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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013:
Apple Snickerdoodles

A twist on a traditional cookie, these Apple Snickerdoodles are full of shredded apples, spices and loaded with flavor! They are the perfect cookie for your next cookie swap!

Apple Snickerdoodles - freshly shredded apples add another layer of deliciousness to these classic cookies! |

Today’s post is a special one.  Yes, it includes pretty pictures.  Yes, it includes a recipe.   Yes, there’s a story.  But, here’s where it gets good… this post and hundreds of others were involved in the 3rd annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!


The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap pairs 4 amazing bloggers together to swap cookies with each other.  Each person makes 1 dozen of their favorite cookie, packages it up and ships it off to the other 3 bloggers! And then the yummy part… three different types of cookies!

Apple Snickerdoodles - freshly shredded apples add another layer of deliciousness to these classic cookies! |

Last year I made Candy Cane Crinkle Blossoms and the year before it was Grinch Cookies!   This year, I’ve made a super delicious twist on a classic cookie… the Apple Snickerdoodle!

Oh… and this year we raised a butt-load of money for a great cause!  $13,778.40 this year was raised and it’s all going to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!  This organization raises money for pediatric cancer research.  Such a great cause!  How sweet is that?

Apple Snickerdoodles - freshly shredded apples add another layer of deliciousness to these classic cookies! |

The bloggers I swapped with this year are some pretty sweet ladies!

I had never heard of any of these bloggers before, so I was thrilled to be able to get to know them and their recipes!  Each blogger is unique in style and type of recipes they like to post on their blog.  Make sure you visit them to see what cookies they made for the swap!

Apple Snickerdoodles - freshly shredded apples add another layer of deliciousness to these classic cookies! |

The cookies I made are a twist on a traditional cookie.  To make these Apple Snickerdoodles, I took a classic recipe and added shredded apple to the batter!  The apple flavor was subtle, but really changed the entire dynamic of the cookie!  They were deeeeelicious!

To decorate them for shipping, I packaged them in plastic bags and tied yellow curling ribbon at the top to close the bag.   Then, I attached some cute tags that the Swap provided for us! Aren’t they cute?

So, if you need a cookie for a cookie swap, a teacher girl… or just a Tuesday afternoon, try these Apple Snickerdooles!  You’ll really love them!


Apple Snickerdoodles

Yield: 3+ dozen cookies
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded apple (about 1 large apple)
  • 1/2 cup sugar + 2 Tbsp cinnamon, for rolling


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes.
  2. One at a time, add the eggs and mix until incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the vanilla. Mix again.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, corn starch, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
  4. In two parts, add the flour to the wet mixture and mix on low until just combined.
  5. Place the shredded apples on top of 3 paper towels and roll up. Squeeze out the juice of the apples as if you were wringing out a towel. (NOTE: You want the flavor of the apples, but not the juice from the apples in these cookies.) Fold in the apples.
  6. Cover and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  7. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  8. In a small bowl, mix together the 1/2 cup sugar and 3 Tbsp cinnamon.
  9. Roll 1" balls of dough in your hands and drop into the cinnamon/sugar. Toss the balls until they are covered in cinnamon/sugar. Place them on the prepared cookie sheet 1" apart.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are golden, the tops are set and no more wet dough can be seen in the center/top.
  11. Allow to cool on the pan for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Store in an air tight container for up to a week.

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Sunday 15th of December 2013

How many eggs sweety?

Betsy Eves

Sunday 15th of December 2013



Saturday 14th of December 2013

Betsy, these look great! So glad you joined us in the cookie swap again! :)

Betsy Eves

Sunday 15th of December 2013

Thanks for having me, Julie! It's always a lot of fun!

Harvey Morris

Thursday 12th of December 2013

I've never made snickerdoodles and can't wait to try this recipe.

I made Soft-Baked Gingersnap Molasses Cookies, 3 Ways for my Cookie Swap recipe. First timer, but I can’t wait to do it again next year. Happy baking!


Wednesday 11th of December 2013

Oooh I haven't gotten my cookies yet but now I absolutely cannot wait! They sound so good!!!!


Wednesday 11th of December 2013

What seriously gorgeous cookies! I love the concept of these!

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