These Apple Pie Cookies are a fun and tasty twist on a classic fall dessert! They are flaky and filled with warm pie filling. It’s a simple recipe that will quickly become a family favorite.
Easy Apple Pie Cookies
If I had to choose, apple is my all-time favorite pie. There are many ways to make it and serve it. Plus it tastes amazing warm out of the oven or at room temperature. You can’t go wrong! So, you can probably imagine how often I like to incorporate warm apples and cinnamon into other desserts. That’s where these apple pie cookies came from! They taste exactly like a homemade apple pie and make your house smell like one, too.
One of my favorite parts of this apple pie cookie recipe is how cute they are! The design of the pie crust resembles the classic lattice that many bakers use to top their apple pies. They are perfectly golden brown mini apple pies that make wonderful gift! I love making them for family and friends. They love them, too!
Key Ingredients You’ll Need
This recipe for apple pie cookies requires a few easy-to-find ingredients! Plus, they are inexpensive! You can make some of the components yourself if you prefer, but I enjoy the simplicity of these cookies.
- Apple Pie Filling: Any brand of store-bought filling works great. You will need to chop the apples into smaller pieces to fit inside the cookies. If you like, you can also try your hand at a homemade apple pie filling mixture as well.
- Refrigerated Pie Crust: You don’t need to haul out the all-purpose flour from the pantry. You can use your favorite ready made pie crust. Make sure it is a double pack with 2 rolls.
- Caramel Sauce: Just like with the pie filling, you can make homemade caramel sauce or use your favorite store-bought variety.
- Milk: any variety of milk that you like.
How to Make Apple Pie Cookies
This is such a quick and easy recipe to execute! It has a lot of shortcuts, but you still end up with delicious apple pie cookies. I love the minimal prep time involved.
- Step 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a 12-inch pizza pan with parchment paper.
- Step 2. Lay out one of the pie crusts on top of the parchment paper. Make sure the edges are rolled flat.
- Step 3. Spread the caramel sauce evenly over the bottom crust. This layer can be as thick or thin as you want.
- Step 4. Chop the apples in the filling into medium bite-sized pieces. Then, spoon the pie filling over the caramel sauce and make sure it is evenly distributed.
- Step 5. Take a cutting board or a baking sheet with a silicone mat and roll out the second pie crust. Make sure the edges are flat.
- Step 6. Slice the pie crust into ¼ inch strips using a pizza cutter or knife. Layer in a lattice pattern on top of the apple pie filling.
- Step 7. Cut out the cookies with a 2 ½ inch round cookie cutter. Carefully separate the cookies on the parchment paper and remove the excess crust.
- Step 8. In a small bowl, beat eggs and milk. Brush the tops of the cookies with a pastry brush.
- Step 9. Mix sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a separate bowl and sprinkle over each apple pie cookie.
- Step 10. Bake on the pizza pan or a cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes. The dough should be cooked through and golden brown on top.
- Step 11. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooking rack.
- Step 12. Serve warm with an extra drizzle of caramel sauce!
How to Store Leftovers
You can store these apple pie cookies at room temperature, but they last longer if kept in the refrigerator. Place in a resealable bag or an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. These pie cookies can also be frozen for up to 3 months!
Tips and Tricks
- Thaw the pie crusts before assembling the cookies. They are more difficult to work with when they are cold, and they also crack and tear more easily.
- Swap the pie filling for another flavor, like cherry, for a whole new pie cookie recipe!
- Use different cookie cutters for fun shapes like hearts.
- The lattice top is classic for an apple pie, but you can skip this step to save time and just place the second crust over the filling and cut it out with cookie cutters.
- Really mimic the feel of an apple pie by serving these alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
A List of some of the Best Apples for Making Apple Pie
- Granny Smith Apples
- Pink Lady
- Honey Crisp
- Cosmic Crisp
More Apple Dessert Recipes
- Caramel Apple Bundt Cake
- Apple Blondies
- Apple Fritters
- Apple Pie Wontons
- Baked Apple Donuts
- Apple Cider Donut Cake
Apple Pie Cookies
- Let the pie crust thaw per the box directions.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cover a 12 inch pizza pan or cutting board with parchment paper.
- Lay out one of the pie crusts onto the pizza pan and lightly roll out the edges until they are flat.
- Spread caramel sauce evenly over the pie crust.
- Evenly distribute the chopped pie filling over the caramel sauce.
- On a cutting board, roll out the remaining pie crust and lightly flatten the edges.
- Cut the pie crust with a pizza cutter or knife into ¼ inch strips. Using the strips create a lattice crust on top of the apple pie filling pie crust.
- Using a 2 ½ inch round cookie cutter cut out the cookies. Remove the excess crust and carefully separate the cookies so they aren’t touching.
- Beat together eggs and milk; brush over the tops of the cookies.
- Mix together sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle over the cookies generously.
- Bake for 24-25 minutes until the dough on top is cooked through.
- Cool for 5 minutes on the pan and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Optional: serve with a drizzle of caramel sauce.
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- If you find that your parchment paper is overly messy from the caramel and pie filling feel free to transfer to a fresh piece of parchment paper before adding the egg wash and cinnamon/sugar mix.
- Don’t have time for lattice work? Lay down the first layer of strips and then layer the next strips right on top in a criss cross pattern.
- Place the excess pie crust into a 6 inch pan or greased muffin tin for mini pies.
- Homemade pie crust works well with this recipe. Be sure to have enough to make 2 – 12 inch pie crusts.
- Canned apple pie filling can be replaced with 1 ½ cups of homemade apple pie filling.
- Keep in a closed container on the counter for up to 2 days and in the fridge for up to 5 days. Wrap individually and place in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.