Friday, February 23, 2024

Apple Pie Cookies – Sugar Spun Run

Apple pie cookies have all of the elements of apple pie, however in cookie type! My recipe makes use of a do-it-yourself apple pie filling and even consists of an elective “a la mode” ornament. Recipe features a how-to video!

Two halves of an apple pie cookie stacked on top of each other.

These apple pie cookies are connoisseur cookies impressed by traditional apple pie! They’re enjoyable to make (a course of, however a worthwhile one!) and can be a really distinctive and welcomed addition to your Thanksgiving dessert desk.

These apple pie cookies have:

  • Flavorful cookie base (similar to what I exploit for my espresso cake cookies) that’s rigorously designed to not be too candy or wealthy.
  • Genuine apple pie filling! The filling does should be cooked on the range first; I discuss extra about this under.
  • Crumbly, buttery streusel topping made out of my straightforward streusel recipe that requires NO pastry cutter (anybody else completely hate that factor?)!
  • Easy vanilla glaze and lovable buttercream ice cream scoops (!!) 🤩
Overhead view of apple pie cookies topped with a glaze and scoop of buttercream "ice cream".

Okay, technically the glaze and “ice cream” are elective, however aren’t they enjoyable? You could count on the “ice cream” to be too candy to be palatable (particularly when you see how a lot sugar goes into it), however, nearly weirdly, it’s not. It’s principally only for present, however actually, it truly tastes good, too! Should you don’t really feel like doing each, I’d suggest no less than doing the glaze.

YES, there are various elements to this recipe and a number of steps, however these cookies are such a enjoyable venture that I actually loved making. I hope you’re keen on them too!

What You Want

You want fairly a couple of components to make these apple pie cookies (15 to be actual, should you make the glaze and ice cream too!), however most are pantry staples.

Overhead view of ingredients including apples, brown sugar, butter, and more.
  • Apples. We’re primarily making an apple pie filling (if it seems to be acquainted, it’s as a result of it’s intently tailored from my wonderful apple turnovers) for the facilities. A agency, tart apple, like Granny Smith, works finest right here, they maintain their form properly with out turning into mushy or too weepy and hold the cookie from being too candy. Precooking the apples works finest, since uncooked apples don’t develop into tender sufficient or yield sufficient taste (even after being baked within the cookies).
  • Brown sugar. I exploit mild brown sugar in practically each element of those apple pie cookies! Should you don’t have any readily available or run out throughout baking, learn my put up on the right way to make brown sugar.
  • Cornstarch. This thickens our filling. I additionally use some within the cookie dough to forestall the cookies from spreading an excessive amount of and to maintain them good and tender.
  • Butter. We’ll use softened unsalted butter for the cookies and melted (sure, melted!) butter for the streusel. Not like conventional recipes, my streusel recipe comes collectively in seconds, no pastry cutter required. That is all because of melted butter!
  • Vanilla. I exploit common vanilla extract within the cookie dough and vanilla bean paste within the glaze and “ice cream” scoops. The paste has little flecks of vanilla beans, which makes the buttercream scoops look much more like real-deal ice cream. Should you don’t have vanilla bean paste, common vanilla extract will work simply tremendous!

SAM’S TIP: Should you neglect to set your eggs out forward of time, allow them to sit in a bowl of heat water for 10-Quarter-hour. It will convey them to room temperature rapidly.

Bear in mind, that is simply an summary of the components I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the put up!

Methods to Make Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Filling

Two photos showing an apple pie filling being prepared.
  1. Stir collectively the apples, sugar, butter, cornstarch, and cinnamon in a pan over medium-low warmth. As soon as the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved, enhance the warmth to medium and let the combination come to a simmer.
  2. Proceed simmering for five minutes, stirring often. Take away from the warmth as soon as the apples are tender, then pour right into a heatproof bowl. Switch to the fridge to chill when you make the cookie dough.
Four photos showing a cookie dough being prepared.
  1. Cream collectively the butter and sugars till mild and fluffy.
  2. Stir within the eggs and vanilla till mixed.
  3. Whisk the dry components collectively in a separate bowl.
  4. Steadily add the dry components to the moist components till utterly mixed, then cowl and place the dough within the fridge to sit back.


Two photos showing streusel being prepared.
  1. Mix the flour, sugars, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl, then drizzle the cooled melted butter overtop.
  2. Claw/toss the combination collectively with a fork till it’s clumpy. Don’t work it collectively an excessive amount of or you’ll create a paste.


Four photos showing cookie dough being scooped, topped with apple pie filling and streusel, and cooled after baking.
  1. Roll the dough. Scoop about 2 Tablespoons and roll between your palms till easy. Indent the facilities of every cookie utilizing the again of a cookie scoop.
  2. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the filling into every indentation.
  3. Press about 1 tablespoon of streusel (I simply do a small handful) over the filling, ensuring to utterly cowl it.
  4. Bake for 13-14 minutes at 350F or till the sides flip a lightweight golden brown. Let the cookies cool utterly earlier than adorning, they’ll be a bit fragile after they’re heat.

SAM’S TIP: When indenting the cookies, don’t press too far. If the underside of the indent is simply too shallow, then the the filling might develop into too heavy for it and fall by means of the underside.

Glaze/Frosting Ornament

Four photos showing a vanilla glaze being prepared and drizzled over apple pie cookies.
  1. Cream the butter, salt, and vanilla till easy, then regularly add the sugar ½ cup at a time. Wait till every addition is totally integrated earlier than including the subsequent.
  2. Verify the frosting consistency: it needs to be a stiff, rollable dough that’s nearly like play dough. If it’s not, add extra powdered sugar.
  3. Whisk collectively the glaze, then drizzle it over your cookies.
  4. Add a 1 tablespoon sized scoop of the buttercream over the glaze. Let the glaze harden, then get pleasure from!
One bite missing from a cookie made with an apple pie filling, streusel, glaze, and a scoop of buttercream "ice cream".

Regularly Requested Questions

Can I exploit store-bought apple pie filling?

You would, however why would you?
Alright, alright! I perceive, every thing can’t at all times be from scratch and I don’t see why store-bought wouldn’t work right here.
However for the file, I like to recommend making your individual. Home made could have the perfect taste and sweetness degree, whereas store-bought might be inconsistent or simply manner too candy. Should you should use the premade form, pinky-promise me you’ll strive it someday sooner or later from scratch and word that you will want about 1.5 cups of pie filling.

Can I make these apple pie cookies prematurely?

Sure! Every element of those cookies (besides the vanilla glaze) could be made and saved prematurely. The pie filling could be saved within the fridge in a sealed container for 3 days, the dough could be lined and saved within the fridge for 3 days, the streusel could be saved in a sealed container at room temperature for (you guessed it) 3 days, and the buttercream could be saved in a sealed container at room temperature for two days or within the fridge for no less than per week. Be aware that the buttercream will get very stiff within the fridge, so I’d suggest scooping/rolling it earlier than chilling.

Can I exploit a special taste filling?

I don’t see why not! You would strive utilizing any of the fillings from my hand pies; simply be sure to let it cool earlier than including it to the cookies. Beware that any fillings which can be notably juicy/moist might trigger the cookie to develop into soggy.

Overhead view of six cookies topped with baked apples, streusel, vanilla glaze, and a scoop of buttercream "ice cream" on a wood cutting board.

So there you’ve gotten it. Apple pie cookies are the most recent, Fall-infused addition to my rising connoisseur cookie assortment.

Should you’re having fun with these barely outrageous cookies, let me know what others you’d wish to see (and take a look at my blueberry muffin cookies and strawberry cheesecake cookies within the meantime!).

Take pleasure in! -Sam

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video under! Should you do this recipe, you should definitely tag me on Instagram, and you may as well discover me on YouTube and Fb

Two halves of an apple pie cookie stacked on top of each other.

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple pie cookies have all of the elements of apple pie, however in cookie type! My recipe makes use of a do-it-yourself apple pie filling and even consists of an elective “a la mode” ornament. Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: cookie, Cookies, Dessert, Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 13 minutes

Whole Time: 43 minutes

Servings: 24 servings

Energy: 420kcal


Buttercream “ice cream”

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Apple Filling

  • Mix apples, sugar, butter, cornstarch, and cinnamon in a medium sized skillet over medium-low warmth. Stir regularly till butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.

    3 cups (350 g) cored, peeled, diced apples, ¼ cup (50 g) mild brown sugar, 2 Tablespoons (28 g) butter, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon floor cinnamon

  • Enhance warmth to medium and convey to a simmer. Simmer for five minutes, stirring often, till apples are tender when pierced with a fork.

  • Take away from warmth and pour right into a heatproof bowl. Place within the fridge when you put together the dough.

Cookie Dough

  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put aside.

  • Mix softened butter and sugars in a big bowl and use an electrical mixer (or a stand mixer with paddle attachment) to beat till mild and fluffy.

    1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar, 1 cup (200 g) mild brown sugar

  • Add eggs and vanilla and stir till mixed.

    2 giant eggs, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl whisk collectively flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

    4 cups (500 g) all-purpose flour, 2 Tablespoons cornstarch, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt

  • Steadily add dry components to moist, stirring till utterly mixed.

  • Cowl bowl with plastic wrap and place within the fridge to sit back barely when you put together the streusel.


  • Soften butter in a small bowl and permit to chill till now not heat to the contact.

    6 Tablespoons (85 g) unsalted butter

  • Mix flour, sugars, salt and cinnamon in medium-sized bowl and stir till mixed.

    1 ¼ cups (155 g) all-purpose flour, ½ cup (100 g) mild brown sugar, ⅓ cup (65 g) granulated sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • Drizzle cooled butter into flour combination and claw along with a fork till you’ve gotten a clumpy streusel.


  • Take away apple filling and cookie dough from fridge.

  • Scoop dough by 2 Tablespoon-sized balls and roll till easy. Place on baking sheet and make an indent within the cookie (I used the again of the cookie scoop to make indent – don’t push too deep or make the cookie too skinny or the cookie gained’t have the ability to help the burden of it after baking)).

  • Scoop a degree Tablespoon of filling into the indent you simply created

  • Take a small handful of streusel (about 1 Tablespoon) and nestle gently into the filling. Use sufficient to utterly cowl the filling.

  • Switch to heart rack of 350F (175C) oven for 13-14 minutes or till edges start to show a lightweight golden brown. Enable to chill utterly earlier than adorning with glaze and “ice cream” (under, if utilizing).

Buttercream “ice cream”:

  • Beat butter, salt, and vanilla in giant bowl utilizing an electrical mixer till butter is easy.

    ½ cups (113 g) unsalted butter, ⅛ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

  • Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, ready till every cup is totally blended earlier than including extra. As soon as completed, the buttercream needs to be very stiff, nearly a play-dough like consistency. It needs to be straightforward to roll right into a ball. Add extra powdered sugar, if wanted, to achieve correct consistency.

    3 cups (375 g) powdered sugar

  • Put aside when you put together the vanilla bean glaze.

Vanilla glaze

  • Whisk collectively powdered sugar with 1 Tablespoon of milk and vanilla bean paste till utterly mixed. Add further milk, a splash at a time, till glaze is easy and ribbons off of your whisk.

    1 cup (125 g) powdered sugar, 1-2 Tablespoons entire milk, ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

  • Drizzle glaze on cookie. Scoop buttercream by one Tablespoon sized scoop and place on cookie, gently nestling onto the glaze (which is able to assist “cement” it).

  • Enable glaze to harden earlier than having fun with.



That is about 4 small apples for me. I like to recommend Granny Smith apples for finest outcomes. They’re tart and agency and lend themselves properly to those cookies. Alternatively you could use one other tart, agency apple. Softer apples, like Mcintosh, aren’t supreme.

Cookie indents

Don’t make the indentation within the cookie too deep, if there’s not sufficient cookie dough on the underside the cookie gained’t be secure.


Retailer in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 3 days or within the fridge for as much as per week.


Serving: 1cookie | Energy: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 4g | Fats: 16g | Saturated Fats: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 1g | Monounsaturated Fats: 4g | Trans Fats: 1g | Ldl cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 501IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg

Dietary info relies on third-party calculations and needs to be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will differ based mostly upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.

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