On the outside, these cookies look like your average snickerdoodle – slightly puffy and covered in cinnamon sugar. But, when you take a bite, you are in for a very pleasant surprise. These cookies are filled with cooked apples – sweet, cinnamony with a hint of tartness.
This apple pie filling is extremely simple to do – just throw everything into a saucepan and cook until tender. It’s not just delicious but also smells amazing. Your whole house will be filled with the aroma of cinnamon and apples. Just thinking about it makes me hungry!
Despite the fact that I haven’t posted in a while and this was made during the fall (as you can see by the maple leaves in the photo that are now nonexistent in the bare tree branches), warm apple cookies will be appreciated in any season.
Oven Temperature: 350˚F
Baking Time: 8-10 minutes
Makes: 20 cookies
Apple Pie Filling
1/2 Tablespoon butter
1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice (or to taste)
6 1/2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons milk
6 oz. white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
10 ounces flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
Apple Pie Filling
Finely dice the apple.
In a saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Cook until the mixture has thickened and the apples are soft.
Cool apple filling in the fridge while making the cookie dough.
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat (or parchment).
Mix oil, milk and sugar well. Then add in vanilla, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda. Crack in an egg and whisk until smooth. Fold in flour.
In a shallow plate, mix together the white sugar and cinnamon for the cinnamon sugar.
Roll dough into a 1 1/2 inch ball. If the dough is too sticky to do this, add a little more flour.
Then, make a well in the center of the dough ball and spoon in a teaspoon of apple pie filling. Close the cookie dough around the filling.
Roll the cookie dough ball into the cinnamon sugar and place on the cookie sheet. Flatten slightly. Repeat for the rest of the dough and filling.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Enjoy!