I made these cookies for the first time this year and they were amazing! Personally, I think they would be great any time of the year. They were a huge hit with my family and adorable to boot! I will admit, they were a bit messy to set-up, but fun and very worth it. My husband requested I make these over a year ago and I finally did! I highly suggest you give this recipe a shot if you are up for a cookie challenge. (And I know you love a challenge if you are any friend of mine).
1/4 cup butter
4 apples, peeled and diced into 1/4-inch cubes
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoons cornstarch
4 sheets pie crust pastries (I used frozen pie crusts)
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
¾ Cup Confectioners’ Sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add apples; toss until coated with butter. Stir in brown sugar, white sugar, lemon juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, salt, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves; cook and stir until apples have softened and sugars have melted, about 5 minutes. Bring to a boil.
- Combine water and cornstarch in a bowl. Stir cornstarch mixture into the apple mixture; cook and stir until apple mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cool completely, about 20 minutes.
- Dust work surface lightly with flour (This portion of flour not included in ingredients). Roll out 1 sheet of pie crust on a work surface with a rolling pin; Use a round cookie cutter and create circles for cookie base. Cover each base the cooled apple mixture. Roll out a second sheet of pie crust with a rolling pin; slice into thin strips with a sharp knife (or pizza roller works well too). Weave pie crust strips together over apple mixture to create a lattice top. NOTE: Alternative method is to make one large pie flat and cover with apple mixture and lattice then cut circles all the way thru with floured round cookie cutter or drinking glass. Press cookie cutter through dough to create 12 round pies. Transfer to a pre-greased baking sheet or one covered with parchment paper.
- Bake in the preheated oven until crust is cooked through a golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, about 10 minutes. Be sure not to over-cook.
- Repeat with remaining pie crusts and apple mixture; place on a second baking sheet. Bake in the oven until crust is cooked through a golden brown, about 20 minutes.
- Combine confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a mixing bowl; add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir in milk slowly until desired consistency is reached; drizzle over cooled pies.
Let cool to set-up and as always, have a happy day!