I had so many recipes I wanted to share with you before Thanksgiving.  This weekend I went over them again and again, in my head and out loud to Ben (sorry honey) – which would be the three that made the cut?  While I was mulling this over, I decided to bake up some cookies for a non-traditional Thanksgiving crab fest hosted by my dear friends and our family photogs Bobbi and Mike (yeah, they’re kind of a big deal.)  This was the morning after we hosted our own Friendsgiving, so the criteria for whatever I made were few – I wanted something simple, only requiring ingredients I had on hand, and fitting somewhere in the general realm of Thanksgiving dessert.  Enter these apple pie cookies.  Next thing I knew, all other possibilities got the boot because you need to know about these right now.

Such a simple yet brilliant concept.  Two small rounds of buttery, flaky pie crust sandwiching an apple slice coated in cinnamon sugar, and detailed to look like a tiny little pie.  I was and still am completely enamored with these cookies.  As Ben pointed out the only real feature that makes them a cookie is their shape and size, but I think that’s what makes these an ideal dessert for Thanksgiving day.  There are always so many different desserts to sample – staples like pecan and pumpkin pie, plus a variety of others – and these little sweet treats let you have just a few bites of apple pie without committing to a full piece.  Whether you are hosting or attending someone else’s big meal, I’m feel pretty certain these will be a hit wherever you serve them.  Apple pie cookies – make it happen.


For the dough:
2½ cups (313 grams) all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. (25 grams) granulated sugar
1 tsp. (4 grams) salt
2 sticks (8 oz. or 1 cup) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
½ cup very cold water

To assemble: 
2-3 medium apples, whatever variety you prefer for baking
Squeeze of lemon juice
1/3 cup (67 grams) granulated sugar
1 tsp. (2 grams) ground cinnamon
Dash of grated nutmeg
1 large egg lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon of water


  • 01

    *Note – I know some of you will be tempted to ask, can I just do this with frozen pie crust? And the answer is of course you could, but I highly recommend making your own. It tastes much better and it’s way easier than you might think. See this tutorial for step-by-step photos.

  • 02

    To make the pie dough, combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl and stir with a fork to blend. Using a pastry cutter (or your preferred method), cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture is coarse and the largest pieces of butter are no bigger than small peas. Stir in the water and mix gently just until the dough has come together in a a cohesive ball and all of the dry ingredients have been moistened. Form the dough into a disc and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour.

  • 03

    When you are ready to make your cookies, preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Peel the apples and cut off the sides in four large chunks, removing and discarding the cores. With each large piece of apple, further slice into thin slices (somewhere between 1/8- and ¼-inch thick.) Use a small round cookie or biscuit cutter (about 2 inches in diameter) to cut round discs out of the apple slices. Place the apple rounds in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice. In another small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and whisk to blend.

  • 04

    To assemble the cookies, transfer half of the chilled pie dough to a lightly floured work surface (keep the remaining half chilled). Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out very thin, about 1/8 to ¼-inch thick. Use a larger round biscuit or cookie cutter (about 2½ to 2¾ inches in diameter) to cut out rounds of the pie dough. Transfer half of the rounds to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the rounds lightly with water (this will help the pies seal). Take a few apple slices at a time and coat them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place each on top of a round of pie dough. Layer a second round of dough on top of each apple slice and gently press the edges to help seal. Repeat this process with the remaining dough and apple slices. Crimp and seal the edges of the mini pies with the tines of a fork, dipping in flour if needed to prevent sticking. Lightly brush the tops of the cookies with the egg wash. Use a small paring knife to cut tiny slits in the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with additional sugar, if desired.

  • 05

    Bake for 25-28 minutes or until light golden brown.


  • So yummy! I have to do this.
    I really love your blog and your recipes. A big hug from Portugal.


  • Lauren

    LOVE!! Annie, to me, this cookie epitomizes you and your blog. Food that is creative, fun, beautiful to look at, and delicious! Thanks for always keeping me coming back for more!

  • So Yummy! I’ll have to try this.
    I really love your blog and recipies.

    Big hug from portugal!

  • Mouth Watering Apple Pie Cookies!

    This is a great recipe for the coming holiday season! and the tutorial photos is a great help.

  • These are absolutely beautiful!

  • These are awesome!

  • Riki-Tiki-Tembo

    Ohhh YUM. I can’t wait to make these!!

  • These are absolutely beautiful and so creative. I know they would be a big hit in my family, I love these!

  • T

    these are so cute! i don’t really eat apples or pies, but i have to make them. thanks for sharing, annie!

  • These are adorable. I’m definitely going to have to try these in the future :D

  • These are sooo cute! I have been eyeing them in SK for awhile and this is even more confirmation that they need to be made. Beautiful job!

  • These look so delicious!! Mini apple pies in cookie form! I love anything and everything apple & cinnamon, I want to make these sometime. Have a great thanksgiving, Annie!

  • These are absolutely adorable, Annie! Happy Thanksgiving to the clan. Hope Ms. Barbeque gets to enjoy some of the festivities!

  • Cara

    I made these after I saw them on Smitten Kitchen last month and they are adorable and fun, but I have to say I think the ratio of crust to apples is too high. If I did it again I’d make sure to roll the dough really thin and I’d use thicker slices of apple, or maybe chop the apples into small chunks and pile them between the dough layers to get more apple gooyeness.

  • Kate

    do you have any tips for storing these? I’m on task to bring cookies to thanksgiving but need to make them a day in advance. thanks!

  • I want these. I love these. I must have these! Too cute!! You are so right about being the perfect size for Thanksgiving. Yesterday I published a post on my blog on health tips for Thanksgiving dinner. These are perfectly portioned and would be a great dessert to make. Thanks for sharing!

  • Those are darling! I was thinking about making some mini pies in muffin tins with different fillings… but maybe I’ll just make cookie-pies!

  • These are literally genius!! They are being made for my holiday party :D

  • I love this idea. Calling it a cookie works for me. What a smart cookie you are. I love looking at recipes where I think… Now why have I never thought of that.

  • GENIUS!!!!!! I’m totally taking this (since I was planning to make an apple pie anyways) and making them right this minute!

  • yum!

  • Fantastic Annie! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  • These are adorable! They make such an impressive Thanksgiving dessert :) Wishing you a great holiday!

  • oh yea, these take the #1 spot! absolutely yummy looking. and there is no way these will stay just in the thanskgiving season…wheres my vanilla ice cream right now!

  • Jordan

    These look awesome! Could the recipe be adapted to just make a whole apple pie? Not sure if my family will embrace the change like me!

  • Christiana

    These are sooo cute! Just like mini apple pies as cookies!!

  • How awesome can you get??? I just made an apple pie and it was delicious but after looking at this I wonder why :)

  • Ohmygosh! I must make these. My dad’s most favorite food is apple pie and he would be so surprised if I showed up with these tomorrow. I just got back from the grocery store, but am heading out again to get some apples! Love it!

  • Just look at that thick, flaky crust! You made these look awesome, Annie, and I bet they taste even better :)

    A very very happy thanksgiving to you and your family! Your readers (and those that your readers cook for) are so thankful for all the wonderful ideas you’ve shared :) Keep ’em coming!

  • Annie

    There are plenty of apple pies out there that are meant to be pies. Making one of those would be much easier and more reliable than adapting this. Here is my version.

  • Annie

    Store in an airtight container.

  • Annie

    I was worried about that, but I actually thought the ratio was perfect. I agree that you may need to roll your crust thinner next time.

  • These are on my must make list very soon! So pretty and I bet they are delicious too!

  • Kristen Bailey

    These are the cutest cookies I have ever seen. I can’t wait to try them.

  • Another delicious idea from you, Annie! That first photo is especially beautiful. We wish a happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  • i just pulled the barefoot contessa’s apple galette out of the oven, so these will have to wait till after thanksgiving. but not long after, they look amazing!

  • Did I really just get a shout out on your kind of a big deal blog?! My name dropping you finally makes me sound legit! :D :D :D Those apple pie cookies were DELISH! To those on the fence… DO IT! YUMTOWN, USA!!!! Annie, I adore you :) Thanks for being a part of my life. :)

  • Margie S.

    I made these right away when I saw the post for tomorrow (Thanksgiving). Mine look no where near fluffy as yours :( but the good news is they still taste great :)

  • heather k.

    i remember seeing these on smitten kitchen! your picture is really pretty :D

  • Sarah

    I just made the exact same thing with some extra pie dough after making pumpkin pie the other day! They are so yummy!

  • These are so adorable! I can’t wait to try them.

  • I love the look and the idea of these and I’m sure I’ll love the taste of them. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • Betsy

    I made these when I saw them on SK and I have to say they were *wonderful.* The slightly sweetened pie crust was perfect and the little burst of apple filling was wonderful. Also? They were so cute I could cry. I’ll definitely make these again.

  • Oh, I love the concept behind these little things! I’ve seen a similar recipe before and it still sits in my “soon to make” pile! I’ll have to move it to the top! These look delightful!!

  • These look so yummy! Can’t wait to make these myself! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  • OMG!! these are the best idea ever!!! totally making these and surprising my mom with them:)

  • Sarah Haege

    Just made these for our turkey dinner! My sister in law is making mini pumpkin pies so I thought these were a perfect addition :)

  • This recipe sounds scrumptious. These would be great to serve my guests tonight.

  • These sound and look amazing!! I love anything “mini” that means you get to eat more!

  • Erica

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I’m totally making this for my work holiday party this year. I’ve always felt that pie is too messy for work parties — everyone’s wearing suits and blouses, and you don’t want to drop pie on your tie (hey, that rhymes) — but these bite-sized morsels are perfect!

  • Ellie

    Annie, you and your family NEVER diserved this. My thoughts are with you today an forever.

  • Diane

    These are the coolest thing I have ever seen. So precious and delicious. I am so glad that you decided to share these. I bet these would be wonderful with all kinds of fruit. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks!

  • These look so good! And they’re so cute! Yummy yum yum!

  • So cute! I love these thoughtful treats!

  • Kandi

    Your family has my prayers!

  • Jen

    I just finished a batch of these and already ate half of the first pan! So delicious, unique and cute! I’ll definitely be making some of these for an upcoming cookie exchange. I like bringing something new and exciting (no Santa Thumbprints here!)and your blog is always the first place I look! I followed the directions as listed and didn’t have any problems. Some apple juices leaked while the cookies were in the oven, but it did not affect the final product and the cookies weren’t in the oven long enough for the juices to burn.

  • Natacha

    These look amazing!! I have one question, do you only use half of the pie crust?

  • oh my gosh! how neat!

  • Hello Annie :)
    It’s my first time here but i was SO SO SO excited about the apple pie COOKIES! I never thought about them! WOW ~ They look so delicious!

  • yum yum yum!

  • These look delicious! Kind of like apple turnovers, but in a flatter cookie shape. Mhmmm!

  • my sister made these and they were delicious!

  • Deanna

    Made these last week and they were a huge hit with the coworkers! Definitely roll the dough thin so the crust isn’t overwhelming (although I do love the crust!). A little bit time consuming, but overall pretty simple! Thanks Annie!

  • Farmgirl

    Thanks Annie for this recipe. I absolutely LOVE these. I made these today and am planning to make another batch of these tomorrow again. These are fun to make!

  • Mitsi

    I loved the idea of an apple pie cookies so I wrote it down and ran to the kitchen to make some.
    They turned out great! the pie dough is so easy,and I used margarine instead of butter but still – it looks great and tastes so good! thank you for the lovely recipe :)

  • TC Henderson

    these are soooo good! i can’t stop eating them & and i don’t even like apples all that much.

  • Namrata

    oooooo….i made em’!!! thanks annie for the recipe:) they were absolutely fantastic!

  • Jayspice

    I made something similar for a NYE party but I used frozen puff pastry. I thought I was so clever. HA! I will now try it with pie crust

  • Songbirdsweets (sarah)

    annie, these are AMAZING!!! im so happy that you posted these!! i made them for my in-laws at thanksgiving and they were a huge hit!! im visitng a good friend of mine and i had to make them for her too:) i think this is one of my favorite recipes that youve posted! thanks!

  • inlovewithlove

    My boyfriend is a huge pie lover so I’m going to make these for him for valentines day! thanks for the upload :)

  • Emma_landry

    i just made these!
    i thought they were such a cute idea, but they were more of a hassle to make than i expected.
    they definetly were cute, but i think that if i made these again i will add more filling or something. these werent like WOW.

  • Sarah Buelow

    I can’t wait to make these! I can’t see the link for the pie crust tutorial?

  • annieseats

    It’s fixed now.

  • Sophia

    I can’t wait to make these! They look delicious!

  • Gregg H

    I can’t wait to make theese!!!! thank you for everythig you do! :)

  • kerijo04

    Would you be able to do other fillings in this?( Like pumpkin or cherry etc,)

  • annieseats

    I don’t think these would lend themselves well to other fillings due to the very small size. You’d have to make them larger and then they would really be hand pies, not cookies.

  • mybeautifulpet

    I just made these last night. They’re too cute!

  • Jackie

    I have tried this with other fillings – peach, canned cherry pie filling, etc. – but not with pumpkin (seemed too runny to hold up well) It’s possible, but a tad bit more messy. Just make sure to not overfill the cookies or else they start to tear. And another thing, if you are using different fillings, seal them well and make sure that you make those little slits on top of the cookies so they dont leak in the oven. hope this helped! (:

  • Julianna

    I really loved the idea of these. Then I went to the kitchen. I began to make them. I loved them even more. Thanks, Annie – these were a huge hit and my whole family loved them!

  • Tracy

    Hey Annie! I love your recipes I use them all the time :) Just want to clarify- how many rounds of apple go into each cookie? Just one? Or if not, how many? (assuming everything else is the same as far as size of dough cutouts and apple rounds)

  • annieseats

    Just one round. Enjoy!

  • Desperate

    Hi Annie, I absolutely love this idea and can’t wait to try. But can I make these a day ahead?

  • annieseats

    They are best the day they are made but you could at least prep the dough rounds in advance to cut down on prep.

  • Briana

    I made these and they’re not great, in my opinion.

    I might have rolled mine too thin, seeing as I had more than how many she said, but they were really crisp and hard on the top and did not at all taste like apple pie. Also they took a long time to brown, and I had to keep adding time.

  • annieseats

    Sorry to hear they didn’t turn out well for you. We loved them so much! That is disappointing.

  • I made these today for thanksgiving and made half of them apple and the other half using blueberry pie filling. i used around the same amount as the apple and dotted with butter and sprinkled the top with sugar. They didnt leak at all and I think I prefer them over the apple (that might be just because i love blueberry pie)! I was wondering if I store them overnight in the fridge or just on the counter in a tupperware? Thanks for the great recipe! I will definitely be using this to replace all double crust pie recipes in the future!

  • guncha

    made these today for a bake sale at school…..all sold out :)) Thank you for an amazing recipe and so simple.

  • Sarah Peacock

    I just made these, and can I just say I am pretty impressed with myself right now. These are great!

  • Lul

    Awesome I followed everything but instead made an empanada-like pastry:)
    My Mother loved them

  • Megan Brown

    SO AMAZING! Perfect for little tea parties! And the recipe was so easy to follow! I WILL be making these again! SO ADORABLE!!!

  • Kaitlin R

    These are eye rolling to the back of the head good.. wow!! I have never made a pie or pastry crust before but these turned out amazing!! I think I would just add a little more apple next time. Thank you so much for posting this recipe :) I will be making these often.