These Apple Pie Cookies are soft, chewy, and packed with cozy fall flavor—just like mini apple pies! A drizzle of gooey caramel on top takes them to the next level.

Apple pie cookies on baking sheet with spices

We all have those go-to recipes that we make after going apple picking—apple pies, applesauce, maybe even apple muffins. I think once you try these Apple Pie Cookies, they’ll earn a spot in your fall baking lineup, too.

They start with a soft, chewy cinnamon-spiced brown sugar cookie. These are topped with a generous portion of homemade apple pie filling, then they’re baked to perfection to bring it all together. Oh, and the cookies are drizzled with caramel sauce to make them extra delicious.

These Apple Pie Cookies are a fun treat to make for fall parties and bake sales, but they’re also easy enough that you can make them just because! 

Apple pie cookies on baking sheet with one being lifted by spatula

What You’ll Need

Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Apple Filling:

  • Apples – I recommend Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Pink Lady for these Apple Pie Cookies.
  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  • Brown sugar – Light brown sugar is best for this recipe, as it has a milder flavor than dark brown sugar.
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cornstarch – Cornstarch will thicken the apple pie filling; some bakers use flour or tapioca starch, but I prefer cornstarch for Apple Pie Cookies.

Cookies:

  • All-purpose flour – Be sure to spoon the flour into a measuring cup and then sweep off the excess.
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter – Let this come to room temperature.
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Caramel sauce – I used store-bought jarred sauce.

What Does Cornstarch Do in Cookies?

Cornstarch is a heavy-hitter when it comes to cookies. It makes the dough thick so it doesn’t spread on the pan as it bakes, which means you don’t have to chill the dough before baking. In addition, it gives cookies a soft, tender texture, a little like those frosted Lofthouse sugar cookies they sell at grocery stores.

Side by side photos showing creating well in center of cookie and adding filling

How to Make Apple Pie Cookies

If you want to get a head start on your Apple Pie Cookies, you can make the filling up to 3 days in advance and store it in the refrigerator.

Make the Apple Topping:

Cook the topping ingredients. Combine the apples, lemon juice, water, brown sugar, spices, and cornstarch in a skillet set over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the apples are tender. 

Make the Apple Pie Cookies:

Prepare. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. 

Mix the dry ingredients. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Mix the wet ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients on low speed until a thick dough forms.

Shape the cookies. Use a cookie scoop to form golf ball sized cookie dough balls, then roll the balls between your palms until they’re smooth and round. You should have room for about 8 cookies on a standard-size cookie sheet.

Bake. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes.

Add the filling. Remove the pan from the oven. Use the back of a tablespoon to create a well in the center of each cookie. Spoon a tablespoon of filling into the well. 

Bake again. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for 3 to 4 minutes. 

Finish. Let the Apple Pie Cookies cool for 15 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack. Drizzle the cookies with caramel sauce once they’ve cooled.

Closeup of bitten apple pie cookie

Tips for Success

With these simple tips, your Apple Pie Cookies will turn out perfect!

  • Finish mixing the dough with a spatula. Because this is a no-chill cookie recipe, the dough will be quite thick and it may be hard to beat with your blender. I usually switch to a rubber spatula to finish mixing the dough.
  • Bake one sheet of cookies at a time. I recommend baking one cookie sheet at a time for even baking. This also makes the process of adding the filling a little more manageable.
  • Mess-free drizzle. When you transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool, slip the parchment paper from the baking sheet under the rack. Then, when you drizzle the Apple Pie Cookies with the caramel, any excess will slip through the rack onto the parchment for easy clean up.
Overhead view of apple pie cookies on baking sheet, with one on plate

How to Store

The center of the cookies, where the filling is, will become soft over time, so these Apple Pie Cookies are best eaten the day of baking. You can store them in an airtight container and eat them the next day, but I recommend eating them with a fork because they will be soft from the apple filling. 

Can I Freeze This Recipe?

You can freeze these Apple Pie Cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 months, but after freezing and thawing, they will soften and be more cake-y. So, again, you’ll probably want to eat them with a fork.

Apple pie cookies on parchment-lined pan, with one bitten

More Fun Fall Recipes

Closeup of bitten apple pie cookie

Apple Pie Cookies

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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Cooling Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 41 mins
Yield: 20 cookies
These Apple Pie Cookies are tender, chewy, and the perfect way to use fresh fall apples!

Ingredients

Apple Filling

  • 2 ½ cups peeled & finely diced apples, 3 large or 4 small apples, I recommend Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Pink Lady
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Cookies

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 cup
  • 1 ¼ cups brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Caramel Sauce – I used store bought jarred sauce

Instructions
 

Apple Filling

  • Combine the diced apples, lemon juice, water, brown sugar and all spices & cornstarch in a skillet over medium-low heat on the stove. Stir occasionally while mixture simmers, 5-7 minutes or until the apples are tender. Note: you can make the apple filling up to 3 days ahead of time and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  • In a larger mixing bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. You want this mixture to be fluffy and pale in color.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, beat for 30 seconds.
  • Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed. The dough will be thick. I like to finish mixing the flour into the dough by hand with a spatula.
  • Use a cookie scoop to form golf ball sized cookie dough balls, roll into a smooth ball between your hands. Place about 8 cookies on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat at a time. I recommend only baking 1 cookie sheet at a time for even baking.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, then add the filling. Carefully remove the pan from the oven. Use the back of a tablespoon to create a well in the center of each cookie. Add about a tablespoon of filling to each cookie. Return to the oven and bake for 3-4 additional minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for 15 minutes on the baking sheet before removing. Drizzle with caramel sauce.

Notes

The center of the cookies, where the filling is, will become soft over time. These cookies are best eaten the day of baking. If you store and eat them the next day, I recommend eating them with a fork because they will be soft because of the apple filling.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Beth
Calories: 244kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 126mg, Potassium: 71mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 317IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg
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