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Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Last Updated on January 22, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

If you love all things snickerdoodle, these Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies are for you! Made with just a few ingredients, you can make a delicious treat for any time of the year. The entire family will love these easy-to-make snickerdoodle cookies!

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Who else loves snickerdoodles? If you are like me, they are one of your favorite treats! Mix in apple and oh my goodness! A decadent treat to enjoy all year long! 

Baking delicious food for my family or guests at home is something I take very seriously. That’s why I’m so happy that I have this apple snickerdoodle recipe. Not only is it so easy to make, but the end result is also very light and fluffy too.

Everyone needs an AMAZING snickerdoodle cookie recipe in their repository, and this is it! 

What’s the contrast between a snickerdoodle and a sugar cookie?

Simple! Although at first glance you might not be able to distinguish them too much from each other. Snickerdoodles are turned over in cinnamon sugar, which makes them look super ravishing, have a more chewy consistency, and have a more crackly top than cookies, all because of one ingredient – cream of tartar.

My recipe didn’t use cream of tartar for baking, which is perfectly fine still, the perfect substitute for tartar is baking soda. With that in mind, let’s get into the recipe!

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What Ingredients Do I Need to Make These Apple Doodle Cookies?

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe:


  • ½ cup unsalted butter ( melted ) 
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Tsp. almond extract 
  • 1 small apple- peeled and shredded
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Why You’ll Love These Snickerdoodle Cookies

Not only do you get the cinnamon sugar that makes snickerdoodle cookies, but you also get fresh apples in these cookies. The best part is they are not difficult to make! I personally don’t love spending three hours baking cookies but also prefer to make homemade cookies vs. using a mix. This recipe is the perfect ‘happy medium’ between the two!

How do you store these snickerdoodle cookies?

You can store them in an air-tight container. I personally put mine in the fridge since there is butter and sugar in the recipe. I would put them out on the counter for 3-4 hours prior to serving.

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How do I Make These Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies?

Gather and prepare your ingredients as outlined in the recipe card below.

How do I Make These Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies?

Gather and prepare your ingredients as outlined in the recipe card below.

  • First, preheat your oven.
  • Line your cookie sheets or baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, add your dry ingredients, and stir the sugar and cinnamon, and the teaspoon of baking soda and salt together.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop your cookie dough to your desired size.
  • Roll the cookie dough into a ball, then mix it in with the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat for later.
  • Place the rolled cookie doughs into a baking sheet, leaving a 2-3 inch space apart from each other.
  • Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven, place them on your table and let the cookies cool down for 5-10 mins on the baking sheet. 
  • Lastly, transfer the freshly baked cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

This is so easy and quick to do, right? Anyone can make this at home whether you have all the time in your hands or if you’re you’re on a time crunch! Especially now that it’s the baking season again and the weather outside has gotten a little bit chillier. Nothing can ever warm your home more than delicious treats and warm smells from inside the house.

And it’s a great experience to bring the kids with you and create a fun, long-lasting memory together. 

Tips for Making Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies:

  • Check the expiration date on your baking soda. An expired baking soda is the main reason why most baked goods don’t turn out properly because the rising ingredient is no longer good.
  • Any type of red apple may turn out mushy during the baking process so it’s best to use a green one to avoid it.
  • Ensure that the butter is at room temperature and not melted before you try to liquefy it during the baking process.
  • This is very important – make sure that you’re using real butter and not margarine. Margarine has high oil content and your cookies will not be able to set properly if you don’t keep this in mind.
  • Don’t pack the flour when you’re measuring. The perfect thing to do is to dip the measuring cup into the flour and shake off the excess with the side of a butter knife.
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Do I Have to Use Fresh Apples?

Honestly, no. The cookies will be better if you use a fresh, peeled apple. However, I have been known to use apple slices that are pre-cut and peeled from the grocery store. 

It is totally your call, but ultimately you will want firmer apple slices so that you can shred them. Any kind works, granny smith apples are also a good choice for this.

Can you make these apple cookies without the snickerdoodle coating?

Sure! You would just leave the coating ingredients out and bake the cookies after you place them on the baking sheet. They are delicious either way!

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What if I want to leave the apple out of the recipe?

You can do that too and just use the rest of the ingredients. Of course, you won’t get the apple flavor in the cookies but it’s an option!

Find the Full Apple Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe Here:

Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies


  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter Melted
  • 4 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Tbsp. Almond Extract
  • 1 Small Apple Peeled & Shredded
  • 1 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips

Coating: ½ cup sugar & 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and 2 tsp. cinnamon.

    Set aside.

  2. In a separate medium bowl mix together the butter, brown sugar, ½ cup of the sugar, shredded apple, vanilla and almond extract. 

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  3. Continue to mix until well combined.

  4. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir well until all well combined.

  5. Fold in white chocolate chips and chill the dough for 1 hour

  6. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  7. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

  8. In a small bowl stir add the ½ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

    Stir to combine. 

  9. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop your cookie dough.

  10. Roll it into a ball, then roll into cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.

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  11. Place onto a baking sheet leaving 2-3 inch space apart.

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  12. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

  13. Cool the cookies 5-10 mins on the baking sheet. 

  14. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  15. Enjoy!

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