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Super Easy Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies Taste Just Like Pie

by | Oct 6, 2021 | Recipes

These Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies are ultra moist and outrageously easy to make because they use common convenience items like packaged cookie mix and jarred applesauce. With a generous addition of cinnamon along with some nutmeg, these sweet drop cookies have a flavor that is very reminiscent of apple pie.

macro close up of finished cinnamon apple sugar cookie that tastes like apple pie

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Aside from the Pumpkin Spice Latte currently in my hand, nothing says Fall to me more than apples. I have fond memories of driving on country back roads in my hometown as the weather turned from Summer to Fall and the apple orchards were always a beautiful sight to see.

Since moving away and living in the city, an apple orchard is no longer a common site to me. But all it takes is one trip to the grocery store and seeing those little paper bags filled to the brim with apples during September, October, and November to remind me of those younger days and make me yearn for a baked goodie with apples like these Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies.

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Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

I recently noticed that we had a lone bag of Sugar Cookie mix in the kitchen cabinets. I had no idea when I bought it or why I bought it since usually when I make cookies, I make them from scratch. But nonetheless, there is sat waiting to be used.

I’m not a huge fan of sugar cookies–they seem bland to me. So I was trying to figure out what to add to the mix and nothing was striking my fancy. Fast forward about 3 weeks later and I came across applesauce cups during a clean out of our fridge. Finally, an idea clicked–make sugar cookies that taste like apple pie!

macro shot of interior of ultra moist apple cinnamon sugar cookie

While apple pie spice would be the best for these cookies, I didn’t have any on hand. So I used a mixture of ground cinnamon and nutmeg as I remember those being what a step-mom of mine used back in the day when she had me help her make like a dozen apple pies one Fall. Turns out, it totally hit the spot!

When I made my first batch, they were ridiculously simple to make and tasted great–but something was missing. They weren’t the prettiest cookie I’ve made, and to be honest they still aren’t. LOL. But, with the addition of a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar on top, they give off Snickerdoodle vibes both in taste and appearance.

So if you’re not a cookie aficionado, don’t despair! Grab a bag of packaged sugar cookie mix and let’s make some delicious Fall-inspired cookies using just a few ingredients.

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Ingredients For Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

overhead shot of ingredients to make cinnamon apple sugar cookies
  • Packaged Sugar Cookie Mix – Packaged mixes for cookies are really affordable and convenient as a base, especially if you don’t bake often or have the room for typical basic cookie ingredients like flour, baking soda, baking powder, flavoring extracts, etc.
  • Applesauce
  • Egg
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Granulated Sugar (optional)

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Ingredient Swaps & Variations

  • Alternate Fruit Purees – If you don’t have applesauce on hand, you could swap it with another fruit puree with a similar water-content/consistency. One I think would work very well would be pear puree.
  • Apple Butter Instead of Applesauce – If you happen to have applesauce on hand, this would be an amazing swap for the applesauce because apple butter is so much more intensely flavored.
  • Apple Pie Spice – Using apple pie spice in place of the cinnamon and nutmeg inside the cookie dough of these Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies will make them taste even more like apple pie.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

What to Remember – This cookie dough can be made as small cookies (about 3″ in diameter) or large fist-sized cookies (about 4.5″) depending on your preference, without any need to adjust the baking temperature or time. If you prefer smaller cookies, add the cookie dough to the baking sheet in rounded teaspoonfuls. For larger cookies, add the dough to the baking sheet in rounded tablespoonfuls. You can also use a cookie scoop if you want to ensure consistency in size and shape of your cookies. When I use a cookie scoop, I like to use this medium sized one from OXO.

Ways to Use Leftover Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies – A couple of things come to mind. First, and the most fun, is to make ice cream sandwiches with them! Another is to crumble the cookies up and use as a topping on sundaes, oatmeal bowls, or a fruit crisp.

close up of finished cookies cooling on a wire rack

Recipe Notes

Storage – These sugar cookies have a crispy exterior that you’ll love when they’re fresh out of the oven. But in order to keep them ultra moist as long as possible, you’ll want to store them in an airtight glass or plastic container or ziploc bag. Stored this way, they will stay moist for at least 7 days.

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Step 1. In a small to medium bowl, add the packaged cookie mix, the cinnamon, and the nutmeg. Set aside.

overhead shot of adding spices to packaged cookie mix

Step 2. In a large mixing bowl, add the egg and the applesauce. Stir well to thoroughly combine.

Macro shot of combining egg and applesauce

Step 3. Working in either two or three parts, add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Once each part is almost fully combined into the cookie dough, add the next part. Repeat until all dry ingredients are mixed into the cookie dough.

Overhead shot of adding the dry mixture to the wet mixture

Step 4. Line a large baking sheet with either parchment paper or aluminum foil. Note, if you use aluminum foil it is recommended that you lightly spray the foil with cooking spray so that the cookies don’t stick to the foil once done. Then add the cookie dough to the baking sheet in either rounded teaspoons or rounded tablespoons.

Step 5. (Optional Step) In a small dish, combine the optional granulated sugar plus some additional ground cinnamon to make a cinnamon sugar topping for the cookies. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar generously over the cookie dough on the baking sheet.

macro shot of cookie batter sprinkled with mixture of cinnamon and sugar

Step 6. Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes, until the bottom of the cookies is golden brown.

macro close up of the golden brown bottom of baked apple cinnamon sugar cookie

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make the cookie dough of these Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies more firm so I can roll them in the cinnamon sugar instead of just sprinkling it on top?

To get a firmer/stiffer cookie dough, you’ll need to add more flour to the cookie dough. I suggest adding the flour in one tablespoon at a time until you reach the stiffness that you desire.

I have all of the ingredients except the eggs, can I just leave it out or add more applesauce in its place?

Unfortunately, no. Eggs in a recipe act as either a binder or a leavener, or both. In this Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies recipe, the egg is needed to serve as a leavener that will make your cookies rise.

Could I use just apple pie spice blend instead of the cinnamon and nutmeg?

Absolutely–and it will make these cookies taste even more like apple pie!

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macro close up of finished cinnamon apple sugar cookie that tastes like apple pie

Super Easy Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

In less than a half hour, you can use packaged cookie mix, jarred applesauce, and some spices to make a delicious batch of cookies that taste like apple pie!

Ingredients

  • 1 package of sugar cookie mix (17.5 oz)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp extra cinnamon (for optional garnish)
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar (for optional garnish)

Instructions

1. Combine the sugar cookie mix, first tablespoon of cinnamon, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

2. Add the egg and applesauce to a large mixing bowl. Stir well to combine.

3. Add one third of the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Stir until the dry mixture is almost fully incorporated. Repeat two more times.

4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Drop the cookies out onto the baking sheet by the rounded spoonful. Use a teaspoon for small cookies (3 inches) or a tablespoon for large cookies (4-4.5 inches).

5. Create optional garnish by mixing the second tablespoon of cinnamon and the granulated sugar in a small dish. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the tops of the cookie dough on the baking sheet.

6. Bake the cookies for 7-9 minutes in a 375 degree oven, or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: --gSaturated Fat: --gTrans Fat: --gUnsaturated Fat: --gCholesterol: --mgSodium: --mgCarbohydrates: --gNet Carbohydrates: --gFiber: --gSugar: --gSugar Alcohols: --gProtein: --g

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