I am definitely not a die-hard baker, but there are times when I just feel like making something myself. I always opt for something simple when that happens. A recipe that doesn't take that long, you know? So, since it's Autumn, and apples and cinnamon are all the rage nowadays, I thought I'd share this new take on my favourite apple pie recipe. Read on to find out how to make your very own, easy-peasy Apple Pie Cookies!
WHAT YOU NEED
- 3 apples
- 125 grams butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- brown sugar
- regular sugar
BASICS & TOPPINGS
- 2 ready-made pie crusts
- 1 egg
- regular sugar
Just put on your favourite baking soundtrack (it was an easy Sunday afternoon when I baked them, so I felt like a pretty soundtrack playlist, myself) and get to work! Cut the apples into tiny pieces and go ahead and pre-heat your oven to about 220°C. For the filling, melt the 125 grams of butter in a pan and add the flour. Mix it, and add the brown and regular sugar (about 3 tablespoons of each does it for me) to the mixture. Add a bit of water so you get a smooth pastry, and as much cinnamon as you like according to taste. I add a lot, being the huge cinnamon-fan I am!
Spread out one of the pie crusts on your counter, and cut the other one into strips. Now all you need to do is spread the filling mixture onto your pie crust, leave a tiny bit empty near the edges, and weave a lattice crust over the top with those long, pie crust strips you just cut. If you don't already know how to do this, don't worry! It's super simple, just watch this video or you know... Google it.
When you've done this, whisk together the one egg and a dash of water in a small bowl, then spread a small amount of this egg wash onto your baking. Top the whole thing off with a bit of cinnamon and raw sugar, and you're ready to pop it into the oven!
Now, you can go two different ways. OR you put it in the oven as it is, OR you already cut the whole thing into round, cookie shapes with a cookie cutter or the top of a glass, and then place them into the oven. I went with the first option, as my pie crust was round and I felt like I would've lost too much of this delicious apple mixture. I would have preferred a shape where I could have cut the round shapes out of it in advance, however, as to really get that 'cookie feeling'. Up to you!
PS: Be sure to lay parchment paper on your baking sheet, as the paper that came with your pie crust may not suffice when it comes to keeping the pastry from sticking to your baking sheet.
The best news? This recipe won't take you much longer than half an hour: about 15 minutes prepping, and 15 minutes oven-time! That last one can vary, however, so I suggest you just keep an eye on it until the lattice crust on top is a yummy golden brown.
What's your favourite, sweet guilty pleasure during the Autumn months?