Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies (Appledoodles) Recipe

Appledoodles are a fun twist on the classic cookie, snickerdoodles! A chewy bite gives way to a flavorful cookie that uses fresh apples combined with cinnamon to deliver a great treat. Great way to use up apples in the fall!

Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

An apple a day, keeps the doctor away! Well, maybe not, but it's a tune that runs through my head when I'm excited about fall and apples! At what point do I rename this website to reflect my obsession with all things apple? Actually, this might be my last apple-related post for a while.

There are too many other recipes that need to be made, eaten and shared. Plus, can you believe Thanksgiving is coming up so quickly? What recipes would you like to see on here before then? Mashed potatoes? Pecan Pie Bars? Creamy Crockpot Corn? Check out my list of suggestions below!

Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies


This twist on the delicious Snickerdoodle recipe is pretty delicious, if I do say so. Before you wrap up your apple-love for the season, whip up a batch by shredding apples into your cookies!!


Line your baking sheets with parchment paper to prepare for the cookies. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Make sure you take your butter out to bring to room temperature so it's easy to mix with the other ingredients.


In a medium bowl, mix your dry ingredients: combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix well and set aside. In a large bowl, combine your wet ingredients: in the bowl, cream the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix until fully combined and gradually add the flour mixture. Mix until combined. Add grated apple (approximately 1 large) and mix well.


Add grated apple (approximately 1 large) and mix well again.In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Mix well. 

Appledoodles Cookies Recipe


Using your hands, roll the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture until fully coated. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let them cook on a wire rack.

Enjoy the aroma of apple pie in the air! I hope this becomes a favorite dessert recipe!


  • The cookies will be puffy when they come out of the oven. Give them a few minutes to cool and flatten (if you can stand the wait).

  • Be sure to pat the grated apples dry before adding them to the batter in order to avoid a wet, gooey cookie.

  • Replace up to 1/2 cup of the sugar with brown sugar, if desired!


When chopping and peeling the apples, fill a large bowl about half with cool water and squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into it. The lemon juice will keep your apples from getting brown while you get them prepped for the recipe. Use an apple corer/peeler if you have one because they will make this process go super fast. If you don't have one, use a potato peeler and a knife to get the job done. You'll need to peel, core and chop the apples. Place them into the water-lemon juice mixture as you work.


Good news! The recommendation is that you enjoy an apple in the morning hours of your day. Apples are high in dietary fiber and pectin found in the peels of apples. This will help you avoid poor digestion at night.Fruit can help your stomach to empty more slowly, helping you to stay feeling full longer and not prone to snack/eat between meals. 

Apples for Baking


I recommend using a variety of apples and at the very least, use two kinds: one sweet and one tart. My favorite combo is Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples.

Sweet/Softer Apple Brands

  • Fuji

  • Honeycrisp

  • Red Delicious

  • Golden Delicious

  • Cortland

  • Gala

Tart (or a little Sour) Apple Brands

  • Granny Smith

  • McIntosh

  • Ida Red

  • Braeburn

  • Empire

  • Jonathan


If your cookies are coming out of the oven looking flat, you either haven't used the appropriate leavening agents (baking powder or baking soda) or you have used too little flour. If the cookies are flat and greasy, you may have used too much butter. Follow baking recipes very closely to avoid making flat cookies!


For optimal cookie softness, allow them to cool completely after coming out of the oven and store as stated in the directions. Some cookies store best in the fridge while others store well while covered at room temperature.

Appledoodles Cookies


  • Easy Homemade Crockpot Applesauce - Homemade Applesauce is fun to prepare because it's so easy to make. Use an assortment of green and red apples and you’ll have a flavorful snack you can enjoy; better than the store stuff!

  • Apple Coffee Cake - This is the best Apple Coffee Cake recipe you’ll find. Enjoy as an indulgent breakfast treat or an any-time snack or dessert!

  • Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples - sprinkling of sea salt and a bit of chocolate turns Caramel Apples into an extravagant dessert.. Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples!

  • Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake - the only thing better than salted caramel apples is Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake! This is the perfect fall treat and a great way to use up any type of apples.

Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies

Yield: 28
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 50 M
Appledoodles are a fun twist on the classic cookie, snickerdoodles! A chewy bite gives way to a flavorful cookie that uses fresh apples combined with cinnamon to deliver a great treat. Great way to use up apples in the fall!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 large apple, peeled and shredded (approximately 1 cup shredded)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


How to cook Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and salt. Mix well and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix until creamy. Gradually add the flour mixture until combined. Fold in the shredded apples.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix well. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls using the palms of your hands. Roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture until coated and place onto the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 11 to 12 minutes. Cookies will look puffy when done. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes and serve or store, covered.



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