Prep Time: 1 hr | Cook Time: 20 mins | Yield: 16 cookies
I love bite-sized desserts as they are the perfect size for me. These sticky, chewy, and tasty caramel apple pie, cookies no doubt put a fun twist on the regular old apple pie. Not your traditional apple pie but with the same goodness. These cookies are pretty convenient and addicting!
Apple Pie Filling:
1–2 tbsp lemon juice
3 apples (about 1 pound)-peeled and sliced into 8 slices each
3 tbsp white sugar
3 tbsp corn starch
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 c. water
A dash of nutmeg
1 tsp sugar
1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into cubes-chilled
1/4 c. ice water
2 and 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
(or you can use 1 package of Refrigerated Pie Crust (2 crusts)
1 tsp salt
Filling and Topping:
1 egg – lightly beaten
1 and 3/4 c. apple pie filling chopped into small pieces
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. caramel sauce
1 teaspoon cinnamon
How to make Apple Pie Cookies
Apple Pie Filling:
Step 1: Toss the sliced apples with lemon juice. Set aside.
Step 2: Place the cornstarch, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water in a saucepan or pot. Mix well and bring to a boil while whisking constantly over medium-high heat. Allow the mixture to boil for about 2 minutes or until thick. Then, add the slices of apples and stir.
Step 3: Adjust the heat to low and put the lid on. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the apples are tender but not mushy. Note that the cooking time of the apples varies depending on their size. Take the pot off the heat, leaving the cover on.
Step 4: Remove the apples from the pot once cooled and chop them into small chunks. Set aside.
Step 5: Mix the flour, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the chilled butter cubes and mix using a pastry blender until you have a mixture that resembles a coarse meal.
Step 6: Over the mixture, drizzle 2 tbsp ice water and mix. Add another 2 tbsp water. If the dough crumbles, add more water 1 tbsp at a time until the dough holds its shape when squeezed.
Step 7: Into two equal pieces, divide the dough. Flatten each dough and shape two discs. Cover each disc using plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for an hour.
Step 8: Dust your working surface with a little bit of flour. Lay the chilled dough and sprinkle with flour. Make sure to also dust your rolling pin with flour. Roll the dough to about 1/8-inch thickness, turning it as you roll. Do the same with the second disc.
To assemble the Apple Pie Cookies:
Step 9: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 350 degrees F. Using the parchment paper, line a cookie sheet and grease with non-stick spray. Set aside.
Step 10: Onto 1 pie crust, spread the caramel sauce. On top, spread the apple pie filling, then tap the filling gently using your palms.
Step 11: Into half-inch strips, cut the second pie crust. Over the filling, make a lattice top. Then, cut out the cookies using (about 2.5-inch) round cookie cutter. Place the cut-out cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
Step 12: Brush the tops of the cookies with the beaten egg and generously sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake the cookies for about 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.