This is another recipe that I saw online and immediately put on my “to bake” list. The fact that this recipe is also the brainchild of Deb at Smitten Kitchen made it that much more irresistible. So when my friend Amanda’s birthday came around last week, I knew these would be a perfect (and portable) treat to bring to her NYC bday bash. She’s a lover of all things apple-cinnamon (remember the ridiculous Inside-Out Apple Pie a la Mode from last year?) and I knew she would love these bite-sized pies. November is a good month to have a birthday if you love apple pie like she does, recipes for new takes on apple pie are everywhere these days! Here’s a really delicious and fun one to add to the list…
You may remember from my post last month featuring my first homemade Caramel Apple Pie that I’m not a very big fan of warm fruit pies. So to me, these cookies have the perfect ratio of crust:apple ratio – one thin slice of apple and lots of crust – but I realize that’s probably not true of most of you pie lovers. But either way, the flavors are still there and you’ll die over the cuteness so much that you’ll forget about the missing mounds of baked apples. Deb’s pie dough recipe was great and I loved the idea of slicing an apple into thin rounds and cutting them slightly smaller than the dough circles to make a perfect apple pie “sandwich”. They’re not truly cookies, although the dough is slightly sweeter than your average pie dough, but I don’t think anyone’s keeping track.
I have to warn you that these cookies are a bit labor-intensive. You have to make the dough, chill it, slice and cut the apples, roll the dough out super thin, cut then dough slices, chill them, and then assemble the cookies. But on a night when I had little else to do, I found assembling the little pies very therapeutic and fun. I must say though, I could use a shiny kitchen stool for my baking nook to take some pressure off my feet during these intensive baking endeavors if anyone’s holiday shopping for me already ;-) Stool or not, these cookies do take some time but I 100% suggest you make them this holiday season!
Since I didn’t stray from Deb’s recipe and her instructions are FABULOUS, I would feel as if I were cheating you if I tried to paraphrase (I swear I’m not just being lazy). She does a great job in the recipe giving detailed set-up instructions so everything goes smoothly and easily, so I’m directing you over to her fabulous site for the how-to: Apple Pie Cookies via Smitten Kitchen. Her cookbook is coming out soon, and I bet every recipe will be as well-written and delicious as this one was!