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Apple Pie Cookies Recipe

Apple Pie Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 342 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 317mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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T. Comer User ID: 5515344 50230
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

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

Kristens198 User ID: 2663751 71052
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

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

lindhosu User ID: 5396696 35322
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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