Snickerdoodle Apple Bread

Snickerdoodle APple Bread. CRAZY GOOD and makes your house smell amazing while it's baking!!

This Snickerdoodle Apple Bread is CRAZY GOOD and makes your house smell amazing while it’s baking!! It’s an easy apple bread recipe that is topped with sweet cinnamon sugar, and when it bakes it gets this crunchy sugar crust that is amazing!

Oh friends. Today is a good day. Why you ask? Well, because it’s not yesterday. Yesterday was the worst. I mean, nothing SUPER bad happened, but it was just, “one of those days”. And now it’s today. It’s pretty great how the universe gives you a reset every 24 hours.

So we’re going to kick off the celebration of today with this Snickerdoodle Apple Bread.

What actually happened last week when I was making this, was I wanted to make a Chunky Apple Streusel Bread. BUT I was having another one of “those days” and added baking SODA instead of baking POWDER…AND the glorious streusel topping I made mysteriously disappeared whilst baking. To be honest with you, though, it still tasted magnificent..albeit a little squishy in the center from the buried streusel treasure. So even though I ate it, I knew it wasn’t the recipe I wanted to share.

So I went back to the drawing board and came out on the other side with this crackly, cinnamony, chunky, apple bread recipe. Never has chunky looked so good.

Snickerdoodle APple Bread. CRAZY GOOD and makes your house smell amazing while it's baking!!

How to Make Snickerdoodle Apple Bread

How to Make Snickerdoodle Apple Bread

The recipe for this apple bread is really very simple…and honestly it’s more like a cake disguised as bread.

  • Grab a Granny Smith Apple, and peel and dice it up.
  • The batter for the bread is much like a thick cake batter. I like to use my stand mixer for this!
  • The best part is the cinnamon sugar topping, which kind of sits on top, but as it bakes it forms this crackly crust which is amazing!

Snickerdoodle Apple Bread

Then you could wait until it’s cooled to slice it up or throw caution to the wind and get at it. I won’t be mad.

Snickerdoodle APple Bread. CRAZY GOOD and makes your house smell amazing while it's baking!!

You guys might want to propose to me after this. Sorry, I’m taken.


Snickerdoodle Apple Bread

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8-10 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled and finely chopped

Cinnamon sugar topping

  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350ยฐ
  2. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with baking spray. Line bottoms and up the ends with a strip of parchment paper (for easy removal) and spray again. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together salt, baking powder and flour. Set aside.
  4. In bowl of stand mixer beat butter, both sugars and cinnamon for 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping sides as necessary. Add in both eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth, again scraping sides as necessary.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add in flour mixture and milk in alternating additions, starting and ending with flour. Mix until just combined.
  6. Finally add in apples and stir until just combined and pour batter into prepared pan.
  7. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon for topping and sprinkle on top of batter.
  8. Bake for 50-55 minutes until bread is set and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Store airtight for up to 3 days

Keywords: apples, snickerdoodle, bread, cinnamon, cookies and cups



134 Responses

    1. Coleen

      I’ve made this many times now. Eat alone or with butter! Make sure that you use parchment paper on bottom of loaf pans or else bread might stick and tear a part after baking and removing loaves from pans.

  1. Meggon

    Could you incorporate Cream of Tartar, somehow? Isn’t that what gives Snickerdoodles their distinct taste?

    Looks delicious either way!

    1. Shelly

      I have never found that you can taste the cream of tartar at all. It actually helps with the leavening of the cookie. But this is “Snickerdoodle Inspired” ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Stacey

      I agree with you Meggon! I dont think anything should be called “snickerdoodle” unless it has the cream of tartar in it!!! But either way, this bread DOES look delicious and I can’t wait to make it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Steph

    OMG…this looks & sounds freakin DELISH!!! I’m making it today!
    Not to sound foolish…the baking powder iwould be in teaspoons right?

    1. Kandi Harkins

      Sue, I don’t what the measurements would be, but in the USA it’s just a loaf pan. This recipe is wonderful. You will love it I am sure.

  3. Marylou

    OMG! This looks delicious! I just happen to have a Granny Smith Apple sitting around all by its lonesome. I’m so making this tomorrow. I can’t wait. Maybe I’ll make it tonight after grocery shopping. ????

  4. Sarah

    Yum! I’m hoping to try this out today… it looks amazing! Do you think that using buttermilk instead of regular milk would be ok? It’s all I have at the moment!

  5. Kristy

    Maybe I’m just being weird but does anyone else want to incorporate that crusty sugary topping on every single baked dessert recipe??? Cupcakes? Cookie Bars? Yum!

  6. Julie

    Made this last night. Sooooo good. Mine took longer to bake than directions said. Wondering if it has been made in mini loaf pans and turned out as moist? How long did they take to bake in the mini pans?

  7. Linda

    Hi Shelly,

    Just wanted to let you know that I made this Snickerdoodle Apple Bread
    and it was fantastic. Since I can’t eat gluten I made it with gluten free
    flour and it was the best. I love when a recipe comes out this nice using
    gluten free flour. It absolutely tasted like a regular flour bread. I make all my own gluten free desserts because most of the stuff I buy out is either grainy or dry. Thanks so much for sharing this delightful recipe.

  8. Linda

    HI Shelly.
    I made this recipe today and have already eaten two pieces, so far.
    This is one of the best apple recipes by far. And I made it gluten free. I do a lot of gluten free baking and I can guarantee that no one will be able to tell it is gluten free. The only thing I added to the recipe was
    walnuts on top because I am a nut addict. So delicious and very light
    in texture. The ratio of cinnamon to sugar is perfect also. Thanks
    so much for sharing this recipe with us and all the other wonderful
    recipes on your site.

  9. Anne

    I printed this out and made it the next day – it was fantastic. My kids loved it and so did I. The cinnamon sugar topping was fantastic, as was the rest of the bread/cake. Easy to make. I even left the peel on the apple before dicing and you couldn’t tell at all, probably because it baked for so long. Thanks!

  10. Shelley

    I made this bread this morning, and it was great! My son is allergic to eggs, so I subbed in Ener-G egg replacer for the eggs. I am really happy with the results!

  11. Heidi

    Looks delicious! I’m going to try it with Gala apples since I don’t have granny smith apples. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. This looks really fantastic. My boys (husband included) love snickerdoodle cookies so I don’t see how you could go wrong putting them into a bread. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Beth

    Cream of tartar is used in the snickerdoodle cookies to give them their chewy texture. Not for flavor. Thus, it isn’t needed in the bread. I will plan to make this soon!

  14. Donna

    This looks wonderful! I was wondering about using bananas instead of apples. Would anything else in the batter need to be changed?

  15. I finally got around to making this, but I. Don’t think it is going to last long!!! Oh my this was SO delicious, moist, crunchy sugary crust YUM YUM. Wonderful and easy. Thanks!

  16. Jennifer

    I made this yesterday for a bake sale for my daughter’s school, plus an extra loaf for our family. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is delicious! It is almost gone and we just started on it this morning.

  17. JIll

    I made the recipe just exactly as it is and it was wonderful. Nice and moist. Easy to make. The topping is what makes it a keeper!

  18. Hufsa

    Hi!! What would be the best way to store this bread? I’m making it three days in advance, but the weather in my country is really hot and humid so it wouldn’t do to just leave it on the counter…would it be completely all right after three days in the refrigerator? Thanks!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Lisa Goldberg

    Hi Shelly: Thanks for posting this particular recipe–with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah right around the corner, I’m constantly searching for ways to incorporate apples into the meal without settling for a boring apple cake.
    Can’t wait to try this!

  20. Karen G

    My co-worker made this and it was AMAZING! It doesn’t require anything! No butter, cream cheese, peanut butter. NOTHING! I’m going to make some for my family this weekend.

  21. Karen Boehlert

    Fabulous! I just made two loaves and could barely let one cool before I cut a slab! It tastes as awesome as it smells. Thank you. Thank you.

    1. Shelly

      I don’t ever bake with margarine, so I can’t speak to how it would work. As for the salt if you use table salt, only use 1/4 teaspoon, as it’s a finer grain.

  22. Lauren D

    I made this tonight and it was a big hit with the family (they ate the whole thing!). This recipe was easy to follow and whipped up quickly. My only adjustment was that I did not use all the topping (a little over half) and the top still came out with a good crunch to it. This is definitely a 5 star recipe and I will make it again.

  23. Susan

    It’s baking should say …all 4 loaves are baking right now. My grand babies love the batter so much I hurried to whip up 3 more … the aroma is amazing

  24. Katie

    I’ve made this twice & both times it got nicknamed crack bread. Needless to say, it’s been a big hit. The second time I didn’t have a Granny Smith around, so I used a Pink Lady apple instead. It worked just as well.

  25. Very yummy recipe. I used Cripps Pink apples because that is all I had and I added a heaping half cup of chopped pecans. Next time I’m going to try to divide the batter between two pans 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2.

  26. Kristin

    I made this last night and it didn’t have the right consistency, just fell apart ๐Ÿ™ . I bake a lot and don’t know what I did wrong….so sad.

  27. Just found this on pinterest after picking a million apples at our local orchard! I was thinking of making a bunch of loaves for gifts…do you think it would freeze well? Can’t wait to try it!

  28. Tesla

    Any chance you’ve baked and frozen this bread before? I’m looking to make a big batch and freeze a bunch of loaves for the holiday’s and hope that this bread doesn’t come out a sad mess after being frozen!!!! Thanks!

  29. leah

    Omg I just made this and it looks and smells wonderful on the counter! My mom loves quick breads especially Apple ones but she doesn’t have time to bake. So I searched online for the perfect recipe and found this! She will be home in one hour and this glorious apple treat will be waiting! I’ll post what she thinks!

      1. Shelly

        If you did that, you would need to leave out the salt and the baking powder. I haven’t ever tested this recipe with self rising, but I imagine it would work!

  30. Mary

    I have never froze a bread before, could u please tell me exactly how to do this as I don’t want to ruin my applesnickerdoodle bread! I put everything into a ziplock bag but don’t want this to get frostbite or too lose flavor, maybe aluminum foil? Pls let me know! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Shelly

      I always wrap mine in cling wrap, then again in aluminum foil and then sometimes I even put that in a ziplock. That might be overkill, but I like to keep it safe ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Mollyann

    Delicious. I doubled recipe and I had 4 small Fuji apples And a small snack sized applesauce. Buttermilk and baking soda. Used one tablespoon of real maple syrup and one of vanilla. This really resembles a cake but I don’t care…fantastically moist. Thank you

  32. Kylie

    Just made this and it was delicious! I will definitely make it again!

    The recipe and cooking times were all perfect.
    I couldn’t use an electric mixer, because I am at my moms and she doesn’t have one. I just stirred it by hand, and it still came out great.
    I also chopped the apple using a handy chopper. My goal was to make the prep quicker, but I really liked the result, it helped to blend the texture of the apple and the bread, so that it was one cohesive thing.

  33. Cileen

    Snickerdoodle appke bread turned out great n tasty. BUT when the recipe says line bottom to prevent easy out from pans DO IT for sure with this recipe.
    My loaves STUCK to bottom and what a mess. I lost the bottom to crumbling but still loaf was easy to cut. Oh, the topping fell off when I turned the loaves over to get out of pans.

  34. Maria

    This looks amazing! If you don’t have an apple, can you omit it, or will it mess up this lovely looking bread?
    Thanks so much

  35. Bettes

    Made these today in my Nordic Ware Bundtยฎ Brownie Pan and one mini loaf pan. They were moist, not too sweet and I love the topping. Wonderful with a hot cup of tea. Baked @ 350 degrees in brownie pan for 30 mins and the mini loaf pan 35 mins. Let cool for 10 mins, then turned on to cooling rack. Giving as gifts but saving a few for home. Thank you for a great new fall recipe. We be making again shortly. Bettes

  36. Jayne Gibson

    The bread is delicious but the topping doesn’t stick to the top of the loaf. It falls off when it’s cut. That’s my only complaint about this recipe.

  37. Emily

    Excited to try this recipe but have a few questions! Has anyone tried putting nuts in it? Would other types of apples taste good? And lastly, glass (dark or light) or metal loaf pan?

  38. Becky

    I have made this bread 5xโ€™s! I wanted an apple bread recipe, saw Shellyโ€™s post on FB and had to try it! To make it more an apple bread, i added 1 and 1/2 apple, used apple pie spice, and apple cider. I have tried this out on family, friends, & coworkers…there is never any left! Great recipe!!!!

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  41. Ruthie

    I made this recipe twice now. The first one was eaten so quickly by family that was visiting. It got rave reviews and was so easy to make.
    The second was eaten by my sister and I. No shame, thank you. I added a banana , 1/2 tsp baking soda and a couple of tablespoons of flour to the last batch. It was bomb-delish! Great recipe!

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    A dear friend gifted me a fresh baked loaf of your bread, along with your recipe hand written out on a card. This bread is simply amazing, best quick bread I have ever made. 10 stars!

  44. Bethany

    I have made this multiple times over the years and every time it’s easy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!!

  45. Made this a few days ago and it didn’t even last 24 hours. Adding it to my favorite recipe file immediately and making it again next week with breakfast for a crew of cowboys. I have a blog and include favorite recipes there for the kids, I wanted to ask your permission to share this recipe there, linking back to you and giving you credit for it.
    Thank you for another recipe that is sure to become a family favorite!

  46. Sandee

    Just a note: Not everyone is an experienced baker. While I now see you did mention peeling the apples up in the top…it was not mentioned in the actual recipe. Which led to me to missing it. Iโ€™m baking three loaves now and Iโ€™m just praying it turns out ok. Not exactly your fault I realize, but for future bakers details in the recipe help too. Thank you because the recipe looks divine and I will make it again…with peeled apples!!

  47. Coleen

    Be sure to line bottom of pan! This bread is to die for! I forgot to line paper and bottom tore up when dumped it out after baking. My fav sweet bread recipe by far.

  48. Toni

    I can’t thank you enough for posting this PERFECT APPLE BREAD. I have been trying to find an apple bread recipe that did not get soggy in the middle and this is it!!!! I love it! This is going to be my go to bread period. There are so many possibilities with recipe. I love the cinnamon sugar top too!!! YUMMY. Thank you again.

  49. Nicole

    My 9 year old and I made this bread tonight using a macintosh apple and it turned out wonderfull. We used Wilton cake release to grease the pan and thereโ€™s no need to line ithe pan with this product. Next time we are going to split the topping and put half in the center of the load loaf since half does fall off while turning out the loaf. Maybe pressing the topping into the batter prior to baking will ensure it sticks? Walnuts would put this over the top!

  50. Caro

    Just a tad too sweet for my taste, but pretty good! Might try again with less sugar (and maybe more apple?)

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