In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving this year, I also celebrated Friendsgiving. One of the best things about potlucks, (besides having another reason to try out a new recipe,) is the amount of food available to nibble on! Inevitably, people end up bringing SO MUCH YUM that there is enough to take a plate of leftovers home. Check out a sampling of this year’s spread below. (This was probably about 1/3 of the feast.)
This year for Friendsgiving, I decided to bring a bowl of spicy sweet potato fries…and apple pie cookies. As you’ll see by the ingredients list below, essentially these cookies really ARE miniature pies. Once they’ve baked, they ooze out apple-caramel goodness, and there’s a hint of extra sweetness with the cinnamon sugar coating dusted on top of the “lattice-like” crust. They’re perfect to take to a fall/winter holiday occasion, but really, I think they’d also make a fun dessert in the summer, too.
Apple Pie Cookies
- Frozen pie crusts – 1 box
- Apple pie filling – 1 can
- Caramel sauce – 1 cup
- Circle cookie cutter (I used a 2.5″ cookie cutter from Sur La Table which yielded ~18 cookies.)
- Cinnamon and sugar – 1 tablespoon of each
- Egg – 1
- Parchment paper
- Flour – just enough to sprinkle on the crusts to keep them from sticking to the parchment paper
1. Sprinkle flour on 1 pie crust and roll it out on a piece of parchment paper. (I also rolled out my 2nd pie crust at the same time on a separate sheet of parchment paper, to ensure it was the same size. You’ll need it later to top your pie cookies!) Squeeze out caramel sauce on crust, and spread with a brush, using just enough to coat crust with a thin layer. (I used a squeeze bottle of Sundae Syrup, but you can also find caramel topping in a jar.)
2. Pour out pie filling on cutting board and chop it into bite-size pieces. Spread topping on crust.
3. Cut 2nd pie crust into strips and weave into a lattice pattern. (I love my little pizza cutter guy…he doubled as a pie crust cutter for this recipe!)
4. Dip circle cookie cutter in egg wash and cut out pie cookies. Arrange on cookie sheet. Brush some extra egg wash on cookie tops and add a dusting of cinnamon and sugar mixture.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes and then allow time to cool. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Oh, Bite It!