These Caramel Apple Pie Crust Cookies are pinwheel cookies made with a cream cheese pie crust, filled with the perfect combination of apple on top of a cinnamon/sugar mixture and drizzled with caramel sauce. They’re the perfect treat for your Fall baking list and a delicious recipe to make during apple season.
A caramel apple pie all rolled into a little cookie. And it’s an original recipe from…
Lori Lange, creator of the fabulous food blog, Recipe Girl. Not only is she an accomplished blogger, but she is also an incredible cookbook author as well! SO exciting!!
I really, really like Lori’s cookbook, The Recipe Girl Cookbook: Dishing Out the Best Recipes for Entertaining and Every Day! The recipes fantastic, and the pictures are great – I just wish she had more. I love that she tells you what essentials you should have not only in your pantry and refrigerator but also in your kitchen (AND liquor cabinet – something I have to work on!).
SAVE THIS CARAMEL APPLE PIE COOKIES RECIPE TO YOUR FAVORITE PINTEREST BOARD!
Lori has included handy dandy icons that accompany each recipe to let you know if it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, or a fan favorite from her blog. She also lets you know if the recipe’s adaptable to a specific diet.
My favorite parts are her story of how she became Recipe Girl and the brief paragraph about each recipe. It’s a great way to get to know her better. It’s a cookbook I know I’ll be using again and again, and I’m sure you will, too. Plus, it will make a great gift for those who love to bake and cook!
What do I need to make this apple cookie recipe?
- Pie Crust –
- Apple Pie Filling –
Granny Smith Apple
- Caramel Glaze –
Light Brown Sugar
How do I make caramel apple cookies?
- Combine flour, sugar and salt together in a food processor. Add pieces of the butter to the flour mixture and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Add pieces of cream cheese and pulse about 25 times until it forms a ball. Turn dough ball out onto waxed paper and knead until completely incorporated.
- Place pie dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll into a 9 X 12-inch rectangle with the long side closest to you. Whisk the egg white and water together in a small bowl. Brush the egg wash onto the dough, completely covering.
- In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together really well. Sprinkle it onto the dough covering the entire surface.
- Evenly distribute the small pieces of apple over the cinnamon sugar mixture, leaving a little space at the far long edge.
- Beginning with the long edge closest to you, gently roll the dough into a log. Seal the edges by brushing it with the egg wash and gently press it together with your fingers.
- Roll the dough in plastic wrap or parchment paper and place in the freezer for an hour.
- Heat oven to 325°F. Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with a piece of parchment paper. Remove cookie dough from the plastic wrap and slice into ½-inch pieces using a sharp knife.
- Place cookie slices onto the baking trays and bake cookies for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Cool cookies slightly on cookie sheet before you transfer them to a wire rack to cool and glaze.
- For the caramel glaze, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the sugar and milk. Cook while stirring for 1 minute. Pour into a medium mixing bowl to cool slightly.
- Mix in the vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until completely blended.
- Drizzle the glaze onto the cookies using a spoon and as it cools, the caramel will harden.
Tips to get that perfect cookie crunch!
- The dough can be refrigerated, wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 2 days.
- I suggest leaving about 1/2 – 3/4-inch of egg-washed dough without cinnamon/sugar. This will allow for easier adhesion when it is rolled.
- Depending on the consistency of the glaze it may be necessary to add either more milk or more powdered sugar.
- For easy clean-up, place some aluminum foil or parchment under the wire rack to catch the extra drizzles from the cookies and just throw away!
Can I make my own pie crust if I don’t have a food processor?
Yes, you can!
Here are the directions:
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut butter into dry mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
Add the cream cheese pieces and blend together using the pastry cutter. When most of the dough comes together, knead the dough with your hands in the bowl until there are hardly any crumbs left.
Turn the dough out onto a piece of waxed paper. Add the remaining crumbs, If there are any, to the dough. Knead a few times until all the dough is incorporated.
Form the dough into a flattened 7-inch square. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
There is absolutely no shortage of delicious apple recipes here on 365 Days of Baking and More.
From Baked Caramel Apple French Toast, Baked Apple Cinnamon Pancake and Apple Streusel Muffins at breakfast to Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies, and my MOST FAVORiTE pie in the world, this Apple Cream Pie for dessert, you’ll love how the apple flavor is front and center in each of these recipes.
We’ve got apples for snacks, too!
How about these Fried Apple Rings, Baked Applesauce, and Caramel Apples and even these Inside Out Caramel Apples!
When I made this Apple Crumb Cake, I literally fell in love with it at first bite, and it is a recipe you MUST try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are another favorite, and I can pretty much guarantee that they aren’t going to last long!
Like sangria? This Apple Cider Sangria is a delicious drink and perfect for Fall entertaining.
Favorite Recipes for Cookies
If we’re talking cookies, there’s absolutely no shortage of those either!
Some of my favorites are my grandmother’s Cream Cheese Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, French Butter Cookies, Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies, and these No Bake Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies.
You’ll also enjoy these colorful Funfetti Cookies, Lemon Cake Mix Cookies, Chocolate Cherry Crinkles, and Lace Cookies.
But I think the piéce de resistance are these Root Beer Float Cookies because they really do taste like a root beer float!
Enjoy mini apple pies in the form of a cookie. You’ll enjoy the taste of the cinnamon apple pie filling, flaky crust, and sweet caramel drizzle in each and every bite.
Caramel Apple Pie Crust Cookies
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter chilled and cut into smaller pieces
- 8 ounces cream cheese chilled and cut into small pieces
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 large apple peeled, cored, and finely diced
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4-1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
Pie Crust Dough
- Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Mix well. Add pieces of butter and process until mixture has a crumb looking texture.
- Add pieces of cream cheese and process quickly until dough comes together in a ball, about 25 times.
- Turn dough out onto a piece of waxed paper and knead a few times to completely incorporate.
- Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a rectangle about 9 X 12 inches with the long side facing you.
- Whisk together the egg white and the tablespoon of water in a small bowl until foamy. Brush the egg wash onto the dough, making sure it is completely covered.
- In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Evenly sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the dough, making sure to completely cover.
- Evenly distribute the diced apple on top of the cinnamon sugar, also leaving the space at the far long edge.
- Beginning with the long edge closest to you, gently and carefully roll the dough up into a log. Seal the edge with another brushing of egg wash and gently press it together with your fingers.
- Roll the dough in plastic wrap or parchment paper and place in the freezer for about 1 hour or until firm.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment. Unwrap the cooled cookie dough and gently slice into 1/2-inch pieces using a sharp knife.
- Place cookie slices onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until lightly golden.
- Let cookies cool on cookie sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to glaze
Glazing the Cookies
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Stir in the sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk.
- Cook, while continuing to stir, for 1 minute. Transfer to a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly.
- Mix in vanilla and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended. You should be able to drizzle it off the end of a spoon.
- Drizzle glaze onto cookies. As it cools, the glaze will harden.
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I used to rate everything I make on a scale of 1- 4 and these Caramel-Apple Pie Crust Cookies earned 3 1/2 rolling pins. They were out-of-this-world-delicious!! Our oldest daughter took one bite and said, “Ooh, those are VERY delicious. I could eat like 5 of these!”
The pie crust is delicate, a bit flaky (kinda like ME!!), and not too sweet. The filling is delicious with the combination of apples, cinnamon, and sugar. AND that caramel drizzle is the icing on the cookie!! hee hee, I’ll be making these again, fer sure!
*I have received one cookbook to review, but all expressed opinions are my own. This post was originally published 2/2/2014. It has been updated in format and with pictures on 10/19/22.
Comments & Reviews
Susan Says says
I would love to see some origional recipes you develop yourself in your next 365. Also some recipes from each category of food… entree, appetizers, desert, soup and salad (not sure how to pull off that one but im sure u can do it!l
Best of luck to you
Shirley Leoni says
I would love to see you make Banana Bread
Lynne Feifer says
CONGRATULATIONS!! Your comment was picked by Random.org and you’ll be receiving Lori’s cookbook!! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping information, please!
I will definitely be making some type of Banana Bread this 365, so watch for it!
Thanks for your support!
Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says
These cookies look amazing, I’m a lover of Lori’s blog too!
I’m cheering you on big time for this, and hoping it’ll get me to stop lazing and get back to blogging (I try and fail almost every Sunday)
I would love to see you make a pumpkin bread pudding with vanilla bean sauce!!!! Pumpkin doesn’t have to be for the fall!!!! I love it anytime!!! I’d love to have Lori’s cookbook.
Love to see you bake more yeast breads. Using yeast is intimidating to me. Have done some breads and am getting better at them. BTW, love your blog.
Anything you make would put a smile on my face! Have fun over the next 364 days! You can do this!!
Barbara Owen says
Healthier food, less sugar and starch. My husband’s mother developed diabetes in her 70s, and my mother has been an insulin dependent diabetic for years. Since we’re working hard to stay healthy as we age, I’m always looking for recipes that feature whole foods prepared in a healthy, tasty way. Thank you!
Nina M says
I would love to see you do a segment on single portion cooking (for those of us single gals living alone)! It’s annoying to always have to divide recipes for just 1 and it’s also just a painful reminder. Maybe some one pot dishes too? Tis this time for stews & casseroles!
Nina Melisi says
Maybe some pastries around the world? Like Mediterranean, Asian, South American, etc? That would be interesting and spice things up
crystal korzep says
I’d like more dessert recipes, but I always want more dessert recipes….
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Tsarina Tyna says
I would love it if you would make a pear tart! mmmmmm
Bao Vang says
Croissants. Love to eat them, no clue where to begin how to make them.
I would love to see you make homemade ravioli. I love it..and it never turns out in my hot country here in Ghana.
susan eaby says
CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Evangelina Joyce says
Hi I’m looking for a twist on my boring but always good banana bread.. And maybe a little healthier!
Laura N says
Muffins! Apples and Bananas especially. Healthier versions would also be a plus. Love it all! Happy Baking! 🙂
Samantha Stambaugh says
These sound so yummy, and easy enough for me to try. You have such good recipes, and now with videos too, you will help those who are timid around things rising in an oven have a little more confidence. Anything you bake will be great to check out, but I’m feeling kinda chocolatey, cream-cheesey, and brownie-ish at the moment. A little prayer going in for The Recipe Girl cookbook!
Pies!!! Funny, my husband just mentioned to me last week that he loves my cooking and wishes that I would take a stab at baking….these look right up his alley!!
I would like to see more diabetic foods. Thank you .
I would love to see some dairy free ideas or some veggie options. I’m trying to branch out and having a daughter that is DF is necessitating that. 🙂 Thanks for such a great giveaway!
Bonnie Morgan says
February 3 2014
I would love you to make Nanaimo Bars. We live 50 miles from Nanaimo B.C.Canada where this recipe originated. There are various versions, and are sold in most bakeries. everyone loves them.
I would like to see more pies. There can never be too many pies in this world. Thanks for doing the giveaway.
I’d love to see more kid friendly dinner ideas
Artfully yours, Linda says
Seasonal fruit and vegetable dishes. Also exotic friuts and vegetables. But be sure to make tons of chocolate dodhes too!
I’d like to see some muffins
Faye and Yvonne says
I’m a big fan of Chocolate Chip Cookies. I would love to see a new twist on this classic…
I’m new to your blog, and I haven’t yet looked at the things you’ve baked in the past. These apple pie cookies caught my eye right away, though, and I’ll have to try them! They look really scrumptious!! If there is such a thing as healthy casseroles, that’s what I’d really like to see. Now, on to exploring your pages!
i would like to see more simple creamcheese recipes.
more cheesecake recipes
Stephanie Retzlaff says
Gluten free foods
I would love to see you make baked macaroni. 😀
I would love to see some gluten free stuff
I’m looking for more healthy & yummy muffins and sweet breads to add to my morning routine! 🙂
Bonnie M says
I always like a good scone recipe!
Munira Moosa says
I would love to see u bake a wonderful fruit cake with plenty of orange zest.
Tori G says
As many things with oreos as humanly possible!
And does pizza count as baking? I’m still on the lookout for a perfect pizza recipe!
Those cookies look amazing! I’d like to see some low-carb recipes.
I would love to see a good recipe for homemade angel food cake! My go-to light dessert is store-bought angel food cake with fresh berries and fat free whipped topping, but I’d love a good homemade recipe. Thanks!!
Simple healthy meals to prepare for 2 people. Kids are grown an gone so it is more difficult to cook for me any way.
I want to see anything chocolate!
Mini-ish foods sized for my toddler 🙂
Fruit smoothies are a fad now, to drink for breakfast and change your life. How about some that are good and explain what they do for you. Thanks
oooo my do those apple-carmel cookies looooook really ….. you make it look so easy!! awesome!
I would like you to make an outrageous cheesecake before June 7th, because I am baking for my neighbor’s daughter’s bridal shower.
Would love to see some recipes with chocolate! email@example.com
luv to see maple walnut cake..firstname.lastname@example.org
Caramel Rolls..with LOTS of gooey caramel 🙂
Easy or prep ahead breakfasts. We are in a rut!
Carol J. Sharp says
Apple pie is my top of the list recipe – so I will try this one for sure. ! Thanks!
I would love to see some sourdough recipes.
Judy Day says
Johnny Cakes or clam chowder anything native to your neck of the woods since I am in Texas and we love your recipes at my house!
I would like to see anything with “stabilized” whipped cream.
melissa blackwell says
I would love some something for valentines day!
Nancy Long says
I would love to see more in the way of pies, breads, vegetable dishes and soups
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Jessica Allen says
Katriel-Maria Berbert says
Mmm…those look AMAZING. I’d like to see some Paleo recipes!
Chicken and dumplings, I have been married 40 years and just can’t figure these dumplings out!
I’m always looking for new muffin recipes to try
My son asked me to make a strawberry banana cake for his birthday. Can you help me out with this request?
Good luck with all that baking!!! I`ll like to see you bake more dinner recipes! Or any desserts, because I can`t get enough desserts!
Some quick and easy dinner ideas!
Irish bread, please! Just stumbled upon your blog and have been here for the past two hours. Love it!
This is my first visit to your site,directed by Recipe Girl, one of my favorite bloggers. I will be back-interested to see what you come up with since I am not familiar with your archives. A variety is always nice.
Nancy Bjerkhoel says
Any Mexican specialties would be great. Chili Verde is one of my favorites!
love all ya all. I am new to your site via recipe girl. I am interested in desserts that aren’t real sweet such as shortbread cookies. I can top them with sweetness for me but the rest of the gang doesn’t like real sweet treats
Yeast breads, doughs, baked goods, etc. I just still can’t master using yeast!
Something with cookie butter
Pumpkin recipes other than pumpkin pie, like breads or cookies, etc. email@example.com
Yeast breads intimidate me – I’d love to see more!
The Sprinkled Kitchen says
I would love to see some slow cooker recipes!
Mary Slates says
I love Mexican food. Anything Mexican. Or I have a really Big Sweet Tooth. So either one I would love to see.
How about tacos with non-traditional fillings?
Devi McDonald @ Diddles & Dumplings says
Bake me some Cinnamon rolls with some super awesome fillings!! 🙂
Bridget Taylor says
I was thinking crock pot recipes.
Wendy Namken says
I would love to see some easy kid friendly meal…maybe a meak that they can help with!
Love to make these for my grandchild and ship to her on a 2 to 3 day ship. Will these keep well or will they need refrigeration to ship.
Rachel Page says
This recipe is absolutely amazing. I have made it a few times already, and it is by far the best.
Oh, Rachel, thank you!! That is SO awesome to hear. I’m thrilled you’re enjoying them so much!
Okay, I’m just now discovering this recipe (It’s 2020!!) and now I must make these… apple pie in cinnamon roll form with a glaze and it’s a cookie?!?! WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE? Oh that’s right. It’s been here on your blog waiting for me to discover it. Thank you!!!!!!!!
Suzanne Hunlu Daschke says
Can you use ready made pie crust for the Apple Pie Crust cookies?
Suzanne, I haven’t done it, but I don’t see why you couldn’t!