All the flavors of apple pie without all the work? Coryanne Ettiene from our Kitchen Council is sharing her recipe for the Americana treat in the form of cookies.
The art of the classic apple pie is nothing short of a culinary labor of love. There is the peeling, slicing and prep work that can take hours to create the perfect apple pie; and whilst it is always worth the effort, sometimes you want that apple pie taste without all the effort. These quick and simple apple pie cookies are ideal for those moments, and the busy autumn days where you want homemade with an added shortcut. For this classic recipe, I’m using Fuji apples because their sugary-sweet flavor that tastes like fresh apple cider, but you can use a Granny Smith to offer a more tart finish to this recipe.
What I love most about this recipe, apart from it’s nostalgic taste, is that it is one of those family recipes that you can pass over to your little chefs to create on their own, or to bake together. When we baked these, I sliced the apples using a mandolin, then stood back and watched as our children worked out the assembly line of dipping, cutting and crimping, and then debated over who was going to lick the sugar bowl.
Once the cookies are done, there is the added treat of a crispy caramel edge that appears around the cookie, almost a crunchy hint to what is to come. Avoid the temptation to break them off and nibble them, or get worried when you see them start to weep sugar while baking. This crunchy delight lends a little touch that plays so well with the soft apple and flakey pastry.