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Easy Apple Walnut Drop Cookies Recipe   

Use Just 1 Apple to Make this Easy Drop Cookie Recipe

This easy Apple Walnut Drop Cookies recipe is a soft, chewy version of apple cake or even apple pie … they’re like eating a warm, fragrant hug.

Apple Walnut Drop Cookies recipe from The Cookie Elf

One reason they’re so easy is because the dough is no-fail. It’s one of those recipes that works every time, thanks to the brown sugar that softens the texture, the baking soda that leaves crinkles on the cookie surfaces, and of course the warm autumn flavors of apples and cinnamon.

Speaking of apples, you can use any kind – a boon if you want to use those with blemishes – although tart varieties give the cookies even more flavor. You need just one apple for the recipe if you dice it finely or two if you eliminate the walnuts. And if you want to use up all your extra apples you can make extra batches of the recipe because these cookies freeze well.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 8-10 minutes

Makes about 4 dozen cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

1 cup finely chopped fresh apples (about 1 medium apple)

1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions for Apple Walnut Drop Cookies Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set baking sheets aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in flour mixture a bit at a time, blending just until dry ingredients are absorbed. Fold in chopped apples and walnuts.
  4. Scoop cookie dough into walnut-sized balls. Place on baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges and top surface of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. Remove the baking sheets from the oven. Allow cookies to sit for 5 minutes on the baking sheets to set before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  6. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Special Baking Tips for this Apple Walnut Drop Cookies Recipe

You can use any variety of apples in this recipe, although tart varieties (like Granny Smith) are touted as the best to use in baking.

Finely-diced apples give the cookie dough a smoother, more uniform texture. Larger pieces create a chunkier cookie dough texture.

Get more cookie inspiration on our Drop Cookies Pinterest board.

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