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Apples! Apples as far as the eye can see! It’s apple picking season and everyone has at least 1 sack full of apples straight from the orchard just waiting to be used in a new recipe! We’ve made apple jam this year and now we’re making apple cinnamon cookies! These cookies are a great way to celebrate fall, and make a perfect gift too!

Apple Cinnamon Cookie Recipe and Gift Basket

Today we’re making a batch of apple cinnamon cookies and gifting them along with an American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Apple Cinnamon Cider fragrance for the perfect fall inspired gift. These cookies are soft, tasty and filled with apples – just like grandma used to make!

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Cookies

You can put together this gift for any special occasion. Gift to someone who needs a little cheer in their life – think friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers and more!

Apple Cinnamon Cookies Recipe

Gather your ingredients. I like to pre-measure all of my ingredients and have everything ready to go. Otherwise, I’m bound to forget something. No one wants apple cinnamon cookies without cinnamon! 🙂

Ingredients for Apple Cinnamon Homemade Cookies

Grab your electric mixer, or better yet break out your stand mixer and beat together your egg, sugar and cream cheese. Beat on a medium speed until it’s light and thin, about 2 to 3 minutes should do.

Mixing Ingredients for Apple Cinnamon Cookies

On the stir setting, or with a large spoon, stir in flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda until everything is well combined

Baking Apple Cinnamon Cookies

Fold in apples with a large spoon.

Apple Cinnamon Cookies with Apples Folded In

Drop cookie batter onto your parchment paper prepared cookie sheet by the teaspoon full, roughly the size of a quarter, about 2 inches apart. I like to add or rearrange the apple pieces so there are some facing skin side out in the batter, it gives the cookies a bit more color.

Apple Cinnamon Cookie Dough

Bake in the oven as directed in the recipe card below. Once baked, remove cookies from the baking sheet and cool them on wire rack. There’s no need to wait once taking them out of the oven, you can move them immediately.

Cooling Rack with Apple Cinnamon Cookies

Reserve some cookies for you and your family and then pack the rest in a gift for someone special! Find out how we’re gifting these delicious homemade cookies – keep reading!

Apple Cinnamon Cookies and Candle Gift

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Cookie Recipe

Autumn Cookies and Candle Basket

Apple Cinnamon Cookies

Scrappy Geek
Homemade apple cinnamon cookies made with real apple chunks!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 24


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 apple chopped -- about 1 cup


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray
  • Beat brown sugar, cream cheese and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well combined
  • On the stir setting, stir in flour, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract and baking soda until well combined
  • Fold in apples with large spoon
  • Place quarter size drops (about a teaspoon) of dough about 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheet
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown
  • Remove from cookie sheet and immediately cool on wire rack


No need to peel the apple. Simply core and slice, or slice around the core, chop the apple into 1/4 inch pieces and you're ready to go.

Now that we have our cookies baked, we can pick out the perfect American Home™ by Yankee Candle® to complement them. There are a lot of fall fragrances to choose from, including the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Apple Cinnamon Cider fragrance, which I think is absolutely amazing and complements these cookies perfectly.

American Home by Yankee Candle

You could also go the pumpkin route with this gift and include the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Homemade Pumpkin Pie candle!

Yankee Candle Homemade Pumpkin Pie

The inspired, true to life, seasonal fragrances like the Sugar Coated Cinnamon, Fresh Balsam Fir, and Sweet & Salty Caramel are perfect as we head into the fall and winter seasons. Did you know, you can now purchase the trusted American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand collection exclusively at Walmart? You can! Find them right in the candle aisle!

Yankee Candles at Walmart

The American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Homemade Pumpkin Pie fragrance is one that every home should have on hand during autumn. The high quality, rich fragrances of American Home™ by Yankee Candle® candles really give you that warm down-home feeling on a chilly fall day. They also offer clean burning from start to end – always follow user instructions to a tee for American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand products.

Yankee Candle Fall Gift Basket Idea

Fall Gift Idea

Now that we’ve made our cookies and talked about our favorite candles, let’s create our gift package! Of course, since our cookie batter makes up to 30 cookies, we’ll set some aside to share with family, and of course Katie will bring some to work for her co-workers to enjoy. We’ll add a bunch of cookies to our gift basket along with an American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Apple Cinnamon Cider candle.


I found this nice basket, perfect for gifting. Stuff it with fall colored tissue paper and other little fall decor things – I found a bundle of faux fall flowers, feathers and other things at Walmart.

Happy Harvest Basket from Walmart

Simply place the candle in the tissue paper…

Yankee Candle Fall Gift Idea

Next, add the cookies, stack or lay them in a nice and organized fashion.

Cookies and Candle Gift Basket

Now you’re ready to deliver your fall gift basket!

Autumn Cookies and Candle Basket

Bonus – Safety Reminders

  • NEVER leave your candle unattended while lit.
  • Always burn your candle on a heat resistant surface and keep it away from drafts.
  • Make sure the candle wicks are cut 1/8 of an inch to ensure the flame is not too large
  • When you burn your candle, allow the entire top layer to become a fragrant pool of liquid wax to get the biggest, boldest fragrance possible.
  • When only ½ inch of the wax remains, it’s time to let your candle go.

Once the candle is used up and completely cooled off, place the candle in the freezer for a few hours. Once the remaining candle wax is frozen, remove the wax from the candle jar with a spoon. You can reuse the candle jar for crafts, gifting and more!

Which American Home™ by Yankee Candle® fragrance will you gift?

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