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Apple Walnut Cream Cheese Cookies

Apple Walnut Cream Cheese Cookies | Magnolia Days

Apples were on the counter beside a mandoline. Three baking sheets lined with parchment were by the oven. The project to make dried apple slices started with great hope. Then glitches started to appear. The apples were wider than the mandoline. Raised sides prevented them from contact with the blade. Sides were sliced to make them fit. Soon there were uniquely shaped slices spread on the parchment. Into the oven they went to become dry and crispy. A few hours later it was evident the chips were a failure. Some were soft and the rest were over-done. Into the trash they went and I was off to the store to get a bag so I could make apple walnut cream cheese cookies.

Making apple chips seemed like a great idea. How difficult can it be? Perhaps it is my nemesis in the baking world. Such a simple thing to go so wrong. Oh well, it’s all good. The crispy ones from the store did nicely. They crushed up perfectly in my food processor. Those crushed up bits are a great substitute for nuts. My goal was to have a subtle apple flavor added to walnut cream cheese cookies. They turned out exactly as I imagined. If you want more apple flavor, increase the amount of crushed apple chips and decrease the amount of walnuts in the dough.

Apple Walnut Cream Cheese Cookies | Magnolia Days

These cookies have one feature I really enjoy. The dough is made, shaped into logs, and frozen. This means you can keep it in the freezer for weeks (or perhaps longer if wrapped well with layers of plastic wrap or foil). It’s handy when you want fresh cookies but don’t have the time to make the dough. This is way better than any slice and bake cookies you get at the store. Just be ready for them to disappear shortly after baking. Oh the buttery, apple-y, nutty, cream cheese goodness!

Apple Walnut Cream Cheese Cookies | Magnolia Days

Do you enjoy baking cookies? The Creative Cookie Exchange is a group of bakers and bloggers who shares recipes each month based on a theme. CCE is hosted by Laura of The Spiced Life and Rebecka of At Home With Rebecka. And this month’s theme is apples. You can join in the fun too. Scroll down to see the details and find links to more great cookies.

Apple Walnut Cream Cheese Cookies

A recipe for Apple Walnut Cream Cheese Cookies made with chopped dried apples. The buttery cookies have a subtle apple flavor and crunch from walnuts.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Renee


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups unsalted butter 4 sticks, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 ounce bag dried apple chips finely chopped makes 3/4 cup
  • 1 3/4 cups walnuts 3/4 cup toasted and coarsely chopped, 1 cup finely chopped, divided


  1. Whisk together flour and salt in a bowl.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a flat beater, add butter and cream cheese. Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla, and mix until well combined.
  4. Add flour and mix on low speed until just combined (do not over mix).
  5. Stir or mix in apple chips and toasted walnut pieces.
  6. Transfer dough to a work surface and divide in half. Shape each half into a log, 8 1/2 inches long and 2 inches in diameter.
  7. Wrap each log in parchment paper and freeze overnight or up to 2 weeks.
  8. Position oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Take out one log from the freezer and let it set out for 30 minutes. Unwrap the log and roll it in the remaining chopped walnuts, coating completely.
  10. Slice into 1/4-inch rounds. Space 1 in apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or non-stick liner.
  11. Bake cookies for 18 to 20 minutes, rotating halfway through, until golden around the edges.
  12. Let cookies cool completely on the baking sheets on wire racks. (Do not remove cookies from baking sheet until completely cooled).
  13. Repeat with remaining log and walnuts. Store cookies in a airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Total time does not include time for freezing the cookie dough. These cookies have a subtle apple flavor. You can increase the amount of dried apples for more apple flavor (remember to equally reduce the amount of chopped walnuts).

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Recipe Rating


Friday 8th of November 2013

I love these cookies! I love slice and bakes, and I love the cream cheese with the apples.

How high of a heat did you try to dry the apples on?


Saturday 9th of November 2013

I don't remember exactly what the temperature was but I know it was like 200 or 225 degrees for several hours.


Monday 21st of October 2013

These sound really good, yum apple and cream cheese.


Saturday 26th of October 2013

Thanks and the apple and cream cheese are wonderful together.

Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs

Friday 18th of October 2013

I just happen to have a very large bag that my girls talked me in to buying from Costco, and now I have a great recipe to use some of them in. I love the idea of cheese, apple and walnut in a cookie. Kind of savory-sweet, and delicious.


Monday 21st of October 2013

Oh good! I'm glad I could help you use up the bag of apple chips.

Joan@Chocolate and More

Thursday 17th of October 2013

I love apple chips but I'd rather have these cookies any day!


Monday 21st of October 2013

Thanks Joan


Thursday 17th of October 2013

I've never taken notice of apple chips! This is a wonderful idea for a cookie. This would be a perfect cookie for me since I can slice off a couple of cookies and throw the rest back in the freezer. My husband is a party pooper when it comes to anything that's possibly healthy such as fruits, vegetables, nuts.


Monday 21st of October 2013

I found the bag of apple chips in the produce section at my store. There are several flavors however I went with the original ones.