Apple Pie Cookies

7 Feb
These are the most amazing cookies/mini pies you have ever tasted.  I’m not kidding.  I’m not the biggest chocolate fan (I know – crazy) so you may not believe me, but even Hubby loved these; he doesn’t like apple pie and he couldn’t stop eating them.
The Apple Pie Cookie is an awesome addition to any dessert spread you have, as it allows you to have a small taste of pie, still leaving room for anything else you want. I must warn you though: you literally can’t help yourself from eating more than one, so the whole notion that these are just small bites of pie may not work for you. It didn’t for me.
Ingredients:
1 pie crust recipe
2-3 medium tart apples
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
Sugar, for sprinklingDirections:

Make pie dough, split in two balls, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Peel the apples and cut off two of the sides, as close to the core as you can get.  Cut off the other two smaller sides as well. Slice each chunk into thin slices, around 1/4 inch thick. Then, using a small round cookie/biscuit cutter (about 2 inches in diameter) cut round discs out of the apple slices. Coat the apple circles in lemon juice. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and whisk to blend.

 Assembling the cookies:

Using half the pie dough (leave one ball in the fridge), roll out very thin, to about ¼-inch thick. Use a larger round cookie cutter (about 3/4 inch bigger) to cut out rounds of the pie dough. Transfer these to the parchment lined cookie sheets and brush lightly with water.

Coat an apple round in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and firmly place on top of a round of pie dough.

Roll out the remaining dough, cutting out more rounds. Put one on top of each apple slice and press the edges to seal.  Crimp and seal the edges of the mini pies using a fork.  Lightly brush the cookies with egg wash. You should probably make cuts in the top (like Annie and SK did) but I totally forgot.. doh! Sprinkle with sanding sugar and bake for for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Bite in and enjoy the most delicious treat ever.

Barely adapted from Annie’s Eats who barely adapted it from Smitten Kitchen

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5 Responses to “Apple Pie Cookies”

  1. Dana February 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    How cute! I think these would be perfect for the children in my class to make for our Mother’s Day Tea!

  2. Bruleed February 7, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    OMG! Did you get a mandolin to cut those apples? Triple love!

    • vegetarianepicurean February 8, 2012 at 6:34 am #

      I actually did get a mandolin – but it hasn’t arrived when I made these! I’m still trying to get the hang of using it – had a failed attempt with a sweet potato the the other day.

  3. Stephanie February 15, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    These look amazing!!! you are crazy amazing chef!!! Please save me some hehe

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