Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

My dad and brother came to visit last weekend. I used delicious food to lure them into town to assist Brian and I with the process of installing a new dishwasher and refrigerator. The lovely people at KitchenAid offered to spruce up the MBA kitchen with a few new, shiny appliances.

Brian and I have been contemplating a kitchen remodel for months, but after countless estimates and a pile of tile samples that’s taller than I care to admit – we’ve put the project on hold. Mainly because we thought we could totally channel our inner Bob Villa and do some of the work ourselves, but after installing the appliances, we’ve realized we’re more likely to channel Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. The installation process wasn’t a disaster, but let’s just say it wasn’t awesome.

After a few hours of manual labor, we sat down to a meal of braised short ribs, mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli and pumpkin crème brulee. And since I can’t send crème brulee home with the pops for leftovers, I made a batch of Peanut Butter Apple Cookies. After a quick clean up, we piled all of the dirty dishes into our new KitchenAid dishwasher and crossed our fingers – hoping that we attached everything correctly. The result? Perfectly washed dishes. We patted ourselves on the backs, breathed a sigh of relief and ate a few Apple Peanut Butter Cookies as a reward for a job well done!

Grated apples combine with creamy peanut butter to create a fun and unique spin on a classic combination. Serve them alongside a glass of ice cold milk and you have the perfect after school snack for a chilly Fall day.

So tell me – have you ever attempted a home improvement project on your own? If so, I’d love to know how it turned out, so please, spill the details!

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

38 Responses to “Apple Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Shelan — October 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Those look fabulous! I love peanut butter, and incorporating it with fall flavours is genius!

  2. Aimee @ Simple Bites — October 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Home renos require a stiff upper lip – they are tough! And can really test a relationship. Hehe.
    These cookies, however…they look like they could mend any domestic disputes! :)

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    These cookies sound truly delicious. I totally understand putting a big renovation project on hold too…whoa. SO much work! When it happens though we’ll all be excited to see the process and finished result :)

  4. cassie — October 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Apple pie spice in cookies – perfect, Jamie!!

  5. Amber — October 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Having been through it, I can definitely agree that home renos are not for the faint of heart – and kitchens are probably the hardest, because it takes so long to do, and how do you EAT for all that time?!

    But anyway, I want a cookie for breakfast. Send me some?

  6. Paula — October 19, 2012 at 8:45 am

    No matter how careful you plan, remodeling always holds a few surprises in store. In the end though, you have beautiful new KA appliances and that alone will sooth over any rough spots. Lovely cookie recipe…I’m sure your Dad and brother will volunteer again should you promise to cook and bake for them.

  7. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — October 19, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Mmm, I’ll take these as a reward any day. And as far as home (apartment) improvements go, it’s times like these when I’m glad my landlord won’t let me change *anything.* :)

  8. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

    You’re making me so hungry!

  9. Hannah at FleurDeLicious — October 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

    What a natural and delicious combo! Great idea, can’t wait to make these!

  10. Patty — October 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    My hubs redid our kitchen just about a year ago, and he did an awesome job. He did the demo of the old cabinets, installed the new ones, and put in a new range. (The other appliances were new enough that we didn’t want to change them.) We let the pros do the quartz countertop and sink. I really didn’t have to live/work out of boxes, because he left most of the old cabinets, with their stuff, in various parts of the house, and left the counter holding the sink until the last possible moment, so I only had to wash dishes in the bathroom for a few days. He installed the new range before he did the demo, so I was always able to cook. I even did some baking. : ) It’s as close to a dream kitchen as we could get without moving. I still love all the changes, and tell him so on a regular basis.
    Oh, the cookies sound wonderful!

  11. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I love apples with peanut butter so I know I’ll love these!

  12. Carlas Confections — October 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    These cookies look amazing. Ill take a few please :) Ok, ok, Ill just make some myself. They look amazing. Yay for new appliances though! So much fun

  13. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — October 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    What a great combination! These sound fabulous!

    Thankfully I’ve never had to attempt any home improvements because I’ve always lived in an apt. At least for my adult life. Part of me is thankful for that, but part of me would like my own place…

  14. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. — October 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    You’re scaring me – Dan and I are about to start a HUGE home renovation project where walls will be knocked down, new rooms put in, kitchens and bathrooms gutted… should I fear for my life?

  15. luv what you do — October 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Awesome idea to combine PB and apples into a cookie. I will definitely have to try these soon!

  16. Lisa Cornely — October 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I made these tonight, and they were delicious. I never made cookies with apples before. what a great idea, apples and peanut butter are amazing together, especially in cookie form. Thanks for the great cookie recipe.

  17. Suzie — October 20, 2012 at 12:53 am

    homemade apple pie spice?? that just got all of my attention when hearing such an exotic spice! thanks for sharing this post with us! check out my baking blog, i would love to have more viewers :D

  18. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen — October 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Remodeling is a bit of a roller coaster ride, but worth it in the end. Just have a little “buffer” of money, there are always some surprise expenses. And.. a little “buffer” jar of these cookies would be a great idea too!

  19. Oh we have a list of home improvement projects that we’ve attempted and had to abandon mid-way and call in the professionals for. I guess I’m overly optimistic about our abilities!

  20. Jan K — October 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Master Bath + 7 years = calling professional to finnish

  21. Maegan @ The BakerMama — October 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    These look amazing! I love apples and peanut butter together so I can’t wait to make these!

  22. Allison — October 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    The problem I have with home projects is that they take so long to diy that I end up with a lot of half-finished projects. Like the hallway it has taken me a year to paint and I still haven’t screwed back in all of the light switch covers. I suck. But these cookies sound amazing!

  23. Nancy Goff — November 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Today I made my first batch of these Apple Peanut Butter Cookies — I’ll be baking many more. The peanut butter taste is very mild — so is the apple. So it’s a very soft cookie with a soft taste …….. and it’s absolutely amazing.
    I used butter – I didn’t have anything else and Fiji apples that were much too juicy. I rolled the grated fruit in paper towels and twisted them. Delicious apples but very juicy.
    Thanks again for such a great recipe. I’m having so much fun!!

    • MBA — November 10th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback – have a great day!

  24. Nancy Goff — December 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I’ve used this recipe three times now and I like it more each time. I bake so many cookies that I keep my favorite recipes printed and taped to the inside of my cabinet doors. The very best ones get a red marker star …. This recipe just got it’s star!!
    Thanks again.

  25. Wendy — January 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    What a wonderful flavor combination! I am not a fan of Crisco so I am going to try using coconut oil which has the same properties (solid when cold/liquid when heated) as vegetable shortening. Thanks!

    • Jamie — February 4th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      Definitely let me know how that works out for you. I use coconut oil a lot in cooking, but never thought about trying it in baking. Thanks for stopping by.

  26. Sherry — October 7, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Leave the home improvements to the professionals! That’s all I’m going to say about that.

  27. Paula B. — October 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Somehow, I had missed these cookies, but when they showed up at the bottom of a more recent one of your posts I knew I had to make them immediately. Only had butter, added shredded coconut for some additional texture as well as throwing in some chocolate chips. Had to coarsely chop my Mac apple as it became applesauce when I tried my hand grater on it. Batter tasted delish, almost as yummy as the very hot cookie bits I am now enjoying. What a great combination of flavors, thanks for the new cookie.

    • Jamie — October 8th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies! I agree – definitely a great combo of flavors. Have a great day and thank so much for stopping by.

  28. Jenn E — August 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Uh-May-Zing. Seriously. I needed to bring something to a pot luck BBQ tomorrow and had this sitting in my “Trying Soon” Pinterest board for forever. I’m so happy I made these (with the help of my 3-year-old). Now I need to keep my hands off of them until then. :-X

    Almost forgot- I used butter. Marvelous.

    • Jamie — August 23rd, 2014 at 8:49 am

      So glad that these cookies worked out for you. Thanks for stopping by.


  29. Laura — August 26, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Wow, these were so good! This will now be my new go to cookie recipe. The only thing I did different was use butter. Thanks for another awesome recipe, Jamie! :)

    • Jamie — August 27th, 2014 at 10:18 am

      I’m so glad the cookies worked out for you. Thanks for stopping by.


  30. Carrie — September 14, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I was looking for a quick recipe for a friend’s party and came across this recipe both on the Taste of Homes website and yours… I figured I’d give it a shot, after seeing it on your blog! Overall, it’s a good recipe. The apple flavor is definitely faint; peanut butter shines through most. I had some homemade caramel sauce in the fridge that I drizzled over each cookie to make them a little prettier and everyone enjoyed that addition. Everyone really liked them–they all disappeared! While I’m not sure I’ll make them again (too many other fun recipes out there to try!), it was still a fun and unique cookie to make. Thanks for posting!

    • Jamie — September 14th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks for the feed back and I appreciate you stopping by.


  31. katina — November 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    made these with my boyfriend this weekend! we went apple picking and wanted to make something out of our granny smiths, and we came across your recipe – it’s so good! only, we doubled, or possibly even tripled the amount of apple since we wanted the apple flavor to stand out. thanks for the recipe.


    • Jamie — November 4th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      I’m so glad the recipe worked for you. Thanks for visiting.


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