Friday, September 7, 2012

Apple Pie Cookies

 Yep--it's getting that time of year!!  And I am so super excited about it.

I love fall.  I love fall desserts.  I love the leaves changing colors and I love that we get to snuggle on cold mornings.  Ohh...I get chills just thinking about it because I love it so much.

Hand pies seem to be all the rage lately and this is a little different version of it.  Warm apples mixed with a flaky, cookie/pastry dough was absolutely amazing.  I made these before the gluten free days and I can attest that they were completely unbelievable.

I was in heaven and I have been saving them to share with you for months now because they are the perfect fall dessert.  Small, warm. cinnamony, delicious, and perfect with a scoop of ice cream.  

Apple Pie Cookies

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Dough:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1/2 cup very cold water

To assemble:
2-3 medium apples, whatever variety you prefer for baking (I used granny smith)
Squeeze of lemon juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash of grated nutmeg
Water
1 large egg lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon of water

*Note--This can done with frozen, pre-made pie crust but I highly recommend using the homemade version.  It tastes so much better!

1.  To make the pie dough, combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl and stir with a fork to blend. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture is coarse and the largest pieces of butter are no bigger than small peas. Stir in the water and mix gently just until the dough has come together in a ball and all of the dry ingredients have been moistened. Form the dough into a disc and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour.

2.  When you are ready to make your cookies, preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper (or spray with non-stick cooking spray). Peel, core, and cut apples into bite size pieces. Put the apples in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and stir until all the apples are completely coated. Set aside.

4. To assemble the cookies, transfer half of the chilled pie dough to a lightly floured work surface, keeping the other half in the refrigerator. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out very thin, about 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick. Using a large round biscuit or cookie cutter (about 2 1/2 inches in diameter), cut out round pieces of the pie dough. Transfer half of the rounds to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the rounds lightly with water (this will help the pies seal). Add a teaspoon of apple filling to each round. Layer a second round of dough on top of each apple slice and gently press the edges to help seal. Repeat this process with the remaining dough and apples.

5.  Crimp and seal the edges of the mini pies with the tines of a fork, dipping in flour if needed to prevent sticking. Lightly brush the tops of the cookies with the egg wash. Use a small paring knife to cut tiny slits in the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with additional sugar, if desired.  Bake for 25-28 minutes or until light golden brown.  Enjoy!

Source: Annie's Eats

19 comments:

Close to Home said...

wow I have never heard of these types of cookies before they look amazing and perfect for this time of year. Love for you to link up to my new recipe hop Friday food Frenzy when you get a chance. http://www.stayingclosetohome.com/2012/09/friday-food-frenzy-hop-week-1.html

Michelle said...

Those sound so delicious! I may have to give those a try around Thanksgiving time so I can send some home with people. What a great recipe - combining two of my favorite things: cookies and apple pie. Thanks!

Kara @ Petals to Picots said...

These look sooo yummy! I love fall desserts too :)

Sarah Larsen said...

These look so delish!! Make sure you stop my blog on Friday and share them on my link party.

Sarah@
www.blissfulbucketlist.com

Helby said...

Wow, these look fantastic! I need to try it.

{Emily} said...

These are absolutely beautiful! They're like the prom queen of cookies. Haha & look so yummy too! Love it!

Lindsay said...

Hi! This looks absolutely delicious! I found you at the Six Sisters' Link party and would love for you to share them at my link party at http://mommyssweetconfessions.blogspot.com/2012/09/sweet-confessions-sunday-link-party-6.html . See you at the party!

Mrs.Cordima said...

This looks amazing! My husband loves anything to do with apple pie so i will need to make this for him! I found you on the sweet confessions link party and am now a follower. I'd love it if you would follow me back at www.battlingthehomefront.com

Erin said...

Yowza! These look wonderful! I love apple pie and these are perfect!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

mmm, those look yummy!

Paula said...

What a great fall treat! We'd love for you to share this at our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/09/riverton-housewives-round-up-32.html

momphotographer said...

what a unique recipe! how could you not like apple pie in mini bites ? ;)

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

What a great idea for Fall! I am hosting an "It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party" .... I would like to invite you to share this project, and other Fall related projects/recipes, you may have. All links will be pinned to a board dedicated to the party. You can find the party at Love Bakes Good Cakes. Hope to see you there!

Jo May said...

Love this...I can almost smell the wonderfulness!!!..Saw you at Love Bakes Good Cakes

Mackenzie said...

These look delicious! You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks so much for sharing last week! Hope to see you again this weekend! :)
Mackenzie :)

Katie said...

I love handpies! I'm just not very good at making them, ha.

I would love if you would link up to the Fall into the Holidays blog hop!

http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/fall-into-the-holidays-2-happy-misgivings-day/

Katie @ Horrific Knits

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I so totally, absolutely love these!

joy mcelroy said...

These are too cute! About how many cookie pies does your recipe yield? Thanks! :)

Rachel said...

How long can I leave the dough in the fridge? Want to make these for a preThanksgiving celebration with my family on Saturday and have lots of other things to make. How long will the cookies last after baking? Thanks!

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