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Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Tired of chocolate chip, macadamia nut, and plain old sugar cookies? Then try these apple peanut butter cookies, rich with a touch of fruitiness.


  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter*
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup peeled and grated apple
  • Cooking spray, for greasing


In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add them to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the apple.

Grease a baking sheet. Drop the mixture 1 rounded tablespoon at a time 2 inches apart onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks.

I followed the recipe, carefully measuring the ingredients and the result was a sticky glob of dough. I baked 6 and they were the most horrible peanut butter cookies I have ever tasted. I'll stick to my "traditional" recipe.

Nell, sorry to hear that these cookies didn't come out well at all. The recipe sounds ok, I will give it a try soon, and let you know how mine turn out. We have lots of other excellent peanut butter cookies, hope you can find some better ones. Happy Baking :-)


Made the peanut butter with applesauce turned out great friends want us to make more for office.

Mine turned out amaizing. If you add a dash of baking powder and roll the cookies in sugar and dont smoosh they are a bit better

These are definitely not going to make the same cookies you might be used to, but the apple sauce adds more fibre! They will be puffier and the dough will be sticky. You can reduce this by adding a bit more flour or putting the dough in the fridge for a while.

Not sure how old this recipe is but I love it. I substituted the following one cup of oats for 1 cup of flour. 1 1/4 cups of sugar free brown instead of the sugar. I did two eggs instead of egg whites and I added a cup and a half of cranberries and a cup of sunflower seeds. I love this recipe. It did take me 13 minutes to bake my cookies but I hope people will try it it’s really good. Thank you67J

I just tried these as I had expired peanut butter and applesauce to use up. Not your crunchy cookies but are delicious and addicting! Will be making these again!

Apple Peanut Butter Delights

Spread each English muffin half with about 1 tablespoon peanut butter. Lay slices of apple on top, overlapping and stacking a few.

Mix together the sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle a teaspoon or two over each English muffin half.

Bake them for 10 minutes, then broil (watch them constantly!) until the top is nice and bubbly and starting to caramelize. (You can sprinkle on a little more cinnamon sugar after the initial 10 minutes of baking if you want to add a little more!)

Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then serve!

Marlboro Man, the kids, and I are in Colorado this week. We stay in the same place whenever we come here, and one of the challenges is always figuring out what everyone&rsquos going to eat. This is one of my favorite snacks to whip up when we&rsquore away from home, when all I have at my disposal is a single cookie sheet, an oven, a few other basic kitchen items, and whatever grocery staples I pick up at the supermarket the day we arrive.

Hyacinth first enlightened me about this kid-friendly (and mom-friendly, and dad-friendly, and anyone-friendly) snack years and years ago when we first started homeschooling our kids and we used to swap easy recipe ideas these delicious wonders were all the rage among homeschooling moms (well, all moms!) at the time. They&rsquore a cinch to whip up, and perfectly satisfying for a handful of kids. Think of them as little portable apple-peanut butter pies!

I made a batch yesterday after we finished skiing (Breaking News: I did not fall) and I decided to take a walk on the wild side and take pics of the process for you. It was kind of fun to do a cooking post in a foreign land!

Well, if you can call Colorado foreign. Which you can&rsquot. So never mind.

Start with an apple or two or nineteen, depending on how many Apple Peanut Butter Delights you wish to wind up with.

These are Honeycrisp. I am obsessed.

If you have an apple corer, you can cut out the core. If you don&rsquot, like I didn&rsquot, just cut around the core like this!

Then just slice the apple pieces&hellip

Into really thin slices. The apples will only cook in the oven for a short time, so the thinner you can go, the better.

Next, grab some English muffins! These are whole wheat, but you can use whatever kind you like.

Grab about a tablespoon of peanut butter per English muffin half&hellip

And smear it all over the surface in an even layer.

Then come the apples! Lay a few slices on top, stacking them here and there.

And yes. Sometime before 2016, I hope to remove the last of the glitter polish from my thumbnail. It just hasn&rsquot been much of a squeaky wheel lately.

It&rsquos a good thing God doesn&rsquot care about what fingernails look like.

Now, to make these delights especially delightful, throw some sugar and a little cinnamon into a bowl.

I bought the very smallest size of sugar the supermarket had, but this was the smallest cinnamon container they had. If I were smart, I would have brought back the cinnamon I bought last year, or if I&rsquod been really smart, the cinnamon I bought the year before that.

But who remembers to pack cinnamon when they&rsquore going on a family vacation?

Next, sprinkle the mixture over the top of each muffin.

I&rsquom pretty generous with the cinnamon sugar, because eventually it will caramelize under the broiler in the oven and&hellipwell, again, that&rsquos where the whole *delightful* thing comes in.

Then just pop the pan into a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes for the first stage.

And here&rsquos what will happen during that 10 minutes: The English muffin will toast slightly. The peanut butter will become warm and gooey. The apples will soften slightly. And the cinnamon-sugar mixture will settle into the whole thing and create a miracle.

But the miracle&rsquos not over yet.

After this stage, turn on the broiler and pop the pan back into the oven on one of the lower racks for 2 to 3 minutes. Watch them the whole time to make sure they don&rsquot burn&hellip.and here&rsquos what will happen during that 2 to 3 minutes&hellip

The edges of the English muffins will get slightly crisper, the apples will get nice and hot, and the cinnamon-sugar mixture will bubble and caramelize, and&hellip

Well, it&rsquos just darn delicious.

And here are some variations:

* Use softened butter instead of peanut butter. You&rsquoll wind up with nice little apple pie treats.
* Use brown sugar instead of white sugar. Or do a mix of white and brown!
* Add a sprinkle of nutmeg to the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
* Change up the bread you use: Bagels, cinnamon-raisin bread, sourdough&hellipyum!

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Ready for fall baking season? This is my favorite time of the year, I love the flavors such as apple, pumpkin, and maple. I always try to fit in as many pastries, cookies, breads, pies, and such as I can during the season!

To kick things off, I whipped up these apple peanut butter cookies and I was blown away by how delicious they were! Eating apples with peanut butter is a go-to snack for me so combining the flavors in a cookie just felt natural.

These apple peanut butter cookies are light and fluffy, a batch makes 12 cookies but it can easily be doubled or tripled if you are making them for a party or giving them as a gift. My favorite way to serve them is by making a little ice cream sandwich with some vanilla ice cream and homemade salted caramel sauce between two cookies. It’s amazing!

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Common questions about making peanut butter cookies

Can you use brown sugar instead of white sugar in peanut butter cookies?

Yes, you can just use brown sugar instead of white sugar. The cookies may just have a stronger molasses flavor but it will not be overpowering.

Why are my peanut butter cookies crumbly?

Too much flour or too much butter can lead to a crumbly cookie.

What makes cookies soft and chewy?

Cookies are soft and chewy by having the perfect balance of moisture, temperature baked at, and the bake time.

Can you freeze peanut butter cookie dough?

Yes, peanut butter cookie dough can be made ahead of time and frozen to use at a later date. Just allow to thaw for a bit before rolling the dough out and baking it.

Tips and tricks on this apple peanut butter cookies recipe

  • While shredded apple is my personal favorite way to add apple to cookies, another option is to dice the apple into small pieces.
  • You can substitute in chunky peanut butter for the smooth peanut butter.

Cabbage, Muenster, and Apple Sandwich

This sandwich is fully loaded with firm sweet apples, gooey melted cheese and sauteed cabbage hitting all of your tastebuds with flavor.

Applesauce Carrot Cake

Using applesauce to cut down on the fat in the recipe makes for a moist and delicious dessert.

Chickpea Waldorf Salad

Swap chicken for chickpeas and mayonnaise for yogurt in this healthy, vegetarian-friendly take on a classic. New York apples, celery and walnuts lend a hearty crunch, while red onion, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar give this salad a flavorful depth. Serve over fresh spinach leaves for a one-two punch of vitamins and minerals.

How To Make Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream butter and sugars until mixed well. Add egg and vanilla mixing until well combined. Stir in peanut butter and diced apples. Slowly mix in the flour, baking soda and salt until dough forms, then stir in white chocolate chips until just combined. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough, roll into sugar then place onto baking sheet. With tines of a fork, press down slightly making an X on top of each cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes, cookies should look somewhat soft inside when you take them out. Let cool for 15 minutes before transferring to a serving plate.

Once your butter and sugars are well combined and egg plus vanilla mixed in, add the peanut butter and chopped apples.

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon homemade apple pie spice
1/2 cup grated peeled apple


1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and homemade apple pie spice. Gradually add the dry ingredients to creamed mixture, mixing until well combined. Stir in grated apple.

3. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks.


- Depending upon the type of apples you use, you may end up with a great deal of liquid after grating the apples. I suggest using only the grated apples, not the liquid that is produced. If necessary, lightly squeeze the apples to release any excess juice before adding them to the batter.
- If you want a little crunch, feel free to substitute crunchy peanut butter for the creamy.
- I have not tried this recipe with butter, so I cannot attest to the results of that substitution.

My Baking Addiction slightly adapted from Taste of Home

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Mini Peanut Butter Apple Pies

An incredible combination of flavors, these individual mini apple pies have it all. Flakey pastry, peanut butter, diced apples, cinnamon and are topped with a crumb topping and caramel.

Made easy with frozen pie crust, too. Cut them out with a 2 1/2″ round cookie cutter and in a small mini muffin pan they go. A little bit of peanut butter goes in and then the apples. I don’t know about you, but that flavor combination is a favorite of mine.

The diced up apples are mixed with lemon juice, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon and then it all gets a brown sugar oat crumble topping.

I like to drizzle these with some caramel for that extra touch just before serving. Completely optional of course, but come on, caramel? Yes please.

While sometimes I find myself eating a couple of these, one is the perfect way to soothe that sweet tooth fix. Hope you enjoy these hand held dessert treats!

For other apple or peanut butter recipes, try these:

Maple Glazed Apple Oatmeal Cookies
These Maple Glazed Apple Oatmeal Cookies are packed with shredded apples, warm spices and topped with a simple maple glaze. Perfect little bites and the cookies are so soft and chewy!

Cranberry Apple Slab Pie
This Cranberry Apple Slab Pie is a family favorite, no pie pan required! Buttery, flakey free formed dough, cranberries, apples are baked to a golden brown.

Baked Hasselback Apples
I’ll show you step by step how to make a Baked Hasselback Apple. They open like a fan and the streusel melts in between each slice for one tasty dessert.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Rolls
Putting my spin on homemade cinnamon rolls, I added dark cocoa to the dough and topped these peanut butter filled rolls with a cream cheese Nutella glaze.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
What I love about these Peanut Butter Crunch Bars is that they are a no-bake, quick and easy dessert that delivers big on sweet and crunch appeal.

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies
These Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies are beyond tender and rich in mellow, subtle flavor. These aren’t your average, everyday peanut butter cookies. Nope, these get a smokey undertone using bacon fat instead of butter.

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