Apple Pie Cookies

These apple pie cookies make a delicious alternative Thanksgiving dessert or a fun family fall baking project. A classic apple pie filling is topped in a simple cookie dough to make the most delicious autumn treat!

apple pie cookies

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apple pie cookies

Apple Pie Cookies


Apple Pie Filling 

  • 4 medium apples
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp water + 2 tbsp
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tsp cornstarch


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon sugar: 1/2 cup granulated sugar + 2 tbsp cinnamon


  1. To make the filling, peel and core apples. Cut into small chunks (about ¼ inch cubes). 
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the cinnamon. Stir in the sugar, water, and cubed apples. Cook on medium-low until the apples are slightly softened.  
  3.  In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and 1 tbsp water. Slowing pour into the apple mixture, stirring continuously. Continue to cook until the apples are soft and the mixture has thickened. Set aside to cool.
  4. Next, make the cookies. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   
  5. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt).  
  6. In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
  7. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined. 
  8. Gradually add in the flour mixture on low speed until just combined. 
  9. Place dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  10. Make the cinnamon sugar by mixing the granulated sugar and cinnamon.
  11. Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough balls, and roll in the cinnamon sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  12. Bake the cookies until golden around the edges, about 12-15 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press an indentation in the centre of the cookie (using the back of a tsp measure works perfectly). Let the cookies cool and dollop a small scoop of the apple pie filling in the middle.
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