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Apple Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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john User ID: 9123107 264040
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2017

"Love the cookies but mine came out too fragile to handle. I'd appreciate any tips on how to make them a bit firmer. Tried baking a few more minutes but that didn't help. All is not lost, as I'm making the remaining ones into an icebox cake."

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!"

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 215233
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"I just chopped the apple finely, rather than grating and I think the apple taste is perfect."

jeannetteknudsen User ID: 964088 207968
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2014

"I'm not a peanut butter cookie fan but needed to use up some old apples. I made these and I was astounded by how good they were. I will definitely be making them again and again!"

meaganteal User ID: 814898 142407
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"I got rave reviews when I brought these to work. I do have an issue-I used a cup of apples and still didn't taste apple. The cookie is very moist and has good flavor, but there isn't an apple taste."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 91107
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"Just like everyone else has reviewed, mu husband and friends were skeptical of peanut butter and apple, but one bite, and they are hooked!!! I doubled the recipe and used a whole apple, chopped. Some friends said I should add even more apple! Super moist! These will be added to my Christmas cookie list."

barbklingbile User ID: 4745281 157048
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2014

"easy and great tasting. I made them sugar-free using Splenda, Splenda brown and natural peanut butter so my diabetic husband could eat them. They won't last long."

sammy12384 User ID: 3941312 207967
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"I also used a whole apple, chopped finely, and added a little extra cinnamon. So easy and delicious!"

darlenelugo User ID: 7978946 79949
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"I just made these cookies, no chunky peanut butter but I added 1/2 c.chopped pecans and 3/4 c. Shredded apple and with a lite cream cheese drizzle icing."

DinaF. User ID: 7544742 138744
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"I made these cookies but altered the recipe by using a 1/4 cup grated apples and a 1/4 cup of diced apples. They came out wonderful but next time I will make a little glaze with some apple juice and confectioners sugar."

nsmith1601310 User ID: 7431169 91105
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"These cookies came out terrible. cookie-cake consistency is what I ended up with. Flavor profile was lacking considerably. I would not recommend or make these again."

Anntheresa User ID: 6790038 207966
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"I will keep this in my recipe box. What I like is that I always have items on hand and can make them at a moments notice. I will make them again. Stuck to the recipe but next time I will use more apple also a light icing. I think it would give them just that little something."

erkgoer User ID: 7403319 110498
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"These were delicious, all of the favors combined well without any being overpowering. I used a whole Granny Smith apple and cubed it instead of grating it. I also used smooth peanut butter instead of chunky. The cookies are very soft and chewy in the inside!"

hchambers User ID: 7140928 110494
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"Great cookies! I love the peanut butter. I diced the apples instead of grating them. These are a great way to sneak some fruit into your kids. I will definitely make them again."

SeranaJayne User ID: 7251558 88614
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"Very soft and Good!"

CooknFox_NC User ID: 971981 158573
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"Love this recipe! but I use a whole cup of the apples. I cut them into small cubes. It gives a great texture. Nice soft cookie!"

bernerlover User ID: 2342652 142402
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"I did what everyone else said about adding a whole apple (I used granny smith) and chop it, otherwise I followed the recipe. These were really good. Make sure you flatten them a little though before baking because otherwise they fall apart (but still tasty, lol). I'll definitely make them again."

daisyk2010 User ID: 6933457 110491
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"I love this recipe! I've made it a few times now, I always use CHOPPED apple, not grated. If you are looking for more of that apple flavor simply use larger size chunks of apple. I think if you grate it you are not going to get any of that apple flavor. Besides that, these are a HUGE hit and delicious! If you're thinking about making them, please do ! :)"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 88598
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"It's nice to sneak something nutritious into a cookie, but I couldn't taste the apple."

contrarywife User ID: 2675625 79947
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"I had to try these based on all the favorable reviews, and the fact that my husband's favorite desserts are apple pie and anything with peanut butter in it. These are very, very good. I was sceptical about the cinnamon with the peanut butter but everything blends beautifully. I only gave it four stars because we prefer a chewy or crispy type cookie. I'm sure I'll make them again though, quick and easy. Follow the directions exactly and you'll be successful. I too used more apple than 1/2 cup; one large gala grated looked to be about one cup."

webby3808 User ID: 6914518 88581
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"Amazing cookies! The apple flavor really adds to this cookie. I added a cup instead of a half cup and it made it even better!"

kdwarren User ID: 3452511 155721
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"Soft cake like cookie. The apple, peanut butter or cinnamon do not standout as a flavour on their own but blend into a mild fall type flavour. Used half whole wheat And half white. Flour and full cup and shredded apple and they turned out great."

gfamily2012 User ID: 6884307 70549
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"I adapted this recipe to a gluten free cookie and made a couple of other changes (added cinnamon and used butter instead of shortening) for flavor and these were delicious."

secdau User ID: 4912831 70548
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2012

"could you use applesauce instead of an apple?"

Jennasaurus17 User ID: 5338867 138724
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"Apples and peanut butter are a wonderful flavor combination! My dogs have been enjoying apple and peanut butter flavored treats for years! I'm glad to have found a recipe that treats us humans to such goodness! A note on the apples; in my personal experience, there is no need to exactly measure 1/2 cup of apple. Just make sure the one you use is a decent size. Measured after shredding, one good-sized apple equals just a bit more that 1/2 cup. The little extra apple is great though. It gives the apple flavor just a little bit of help coming through. I've used a little more than 1/2 cup even, and the cookies never seemed to be "too apple-y" (Ha! can you even imagine such a thing anyways?). And for the shredding, simply use the bigger holes on a cheese grater (like the ones you would use for cheddar cheese). This size shred of apple makes their taste blend very evenly throughout the peanut butter. You also get more apple bits overall (over dicing) so the apple blends better throughout the cookie dough. Fabulously delicious cookies, though. These instantly became pretty much my favorite cookie ever. And as a last note, if you are out of or don't have chunky peanut butter, please go to the store and get some! Although regular peanut butter would lend the same flavor, the little peanut bits from the crunchy peanut butter give these cookies a wonderfully satisfying texture and are what makes these cookies as great as they are."

Mom2JMKK User ID: 6339893 79943
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"Great cookie ! I added a whole cup of diced apples instead of the 1/2 c shredded. Definitely a keeper recipe"

BonnieBryant User ID: 770618 163768
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"These cookies are wonderful. They hold up in mailing as well. I bake them and send them to my grand daughter in Minn. I have to make more than one batch at a time as they are very popular with my family."

emimae User ID: 160192 91103
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"Yummy! Like prior reviewers, I also used a whole cup of diced apple. I also experimented and added 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts, and about 1/4 cup of some dried cranberries. I substituted 1/2 cup of the flour with whole wheat flour, and put in a Tlbs of wheat germ. The cookies came out pefectly. I will make these again. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!"

Ldominguez User ID: 5877723 88865
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2012

"Everyone who tried them loved them"

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 157045
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Perfect soft peanut butter cookies. The apple keeps the peanut butter from becoming too overwhelming."

jwinty User ID: 1126606 110490
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"Diced up the apple quite small, used a Granny smith. I added mini chocolate chips to half the batch and these went twice as quick with my gang."

EmmyAnne24 User ID: 6506191 70547
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"Made these for my family, and they loved them! I was out of peanut butter so I used almond butter instead--gave it a nice different flavor. If you're looking for an easy cookie recipe that's a little unique, I recommend this one! :)"

Cooks2005 User ID: 3230453 158569
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011 Edited Nov. 4, 2015

"Super moist and really yummy!!"

JenfromFlag User ID: 2604063 142381
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Very yummy, moist and good."

WhidbeyIslandGal User ID: 6291030 163765
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"This recipe was soooo good! Super moist, I especially loved the cinnamon in the cookies. The apples were nice touch, i used finely a finely chopped apple instead of grating it. My boyfriend loved them and enjoyed dipping them in a glass of milk. Yum! :))"

Teri or Kimberly User ID: 2120649 155720
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"These cookies are wonderful! I started with 1/4 c butter and 1/4 c shortening rather than all shortening, which worked beautifully. I also chopped the apples into tiny pieces rather than grated. I have definitely added this recipe to my book."

Bethshiels User ID: 4930056 63910
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"Very good flavor and moist. Turned out perfectly for a fall treat."

littlebluesara User ID: 5352210 159148
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"Delicious! Was not sure if the cinnamon was going to taste good with the peanut butter, but the flavors were great together! Will DEFINITELY be making these often!"

shortydaisi User ID: 5297862 70528
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"Next time I would finely chop the apples instead of grating them. Didn't seem to have quite enough apple flavor!"

CRSullivan24 User ID: 4997637 140563
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"I love the combination of apples and peanut butter so I was excited to see discover this recipe. I decided to try the suggested method of using small chopped apple pieces instead of grated apple and I was happy with the texture and the flavor of the cookies. I will definitely make these again."

dlindenf User ID: 4192917 91102
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"These were excellent! One of my favorite combinations: apples and peanut butter !"

Eastern Plains Wen User ID: 3616977 70527
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"This is a very welcome recipe in my home! I was looking for something new to try. I used extra chunky peanut butter. The cookies were fabulous!"

beckysander User ID: 2176225 91074
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"I liked these soft cookies, but thought they were too sweet. I will reduce the white sugar next time. I used a gala apple and chopped up about 3/4 C. I baked one batch 10 mins and they were pale and tended to fall apart. The next batched was baked 12-13 minutes and turned out a nice golden brown and had a better flavor and texture. I used real butter for the shortening. Yummo."

lilpersn User ID: 2600166 138710
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"Great tasting cookie! So moist! I cant wait to bake them again - this time I am adding some chocolate!"

epears1 User ID: 5325031 138701
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"These are delisious and very easy!! My daugher loved them and is not fond of peanut butter cookies"

nancy headlee User ID: 5479331 138699
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"My husband liked them, but I thought they were a weird texture and couldn't taste the apple. I used Granny Smith so I expected to get some of the flavor. A little disappointed"

MuffinMazing User ID: 6064140 63909
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"These were so good! I used bigger chunks of apple and found that pieces a little smaller than a chunk and bigger than grated works best. So... Chopped. :)"

Arak54 User ID: 6197974 70518
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011 Edited Nov. 4, 2015

"liked it. lovely peanut taste"

goodelli User ID: 1478079 63905
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2011

"Great taste and texture! As others have noted, be careful with the time. I baked mine for 8 minutes and they came out great (I have a gas oven with a convection type fan)"

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 155718
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

"I never would have thought of the combination of Peanut Butter and Apples, but it is quite a nice change from your ordinary chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies. This cookie is a nice texture and has a little bit of both flavors in it but neither the apple or peanut butter are so overpowering that you can't taste one or the other. Very well done. quick easy and pleasing. Thank you for the GREAT idea!"

DKM2 User ID: 5049165 142380
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"These cookies are fantastic! They're delightfully different. I didn't change a thing, except to bake them on parchment paper instead of greasing the sheets. Will definitely make again."

dns User ID: 2060291 110461
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"I made this recipe with a few tweaks! I doubled it and used a 50/50 combo of whole wheat and all purpose flours. I cut back about 1/2 on the salt and packed the grated apple into the measuring cup. I also added about 1 cup crushed peanuts and 2 1/2 cups mini dark chocolate chips! What can I say? I love chocolate and the combo of PB, apple and chocolate was too much to resist!! Rather than greasing the pans, I used parchment paper. The result was a moist flavourful cookie! The peanut butter is not overly strong so I may adjust the quantities a bit next time and the cinnamon added a nice dimension but does not overwhelm. Watch the baking time as mine didn't take as long to bake. Will definitely make again."

Mindyann User ID: 5608910 142361
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"Amazing. Just loved these and the kids can't guess the "secret ingredient""

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 158568
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"Yippee, how nice to find a new and DIFFERENT cookie recipe. I too added more than a half cup of apple- (I used honey crisp) basically the whole apple- no problem in the baking. I also had some tiny little peanut butter cups - about the size of choc chips. Oh my the taste is so YUMMY. A great fall taste!"

flexybull User ID: 5442419 70510
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"Perfect mix between apples and pb! I put a little more than 1/2c of apples in and it cooked fine. Slight crunch on the outside, soft and cakey on the inside. My house loved them"

tagy66 User ID: 3744656 140561
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Decided to try these as they seemed to be something different and not chocolate. They were a huge hit. Although I agree with Kate about possibly needing more apple, I would be afraid they would not cook the same. I stuck to the recipe, but packed my cup pretty full!"

mg3works4me User ID: 3315484 159147
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"The flavor of these cookies is really good and the recipe came out just perfectly, crisp on the outside and soft inside. The only reason I will not make these again is that we are not fans of "cake" type cookies, we prefer a more dense, chewy type."

kateyk8 User ID: 4636698 70467
Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"I made a double batch of these cookies and then shared them with my neighbors. They LOVED them! We LOVED them! I love apples so the cookies could stand a little bit more apple in the recipe, but still so delicious."

vanderbeck User ID: 1047120 207965
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2009

"I made these cookies for my family and the cookies disappeared in a jiffy with them asking me to make more. I made them again doubling the recipe and took them to a dinner. The cookies disappeared in no time and I was being asked for the recipe by everyone present. They are delicious."

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 70461
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"These cookies are delicious! I love peanut butter and apples so when I saw this recipe I had to try it. These are very soft and moist. Do not overbake! I was a litte skeptical about the cinnamon, but the taste is great. I really don't taste much of the apple and I did use an entire apple in my food processor which yielded almost a cup. Stick with the chunky pb as the nuts give it nice texture as well as taste. I got 3 dozen cookies out of this. Thanks for sharing."

beenthere3 User ID: 1214420 163764
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2009

"Since this is the third time in a week my husband has requested these cookies, you know they're really good! quick to make, and good stuff in them. Give it a 5!"

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