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Apple Walnut Cream Cheese Cookies | Magnolia Days

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).