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How to Make Apple Cinnamon Streusel Cookies: Easy Recipe

Cholee is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys creating family and budget-friendly recipes from scratch.

Pile of yummy apple cinnamon streusel cookies

Pile of yummy apple cinnamon streusel cookies

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Cookies Recipe

Warm, spicy, gooey, moist, and topped with streusel, these cookies are perfect. A hint of nutmeg and cinnamon fills your kitchen and will have you thinking it's autumn and nearing Thanksgiving in no time. What I love about these cookies is the scent of fall that fills the kitchen when mixing up a batch. Not only is fall my all-time favorite season, but I just love when I can bring out the smells in my baking. Some of my favorite fall smells and flavors are apples, cinnamon, and warm spices like nutmeg. These cookies pack a punch of flavor and fill the whole house with my all-time favorite smells, too.

I created this recipe from scratch with a couple of leftover Granny Smith apples I wanted to use up. Everyone has heard of and probably tried apple cinnamon muffins. My husband and children vastly prefer cookies to muffins, so I threw some ingredients together and here we are: apple cinnamon streusel cookies. They taste identical to the muffins with the same name, and they are a guilt-free way to eat cookies for breakfast. Nothing is more enticing to my family than thinking they are getting away with eating sweets during mealtime.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

25 min

30 min

55 min

About 2 dozen, depending on size of cookies

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups diced apples (approximately 4 apples)

Ingredients for Streusel

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of graham crackers
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together both sugars and butter.
  2. Add eggs and beat until blended.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and mix into creamed mixture, just until blended.
  4. Peel and mince apples. Fold into cookie dough (I used a mini chopper to mince my apples to my desired size).
  5. Place the cookie dough on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10–15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Mix together streusel ingredients and sprinkle onto cooling cookies. (You can also put the streusel onto the cookies when there are about 5 minutes of baking time left. The streusel will bake slightly into the cookies.)

Baking With Apples

Apples range in flavor from sweet to tart, depending on the variety. Apples make a great snack, but they can also be used to dress up a salad or sauce, as well as for baking. Traditionally apples have been used in breads, muffins, cakes, pies, and tarts. However, today we are using them in cookies, because why not?

Buying and Storing Apples

You can buy apples year round. However, most varieties have a peak season. Although most varieties have a peak season, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and Golden Delicious are year-round apple varieties. When buying apples buy ones that are firm and have smooth and unblemished skin. Unwashed apples can be stored in the refrigerator for up to six weeks. It is recommended to keep them away from other vegetables with strong aromas, as apples can absorb odors. Always wash before using.

Types of Apples

Types of ApplesFlavorUsesSeason



Eating, baking, and salads

October through April



Eating, baking, using in pies, salads, and sauces

September through July

Pink Lady


Eating, baking, and salads

October through June


Very sweet

Eating, salads, and sauces

October through June



Eating and salads

August through December

Red Delicious


Eating and salads

Year round

Golden Delicious

Mild sweet

Eating, baking, and salads

Year round

Granny Smith


Eating, baking, salads, and sauces

Year round



Eating, using in pies, salads, and sauces

September through May

Note: Not all varieties of apples work well for baking, so it's best to know which types of apples perform best with the desired use you want them for.

No One Will Be Able to Resist

These cookies are sweet yet savory and will have your whole house smelling like baked apples. No one will be able to resist these delicious cookies, and you will find yourself going back for more. They are incredibly soft and melt-in-your-mouth perfect.

© 2012 Cholee Clay