Apple Pie Cookies

November 26, 2012

After over a week in Olympia, I’m officially home. It feels good—but I am already missing my family. They’re all pretty great.

It was a fun visit filled with babies, kids, food, card games and even a history lesson at the capitol building. All in all, not a bad way to spend your time.

Now that I’m home, I’m cooking up all kinds of treats. This Christmas will be primarily homemade goodies and I’m in the process of trying out some recipes.

This is where the Apple Pie Cookies come into play.

I like pie, a lot. But I don’t necessarily want to gift an entire pie and additional cookies. It’s a little overkill. So, why not make your pie into cookies?

Why not, indeed.

It’s easy. Super easy. Especially if you have premade pie crust hanging out in your refrigerator. The end result is a flaky and sweet apple pie that fits perfectly in your hand. The sprinkling of sharp cheddar baked into the crust also gives it a touch of a savory finish.

Apple Pie Cookies

1 apple, peeled and diced

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg, cloves and ground ginger

1/4 cup sharp cheddar, finely shredded

1 package refrigerated pie crust

1 egg wash (egg with a little water)

Stir together the apple, sugar and spices and set aside. Roll out the pie crust and cut out 2-inch circles.

Assemble the cookies: 1 bottom crust, 1 tablespoon apple mixture, egg wash around the outside of the bottom pie crust circle, 1 top crust. Use a fork to close the cookie. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle a little cheese over the top.

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until golden brown.