Appledoodle Cookies

These Appledoodle Cookies are an apple version of the snickerdoodle. With pudding mix in the batter they are incredibly soft and full of apple cinnamon flavor. The outside is slightly crisp from the cinnamon sugar coating. These might be my new favorite cookie.

Appledoodles - An apple version of a snickerdoodle with small pieces of apple and a soft and chewy inside. - The Girl Who Ate EverythingMy husband picked up my baby girl and asked, “Did she have pancakes this morning?”

“Uh, no. Why?”

She smells like syrup,” he said.

Hmm. I didn’t think much of it until I was at the gym and realized I, of whom I was sure didn’t eat pancakes for breakfast, also smelled like syrup.

In college, there was a boy named Ja in my physics class. English was his second language and he didn’t talk much, but when he did he was super jovial and hilarious.

And he was always asking me out. He saved a seat for me in class every morning right next to him.

The only problem was Ja always smelled like syrup. Not just a hint of it. Like he had bathed in it.

So ever since then I’ve been very conscious of not smelling like syrup.Appledoodles - An apple version of a snickerdoodle with small pieces of apple and a soft and chewy inside. - The Girl Who Ate Everything

Finally, I figured out that my obsession of Salted Caramel was to blame. I bought a Salted Caramel candle for my house and air freshener for my car and it was making my whole family smell like syrup.

Sure this story would be more suited for the Salted Caramel Apple Cups I posted last week but hey, I write this blog as my life happens.Appledoodles - An apple version of a snickerdoodle with small pieces of apple and a soft and chewy inside. - The Girl Who Ate Everything

Have you heard of pumpkindoodles? Well, these are appledoodles. These Appledoodles, or apple snickerdoodles, are amazingly soft, chewy, and full of apple cinnamon flavor.

I usually have issues with apple cookies because the texture is weird to me. Too cakey, too wet. I don’t know. They weird me out. But these are perfect. I will make them again and again.Appledoodles - An apple version of a snickerdoodle with small pieces of apple and a soft and chewy inside. - The Girl Who Ate Everything

Make sure you dice your apples fairly small. Since these cookies only cook for 10 minutes the smaller we dice them, the faster they cook.

Look how amazingly soft and chewy the inside is. These are perfection.

Appledoodles - An apple version of a snickerdoodle with small pieces of apple and a soft and chewy inside. - The Girl Who Ate EverythingIf you like white chocolate, add some white chocolate chips. The flavors really compliment each other. Although I liked the white chocolate chip version, I preferred them without.

Prep Time
5 hrs 50 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs 50 mins
Servings: 2 dozen
  • ¾ cup butter (one and a half sticks, softened)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 small (3.5 ouncesl box instant cheesecake or vanilla pudding mix, not prepared (see Note))
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 cup apples , peeled and diced small
  • optional 1 cup white chocolate chips (see Note)
Cinnamon Sugar:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Mix in vanilla and egg until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, pudding mix, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Add dry mixture to wet ingredients and mix until combined well. Stir in apples and white chocolate chips (if using). Chill in the fridge for one hour. *I tried it with chilling and not chilling and didn't notice a big difference.
  3. For the Cinnamon Sugar: In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Take around 2 Tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball and then roll generously in the cinnamon sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet - they will continue to bake as they cool. Store in airtight container at room temperature.
Recipe Notes
*I used cheesecake pudding but you can use vanilla pudding too. I've noticed there isn't a big difference in flavor.

*I personally liked it without the white chocolate chips better but others preferred it with.

Source: adapted from Crème de La Crumb's butterscotch cookies I added apples, cheesecake pudding, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and rolled in cinnamon sugar.
Appledoodle - a snickerdoodle meets an apple! This cookie is perfect for fall or anytime.

Speak Your Mind



  1. These look so thick and perfect for fall. I think I would have a really hard time stopping at just one!

  2. I love these – so perfect for fall! Pinned!

  3. Would love to know which salted caramel candle you bought and the air freshener for your car =)

    Love anything salted caramel!

  4. I wonder how these would taste with butterscotch pudding?

  5. Also I think I’ll add a few walnuts instead of the white chocolate chips.

  6. Christy, what kind of apples did you use in this recipe?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Great question. Usually people use Granny Smith’s in baking because they’re tart and compliment the sweet. I personally like to just use whatever I have. I used Cripps in these.

  7. For the love of God girlfriend! For. The. Love. Of. God! I totally pinned this recipe & will be making them very soon.

  8. Beautiful! I can’t wait to try these!

  9. I have gingerbread pudding. I think I have to try it in this.

  10. These look like something I will be addicted too! I can only imagine how awesome the house will smell while baking.

  11. I love the smell of maple syrup, but your story about Ja made me smile. Too much maple syrup smell is never a good thing:) Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies and I love that you added apples. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Oh my gosh yes! I have made peanut butter snickerdoodles and eggnog. It’s time for a fall version!

  13. J

  14. Just got done eating one…oh Lord, these are good! I got my copy of your cookbook last week, and can’t wait to try some of those recipes!

  15. Hey, I made these recently and they taste fantastic, but they turned out super soggy. I cut the apples into super small cubes and used vanilla pudding mix, I didn’t chill them prior to baking but you said it shouldn’t make a big difference. Got any advice?

  16. It looks amazing!!! Does it make any difference if do not use any pudding or cheesecake mix??

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Pudding mixes have a cornstarch mix in them that makes it really soft and it has some sugar in it so if you don’t use it they won’t be as soft or sweet.

  17. Mine got flat as they cooled on the sheet..followed recipe exactly. I did use a silpat instead of parchment. I did put the dough in the fridge. I had new baking soda.
    Any thoughts?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Mine were definitely not flat. Flat cookies are usually a result of either not enough flour, too much butter, too soft of butter, or too high of an oven temperature. Could it be any of those?

      • I don’t think so, but will try them again and see. Someone else had the same problem. We loved them, just flat and soggy:( Thanks for the reply!

  18. Fantastic! Rave reviews from the two tailgates I took the to. Simple and delicious. Thanks!

  19. Dagmar Bernitt says:

    Hi Christy, I like your recipes very much. Got a small problem: would love to bake your appledoodles but cannot find instant cheesecake or vanilla pudding mix in France. What can I substitute with?
    Cornflour? Or ordinary vanilla pudding mix? Thanks for your kind advice. Cheers from Paris. Dagmar

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I’m not sure. Cornstarch will give you the soft texture but the flavor I’m not sure how to replace. I think the vanilla pudding mix would work but I can’t promise.

  20. This may be a dumb question but did you use salted or unsalted butter?

    Can’t wait to try these out!!! 🙂

    Thank you!

  21. I just wanted to let you know I made this for a bake-off we had at work recently. The theme ingredient was apples. Instead of chocolate chips, I chopped up caramel chunks to the size of chocolate chips, rolled them in the cinnamon sugar, and put them inside the cookies with the apples. I won the bake-off and everyone said I was hands down the winner! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  22. These look deliciously moist. I can’t wait to try them, thanks for sharing!

  23. I just made these cookies and they are DELICIOUS! I used french vanilla pudding mix and added toffee bits and butterscotch chips. Thanks for this recipe, it’s a winner!

  24. Hi! Do you think I could use butterscotch pudding? My thought was it could give it a caramel-like flavor

  25. William Henderson says:

    I begged my mom to, let me make these, and she finally said yes. I made the with my little sister and they were delicious. Extraordinary even! We omitted the white choc chips, used vanilla pudding mix, and half were just snicker doodle. I was so happy i found a new recipe to cook all the time. Thanks!

  26. Oh my goodness!! My daughter and I just made these! I’m on a health fix so I did few substitutions and as horrible of a baker that I am, I can’t believe I actually made these!!! I substituted 3/4 cup of applesauce (the kind with cinnamon) and also added a half cup of old fashioned oats. I’m in love. The extra plus side, I was able to make 49 cookies out of this batch so when I entered the ingredients in the app I use to count calories, (if I entered everything correctly-pretty sure I did!) each cookie came out to 54 calories!!! I hope this is right because that is amazing!! Either way, these are so good!! So glad I found this recipe on Pinterest!

  27. do you take vanillaextract or the seed or what?

  28. These are so moist and delicious!! I needed to make a double batch for work. I had one pumpkin spice instant pudding ready to expire so i used it along with a vanilla instant pudding mix. I didn’t use the nutmeg since the pudding has spices in it. You can find the pumpkin pudding around the holidays in some of the grocery stores. I get mine at Walmart. I didn’t add the white chocolate in the batter but when the cookies came out of the oven i pressed a few chips in some of the cookies. Took some frosting left in the refrigerator and warmed it in a baggie and drizzled just a small amount on top of each cookie. They got rave reviews! Christy, thank you for the great recipes you post! They always come out great!

  29. I used butterscotch pudding mix to make caramel apple cookies and they are amazing! Great recipe!

  30. Instead of chips, I added chopped caramel pieces and they came out amazing!

  31. Mine didn’t turn out. They were flat and soggy. The edges were crisp but the other 90% of the cookie was a soggy mess. I followed the recipe exactly. I used a silpat instead of parchment paper. I tried refridgerating the dough to see if that would help but then I couldn’t even scoop it out to roll into a ball and my fridge is not that cold (I had other cookie dough chilling in there too that was just fine). I think there was too much butter as they seemed very greasy even though like I said I followed all the measurments. In the end I don’t think I would have liked them much as they had a blondies taste to them.

  32. My son and I made these today afterschool using vanilla pudding and chilled dough. They looked just like your photo and got rave reviews from everyone. Appley, cinnamony (but not overly) and not too sweet. Thanks for a lovely recipe.

  33. These sound delicious – I can almost smell them when they come out of the oven. I have a fresh apple cake I make with 4 cups of chopped apples and a cup of pecans – out of this world. Nothing says Fall better than apples!

  34. is pudding nessisary

  35. Cookies were great. I did half cup white chocola t e chops and half cinnamon chips. The cinnamon chips were so good. I also subbed 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon for Apple pie spice. This was perfect for fall. Thank you for the recipe

  36. Hi there! Do these cookies freeze well?

  37. Insanely adorable and delicious! will definitely give this a try!

  38. Mmmmmm…..yum. This looks totally amazing. I’m just starring at the screen looking at how delicious they look.

  39. AMAZING! Decided to nix the white chocolate chips, used Jell-O’s simply good vanilla bean pudding mix, along with when they came out drizzled hot caramel on them then added the cinnamon sugar on top.

  40. Really no matter if someone doesn’t know after that its up to other people that they will help,
    so here it takes place.

  41. Can you freeze these?

  42. Omg….I just made your cookie, they turn out perfect. I feel like I had a slice of apple pie. Thanks for sharing