Calling all apple pie and cookie lovers! I love the holidays it is a time for friends, family, and of course really good food. During this time I like to make all kinds of yummy desserts, cookies, pastries, etc. A really fun and easy treat to make is this apple pie cookies recipe.
They are pretty much like mini apple pies but since the ratio of filling to crust is different they are more of a “cookie” to me. And they are small like a cookie, haha. Call them whatever you want, they are delicious!
Time to learn how to make this apple pie cookie recipe. Let’s get baking!
Ingredients and Tools
In order to make homemade apple pie cookies you need a handful of easy ingredients:
- Pie crust – You can make your own pie crust using your favorite pie dough recipe or my yummy homemade pie crust recipe. Or you can use a store-bought pie crust.
- Apples – I always use Granny Smith apples because I like how tart they are and they are pretty much the perfect apple pie apple. But you can use pretty much whatever apple that you like.
- Brown sugar – You can use white granulated sugar too if you want.
- Butter – I always use unsalted butter but you can use salted butter too.
- Salt – Reduce the amount of salt if using salted butter.
- Lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- Nutmeg – One of my favorite spices used in apple pie filling.
- Cinnamon – Another classic spice that I always use. Love me some cinnamon!
- Cornstarch – This will help thicken the filling.
- Egg – This is used for the eggwash.
- Cutting board
- Sheet pan, baking sheet, or cookie sheet
- Silicone baking mat or parchment paper
- Cookie cutters or biscuit cutters
- Pastry brush
- Rolling pin
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How to make apple pie cookies
Keep your dough wrapped in plastic wrap and in the fridge until ready to assemble the cookies. If you are using frozen pie crust, remove it and allow it to thaw.
Rinse and dry the fresh apples. Again use whatever type of apples you want. I prefer a nice tart apple like Granny Smith because the blend of tart and sweet from the sugar is amazing.
After peeling the apples core them. I usually just run my knife down the core, but if you have an apple peeler/corer combo then great, use that.
Now cut the apple slices into small pieces and place them in a medium pot.
Add the butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
Cooking the apple pie filling
Add the pot to your burner and set the burner to medium heat. Stir it a bit until the butter melts. Then just stir it occasionally. Let it cook for about 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes you will want to stir it frequently to keep it from burning. Add the cornstarch and then stir and cook it for about 5 more minutes until it thickens. It shouldn’t be super liquidy at all and the apples should be nice and soft.
Essentially what we are making is a caramel sauce with the apples and it is awesome!
Remove the pot from the burner and pour the apple pie filling into a bowl. The homemade apple pie filling is ready and is so tasty.
Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes at room temp then place it in the fridge with your pie crust dough and allow it to chill for another 20 minutes. Don’t use it while it is still hot, it will be too runny still.
Baking the easy homemade apple pie cookies
Preheat the oven to 375F/190C. Place the main rack in the middle position of the oven.
Roll out the pie dough on a lightly floured surface. Then cut out several circles with a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter. I use the 2 1/2 or 3-inch cutters. That makes a great size.
Place the rounds on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat for now or just set them aside.
Take the scraps push them together and roll them out into a rectangle about 4 inches wide and 6 to 8 inches long. Then use a pizza roller and cut small 1/4 inch wide strips of dough. These will be for the lattice. If you are making the classic top and not the lattice just cut out more rounds with the scraps instead of the strips.
Lattice Top Style – Apple Pie Cookie
In order to make the lattice top type of apple pie cookies follow these steps:
Take 1 egg and whisk it up in a small bowl.
Baste a bit of egg wash on the top of one of the rounds. Then add a spoonful of pie filling in the center. If your filling is a little runny, just try and pick up the apple chunks and not much of the liquid.
Now do the lattice (over-under) with 6 total strips. press the edges down into the bottom piece of dough.
Then use your same cutter and cut it down so it trims all the excess lattice strips making a perfect circle again.
Brush a bit of egg wash on the lattice and sprinkle it with some cinnamon and sugar.
Place the cookie or “mini pie” on the sheet pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Classic Style – Apple pie cookie
Now to make the classic style of apple pie cookies again take a round and add some egg wash on top around the edges. Then place a spoonful of the apple mixture in the center of each circle of pie crust.
Take another round and roll it out just a bit larger. Then place it on top. Seal the edges of the cookie or mini apple pie with a fork.
Poke the top a few times with a fork which will allow any steam out while it bakes. Brush the top with egg wash and then sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on top.
Place it on the sheet pan or cookie sheet along with the others.
Baking the apple pie cookies
1 standard pie sheet will make about 8 cookies if you make them the 3-inch size. The filling makes enough for 16 cookies so you can use both sheets that come in the package or double the pie dough recipe if it only makes enough for 1 standard pie crust.
OR you can use the remaining pie filling and pour it on top of the cookies when they are done. Or use it on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream, pancakes, waffles, etc. It is so yummy to just eat by itself too, haha.
Bake cookies in the oven for 22 to 26 minutes until they are nice and golden brown.
Allow them to cool on the pan for a few minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely or serve them a little warm.
Add a couple of them while still warm to a plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The warm caramel apple pie cookies will melt the ice cream creating a party in your mouth with every bite.
Can I add a glaze?
YES! You sure can. Make a simple glaze with powdered sugar and milk. Make it as thick or as runny as you want. Then fully immerse the classic style of apple pie cookie in the glaze. Remove it and allow it to dry for 10 to 15 minutes on a wire rack.
How long do homemade apple pie cookies last?
If stored in an airtight container at room temperature they will last 4 to 6 days. You can store them in the fridge for a few extra days. They also freeze very well and can be stored in the freezer for 3 to 4 months.
Can I use premade store-bought sweet apple pie filling?
Yes! However, most likely you will need to cut it up into smaller chunks depending on the size of the apple chunks in the filling. You could even pulse it in the food processor which will do the trick nicely.
Here are other apple desserts and recipes that you may like:
Apple Pie Cookies
- Cutting board
- Sheet pan or cookie sheet
- silicone baking mat or parchment paper
- Cookie cutters or biscuit cutters
- 1 to 2 standard 9-inch pie crusts
- 2 apples – I use Granny Smith
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar 100g
- 3 Tbsp of butter salted or unsalted (42g)
- 1/4 tsp of salt 1g
- 1 tsp of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar 5g
- 1/4 tsp of nutmeg 1g
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon 1g
- 1 Tbsp of cornstarch 14g
- 1 egg – for the egg wash
- Start by making your pie crust then place it in the fridge. Double the recipe if it only makes 1 because you will need two to make 16 cookies. Or if using a premade pie crust just keep it in the fridge for now.
- Rinse, dry, peel, and core the apples. Then slice them into small pieces and place them in a pot.
- Add the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice to the pot with the apples.
- Cook the apples over medium heat stirring occasionally during the first 10 minutes.
- Add the cornstarch then stir frequently for another 4 to 5 minutes until the apples are soft and the mixture thickens. Remove the filling from the heat and pour it into a bowl. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes then place it in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375F/190C.
- Roll out the pie crust on a lightly floured surface. If using homemade dough it should be rolled to around 1/8th of an inch thick.
- Use a round cookie cutter or biscuit and cut out several rounds.
- Gather the scraps and smash them together. Then roll them out in a rectangle. Use a pizza roller to cut it into strips for the lattice.
- Add an egg to a small bowl and whisk with a fork until frothy.
- FOR LATTICE STYLE: Brush egg wash on the edges of a pie dough round. Take a spoonful of apple pie filling and place it in the center.
- Take 6 thin strips and create the lattice on top using the over-under method. Press down the edges so they stick to the bottom.
- Take the same cookie cutter and press it over it to trim the edges and create a perfect circle again. Brush the lattice with egg wash and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top. Place the cookie on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- FOR CLASSIC STYLE: Take a round and brush it with egg wash. Place some filling in the center. Take another around and roll it a bit flatter and larger with a rolling pin. Place it on top of the apple-filling one.
- Seal the edges with a fork. Then brush the top of it with egg wash and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top. Poke holes in the top with a fork. Then place it on the sheet pan.
- Bake on the middle rack for 22 to 26 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.
- Eat a little warm with some ice cream or by themselves. Enjoy!
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