiny aluminum pan with parchment paper, and the size and shape were completely off. However, the half of the batch baked on our non-stick cookie sheet worked great.

So, we recommend using two of these non-stick cookie sheets for the most even bake! The entire batch baked on these, rotating the sheets in the middle of baking, came out beautifully consistent.

Storage info for apple cookies

The final important thing to know about this apple cookies recipe is to store them refrigerated! The cookies are a little delicate because of the apple pieces, which contain moisture. So for best results, store them refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Place the cookies in a sealed container with parchment paper between the layers. Make sure to let the cookie stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes before enjoying: it tastes better that way!

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More apple recipes

When it’s apple season, we love making all things with apples: breakfast, desserts, and more! Here are some of our favorite apple recipes:

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Apple Cookies

Apple Cookies

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies 1x


This apple cookies recipe makes irresistibly soft snickerdoodles, spiced with cinnamon and full of bursts of sweet tart fruit!



For the apple cookies

  • 1 cup sweet tart apple, peeled and finely diced into 3/8-inch pieces (1 large apple)
  • 1 ¾ cups [245 g] all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For rolling

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Finely dice the apple into very small pieces (about 3/8-inch wide; the smaller the better*).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and kosher salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the room temperature butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined, about 1 minute.
  4. Turn off the mixer and add the dry ingredients. Then mix on low until just combined. Add the chopped apples and mix for about 5 seconds until combined.
  5. Roll the cookie dough into 20 balls, using about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie (a cookie dough scoop is helpful).
  6. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Roll each of the dough balls into the cinnamon sugar mixture until generously coated.
  7. Place the dough balls onto two non-stick cookie sheets (we recommend these non-stick cookie sheets for the most even bake**). Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until they are puffed and the edges are set, reversing the trays in the oven at 7 minutes. Keep in mind the cookies will set after they cool.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely. Important: Store these cookies refrigerated in a sealed container with parchment between the layers for up to 2 weeks; bring to room temperature before serving.


*If the apple pieces are too large, they can cause the cookies to crack and bread when baked.

**We found that the bake good on a shiny aluminum baking sheet with parchment paper, so the quality matters! The linked non-stick sheets made an even bake with the entire batch in the oven at once.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Kathleen says:

    These sound delicious. Have you tried grating the apples instead of chopping them finely? I need to try these this weekend!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      We haven’t tried that but I think they might end up too soffy.

  2. Sabrina says:

    love these, apple cookies paired with cinnamon and housed in snickerdoodles, is wonderful, a perfect Fall twist, thank you!

  3. Lydia Moore says:

    This cookie is outstanding. I did have to work rather fast getting them in the oven as the apples release moisture and the dough becomes a little sticky. Other than that, they are delicious. They didn’t last very long, they were that good. I made no changes to the recipe, no need to, it’s perfect as is.