Apple Pie Cookies {aka: 4-Bite Apple Pies}

October 7, 2012
Loaded with homemade apple pie filling, these Apple Pie Cookies are the perfect fall sweet treat.  They're like eating a mini little 4-bite apple pie!  Make a batch for tailgating, game day nibbling, after school snacking, or toss them in lunchboxes as an extra special treat. 

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One of my absolute favorite fall things to do is go apple picking.  While we don't do it every year, fall apple picking is a fairly regular activity for our family.

Now a-days, we head for a day trip to the North Carolina mountains to get our {almost} annual stash of fresh apples.  But as a kid?  Apple picking meant just a quick little pop through the woods from our house to the local apple orchard.

And admittedly on occasion, us kids would make a quick little sneak attack on one of the back apple trees to grab a snack ... running a mad dash back into the woods to enjoy it so we wouldn't get caught.  Thankfully, I never got caught ... but I do remember hearing the orchard farmer yell at my brother a time or two!

I filled the cookies with a chunky homemade apple pie filling and made them a size that's pretty much a hand-held, 4-bite mini apple pie.

Well, I decided these adorable little Apple Pie Cookies would be a fantastic way to enjoy some of our latest apple picking haul.  And I was right ... because these cookies are enjoyable, indeed.

I filled the cookies with a chunky homemade apple pie filling and made them a size that's pretty much a hand-held, 4-bite mini apple pie.

Keep in mind the crust-to-filling ratio on these mini pies is higher than for a traditional apple pie.  So, for all you crust lovers out there, here's an apple pie that's an added bonus for you!

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Making these cookies is pretty much just like assembling an apple pie ... only smaller.

Start by making a chunky apple pie filling on the stove top.  Just gently simmer some chopped apples, spices, cornstarch, and a bit of water for about 10 minutes until thickened.

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Cut rounds from prepared pie crust and then place a dollop of apple filling in the middle of some of the rounds ...

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Top each filled round with another pie crust round.  Use a little water to get the dough rounds to adhere well to each other.

Then crimp the edges with the tines of a fork to seal the cookies.

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Once sealed, brush each pie cookie with egg wash, being sure to get some egg wash over the entire surface of the cookie ... even the crimped edges.

The egg wash is an important step for developing the pie-like look of these cookies.

Since these "mini pies" won't be in the oven for as long as a full-size pie, they don't develop a nicely browned crust without the egg wash.  Once baked, the egg wash gives the cookies a nice golden brown color.

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Finally, cut small slits in the top crust of each cookie and bake them up.

The slits allow steam to escape from the inside of the cookies as they bake, just like slits do for a regular-sized pie.  They also add a little touch of decoration to the cookies, making them look extra cute.

Whip up a batch for tailgating, game day nibbling, after school snacking, or toss them in  the kids' lunchboxes as an extra special treat.

Bake them up, and in about 15 to 20 minutes you'll have warm hand-held 4-bite apple pies!

Loaded with a simple homemade apple pie filling, these tasty little cookies are the perfect fall sweet treat.  Whip up a batch for tailgating, game day nibbling, after school snacking, or toss them in  the kids' lunchboxes as an extra special treat.

I know I sure enjoyed these as a perfect fall treat for my lunchbox!

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Apple Pie Cookies
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
For the Filling:
For Assembly:
  • Pie crust for a two-crust pie, store-bought or use your favorite homemade recipe
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp. water
  • sanding sugar or granulated sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)
Directions
  1. FOR THE FILLING: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped apples, water, sugar, brown sugar, cornstarchground cinnamon, salt, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves. Stir to combine.
  2. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, or until apples are tender and "saucy" but still have some tender chunky pieces.  Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. FOR ASSEMBLY: Roll out the pie crust on a lightly floured surface until about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Use a 2 1/2 to 3-inch round cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to cut out as many rounds as possible from the dough (you'll need two rounds for each cookie).
  4. Transfer half of the rounds to a baking sheet and brush the edges with a tiny bit of water (this helps seal the rounds).
  5. Place about 2 measuring teaspoons of apple filling in the center of each round (do not over-fill). Top each with one of the remaining rounds. Press the edges to seal each pie cookie, and then use a fork to crimp the edges.
  6. Prepare an egg wash by lightly beating together the egg and 1/4 teaspoon of water. 
  7. Brush each pie cookie with egg wash, being sure to get some egg wash over the entire surface of the cookie. (Since these mini pies won't be in the oven for as long as a full-size pie, they don't develop a nicely browned crust without the egg wash. The egg wash gives them a nice golden brown color.)
  8. Sprinkle the tops with a pinch of sanding sugar or granulated sugar, if using. Use a small knife to cut slits in the top of each pie cookie.
  9. TO BAKE:  Bake at 350℉ for about 15 to 20 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Makes about 12-15 cookies.
These are delicious warm or cold, and freeze very well.

Enjoy!


27 comments

  1. My mom used to make something similar with raisins instead of apples...I was in love with them! The dough was sweet and heavenly...

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  2. How perfect for lunches. Love it.

    #27 on today's list.

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  3. Oh these look so good. I LOVE apple pie. What a great concept! :)

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  4. Those are really cute! Great for little hands too! Jen #16

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  5. I want these little pies in my lunchbox! Great CCC recipe! I'm #17 :)

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  6. Adorable! I don't think I could eat just one!

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  7. I'd love to make these to freeze and keep on hand for lunch boxes...or just when I need a midnight snack :-) Thanks for sharing! #32

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  8. Thies pies, wow, they look original like the ones on the package-pictures in the supermarket. Wow, and not very complicate to make...

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  9. Those are so cute! Perfect for on the go! And a great way to help with portion control! #1

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  10. Looks Yummy! The crust is the best part!

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  11. Your apple pies are so mouth watering! This is a nice for picnics, outdoor activities, lunch boxes etc. There’s nothing wrong with deviating from the traditional shape and size of the apple pie. Sometimes, you just have to make something like this one for an easy grab!

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  12. your cute little pies looks delicious!

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  13. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/10/almond-sugar-body-scrub-and-wednesdays.html
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. I meant to tell you that your pies look amazing.

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  14. These are the perfect little hand pies...love the homemade pie filling too!!!

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  15. Your Apple Pie Cookies are a great idea and look delicious! Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. These are the cuties little pies... thanks so much for sharing them on foodie friday.

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  17. Thanks for sharing this. I've been fooling around with a savory version.... Now I'll have to try yours.

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  18. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  19. miniature brilliance is what this is! We went apple picking last weekend, and after making applesauce, I still have a bunch of apples that needed a good recipe to go into :) Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday last week, I'm featuring it this week!

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  20. This recipe looks so good!!!! Totally going to do this... Great blog :)

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  21. Wow these look so good! I was just thinking of making mini-pies, and these fit the bill!

    Pinning!

    Found you on Gooseberry patch!

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  22. Would I freeze prior to baking? How would you defrost, by cooking/reheating? TIA

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  23. I love this idea! I have to try it this year.#InspiremeLink

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  24. Love these apple pie "cookies" of yours - my husband loves apple pie - but my faves are the blueberry ones we featured not to long ago at Inspire Me Monday! :-)

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  25. Those little mini apple pies look fabulous.

    Mollyx

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