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Apple doodle cookies on a white plate with milk and apples in the background.
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How to make apple snickerdoodle cookies

If you love a good snickerdoodle cookie, you are going to really love this apple variation.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apples, snickerdoodle
Servings: 24
Author: Amy Sandidge


  • baking sheet
  • stand or hand mixer
  • portion scoop (recommended)


  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour You can also use 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour if you want a more even ratio. The cookies will look differently, but still be really good. This recipe can also be 100% whole wheat if you prefer!
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar a classic leavening used in snickerdoodles for their chewy texture
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda also helps with leavening
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup grated apples make sure and squeeze to remove moisture.
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts optional, but really good!


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set these aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well, and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, add the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Mix until they are light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs, vanilla, and apples. Mix only to combine. Do not overmix!
  • Next, combine the wet with the dry. If you are using the chopped walnutes, add them here as well. Again, only mixing to combine.
  • Scoop the cookies into the cinnamon sugar and roll to coat. Then, place the cookies on a baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes. You want the edges to be very lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool for a minute or 2 on your baking sheet. Then transfer gently to a cooling rack.
  • They are delicous eaten right away or you can let them cool!
  • Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!!