Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

I was betting that these Apple Peanut Butter Cookies were going to be a hit. With Maria’s Apple Peanut Butter Bars already a favorite at our house, it seemed obvious that this new recipe with the same flavor combo would go over well, too.

The cookies call for shredded apples, which I have come to adore in baked goods. Take, for instance, a couple of my favorite fall recipes filled with shredded apple goodness…

Grandma Barb’s Apple Bread
A hearty and flavorful bread, loaded with apples, cinnamon, nuts, and raisins.

 Apple Bundt with Brown-Butter Vanilla Bean Glaze
A fabulous fall Bundt cake, filled with apple cinnamon goodness,
and topped with a thick and silky caramel-like glaze.

Thanks to the shredded apples, both of these recipes are super moist and delicious.

Just like these Apple Peanut Butter Cookies, which turned out to be an instant hit with our family. I honestly don’t think I’ve met a more tender cookie. A delicious temptation, they were very hard for me to resist, and disappeared all too quickly around here. The original recipe, which I adapted just slightly, only made 2 dozen cookies. Obviously not enough! I knew from here on out that I would always double the recipe. So that’s what this recipe reflects. {you’re welcome!}

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 48 cookies


  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 c. shortening
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. grated peeled apple


Preheat oven to 375°.

In a large bowl, cream the peanut butter, shortening, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in the apple.

Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets, about 2'' apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.


Adapted from Taste of Home.

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38 Responses to “Apple Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. #
    Maria — September 12, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Too funny! I just made apple peanut butter cookies-inspired by my bars! ha! Great minds! Will be trying your cookies. I will try to post mine soon:)

    • Brenda replied on September 13th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Funny! I look forward to yours, of course!

  2. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — September 12, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Oh, those DO sound yummy!

  3. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

    These cookies look lovely!

  4. #
    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — September 12, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I’m so excited to start baking with apples this fall. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  5. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I love shredded apples in baked goods too, these cookies look wonderful!

  6. #
    Emily @ She Makes and Bakes — September 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I’ve never thought to shred my apples before, but I love the idea! The wheels are turning!

    • Brenda replied on September 13th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      You must try it, Emily – so moist and yummy!

  7. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — September 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Oh, that flavor combination does sound great!

  8. #
    Donna — September 12, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Yes, I LOVE to put shredded apples into baked goods too. It helps them to stay nice and moist!

    I bet these are cookies are yummy! I am trying to be good and not eat sweets or I would try them!

  9. #
    Julia {the roasted root} — September 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    YES! You took one of my favorite snacks (apple with peanut butter) and turned it into a great-looking cookie! I’ve never made cookies with apples before and am definitely excited to try it out! I love apple treats and apple cookies would give me a higher probability of being able to stick to some form of portion control :)

  10. #
    cassie — September 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    These are just too perfect Brenda! I love apples with peanut butter. I wish I had a couple right now!

  11. #
    Paula — September 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I am going to make these…yes I am!! You know, my grand-girls love apple wedges served up with a side of peanut butter for dipping them. I just know they are going to love these cookies. I will too.

    • Brenda replied on September 13th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Your grandchildren will LOVE these, then! You MUST try!! :)

  12. #
    Sheila — September 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I love apples and peanut butter, it’s one of my favorite snacks! These cookies look like a must try!

  13. #
    Monica — September 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    These look great. Can’t wait to try them! :)

  14. #
    Amanda — September 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Those really look amazing. I can almost taste it now! We must get together. And you must bring these. And the bread. And cake. Thats not asking too much right? ;)

    • Brenda replied on September 13th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Not too much to ask at all. Except I think we need to invite a few more people to join us!! :)

  15. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — September 13, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I must make these very very soon Brenda. Yum!! I just picked a load of apples yesterday. I think some will be for this recipe. Bookmarking immediately!!


  16. #
    Shiloh Barkley — September 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Those look perfect!

  17. #
    Brett Lawrence — September 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Apple Peanut Butter Cookies is really delicious recipe, which i like very much and want to learn to make it.

  18. #
    TidyMom — September 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    we were both baking up peanut butter cookies with a twist this week! these look amazing Brenda!

  19. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — September 14, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Lovely idea! Crisp fall apples make everything better. :)

  20. #
    Lynna — September 15, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Oh my my…I will for sure love these cookies! I love shredded apples in my desserts!

  21. #
    Lisa | With Style and Grace — September 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I love this combination you did! I love just dipping my apples into peanut butter, but making that into a cookie – brilliant!

  22. #
    Peggy — September 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Oh goodness! These look like they would be a hit in our house, too =)

  23. #
    Kate Krantz — October 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I made these cookies and mine did not spread out. What do you think caused this? The one thing I changed was that I did not use shortening but butter.

  24. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — September 25, 2014 at 6:52 am

    love these apple peanut butter cookies!! grated peeled apple? can’t wait to try this! so excited! :)

    • Brenda replied on October 1st, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Yay!! Hope you like the cookies, Alice. :)

  25. #
    Liv — September 9, 2015 at 12:01 am

    would these work with almond flour? i kinda love the idea of making them into a yummy, protein packed, sweet treat

  26. #
    Liv — September 9, 2015 at 12:04 am

    also what about unsweetened applesauce instead of sugar? i just know I’m going to eat all of these so i have to do everything i can! chocolate chip i can resist, apple peanut butter not so much.


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