How to Make Apple Cookie Recipes

If you are learning how to make apple cookie recipes, it really does not matter what type of apples you use in these recipes or others as they will add to any flavor.  You might decide to chop up a few fresh apples in one of your recipes, maybe a few canned apples or even applesauce; these are all great to add to cookies, cakes, etc. All will enhance the flavor and texture.

When learning how to make apple cookie recipes there are certain ingredients that apples blend extra well with. If making another plain cookie you might even decide to throw in apples as an extra ingredient to vary the cookie. I do this quite often and the results are very good. Not to say that you can’t add apples to any recipe but some are better than others.

Learn how to make apple cookie recipe simply by adding apples to other recipes; oatmeal cookies makes a very common and good combination producing a delicious moist cookie. Crisp apples chopped in cookies with nuts or raisins (or both) creates great tasting cookies. For an extra special flavor chop an apple finely into the dough of fruit and nut cookies; I also do this in bread recipes.

In any cookie recipe already containing some kind of fruit a small amount of chopped apples can be slipped in making adding flavor and texture to the cookie. I also love apples with brown sugar or caramel flavor cookies; this is also a good combination using pie apples making Dutch apple pie or even in some coffee cake recipes.


How to Make Apple Cookie RecipesHow to Make Apple Cookie Recipes
  • ¾ Cup butter
  • 1 ¼ Cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼ Cup milk
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1 ¼ Teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ Teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Cup peeled and diced apples
  • ¾ Cup raisins
  • ¾ Cup walnuts

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Cream butter, brown sugar, egg, milk and vanilla until smooth.

Combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and salt together.

Mix the dry ingredients in with the creamed mixture until well blended.

Stir in the nuts and apples.

Drop by teaspoonful onto lightly greased cookie sheets.

Bake for 13 minutes or until cookies are set.


Apple Filled CookiesApple Filled Cookies

Some of our apple cookie recipes are actually bar cookies, like the filled ones below and the apple squares recipe.

(Bar cookie recipe)

Crumb mixture

  • ¾ Cup soft butter
  • 1 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ¾ Cups flour
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ Cups rolled oats


  • 2 Cups finely chopped apples
  • ½ Cup raisins
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ Cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

Cook filling ingredients in a saucepan over low heat until thickened (about 5 minutes; cool.

Mix the butter with the sugar of the crumb mixture.

Sift the flour, soda and salt together; add oats.

Add the sifted dry ingredients and oats to the butter mixture and blend.

Press half of crumb mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan.

Spread the apple filling over the mixture.

Sprinkle on the remaining crumb mixture and lightly press in.

Bake about 40 minutes; cool to warm and cut in bars.

Apple Filled Bar CookiesApple Filled Cookies


Simple Apple CookiesApple Cookies
  • 2 ½ Cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ Teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ Cup softened butter
  • 1 1/3 Cups brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼ Cup milk
  • 1 Cup finely chopped apples with peel on
  • 1 Cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375F degrees; lightly grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

Sift together flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.

Cream butter with brown sugar; add egg and milk and beat until creamy.

Add flour mixture to creamed mixture; add apples and raisins.

Work mixture until thoroughly blended (I use my hands).

Spoon mixture by teaspoon onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake about 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes about 35 cookies.


Cranberry Apple Cookies with a Sweet FrostingCranberry Apple Cookies with a Sweet Frosting

This delicious apple cookie recipe is mixed with the wonderful taste of cranberries.

  • ½ Cup softened butter
  • ¾ Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons of orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of milk
  • 2 Cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 ½ Cups chopped peeled apples
  • 1 Cup chopped fresh cranberries


  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 Teaspoons grated orange rind

Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl; beat in egg and milk until fluffy.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg into a medium bowl.
Blend dry mixture into creamed mixture; stir in orange rind, apples and cranberries.
Drop by teaspoon 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet; bake at 375F degrees 12 to 15 minutes.
Beat sugar, orange juice and rind in a small bowl until smooth; add more juice if necessary.
Frost cookies while still warm.

Makes about 30 Cookies.


Soft Molasses Apple CookiesSoft Molasses Apple Cookies

This is an old fashioned apple cookie recipe.

  • ½ Cup softened butter
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 ½ Cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ Teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ Teaspoon ginger
  • 2 Teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 Cup boiling water
  • 1 Cup tart apples peeled, cored and finely chopped

Cream butter and sugar together; beat in egg until fluffy.
Stir in molasses and lemon juice until well blended.
Sift together the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture.
Stir in boiling water and mix well; mix in chopped apples.
Chill dough thoroughly; drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated oven at 350F degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Makes about 42 Cookies.