Your favorite flavors of Summer and Fall come together in our delicious recipe for Apple Pie Cookies. Treat your family and friends with a cookie that reminds them of the comfort of home, fires in the fire pit, and visits with Grandma all in one bite.
Why This Recipe
Unique. This apple pie cookie recipe is not your run of the mill cookie recipe. It is a unique cookie version of apple pie that people don't see at every single party. You just leveled up.
Easy. This cookie can be mixed and into the oven in about ten minutes. Plan a little bit more time if you are an inexperienced baker or you are working with children who bring chaos to the kitchen.
Delicious. Nothing says comfort food, Grandma, or happiness like the flavors of apple pie. This recipe makes delicious apple pie cookies.
Equipment Needed to Make Apple Pie Cookies
- Stand Mixer
- large mixing bowl
- measuring cup
- Baking Sheets
- wire rack /cooling rack
Ingredients for Apple Pie Cookies
Just a few simple ingredients are needed for this recipe. Refer to the recipe card for the measurements.
All Purpose Flour. You can make this recipe gluten-free by using one of the new one-for-one GF flours. Make sure to read the ingredients on your apple pie filling as well, just to be sure.
Salted Butter. Set it out a couple hours ahead of time to bring it to room temperature or carefully use your microwave to soften it. You can use unsalted butter if that is all you have, just be sure to add ½ teaspoon of salt to the dry ingredients.
Margarine. Butter adds flavor but margarine helps the cookies hold their shape better and not thin out as much.
Powdered Sugar. Unlike most cookie recipes, this one use confectioner's sugar for a very fluffy and light texture.
Vanilla Extract. You can also use almond extract or maple extract and either of those would be really good for this cookie.
Apple Pie Filling. This comes in a can pre-mixed. You can also make your own apple pie filling and freeze it or can it for using later. Any of those options will work in this recipe.
Cinnamon. For decoration. Use this sparingly as it is sprinkled on the cookies after baking and is never cooked. Raw cinnamon gets overpowering fast.
How to Make Apple Pie Cookies
The full recipe instructions for this copycat recipe are in the recipe card, below but here is a step by step overview.
Get everything ready by preheating the oven to 325º F and lining your baking sheet. Then, cream the butter and margarine together on medium high speed until fluffy. Add vanilla extract on low speed and blend everything for 30 seconds.
Whisk the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until it just forms a dough. Do not over mix.
Scoop out dough portions and roll it between your hands. Place each cookie ball on the baking sheet about two inches apart. Use your thumb (or the back of a small spoon) and press it into the middle of the cookie dough, creating a small well in the center of each cookie.
Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes or until the sides of the cookies are puffed up and the bottoms of the cookies begin to turn a light golden brown. Do not over bake. Remove cookies to a cookie rack and let them cool. Once the cookies are cooled add some apple mixture to the tops of each cookie. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.
Tips to Make the Best Apple Pie Cookies
Do not over mix the dough. Over mixing cookie dough changes the proteins so that the cookies become tough and chewy.
For best results, do not over bake the cookies. Cookies should always be removed from the oven before they look done, unless you enjoy hard and crunchy cookies. They will finish setting up and baking on the cooling rack resulting in soft cookies.
You can use this same cookie dough recipe with any pie filling your family enjoys.
How do I store leftover apple pie cookies?
They should be kept in an airtight container with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper separating each layer of cookies so they don't stick together and get messy from the apple pie filling. They will keep for four to five days this way. Room temperature is fine.
Can I freeze apple pie cookies?
Yes. Freeze them in an airtight container separated by parchment paper for up to three months. Thaw at room temperature.
Can I make my own apple filling?
Yes, you can bake your own apples. Use your favorite kind of apples to make the homemade apple pie filling. I suggest granny smith apples or honey crisp apples. Cook fresh apples over medium heat in a medium saucepan.
with and sprinkle with a little bit of lemon juice.
More Great Cookie Recipes
- Crumbl Chocolate Chip Cookies Copycat Recipe
- Mint Chocolate Cookie Recipe
- Old Fashioned Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
- Brown Sugar Cookie Recipe
- Bird Nest Cookies
Apple Pie Cookies
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup salted butter softened
- ½ cup margarine softened
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 21 ounce apple pie filling (1 can)
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon; for topping
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.
- Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer and large bowl), cream butter and margarine together on medium high speed until fluffy.
- Drop mixer speed to low and add vanilla extract, then blend for 30 seconds.
- Add dry ingredients to a medium bowl. Whisk. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until it just forms a dough. Do not over mix.
- Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out dough and roll it between your hands.
- Place the cookie dough balls on the cookie sheet. Place the cookies about two inches apart.
- Use your thumb (or the back of a small spoon) and press into the center of the cookie dough, creating a small well.
- Bake cookies for about 15 minutes or until the sides of the cookies are puffed and bottoms of cookies begin to turn a light golden color.
- Remove cookies to a cookie rack and let cool.
- Once the cookies are cooled add some apple pie filling to the tops of each cookie. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
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