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Apple Pie Cookies!

Indulge in Delicious Apple Pie Cookies!

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If you’re a fan of classic apple pie but looking for a fun twist, these Apple Pie Cookies are just what you need! They encapsulate all the flavors of traditional apple pie but in a cute, bite-sized package. With a flaky pie crust and a gooey apple filling, these cookies are sure to become a favorite dessert for any occasion. Plus, they’re perfect for sharing with friends and family. Let’s dive into the recipe and learn how to make these delightful treats!

Ingredients:

For Apple Pie Filling:

  • 3 apples (about 1 lb.), peeled and sliced into 8 slices each
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A dash of nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup water

For Pie Crust:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into cubes, chilled
  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup ice water (Alternatively, you can use 1 package Refrigerated Pie Crust (2 crusts))

Filling and Topping:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups apple pie filling, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup caramel sauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions:

Making the Apple Pie Filling:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the sliced apples, lemon juice, white sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and the apples are tender. Remove from heat and let cool.

Preparing the Pie Crust:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chilled butter, flour, salt, and sugar. Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Gradually add the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough comes together.
  3. Divide the dough into two equal portions, shape each portion into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Assembling the Cookies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll out one portion of the chilled dough on a floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness.
  3. Use a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to cut out circles of dough.
  4. Place a spoonful of the apple pie filling in the center of each dough circle.
  5. Fold the dough over the filling to form a half-circle shape, then use a fork to crimp the edges to seal.
  6. Transfer the filled cookies to the prepared baking sheet, spacing them apart.
  7. Brush the tops of the cookies with the beaten egg and sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown and crispy.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Adding the Finishing Touches:

  1. Once the cookies are completely cooled, drizzle them with caramel sauce for an extra layer of flavor.
  2. Serve and enjoy these delightful Apple Pie Cookies with a glass of milk or a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Cook Notes and Variations:

  • Make-Ahead: These cookies can be prepared ahead of time and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Simply reheat them in the oven or microwave before serving.
  • Customize the Filling: Feel free to experiment with different pie fillings such as cherry, peach, or blueberry for a variety of flavors.
  • Gluten-Free Version: Use a gluten-free pie crust mix or almond flour in place of all-purpose flour for a gluten-free version of these cookies.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Can I use store-bought pie crust instead of making my own? A: Yes, you can use store-bought refrigerated pie crust to save time. Simply roll out the crust and follow the instructions for assembling the cookies.

Q: Can I freeze these cookies? A: Yes, these cookies can be frozen before or after baking. Place the assembled but unbaked cookies on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag. Bake from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

Q: Can I skip the caramel sauce? A: While the caramel sauce adds extra flavor and sweetness, you can certainly omit it if you prefer or if you’re looking to reduce the sugar content of the cookies.

These Mini Cherry Cheese Danishes are a delightful twist on traditional apple pie, perfect for any occasion. With their flaky crust, gooey apple filling, and sweet caramel drizzle, they’re sure to impress your family and friends. Plus, with the option to customize the filling and toppings, you can make them your own. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a taste of fall in every bite!

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