Appledoodles (Apple Snickerdoodles)

Last night one of my friends served us one of her fall favorites — snickerdoodles!!  Which made me realize it has been at least a year since I’ve made some!  This should not be so…  :)

So this morning I woke up early to whip up a batch to bring to all of my singers at rehearsal tonight.  But as I was making the dough, it hit me – why not toss in some apples and make…appledoodles?!?  So before popping them in the oven, I mixed some diced apples into the dough (although I would recommend dicing them slightly smaller than I did today), rolled them in that classic cinnamon-sugary goodness, and voila — a new favorite cookie!

I don’t know why I never thought of this before.  They’ve very simple — all of the deliciousness of snickerdoodles, with a few bursts of apples mixed in.  And I must say, the snickerdoodle recipe I based them on is a favorite — wonderfully chewy, without using shortening or cream of tartar.  My kind of cookie.  :)

Couldn’t think of a yummier way to get my “apple a day”!

Appledoodles (Apple Snickerdoodles)

Your favorite chewy cookie with some delicious diced apple mixed in! You will love this Appledoodles (Apple Snickerdoodles) recipe!


  • 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white, granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 small apple, peeled, cored and diced small (about 1/4-inch cubes)

Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. ground cinnamon


Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a mixer, cream the butter on medium-high speed until it's soft, smooth and light.

Add both of the sugars to the creamed butter and mix until they are fully incorporated, and lighter in color. Stirring vigorously, add the egg to the mixture and beat until the batter looks uniform.

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Then slowly fold into the batter until just combined. Then add in diced apples, and gently fold them by hand into the batter until well-distributed.

Form balls of dough (I used a cookie scooper) and plop them in cinnamon sugar, swirling to coat. On a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet, place the dough balls 3 inches apart. Use your fingers to press and flatten the dough slightly and sprinkle an extra pinch of cinnamon sugar on the flattened surface.

Set the first timer for 7 minutes. Turn the pan around and set a second timer for 7 minutes. If you are using a greased pan they might be done at this point, or need another minute. If you’re using parchment, cookies will take 2-3 minutes more. You are looking for golden edges and a blonde middle.

Cool on a baking sheet and enjoy. Snickerdoodles will keep in an airtight container, at room temperature for 3 days, but they are best eaten the day they’re made.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Kira — October 28, 2010 @ 6:26 pm (#)

    I am going to go make a double batch. Right. Now.

  2. kate bakka — October 28, 2010 @ 6:32 pm (#)

    What a fantastic idea- I would have never thought of adding apples

  3. Erin — October 28, 2010 @ 7:18 pm (#)

    Delicious!! I wonder if adding a little applesauce to the dough would make it even deliciously apple? Either way, mmmm!

  4. Mireya — October 28, 2010 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    I don’t think there is anything better than apple and cinnamon together. Absolute perfection.

  5. Meadow Lark — October 28, 2010 @ 7:43 pm (#)

    But the real question: chewy. Describe “chewy”. Cake-like? Crispy in the initial bite, then crumbly. Soft without any resistance in a bite? Because me and “chewy” have a total love-hate relationship. I LOVE chewy and HATE anything that only skirts the edges ;)

    Do tell…

  6. Carol — October 28, 2010 @ 8:01 pm (#)

    Sounds wonderful!! Can’t wait to make them! I’ve got a great apple granola pancake recipe that I’ll have dig up and share.

  7. Karen G — October 28, 2010 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    I LOVE snickerdoodles!! They are definitely a favorite holiday cookie for me! Thanks for encouraging me to step out of the snickerdoodle box and be creative.

  8. Kat — October 28, 2010 @ 8:18 pm (#)

    Can’t wait to try this!

  9. Bryan — October 28, 2010 @ 9:21 pm (#)

    This is wonderful!!!! Who knew!? I don’t think I’ve ever had a proper apple cookie but this is fantastic, what great cookie into which to incorporate apples.

  10. Elizabeth — October 28, 2010 @ 9:42 pm (#)

    Sounds (and looks) delicious!!

  11. Schmidty — October 28, 2010 @ 9:45 pm (#)

    This just made it to the top of my favorite recipes pile. :)

  12. ronnissweettooth — October 28, 2010 @ 10:40 pm (#)

    I love snickerdoodles, but my favorite has to be the oatmeal craisin.

  13. lynne — October 28, 2010 @ 11:09 pm (#)

    Those look amazing!!!!! Perfect for fall!

  14. Liz Horsley — October 29, 2010 @ 12:25 am (#)

    Excellent idea. I love texture of snickerdoodles, though. Instead of or in addition to apples, do you think added pumpkin puree would change the texture too much?

  15. Hanne — October 29, 2010 @ 1:20 am (#)

    I LOVE snickerdoodles. Definitely have to try these!

  16. Lisa Hiteshew — October 29, 2010 @ 6:10 am (#)

    What a great idea! I think I will make a batch of these this weekend – yum!

  17. Linda HIll — October 29, 2010 @ 6:23 am (#)

    My husband loves snickerdoodles- now I can sneak some fruit into them! Thanks!

  18. McKenzie — October 29, 2010 @ 7:24 am (#)

    Snickerdoodles are my ALL TIME FAVORITE cookie! I would have never thought to add something to them, but apples sound perfect! I am a person that does not like nuts in my cookies so getting some extra flavor in the cookies without nuts is great!

  19. Kira — October 29, 2010 @ 7:49 am (#)

    Made a double batch last night and they were -FANTASTIC-. The apples are chewy little surprises :3 I had to borrow brown sugar for some neighbors and they loved their gifted cookies as well! heehee.

    The first batch, fresh out of the oven…I can’t even describe them. They were perfect. Whenever I attempt cookies they don’t turn out well, but I called these my first success! The cinnamon was the cherry on top~ The second batch I decided to use twice as many apple chunks since they’re so neat, and my roommate mashed up some chunks to add to the batter. They made the cookies more cakey, and I’m trying to figure how to solve since my cookies usually come out that way.

    In any case! They’re easy, nummy, and go great with hot chocolate. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Sarah — October 29, 2010 @ 8:16 am (#)

    these look delicious, I will have to try them

  21. Kristen — October 29, 2010 @ 9:31 am (#)

    GREAT idea!!! I’m planning on making a big batch of snickerdoodles for my Thanksgiving family reunion. I have to try these as well!!! Thanks for another wonderful recipe idea!

  22. Margaret — October 29, 2010 @ 9:34 am (#)

    I would never think to put apples in my cookies. I definitely want to try this recipe out.

  23. Hila — October 29, 2010 @ 9:45 am (#)

    Looks very yummy!

  24. Victoria — October 29, 2010 @ 1:00 pm (#)

    I love snickerdoodles! When I first came upon this recipe via foodgawker, I thought you had found an alternative to using applesauce intead of butter! But this is an even better use of apples. Must try soon!

  25. Suzi — October 29, 2010 @ 1:23 pm (#)

    That’s a pretty genius riff on an old standard. Sounds perfect for fall!

  26. Sarah — October 29, 2010 @ 3:33 pm (#)

    This looks so good! I can’t wait to try these apple snickerdoodles.

  27. Michelle — October 29, 2010 @ 5:33 pm (#)

    What a clever twist on such an old favorite. Sounds delicious!

  28. Amanda — October 30, 2010 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    Apple cookies?! They sound amazing!! Can’t wait to start on these this afternoon

  29. jill — October 30, 2010 @ 5:20 pm (#)

    What a GREAT is idea!!! I love snickerdoodles!!!

  30. Paige Shadden — October 30, 2010 @ 8:24 pm (#)

    geesh! where do you get all of these amazing recipes? yummy yum.

  31. jenn — October 31, 2010 @ 6:44 am (#)

    I have to admit that I have never had apple cookies, but these look good!

  32. Alison — October 31, 2010 @ 4:25 pm (#)

    These look so tasty! I have been looking for a fall cookie recipe that would be sweet and tangy all at once. Another one I found is molasses cookies with lemon glaze. Yum!

  33. ashley m — October 31, 2010 @ 7:31 pm (#)

    delish!! I love autumn cookies

  34. gingycookies — November 1, 2010 @ 3:47 am (#)

    Its brilliant! Apples with cinnamon is my fiance’s favorite!!! And he loves Snikerdoodles! So Apples in Snikerdoodles!!!!!

  35. Lynell — November 1, 2010 @ 2:58 pm (#)

    Ooooh, I love snickerdoodles. Putting apple in them is a great idea, I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  36. Divaatastic — November 18, 2010 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    i m loving your recipes

  37. loree — November 28, 2010 @ 1:01 pm (#)

    these sound fantastic!

    what type of apple would you suggest? from the picture, i guessed golden delicious.

  38. Katherine — October 23, 2012 @ 8:01 pm (#)

    This is just like making chocolate chip cookies but are rolled in cinnnaom-sugar and apples are used instead of chocolate!

  39. Krista — October 28, 2012 @ 6:38 pm (#)

    I just made these tonight and they are fantastic!! I had some mini cinnamon chips left over from another recipe, so I stirred in about 1/3 C of those along with the apple chunks. The texture of these cookies is perfect – crisp on the outside, soft but with a little chewy bite on the inside. Thanks!

  40. toria — November 21, 2012 @ 9:50 pm (#)

    I have many cans of apple and cherry pie filling can we use it in these?

  41. Mister Lightspeed — September 24, 2013 @ 6:12 pm (#)

    Awesome recipe. But very inconvenient without metric measures, for Canadians.

  42. Katie — November 11, 2013 @ 4:37 pm (#)

    I figured since I was making these a second time that I should leave a comment.

    These are AMAZING! Like someone else said, I added cinnon chips, but I know they’d be awesome even without. Thank you for sharing!


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