apple pie snickerdoodle cookie bars

Just in time for the 4th of July, I am sharing a cookie bar that is a twist on an American favorite – apple pie!  Now, don’t worry!  I have not mastered the perfect pie crust and I am not flaunting my fluting technique.  This is a time saving recipe that uses ingredients that you can easily keep on hand when you need a quick sweet treat!  This recipe was inspired by the cherry pie sugar cookie bars over at Mostly Homemade Mom.  I pinned them lickety split to my sweet stuff Pinterest board and I knew that I just had to make an apple version.  And with only three ingredients, it is almost too easy to say hello to these easy apple pie snickerdoodle cookie bars!!

Easy apple pie snickerdoodle cookie bars at

 These bars start with a sugar cookie base and get a healthy dose of cinnamon sugar sprinkled on.  Then, that cookie base is topped with rich, cinnamon-y apple pie filling (store bought or homemade).  Finally, another layer of sugar cookie bits and cinnamon sugar top the pie filling and the whole thing is baked until hot and bubbly.  Snickerdoodle cookies + apple pie = amazing easy apple pie snickerdoodle cookie bars!  (Apple pie math – it’s a thing!)

Unbelievably easy apple pie snickerdoodle cookie bars at shakentogetherlife.comThese bars are the best of both worlds … apple pie and cookies with no utensils required!  These are a great dessert to pack up for a summer picnic.  Or, warm up a cookie bar and top it with vanilla ice cream for an a la mode treat!

apple pie snickerdoodle cookie bars


  • One 16.5 oz tube of Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • One 20 oz. can of apple pie filling
  • Cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup of granulated sugar & 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon)


  1. Press 2/3 of the cookie dough into the bottom of an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan.
  2. Sprinkle with 2/3 of the cinnamon sugar.
  3. Spread the apple pie filling over the cookie base.
  4. Take small amounts of the remaining cookie dough, flatten it slightly and place over the pie filling. It will not cover the pie filling completely.
  5. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
  6. Bake in a 350* oven until the cookie dough is baked - mine took about 35-40 minutes.
  7. Allow bars to cool and cut into squares.

Don’t be surprised if you start seeing other versions of this recipe …

Easy apple pie snickerdoodle cookie bars at

Wouldn’t peach cobbler cookie bars be ridiculous? Or strawberry rhubarb cookie bars? Or chocolate cherry cookie bars?  Oh, this could be a really bad delicious thing!!

Because an apple a day keeps the doctor away AND makes awesome desserts and snacks, here are a few more yummy apple recipes:

 Easy Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Pie Cheesecake Gingersnap Trifles

Caramel Apple Munch Mix

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  1. This sounds amazing! How long do they last and how do you store them? Thinking of trying it for 4th of July, if I travel with them, do I need a cooker? Thanks!!

    • Hi Stella – I stored them in an airtight container and did not refrigerate them, but they were only around for 2 days at our house. Any longer than a few days and I would probably pop them in the fridge. Hope you have a happy 4th!

  2. Don’t even like apple pie and these look delicious! :-)

    New Mama Diaries

  3. Mmmm that sounds and looks absolutely delicious! Definitely want to try this :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. Oh mama.

    Yum. Great idea, Keri! Pinning!

  5. Literally, my stomach just growled about this post. :) Pinning!

  6. This is such a genius easy recipe and it’s SO good! I want to make them, right now!

  7. I love apple pie, and snickerdoodles! What a great combination. I can’t wait to make a batch! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy 4th of July to you!

  8. These look amazing! I am pinning and definitely making them next week :)

  9. Keri, these sound SO good!! Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies, so I think these would be so yummy!

  10. Yummy!

  11. These look so good! Found you over at Show & Tell!Pinned for later! I would love for you to link these up at my party:

    Have a great weekend!


  12. Yum! Now this is apple pie I know I can make! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  13. Visiting from Project Inspired, this look so delicious! I may just have to add this to my to make list!

  14. That recipe sounded awesome right from the start but I loved it even more when I saw the ingredient list!! I’m pinning.

  15. I made this yesterday for my co workers. I made the apple and a cherry one. It was a HUGE hit! Not a scrap left over…will be making it again for sure!

    • Bonnie – I’m so glad everyone loved them! They were gone quick in our house, too! Thanks so much for the sweet comment!

  16. Ah! These look SO good Keri!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I am definitely going to be making it! =D

    My readers would love this recipe! I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week!

  17. Andi Kolo says:

    Just found this so missed july 4 but it will be done as an autumn flavors treat. Thanks for keeping it simple!!!

  18. I bought the ingredients today after work. I’m going to a dinner party tomorrow and was asked to bring a desert. I hope it comes out okay and they like it. I will use my husband as a gene pig to test them out. LOL

  19. Yummy. Outstanding My family loved it. I doubled the recipe. Nothing left!!!

  20. I recently featured this recipe on my blog, The GOOD Pins, and wanted to thank you for sharing this! My family enjoyed this dessert so much and were so excited that I made it. I linked my readers to you and hope they will enjoy this recipe as much as we did. Thanks again!

  21. I got a little fancy with mine. I cut out little hearts from the remainder of the dough and arranged them on top. I wish I had found this for the Fourth of July – I would have done stars!

  22. These look delicious. I am anxious to try these.

  23. Everyone at my house loves apple pie & snickerdoodle cookies. I made them a couple of weeks ago & they lasted about 2 days. Today I made a 9 x 13 pan by doubling the recipe. They are delicious!!

  24. This look like something I’ll love ;) Thank you!

    Just so you know, your photo and recipe is being shared on Facebook without giving you credit – it’s how I saw it and then Googled your recipe.

    • Rosanne – thank you for the notice! It is frustrating that the entire recipe is posted and it has been shared over 17k times on Facebook without proper credit. I’ve left a message for the page owner and I really appreciate that you took the time to search down the recipe on my blog – that makes my day!!

  25. This is in the oven. Smells wonderful, and so easy to make. Hope it tastes as good as it looks.

  26. Just took my first bite of these and OH MY HECK! I’m doomed. I’m going to eat them all. Best recipe EVER!!! Thank you.

  27. I’m looking forward to making these this week however my grocery store didn’t have any refrigerated sugar cookie dough so I was planning to make my own dough and continue on with the recipe. Do you think this will be a problem?

    • Hi Sarah! I bet your homemade dough would work perfectly and my only recommendation would be to chill the dough prior to baking! I’d love to hear if it works out!

  28. Mine turned out runny. The tops were really crispy, so I pulled them out, but the cookie didn’t seem to really cook. Some of it did if it was on the edge. It was still good, and we needed seconds, but I don’t know what to do to fix it. Ideas?

    • Hi Kari – Bummer!! Maybe the oven temperature was a little off? Or different types of baking dishes (glass, dark, stoneware) could cause something to bake slower or faster. I hope you try these again – they are one of our very favorite easy desserts :)

  29. Making this again…this time I’m trying peach! This is the 3rd time I have made this this Summer! The last time (and this time) I doubled it and put it in a 13×9 pan. It takes about 50 minutes to an hour. I will be serving it with vanilla ice cream to my co workers this evening, I’m sure it will be a hit….again!

  30. Wobder how to do it with rhubarb?

  31. These look absolutely delicious. Do you all think they would freeze well before baking? I live to do freezer meals with 2 of my friends and they were wanting desserts next go around. Thus, would be a quick and easy one to do and freeze.

    • Hi Theresa – ours didn’t last long enough to freeze but if you wrapped them individually in freezer paper, they might be okay. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out!

  32. I made this last night and it was a great success! I did use my own sugar cookie dough and apple pie filling. It was a bit soft, but I like soft baked cookies anyway. Thanks for the recipe. Who doesn’t love apple pie and snickerdoodles?

  33. Has anyone made these with real apples? Wondering if I would need to adjust the cooking times?

    • Hi Beth,

      I know a few folks on Pinterest mentioned they used homemade apple pie filling, but didn’t provide any details. I’ll keep my eyes out and update here if I see anything :)

  34. These are in the oven now! Hope I didn’t goof up. Used the same amounts but put it in a 9×13 so we will see. I also drizzled some caramel sauce between the cookie crust and apple filling, crossing my fingers! Thanks for the recipe.

  35. cyberdeedle says:

    Your blog is wonderful! Great job. Someone posted one of your recipes on Facebook and didn’t give you credit or copy your URL with the recipe. Thankfully your website address ( was in the photo so I could find this original posting and thank you. Remember to always put your URL in each photo and then you will get the credit you deserve!! Thanks so much for your great recipes.

    • Thanks so much for hunting me down – I really appreciate the time you took to let me know, as well. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  36. Made these for tonight but decided to use cherry pie filling instead. I snuck a taste this afternoon and WOW, so amazing and so easy! Thanks, Keri. :)

  37. I made these for the first time , I was amazed at how very simple and delicious they were ! I doubled the recipe and made in a 13×9 pan also drizzled with some powder sugar glaze. They ate it up !! Thank you for the recipe ! :)

  38. These look amazing! Such a creative take on a cookie bar, too. I’m definitely trying them!

  39. Has anyone tried making these with refrigerated pie dough instead of sugar cookie dough? They would be less sweet and be the easiest apple pie squares ever.


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