Apple Pie Cookies

Desserts  |  Published Sep 19, 2021  |  Updated Sep 19, 2021  |  By Tawnie

sugar cookies with an apple pie filling in the center with a caramel drizzle on top

Fall is knocking at the door and I’m welcoming it in with these insanely delicious apple pie cookies!

They are like hand held mini apple pies filled with a gooey, sweet apple pie filling.

Think of the cookie dough as the buttery, flaky pie dough and the apple filling is just something extraordinary. Filled with warm spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves; you’re going to immediately fall in love with these!

If you are looking for more apple pie recipes you’ll have to make these Apple Pie Bars (they taste just like apple pie but in bite sized bar form) and this classic Apple Pie recipe that my family makes multiple times around the holidays!

sugar cookies with an apple pie filling in the center with a caramel drizzle on top

These cookies are guaranteed to go fast at your next gathering!

Ingredient Notes

This recipe takes the base of my Cinnamon Roll Cookies and fills the center of each circle with a completely irresistible apple pie filling.

You’ll need all of the usual cookie ingredients like butter, granulated sugar, baking powder, All-Purpose flour, eggs, baking soda and salt. There are a few ingredients I add that set these apple pie cookies apart!

ingredients needed to make apple pie cookies
  • Apples: Use your favorite apples for apple pie. Pink Lady, Granny Smith, or Honey Crisp are some ideas!
  • Lemon Juice: A little bit of lemon juice added to the apples helps prevent oxidation and it adds a bright, citrusy flavor to the filling.
  • Corn Starch: Cornstarch is key to giving cookies that delectably soft center that’s just to die for. It also helps to keep the cookies thick and GIANT!
  • Adding an extra Egg Yolk: Another way to promise a super chewy cookie is to use an extra egg yolk! The extra egg yolk adds richness, soft tenderness, and binds the dough.
sugar cookies with an apple pie filling in the center with a caramel drizzle on top

Step by Step Directions

This recipe is inspired by the popular thumbprint cookie! It’s like eating apple pie, but without the hassle of making an entire pie!

step by step photos making apple pie cookies
  1. Prepare the apple pie filling: peel the apples, and chop them into very small pieces. This is key! Small chop is best.
  2. Heat the water, sugars, spices and cornstarch in a medium sized sauce pan over until it comes to a simmer. Then add the apples and cook until apples are tender and apple pie filling thickens. Add water as necessary. Stir in butter last.
  3. Make the cookie dough.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F
  5. Roll cookie dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  6. Make an indent in each cookie, using your thumb or the end of a spoon/spatula or something similar. (I used the end of a wooden juicer).
  7. Spoon ~1 Tbsp. of apple pie filling in each cookie and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Fill the center of each cookie with a little more apple pie filling once they’re baked.
  9. Cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top and finish with a drizzle of caramel.
apple pie filling in a white bowl and a cookie on a baking sheet

Tips and Variations

  • Make the cookie dough in advance so the process goes by quicker when ready to bake off the cookies.
  • Instead of a caramel drizzle, try glazing with a powdered sugar glaze. (1/2 cup powdered sugar and a splash of milk)
  • Be sure to chop the apples very small. More apple in each bite!
  • Let the cookies cool before glazing or drizzling with caramel.
  • Roll the cookies in cinnamon and sugar for a snickerdoodle touch prior to scooping the apple pie filling in the center
  • Make the cookies smaller if you prefer. I usually get 14-15 cookies out of this batch but they are a good size! Adjust baking time as needed.
  • You can make homemade cake flour if you can’t find it in stores. Homemade cake flour: 14 Tbsp. All-purpose flour and 2 Tbsp. corn starch. Mix these together and sift them twice to get them fully mixed and aerated. This will make ~1 cup flour. You only need 3/4 cup for this recipe.
  • Gluten free option: Replace both the All-Purpose flour and Cake flour with: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour 
sugar cookies with an apple pie filling in the center with a caramel drizzle on top
sugar cookies with an apple pie filling in the center with a caramel drizzle on top

Do you like Fall more than summer?

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Apple Pie Cookies

These Apple Pie Cookies are addicting, filled with a gooey, sweet, warm apple pie filling and finished off with a caramel drizzle.
4.88 from 8 reviews
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 14 large cookies
Calories: 405kcal

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Cake flour
  • 2 tsp. corn starch
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup cold, unsalted butter, cubed (16 Tbsp.)
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Apple Pie Filling

  • 2 apples, peeled and diced very small honey crisp, pink lady, granny smith, etc.
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/2 cup water, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 Tbsp. butter

Cookie garnish

  • Caramel
  • Cinnamon Graham Crackers, crushed

Instructions

Apple Pie Filling

  • Place the diced apples in a bowl, drizzle lemon juice over apples and stir.
  • Place water, sugars, corn starch and spices in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat to simmer, add the apples, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce begins to thicken, ~5-8 minutes. Add more water, as needed. Apples should be tender and cooked.
  • Turn off heat, add the butter to the apples and stir to combine. Let cool while you make the cookie dough.

Cookie Dough

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: all purpose flour, cake flour, corn starch, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside
  • Place the cubed butter and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixture and secure the paddle attachment. Turn the mixer on and cream until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla extract and blend until mixed. Use a rubber spatula to knock off mixture if any is sticking to the sides of the bowl and mix again.
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients, about 1/4 cup at a time.
  • Roll cookie dough into balls and place on prepared cookie sheet. Make an indent in each cookie, using your thumb or the end of a spoon/spatula or something similar. (I used the end of a wooden juicer, see video).
  • Spoon ~1 Tbsp. of apple pie filling in each cookie and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Fill the center of each cookie with a little more apple pie filling once they're baked. Cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top and finish with a drizzle of caramel. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • I used a store bought caramel. 
  • Cookies will last in the refrigerator, covered for up to 1 week. 
  • Instead of a caramel drizzle, try glazing with a powdered sugar glaze. (Mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar and a splash of milk)
  • Be sure to chop the apples very small. More apple in each bite!
  • Let the cookies cool before glazing or drizzling with caramel.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg

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sonia
25 days ago

I like these cookies very much.

Shadi Hasanzadenemati
25 days ago

Oh wow, this looks so delicious. My family is going to devour it!

25 days ago

These cookies look absolutely delish! I love apple recipes and this one, I am definitely going to try.

25 days ago

These looks so delicious! Making these over the weekend!

Carrie Robinson
25 days ago

Such a fun dessert idea! Two of my favorite sweet treats in one. 🙂

Megan Steward
1 month ago

Loved this recipe!! I used pumpkin pie spice in place of the spices because that’s what I had on hand and the flavor came out wonderful 🙂

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