Apple Pie Cookies

By on September 30, 2016

Apple Pie Cookies

Kid approved, these Apple Pie Cookies, from Ruth Bodine, make a great after school snack.

Cookie Ingredients

  • 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

Filling Ingredients

  • 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 Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons water
  • Red and green liquid food coloring


  • 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).
  • Meanwhile; in a small saucepan, combine the filling ingredients. Cook over medium heat until apples are softened and mixture is thickened; cool.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll out each portion of dough to 1/8” thickness.
  • Cut with a floured 2-1/2” apple cookie cutter. Place 2” apart on ungreased baking sheets. Spread with 2 teaspoons of filling to within 1/4” of edge. Top with another cutout seal edges.
  • 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.
  • For a more simple look, you can leave off the coloring and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.