Delicious, buttery shortbread cookie cups topped with sweet, spiced apple pie filling, a new fall favorite.
apple pie cookie cups
Apple pie cookie cups top buttery shortbread bites with perfectly sweet and spiced apples. Serve at fall gatherings, as a Thanksgiving dessert, or just for fun.
You may use canned apple pie filling for these apple pie bites, but homemade is SO easy to make and much yummier than store-bought.
Here, we start with the same shortbread cookie cups we topped with lemon curd, but swapped out summer's flavor for autumn's.
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tools and ingredients to make cookie cups filled with apple pie
The cookie base is shortbread, so you'll need butter, powdered sugar (also known as icing sugar or confectioner's sugar), all-purpose flour, and a pinch of salt.
You'll mix with a large bowl, whisk, and spoon or spatula. No standing mixer or electric hand mixer needed, unless desired.
To make the apple pie filling, you'll need Granny Smith apples, cinnamon and nutmeg, a bit of butter, corn starch, and both granulated and light brown sugar. You'll need a saucepan for heating the apple mixture.
I highly recommend baking your cookie cups in SILICONE MINI MUFFIN pans. I own two of the linked pans. The cookie cups come out of the pan flawlessly. Metal pans, no matter how well-greased, are much riskier.
To ensure perfect cookie cups without breakage, I grease the silicone pans with non-stick cooking spray.
Scooping the cookie dough into the cups is so much easier with a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop. You'll also need a teaspoon for making indentations in the dough.
uses for leftover apple pie filling
Depending on the size of your apples and how generously your scoops in the cookie cups are, you may have some filling leftover. Here are some ideas for using apple pie filling:
- Top vanilla ice cream with warm filling.
- Fill refrigerated crescent rolls with filling and bake.
- Use as a topping for pancakes, waffles, or French toast.
- Blend with vanilla ice cream to make milkshakes.
- Mix with yogurt for a snack.
- Spread on toast for breakfast.
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Can these cookies be frozen?
Hi Denny, I haven't tried to freeze them, but I would be worried about the apple pie filling and moisture. One option would be to freeze the cookie cups, let them thaw and then fill with the apple filling.