Desserts

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies are a quick and easy way to get that same apple pie taste without all the mess and stress. These cookies are gluten-free and grain come together in less than 30 minutes.

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Apple Pie Cookies on a white plate that are drizzled with icing.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Apple Pie Cookies are quick and easy to make!
  • You’ll be enjoying these little mini apple pies in 30 minutes or less.
  • They are plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.
  • This recipe can be made vegan with the use of a chia egg.
  • A great way to use up any almond flour that you have lying around.
  • These cookies are a great way to transition into Fall.
  • There is no refined sugar at all.
  • Apple Pie Cookies are a great low carb option.
  • Soft, chewy and crazy delicious.
  • Check out my Apple Hand Pies for another great apple pie recipe!

Ingredients and Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Apple Pie Cookies. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this page for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

The base of these cookies are made with almond flour. I love ordering a big bag from Blue Diamond on Amazon. I have not tested this recipe with any other flours.

Since there isn’t any gluten in this recipe, using baking powder is a must to help these cookies rise and have that fluffy texture.

A touch of sea salt helps to balance out all the flavors.

Cinnamon is a must in this recipe which is going to bring out those warm fall flavors.

Almond butter is a healthy fat and works just as great in baked goods as oil or butter does. You can use any type of nut or seed butter in replace such as cashew, macadamia or a seed butter like sunflower seed butter.

Maple syrup is my favorite sweetener to use, it’s a unrefined sugar and taste amazing in these fall cookies.

You can use a regular egg or if vegan, swap it out for a chia egg instead which is just 1 Tbsp of chia seeds mixed with 2.5 Tbsp of water.

Vanilla extract adds a lovely flavor to any baked good!

For the sautéed apples you will need any red apple. I prefer honey crisp which is crunchy, juicy and refreshing. But feel free to use any red or green apple, however, the green apple will be more tart than sweet.

I prefer using butter which is a bit more rich and has more flavor, but you can also use an oil such as coconut oil, avocado oil or even ghee.

Mix together powdered sugar and almond milk to make the icing.

all of the ingredients that you need to make these apple pie cookies in small bowls.

How to make

ONE: Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Then, prepare the apples by sautéing them on a skillet over medium heat with the butter and cinnamon until soft and tender. Set aside.

TWO: In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond butter, maple syrup, egg and vanilla extract and whisk until ingredients are well incorporated.

Then, add in the almond flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix with a rubber spatula until ingredients are well combined.

THREE: Using a double cookie scoop, scoop the dough and roll it into a ball with the palm of your hands. Then, flatten and shape into a circle. Place it on the lined baking sheet and make an indent in the center with the back of a tablespoon.

FOUR: Fill each cookie with the sautéed apples and then bake for 15-18 minutes. Let cool before adding on the icing.

FIVE: To make the icing, simply combine the powdered sugar with the almond milk until you reach the right consistency.

SIX: Drizzle each cookie with icing and enjoy!

a close up shot of the apple pie cookies that have been drizzled with icing.

Tips and Tricks

Grease the back of the tablespoon before pressing into each cookie to prevent it from sticking.

Slightly undercook the cookies to get a more soft and tender texture.

How to serve and store

Serve these apple pie cookies with a cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy as a mid-day snack or after dinner dessert.

Store cookies in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 4-5 days. Reheat cookie by placing in the microwave for 10 seconds.

a hand holding an apple pie cookie that has been drizzled with icing.

Taste and Texture

These apple pie cookies taste just like apple pie but in mini form.

They are soft, chewy and have the best texture. With each bite you taste the shortbread cookie that’s filled with a maple syrup flavor and the soft and tender cinnamon apples.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use all purpose flour instead of almond flour?

I have not tested this recipe with any flour substitute.

Can I use a different nut butter instead of almond butter or can I just leave it out?

You can use any type of nut or seed butter in replace of almond butter, or you can also use room temperature butter. However, you need to use one of the other, you cannot leave it out.

How can I make these cookies vegan?

Use a chia egg instead of a chicken egg. Mix together 1 Tbsp of chia seeds with 2.5 Tbsp of water, mix well and let it sit for 10 minutes to thicken. Then, mix in as normal.

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Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies are a quick and easy way to get that same apple pie taste without all the mess and stress. These cookies are gluten-free and grain come together in less than 30 minutes.
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
10 minutes
COOK TIME:
15 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
25 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

Cookies 

  • 1 3/4 cup almond flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/3 cup runny almond butter 
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup 
  • 1 egg, can sub chia egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Apples
  • 1 honey crisp apple, diced 
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 2 Tbsp dairy free or regular butter 

Icing 

  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2-1 tsp almond milk, can sub any other milk of choice

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

9 large cookies

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. 
  2. Then, prepare the apples by dicing them into bite sized pieces and then sautéing them on a skillet over medium heat with the butter and cinnamon until soft and tender. Set aside. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond butter, maple syrup, egg and vanilla extract and whisk until ingredients are well incorporated. 
  4. Then, add in the almond flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix with a rubber spatula until ingredients are well combined. 
  5. Using a double cookie scoop, scoop the dough and roll it into a ball with the palm of your hands. 
  6. Then, flatten and shape into a circle. Place it on the lined baking sheet and make an indent in the center with the back of a tablespoon. 
  7. Fill each cookie with the sautéed apples and then bake for 15-18 minutes. Let cool before adding on the icing. 
  8. To make the icing, simply combine the powdered sugar with the almond milk until you reach the right consistency. 
  9. Drizzle each cookie with icing and enjoy! 

Notes

  • Grease the back of the tablespoon before pressing into each cookie to prevent it from sticking.
  • Slightly undercook the cookies to get a more soft and tender texture.

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