Apple Pie Cookies Recipe
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Apple Pie Cookies Recipe

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To sweeten the school day, send along these soft sugar cookies with a homemade apple filling from Sharon Smith of Neosho, Missouri. "The sandwich cutouts were taste-tested by my grandchildren," she affirms. "They're certified kid-pleasers!" To save time you can use purchased pie filling for the centers. Or instead of "Painting" the tops with food coloring simply sprinkle them with cinnamon.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and grated (about 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • GLAZE:
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • Red and green liquid food coloring

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 342 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 317 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Divide in dough in half. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until easy to handle (dough will be soft).
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the filling ingredients. Cook over medium heat until apples are softened and mixture is thickened; cool.
  3. On a lightly floured surface roll out each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. apple cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Spread with 2 teaspoons of filling to within 1/4 in. of edge. Top with another cutout seal edges.
  4. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons water and 18 drops red food coloring. In another small bowl, combine remaining water and 6 drops green food coloring. Using a pastry brush, "paint" apples red with green leaves. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Apple Pie Cookies in Country Woman September/October 1999, p10

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Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"I made these Xmas 2011, they were really good."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"I made it with apple pie filling, then with sliced bananas. Delicious, big cookies!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"I am the popular one in the office when I make these cookies. They are extremely easy to make. My apple cookie cutter is a 2 1/2 inch x 3 inch and the cookies are a bit big. I haven't had anyone complain because of it. I made frosting for these and used red food coloring for the apple part and green for the stem. I baking some up tonight and will be using red and green sugar sprinkle. I haven't decided whether I'll sprinkle it directly on the cookie prior to baking or frost and sprinkle. I think I'll try it both ways. NOTE: Make sure your baking ingredients are not expired. Expired cream of tartar, baking soda, flour, etc. can definitely affect the outcome of your cookies. Have fun and enjoy."

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