Apple Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
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Apple Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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These spiced peanut butter cookies are great for fall gatherings. They're crisp on the outside and soft inside. —Marjorie Benson, New Castle, Pennsylvania
Featured In: Fall Cookies
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup grated peeled apple

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 216 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in apple.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Apple Peanut Butter Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p240

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jgiarraputo User ID: 8929909 253842
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2016

"Used butter instead of shortening. Diced the apples and doubled the amount. Thought the cookie was too sweet and not enough apple flavor so I made a glaze with an apple cider reduction (high quality because the flavor will be concentrated).

Excellent! Balanced the sweetness, added more apple flavor and texture."

fotobydede User ID: 1040407 236256
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"I wouldn't make these again and actually threw out the dough that I had frozen. The flavor was ok but the cake consistency was terrible. Perhaps if they were made with butter instead of shortening they might be better."

tipou User ID: 5632831 235116
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"delicious and different"

mannl User ID: 2923639 234107
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

"Very good,soft cookie!"

redcow User ID: 47124 234046
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"I have made these cookies for a long time. A true favorite. Cookies are so soft. I use a whole apple and dice it very fine and leave the skin on. I also add some chocolate chips. My husband says everything is better with chocolate chips!"

debpenns User ID: 5553562 233239
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"such a awesome cookie!! it smells and feels like fall when there baking!!"

deb9962 User ID: 6353234 232880
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2015

"Such a yummy, easy, soft cookie"

CowpokeBob User ID: 6210496 224123
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2015

"Easy to make and very tasty. Made per the recipe but doubled the grated apple. They came out moist and soft."

neko4474 User ID: 7103908 219923
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"These were really easy and I liked the addition of the grated apple in them that gave it a unique flavor."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 218640
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"I'd double the number of stars if I could, these cookies are THAT delicious! Apples with peanut butter has been one of my favorite foods since I was a kid. So, had to make these cookies ASAP! When putting them on the pans, I flattened half of them with a fork dipped in sugar like old-fashioned peanut butter cookies. Followed the directions for the other half. Our family is divided on which they prefer. Personally, I liked the "dropped" version a little more because of the crispy-soft contrast. Also thought the apple flavor came out a little more in that version. Definite keeper!"

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