These Apple Pie Cookies taste just like an apple pie, except they are mini-sized and easy to eat, featuring buttery flaky pie crust and spiced brown sugar apple filling.
There is nothing better than a sweet from scratch delight like traditional apple pie. And if you like apple pie, you will love these bite-sized Apple Pie Cookies. These adorable hand pies always go fast whenever I make them. More importantly, they are very convenient to eat. No messy with fewer dishes to wash because these are an easy grab and go dessert. It is less commitment than a whole pie, but certainly no less indulgent. And the best part of all is that you literally have an apple pie just for yourself.
Another thing that I love about these Apple Pie Cookies is that you can get as creative as you want with them. You can cut them larger and fold the crust to make them look like a turnover or use different cookie cutters to shape them however you like. Kids can also help shape them and these Apple Pie Cookies can be prepared days ahead of frozen.
Today I am sharing this Apple Pie Cookies recipe with a video tutorial. Feel free to use alternate filling just in case apple is not your thing. If you are intimidated by making your own pie crust dough or too lazy to make it from scratch, you can use store-bought pie crusts. Alternatively, you can also substitute it with puff pastry just like in my Apple Cinnamon Puff Pastry recipe.
Homemade Pie Crust
The first step is to make your pie crust dough. Pie crust is essentially the combination of fat, flour, and water. But how you combine those ingredients can make all the difference in the outcome of your pie.
In this recipe, I use the fat combination of butter and shortening. Of course, you can use all butter for the best flavor, but it could be a lot harder to work with. I really recommend to mix it with vegetable shortening because it has a higher melting point than butter, so it is easy to incorporate into pie dough and roll out. It also holds its shape better the best during baking. To get the butter flavor and better shape, I go with the butter and shortening ratio 1:1 for this recipe.
Make sure to always cut the fat into small pieces and chill or even freeze it until very cold before you start making on the dough. The chilling step will make the dough easier to handle and helps it become nice and flaky when baked. And if your dough gets too warm while you are rolling it out, stop and chill it again for 15-30 minutes before you proceed.
Best Apple For The Filling
Of course, the most important ingredients in this menu are not surprisingly the apples that you use for the filling. You can mix firm-tart and firm-sweet apple varieties. Whether you like them sweet or tart when baking, make sure to choose the right variety. Look for an apple with a crisp bite so they stay firm and hold their shape when cooked.
If you are not sure which one to choose, Granny Smith apples have long been considered the favorite because they are extremely firm, and do not mush under almost any amount of cooking. The classic green apple is slightly sour and definitely one of the best apples for apple pie. In addition, they are typically readily available at any supermarket any time of year is a plus point.
How to Make Apple Pie Cookies
Firstly, you will need to prep the pie crust and apple filling ahead. Feel free to use the shortcuts and take refrigerated pie crust and a can of apple pie filling if you are feeling lazy.
To make this recipe, you will start by rolling out the pie crusts. Then, cut out your circles with a 3.5-inch/9cm round cookie cutter. I do not suggest anything smaller than 3-inch/7.5cm in diameter because you cannot fit enough filling in a pie that small. Spoon the filling on top of your pie crust circles while leaving some room at the edges. Once you have added the filling, top each pie with lattice or another half of the remaining pie crust circles and crimp the edges with a fork. If you want to make them stick together a little better, you can use some egg wash in between. Make holes on top for the ones topped with pie crust circles to allow steam to escape when baking. Then, brush the top with egg wash to get that nice golden brown color after baking.
More Apple Desserts Recipes
Check these recipes too while you are here!
- Quick and Easy Apple Cinnamon Puff Pastry
- Breakfast Apple Cinnamon Crepes
- Beautiful Apple Rose Puff Pastry