Apple Pie Cutie Cookies

From Cook's Country | December/January 2014

Why this recipe works:

Apple pie is a holiday favorite, and these cookies transform it into a bite-size affair. A pastrylike dough forms the base, and we thicken a filling of tart Granny Smith apples with cornstarch and flavor it with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A lattice top brings to mind traditional apple… read more

Apple pie is a holiday favorite, and these cookies transform it into a bite-size affair. A pastrylike dough forms the base, and we thicken a filling of tart Granny Smith apples with cornstarch and flavor it with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A lattice top brings to mind traditional apple pie, and a final dusting of cinnamon sugar seals the deal.

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Makes 24 cookies

Plan ahead because both the dough and the filling need to chill.

Ingredients

  • PASTRY
  • 2 1/4 cups (11 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 13 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces and frozen for 15 minutes
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons ice water, plus extra as needed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • FILLING
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup packed (1 3/4 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. 1. FOR THE PASTRY: Using stand mixer fitted with paddle, mix flour, butter, 1½ teaspoons sugar, and salt and beat on low speed until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 3 minutes. Add ice water and mix until dough begins to come together, about 1 minute, adding extra water, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into 4-inch square, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour. Combine cinnamon and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar in small bowl; set aside.

    2. FOR THE FILLING: Combine water and cornstarch in small bowl. Melt butter in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl and let cool completely, about 30 minutes.

    3. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll 1 square of dough into 12 by 8-inch rectangle, ¼ inch thick, on lightly floured counter. Spread evenly with apple mixture.

    4. Roll remaining dough into 12 by 8-inch rectangle, ¼ inch thick. Using fluted pastry wheel, cut dough into sixteen 12 by ½-inch strips. Arrange dough strips diagonally in lattice pattern over filling, trimming as needed.

    5. Cut into twenty-four 2-inch squares, brush tops with egg, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Space cookies 1 inch apart on prepared sheets. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until golden, 30 to 35 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through baking; refrigerate second sheet while first is baking. Let cookies cool completely on sheets. (Cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.)

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