These cookies taste like fall! With cinnamon and nutmeg, these delicious Apple Cookies with Butterscotch have all the seasonal flavors you love.
Made from scratch, these cake-like, soft cookies are decadent and a great treat for sharing with friends and family for Thanksgiving and beyond.
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I vividly remember when my mom used to make these cookies for us as kids. They smelled SO good and we knew they tasted even better.
They’re super soft, more cake-y than crispy, and full of butter butterscotch flavor. Fall is the perfect time to make these! If you’ve never tried Apple Butterscotch Cookies you don’t even know what you’re missing!
This recipe was originally posted November 19, 2012. I recently updated with better instructions and images. You may recognize the image above from the original post!
This recipe has been made by my mom for years and is one she passed on to me when I moved out. It’s always a crowd-pleaser and one that people will ask you for the recipe.
The combination of the apples and butterscotch chips makes these cookies the perfect fall treat. Put them out at your holiday gatherings and see what I mean. Cookie mayhem!
NOTE: As I am not a trained baker I want to call out a note about the final baked cookies. These are very soft. And they do crumble and fall apart very easily.
There is probably something that can be tweaked in the recipe to make them a little sturdier. I just don’t know what that is. The flavor is THE BEST! but texture is not the best.
If you know what to do to make it better, please do that!
How to Make Apple Cookies with Butterscotch
These cookies are really easy to make which is good because otherwise, I’d never make them. You make a simple cookie batter and then include a few key ingredients to make them next level.
I used Honeycrisp apples since those are my favorite. I think they taste amazing but if you feel like you want to swap it out for another type, by all means, be my guest. I’ve also used Red Delicious apples and they were also delish.
And here is probably the biggest tip I can give you about making this cookie recipe: DO NOT open the bag of butterscotch chips too early or you will eat them all and you won’t have any left for the cookies. Not like that has really happened or anything…(hangs head in shame).
I usually add more than 6 oz. of the chips because the bag comes with more. My cookies tend to borderline on Butterscotch Cookies with Apple due to my chips to apple ratio…
The original recipe also calls for walnuts but because we have a nut allergy in our house, we usually leave out all nuts. Except in this Peanut Butter Pie. Because it’s so good. (But I made it at my sister-in-law’s house when my son wasn’t present so I could enjoy a piece and then left the rest there…)
In a medium sized bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Mix well and set aside.
The cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves smell so good. Feel free to leave out a spice if you don’t love it.
Then add eggs and milk and beat well.
Beat half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients until incorporated. Then add the other half and mix well.
Stir in chopped apples and butterscotch chips to the cookie batter and mix it up.
You can see in the photo above how large I left the apples. I like nice, big chunks in my cookies. But you can absolutely cut them smaller if you prefer it.
Also, the apples are peeled. The skin would become chewy and we don’t want that.
This is where you would also add the walnuts if using.
The cookies do spread a bit so be sure to space them out and not overcrowd your pan.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.
I added a little bit of Maldon sea salt to some of the cookies before baking. I love that sweet and salty combo in my desserts.
Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet immediately and let them cool on cooling racks.
The original recipe says it makes 4 dozen cookies. I got about 2 dozen from the recipe. This could also be why they fall apart. If I made them smaller, they wouldn’t crumble as much, I think.
I think the apples have extra moisture that helps to keep the cookies moist but also means they don’t last as long once baked.
My 11 year old ate one of these cookies and said, “These taste like Christmas!!!” Which is funny, because they are one of my go-to holiday cookies. But also the spices…
If you love these warm, seasonal spices like I do you may also want to make my Nutmeg Cake.
I stored these cookies in an air-tight container and they were great for a day or two. After that, they started to get even more crumbly. I’m not a quitter so I ate all of them, but to ensure freshness, I would only keep them for a few days.
These Butterscotch Apple Cookies are best served fresh. And unfortunately, they don’t travel well.
After reading this post back, these cookies sound super flawed. But the flavor more than makes up for it. They are that tasty!
Give them a try this year and let me know what you think!
Need more dessert ideas? Try these easy recipes:
- Fruit Bruschetta Cookies use fresh berries and store-bought sugar cookies to make a delicious treat!
- Candy Popcorn is a fun dessert to make for kids! Change up the flavors to make delicious, crunchy flavored popcorn.
- Sherry Wine Cake is another holiday favorite! It’s great to serve for holiday brunch or anytime you need a dessert to share.
- Here are 10 Amazing Apple Recipes in case you can’t get enough!
- I made these yummy Caramel Apple Pie Parfaits for my friends at Savvy Sassy Moms and these are good. REAL good.
- 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups chopped apples (I used Honeycrisp)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Approximately 8 ounces of butterscotch chips
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together brown sugar and butter with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
- Add eggs and milk; beat well.
- Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in a small bowl.
- Add 1/2 the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finish with the second half and mix until combined.
- Stir in apples, butterscotch chips and walnuts, if using.
- Drop by tablespoon on well-greased baking sheets (or use parchment).
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove from baking sheets immediately; cool on racks.
- Makes about 4 dozen cookies (or 2 dozen if you made ginormous cookies like I did).
For that sweet and salty touch, you can sprinkle a little bit of Maldon Sea Salt on top of the cookie batter before baking.
Serving Size1 Servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 191Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 26mgSodium 116mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 15gProtein 3g
Nutrition information isn't always accurate.
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