These apple pie cookies are the best fall cookie - a tender cookie with a quick homemade apple pie topping. Fun, great flavour and texture!
I would adapt my Pecan Pie Cookies to make an apple pie cookie recipe.
It wasn’t that long after photographing my Homemade Apple Turnovers Recipe - with a host of other apple recipes - so I’m sure that influenced the dream.
It definitely influenced the design of the homemade apple pie filling I used in the cookies!
These may just be the easiest way to enjoy the flavor of apple pie, without the fuss of fashioning pie dough into lattice tops.
A tender brown sugar cookie dough takes the place of a more traditional apple pie crust.
That dough is rolled into balls and formed into thumbprint cookies, rather than being a crust rolled out to form hand pies - or mini pies.
From there, the thumbprint cookie base is topped with homemade sweet apple pie filling - and that apple filling takes only a few minutes of work to make!
Toss them in the oven, and you’re soon rewarded with a mini apple pies ... in cookie form!
These were INHALED, and met with rave reviews. Let me show you how to make them!
Gluten Free? Low carb?
Good news - I've also got a fantastic gluten free version of this recipe, over on Beyond Flour: Gluten Free Apple Pie Cookies.
I also have a low cab version (which is also gluten free) - my Keto Apple Pie Cookies!
This recipe uses super simple ingredients that should be easy to find in most grocery stores - or are already in your pantry!
A few notes:
When it comes to what kind of apples you should use for this recipe, there are a TON of options.
IMHO, Mutsu are the absolute best apples ever - but I also realize that we’re pretty spoiled, living where we do.
In general, I recommend using tart or sweet-tart apples, as they’ll be coated in sugar... but sometimes I’ll use sweet. It’s all good.
Look for something that won’t break down into mush when cooked - if you’d use it in a pie, it’ll be good in this recipe.
Granny Smith apples are another great choice, as are honey crisp apples and pink lady apples.
Brown sugar is used both in the dough and the filling.
Rounding out this recipe, you’ll need:
... I just don’t have anything else to add about these ingredients!
How to Make Apple Pie Cookies
The full recipe is in the recipe card at the end of this post, this is a pictorial walk through with additional tips and info.
Make the Apple Pie Filling
Peel and finely dice the apples. I like small pieces, about ¼" cubes (roughly).
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Add the chopped apple to the pot, cook until it starts releasing a little bit of juice, about 4-5 minutes.
As the apples are cooking, combine brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a small bowl.
Add dry mixture to the apples, toss to coat.
Simmer for a 5-10 more minutes, until the juice cooks off and starts to form a thick glaze.
Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and allow to cool to room temperature.
Make the Cookie Dough
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla, continue beating until egg is fully incorporated and mixture is once again smooth and fluffy.
Add dry ingredients mixture to the large bowl of wet ingredients, continue beating until mixture is uniform, with everything incorporated.
Note: At this point, you can wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill it for later use, if you like.
Form and Bake the Cookies
Roll cookie dough balls that are about 1.25″ in diameter, and place them 12 on each baking sheet – leave about 2″ between the cookies.
For best results, try to get all of the balls about the same size.
Gently use thumb to press down in the middle of each cookie, making an indentation as the center of each cookie. Roll thumb slightly to stretch the indentation out a little.
Fill each indentation with about 1 teaspoon of apple mixture.
Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
Cookies can be cooled to room temperature and transferred to an airtight container for storage.
Will keep for a couple days at room temperature, or probably 5 or so in the fridge - IF they last that long!
More Cookie Recipes!
This recipe is great on its own, but also shines as part of a larger cookie spread. Looking for more ideas? I've got you...
Black Forest Cookies
Chewy Chocolate White Chip Cookies
Chocolate Haystack Cookies
Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies
Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
Hoppy Citrus Macarons
Malted Milk Meringue Cookies
Nightmare Before Christmas Cookies
Pecan Pie Cookies
Peppermint Swirl Meringues
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Sweet Ecstasy Cookies
Tropical Fruit & Rum Cookies
Also, be sure to check our Cookies & Bars section, for more options!
Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes
Looking for fantastic gluten-free cookies that *everyone* will love? Check out these tasty options on my gluten free blog, Beyond Flour:
Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cookies
Gluten Free Candy Cane Cookies
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Cookies
Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Gluten-Free Chewy Chocolate Cookies
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gluten Free Fig Newtons
Gluten-Free Fruitcake Cookies
Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies
Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies
Gluten Free Graham Crackers
Gluten-Free Imperial Cookies
Gluten Free Oatmeal Butterscotch Cardamom Cookies
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Gluten Free Pecan Pie Cookies
Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cookies
Gluten Free Sandwich Cookies
Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies
Gluten Free Snickerdoodles
Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies (Rolled Sugar Cookies)
Gluten Free Unicorn Poop Cookies
Sugar Free Cookie Recipes
Looking for options that are both sugar free AND gluten free? Check out these options on my low carb blog, Low Carb Hoser:
Low Carb Apple Pie Cookies
Low Carb Candy Cane Cookies
Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
Keto Chocolate Protein Cookies
Low Carb Gingerbread Cookies
Low Carb Lemon Cookies
Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Low Carb Peanut Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Keto Pecan Pie Cookies
Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Keto Red Velvet Cookies
Keto Rolled Sugar Cookies
Low Carb Snickerdoodles
Keto Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
Sugar Free Royal Icing
Keto Triple Chocolate Cookies
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Soft Apple Pie Cookies Recipe
- 2 Baking Sheets
- Parchment Paper
- 2 Large apple
- 1 tablespoon Unsalted butter
- ½ Cup Light Brown Sugar Firmly packed
- 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
- Pinch Salt
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ¾ Cup Butter Room temperature
- 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar Firmly packed
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- Peel and finely dice the apples. I like small pieces, about ¼" cubes (roughly).
- In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Add the chopped apple to the pot, cook until it starts releasing the juice, about 4-5 minutes.
- As the apples are cooking, combine brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a small bowl.
- Add dry mixture to the apples, toss to coat.
- Simmer for a 5-10 more minutes, until the juice cooks off and starts to form a thick glaze.
- Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, continue beating until egg is fully incorporated and mixture is once again smooth and fluffy.
- Add flour, baking powder, and salt, continue beating until mixture is uniform, with everything incorporated.
- Roll cookie dough into balls that are about 1.25″ in diameter, and place them on cookie sheets – leave about 2″ between the cookies.
- Gently use thumb to press down in the middle of each cookie, making an indentation. Roll thumb slightly to stretch the indentation out a little.
- Fill each indentation with about 1 teaspoon of apple pie filling
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Allow to cool on sheets for 5 minutes or so, before gently transferring to a rack to fully cool.