Apple Butter Snickerdoodles

4.58 from 19 votes

Apple Butter Snickerdoodles are an easy snickerdoodle recipe made with apple butter and warm cinnamon. These snickerdoodles soft and chewy and are the perfect fall cookie recipe.


stack of apple butter snickerdoodles

Are you guys apple butter lovers? Apple butter wasn’t ever really on my radar until a few years ago. Since I’m not a huge plain applesauce fan (I like it mix into ice cream or desserts but not plain) I’d never thought to try apple butter.

In case you’re wondering, apple butter is made by cooking apples and apple cider longer than you would for applesauce. Since it cooks so long, the sugar in the apples caramelizes which turns the butter a deep brown. The extra amount of sugar also makes the apple butter have a longer shelf-life than applesauce. Basically, it’s more like apple preserves than applesauce. Where you might eat applesauce with a spoon, apple butter is something you’d spread on toast.

The smell of apple butter right out of the jar is amazing so my favorite way to use is to bake with it.#ofcourse

I first used Apple Butter when I made pie bars and then I made some peanut butter energy bites with apple butter as the sweetener. THEN I made these Apple Butter Snickerdoodles!

Apple Butter Snickerdoodles are another perfect fall cookie recipe; they’re soft and chewy with lots of apple and cinnamon flavor.

apple butter snickerdoodles in a stack

How do you use apple butter in baking?

Apple butter works like applesauce in that you can substitute it for oil and butter, if you want. It gives recipes a super rich depth of flavor, and pretty much smells like fall in a bottle, which is why it’s perfect for snickerdoodles.

After all, snickerdoodles are the quintessential fall and winter cookie, are they not? (You’ve already shown me you love my pumpkin spice snickerdoodles, so this is a natural progression.) With the rich butter flavor and the warm cinnamon, they’re perfect for this time of year. And they marry so well with apple butter!

Where do you buy apple butter?

If you’re looking for this delicious spread, you can find it at most grocery stores. It will either be with the jams and jellies and peanut butter or near the applesauce. Occasionally it ends up in the baking aisle but most often I find it in the jelly section.

You can also make your own apple butter easily!

What makes a snickerdoodle a snickerdoodle?

I know that plain old snickerdoodles are what you normally see, but making new flavors is so much fun. In fact, I have several different recipes on this blog and each one is delicious.

A snickerdoodle is a snickerdoodle not just because it’s rolled in cinnamon sugar, but because it also has cream of tartar in the dough. That gives the cookies a bit of tang and makes them telltale snickerdoodles.

apple butter snickerdoodles in a stack with bite missing

Use these tips to make Apple Butter Snickerdoodles with success:

  • The dough MUST be chilled. With the butter and the apple butter, if you bake a warm dough you’re going to get flat cookies. If you like flat cookies, go for it. But if you want a puffy cookie, please follow the chilling instructions.
  • The apple butter is more of an underlying flavor – when you take a bite you’re hit with the warm cinnamon and then the slight apple flavor totally hits you.
  • These cookies would be perfect with a glass of hot apple cider, or a caramel latte.
  • My favorite brand of apple butter is Mussleman’s because it has more flavor than generic.

If you love snickerdoodles, try my other favorite recipes:

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Apple Butter Snickerdoodles

Apple Butter Snickerdoodles are an easy snickerdoodle recipe made with apple butter and warm cinnamon. These snickerdoodles soft and chewy and are the perfect fall cookie recipe.
4.58 from 19 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Yield 28 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Apple Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the topping:

  • cup granualted sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Whisk flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and 1 ¼ cups sugar in a mixer until fluffy. Mix in eggs, vanilla, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and apple butter.
  • Beat just until mixed. Add in flour mixture and mix until just blended together. Chill your dough at least 4 hours.
  • This dough MUST be cold before baking. Because of all the butter and apple butter, the cookies will spread quite a bit if you skip the chilling!
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment or a silpat baking mat.
  • Place 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ⅓ cup sugar in a small bowl.
  • Scoop balls of cookie dough (mine were done using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop) and roll them in the cinnamon sugar.
  • Place on your cookie sheet. I recommend only scooping 2 cookie sheets at a time, then re-chill the dough for while those two trays bake.
  • Bake cookies for 11-12 minutes for slightly underdone, 13-14 minutes for fully done. I like my cookies half raw, but if you don’t, cook them for the full 13-14 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheets.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 53mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.7mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie

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  1. I have made these a few times, and they have been a huge hit with my family, especially my husband and son in law. The cake like texture some have commented on is part of the appeal for them. I really just love adding in the apple butter (actually used pear butter I had made). They are very tasty and very easy. And have been requested for Christmas!

  2. Delicious autumn cookie! And what a great way to feature apple butter!
    I made these using tweaks by commenter “Rebekah”:
    – increased apple butter to 1 cup (a VERY) good move)
    – decreased the butter to 1 stick | 1/2 cup (because of the extra apple butter)
    I also used only 1 tsp vanilla and 1 cup sugar.

    I was a little perplexed by the very cakey vs. chewy texture. It’s still delicious, but not perfect for a snickerdoodle. Not the fault of Dorothy’s recipe–I’m sure it’s the result of my tinkering. Supposedly, melting the butter will give a chewier result. Also I may have to add that 1/4 cup of butter back in.

    That said, this is a DELICIOUS cookie recipe–thank you, Dorothy! And there’s lots of room for fun experimentation! I want to try replacing 1/2 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of ground walnuts (which complement apples so well!). And my husband is begging me to add raisins, so that’s another batch. Lots of apple butter snickerdoodles in my future!

  3. Great flavor, baked well, looks beautiful. It’s a bit too cake-like for me though. Is there a modification to make it more dense?

  4. They’re fine, but I wasn’t impressed. Like other commentors, mine also didn’t spread, and I didn’t taste any apple which was rather disappointing.

  5. I made the recipe exactly as written. And while the flavor was good, the texture wasn’t anything at all like a traditional snickerdoodle. The cookies didn’t spread at all, they were soft and cakey. Just not the texture I was hoping for.

  6. I adore this recipe! I’ve been making it for a few years now as I make my own apple butter each year and it’s a great use for the extra jars I have. I absolutely make the dough and leave it in the fridge overnight (mom who works full time and goes to school here) and, I’ll add a fall twist to the cookies. In addition to the cinnamon, I’ll add 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp ginger, and a pinch of cloves (~1/16 tsp but who can measure that?). These cookies are a favorite among friends and family. Thanks so much for a fantastic recipe!