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Apple Cookies

Apple Cookies

  • 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 3/4 cups [245 g] all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For rolling

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 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

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