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Apple Cookies – Easy Drop Cookie for the Fall!

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These Apple Cookies are so delicious! Apple Cookies are drop cookies, the easiest cookie you can make! The inside is soft and chewy and the apples and nuts give them a nice, crispy crunch!

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When the days start to cool and get shorter we all need some comforting treats to eat. The other plus is being able to turn the heat on to warm up this old farmhouse.

These easy apple cookies have all of the flavors of fall. These wonderful apple cookies have lots of chunks of apples and nuts and those warming fall spices in them.

They are perfect to send in the kids’ lunch boxes and great for an afternoon snack.

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What you need

  • flour – all purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon – ground
  • cloves – ground
  • nutmeg – ground
  • salt
  • butter – use unsalted butter when baking
  • eggs use large eggs
  • apples – use apples that are in season. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Empire, Cortland, McIntosh, etc.
  • nuts – preferably pecans or walnuts
  • powdered sugar -for optional glaze
  • milk or water -for optional glaze

These cookies are not only great in the fall they are incredibly easy. And… everyone loves them.

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How to make them

  1. Preheat oven to 350­°F.
  2. Use a stand mixer to mix these cookies, or my by hand.
  3. Mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  4. Cream butter.
  5. Add sugar. Beat until dough is light and fluffy.
  6. Add eggs and combine.
  7. Incorporate dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, just until mixed.
  8. Mix in apples and nuts by hand.
  9. Place rounded teaspoon piece (or use a small cookie scoop) of dough on parchment covered baking sheet. (or place on silicone baking mats)
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden.
  11. Remove to wire rack to cool.
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Mix in chopped nuts and apples by hand. Place teaspoon sized chunks on cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Bake 350°F for about 10-12 minutes.

Pro tips for your success

  • Always use unsalted butter for baking.
  • Allow butter to come to room temperature for at least an hour.
  • When creaming the butter and sugar, keep beating them until the color is a very light yellow and the texture is creamy.
  • Always measure all of your ingredients before starting to put the recipe together. This will ensure that you don’t forget a crucial ingredient.
  • Rough chop apples and nuts.
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Why does this recipe work?

  • These cookies have all of the warming flavors of fall. Namely cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, in other words apple pie seasoning.
  • Perfect for when you are on the run.
  • Great for after school snacks.
  • Great for the lunchbox.
  • Incredibly easy.
  • They taste fantastic and everyone loves them!

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Apple Cookies

These Apple Cookies are so delicious! Apple Cookies are drop cookies, the easiest cookie you can make! The inside is soft and chewy and the nuts and apples give them a nice, crispy crunch!
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5 from 12 votes
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $5



  • Preheat oven to 350­°F.
  • Use a stand mixer to mix these cookies, or mix by hand.
  • Mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices (or substitute store bought or homemade apple pie spice.)
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Cream butter.
    1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • Add sugar and beat until dough is light and fluffy.
    1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Add eggs and combine.
    2 eggs
  • Incorporate dry ingredients, just until mixed. Do not overmix.
  • Mix in chopped apples and nuts by hand.
    1 cup apples, chopped, 1 cup nuts, chopped
  • Place rounded teaspoon piece of dough (or use a small cookie scoop) on parchment paper covered baking sheet. (or place on silicone baking mats)
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden.

For glaze

  • Mix powdered sugar with milk or water until lumps disappear. Mix by hand or with a mixer.
    2/3 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tablespoon milk or water
  • Drizzle onto cookies.
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Chop apples into larger pieces, if you like big chunks. You can grate the apple to distribute it even through the dough, also.
Bake on parchment for easy clean up.
General Baking Tips:
Always measure dry ingredients with a dry measuring cup. Measure with dry measuring cups or weigh dry ingredients.
Always measure liquid ingredients with liquid measuring cup
Never break eggs directly into recipe ingredients. Break eggs into a separate bowl, in case you get any shells, so that you can pull them out.
Make sure that you know what temperature your oven is set at. Buy an oven thermometer and check oven temperature regularly.
Always check baked goods, like cakes or quick breads with cake tester, placed in center. If the tester comes out clean, it’s done.
Always cool cookies and baked goods on wire racks so that they don’t get soggy.


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 30mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Originally published December 4, 2018 Updated November 9, 2021.

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    1. The glaze is just powdered sugar mixed with water or milk. Just add enough to get it to drizzle. You can mix by hand or with a mixer. Thanks for checking out the recipe Liz!

  1. 5 stars
    I love the idea of little bites of apple in the cookie, it will also use up the apples left over in the fruit basket as always the case.

  2. 5 stars
    I tend to bake quite a few cookies as gifts so this easy o follow and delicious looking cookies are just right. Have never added fresh apples to cookies… bookmarking this recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    I love spicy cookies and these sound so good with apple, nuts and spices! I really need to try your recipe as they’d be perfect as an after school snack for my kids.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made some apple cookies before but not in quite the same way. Like the idea of the chunks of apple and nut in there and the yummy spices. Sound great!

  5. 5 stars
    I constantly buy more apples than I could ever possibly eat fresh, so I am always looking for new ways to bake with apples. These look like a perfect and easy way to use up a few!

  6. 5 stars
    I love the idea of apple cookies. Don’t know why I’ve never tried it but can’t wait to try these yummy looking cookies.

  7. 5 stars
    My kids would love these. I still have apples from apple picking and these are easy enough for my kids to help in the kitchen and whip up. Love this for fall.

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