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Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

These apple 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
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in apple.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 108 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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    • deb9962
      Sep 30, 2020

      These cookies say Fall! very soft and delicious! I used butter to make, just because I don't use shortening much. I used McIntosh apples...yum!

    • Mark
      Feb 25, 2019

      I made these by the recipe. Very soft cookie and easy to make. The flavors are not strong enough. I taste the peanut butter a little and the cinnamon a bit but there are just no strong flavors. If I make these again I will use butter instead of shortening, more peanut butter and cinnamon and use more apple and a stronger apple flavor like Granny Smith or some other tart apple. I hope this helps someone make their first batch better

    • Kasha
      Jan 29, 2019

      used shortening and butter instead of just shortening. baked up well, easy to make, not that much peanut butter flavor coming through, (Kraft all natural)

    • mpas4farrell
      Nov 13, 2017

      My 3 year old grandson summed it up in one word "delicious".

    • john
      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
      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
      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
      Oct 17, 2015

      delicious and different

    • mannl
      Oct 6, 2015

      Very good,soft cookie!

    • redcow
      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!