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Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies, warm and tender from the oven, are the perfect way to enjoy a crisp fall or winter day!

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies on a cooling rack

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies for a Fall Treat

We’re a peanut butter lovin’ family through and through, and one of our favorite snacks is apples dipped in peanut butter. So it’s no surprise that these Apple Peanut Butter Cookies get quickly devoured around here!

When fresh local apples become available each fall, you can bet that we’re baking these tender, buttery cookies. They’re great for fall gatherings and are a fun casual dessert for Thanksgiving!

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies dough balls on a baking pan

Minnesota has a great number of famous apple varieties to its name, and so many of them are favorites with our family – think Haralson, Honey Crisp, Zestar!, and SweeTango. So when we have fresh apples available from local orchards each fall – such a treat! – I bake with them every chance I can get.

These cookies call for both shredded and diced apples. The shredded pieces give overall apple flavor and texture to the cookies, while the diced bits offer more pronounced bites of apple goodness.

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies lined up on a cooling rack

These apple peanut butter cookies were an instant hit with our family when I first introduced them several years ago, and remain a recipe that we all look forward to.

Apple cookies

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

The cookies bake up super tender with a beautiful buttery crispness to their exteriors. Light in peanut butter flavor, I find them extremely hard to resist – especially as they sit on the counter to cool. I pretty much just pour myself a big glass of cold milk and let myself enjoy.

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Apple Peanut Butter Cookies on a cooling rack

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies
prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 1 hour
total time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Crisp apples dipped in peanut butter are a favorite snack around here. We took that combination and made it into a cookie. Apple Peanut Butter Cookies, warm and tender from the oven, are the perfect way to enjoy a crisp fall or winter day!
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  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 c. unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 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. kosher salt
  • ½ c. peeled and grated apple I use the large holes on a box grater, and then lightly chop any long strands of apple with a knife – I like to use Haralson or Granny Smith
  • ½ c. peeled and diced 1/4″ size apple – I like to use Haralson or Granny Smith


  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping the bowl 2 to 3 times. Add peanut butter and incorporate. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in the grated and diced apple.
  • Drop about 2 tablespoons of dough onto baking sheet, about 2” apart. I like to use a medium scoop (mine is 1-5/8" in diameter), loaded just a bit generously. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.


Adapted from Taste of Home.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 132kcal Carbohydrates: 16g Protein: 2g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 18mg Sodium: 105mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 9g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

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This post was originally published September 2012 and has been a popular reader favorite. Photographs and some of the text were updated October 2017.

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47 comments on “Apple Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet

    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!!


  2. 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? ;)

  3. 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.

  4. Julia {the roasted root}

    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 :)

  5. 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!

  6. 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:)