Apple Pie Cookie Cups are the most adorable way to enjoy apple pie! With a chewy oatmeal cookie crust and warm cinnamon apples – they’re impossible to resist.
These apple pie cookie cups are the perfect way to switch up your traditional apple pie recipe. They’re individual – so they’re absolutely adorable, there’s no finicky pie crust, and they’re filled with the most delicious cinnamon sugar homemade apple pie filling. Instead of using a pastry crust, the cookie cup is a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie which tastes incredible with warm, baked apples. It’s one of my favorite make-ahead desserts, right up there with fruit pizza, for parties or weekend get-togethers with friends!
APPLE PIE COOKIE CUPS
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When it comes to apple desserts, I think everyone normally opts for apple pie or apple crisp. But these apple pie cookie cups combine the best of both worlds. They have warm cinnamon apples that taste delicious with caramel sauce and ice cream – just like your favorite apple pie. AND they have the delicious texture of chewy oats, cinnamon and brown sugar that you love about apple crisp.
What you’ll also love about these apple cookie cups is how adorable they are. No one can resist a miniature dessert – plus, they’re so much easier to bring to parties or potlucks than serving an entire pie.
How to Make Apple Pie Cookie Cups
- To make these apple pie cookie cups, we start with our oatmeal cookie base. It’s an easy, no fuss, oatmeal cookie recipe with a hint of cinnamon and chewy texture. If you want to save time, you could also use pre-made oatmeal cookie dough. Grease 2 muffin pans with non-stick cookie spray, then spoon about 3 tablespoons of batter into each muffin cavity. Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of each muffin cavity, then pop them in the oven to bake.
- As the bake, the middle will rise up – and that’s totally ok. Once you take them out of the oven press the center down using a spoon or the bottom of a shot glass to get the perfect cookie cup shape. You want to do this while they’re still hot to mold cookie cup shape.
- Then it’s time for the apple pie filling. The hardest part is peeling the apples and cutting them into little bite-sized pieces. Then toss the apples with sugar, cinnamon, and a little cornstarch. The apples get cooked in a large saucepan with melted butter and some water – and as they bake they’ll soften and fill your kitchen with delicious apple cinnamon goodness.
- Then spoon the apple pie filling into each oatmeal cookie cup – and you’re ready to serve!
Now for a few tips about making these apple pie cookie cups:
- Feel free to use old-fashioned or quick oats in your oatmeal cookie cups. However, I don’t recommend instant oats or steel-cut oats for baking.
- I like to use Granny Smith apples or an apple variety that’s a little sour. The apples will sweeten and lose their tartness as they bake.
- If the cookie dough seems too sticky to work with – pop it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
- To save time, you can use storebought or premade oatmeal cookie dough.
- Switch it up by using sugar cookie dough instead of oatmeal cookie dough for the crust.
- Pop them in the microwave for 20 seconds before serving for a warm, extra gooey treat.
- Serve them with whipped cream, ice cream, or a drizzle of caramel sauce.
These apple pie cookie cups are the perfect apple treat – filled with cinnamon, perfect for fall, and completely addictive!
For more apple treats – try these other favorites:
- Crock Pot Apple Cobbler
- French Apple Cobbler
- Apple Pie Cinnamon Roll Bake
- Caramel Apple Poke Cake
- Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
- More dessert recipes…
Tools used to make this Apple Pie Cookie Cups recipe
Muffin Tin: Muffin tins are great for all kind of baked goods! I use mine for muffins, cupcakes, appetizers, and egg cups!
Stand Mixer: I don’t know what I’d do without my stand mixer. I use it for just about everything…and I mean everything! Cakes, cookies, mashed potatoes, and shredding chicken!
Mixing Bowl: These mixing bowls are perfect for mixing and serving. I love the varied sizes so I always have to right size bowl for all my mixing needs.
Oatmeal Cookie Cups
Oatmeal Cookie Cups
- Preheat the oven to 325F degrees. Grease 2 muffin trays with non-stick cookie spray.
- In a large bowl beat the butter and sugars together until fluffy (about 2 minutes).
- Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.
- With the mixer on low, beat in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Then mix in the oats.
- Spoon about 3 tablespoons of batter into the bottom of each muffin cavity. Press the dough down into the bottom and up along the sides to form a little bowl shape. If the dough is too sticky to work with, place it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
- Bake the cookie cups in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until they're just starting to get golden around the edges. If they puff up in the middle that's ok.
- Remove the pan from the oven. Lightly grease a spoon or the bottom of a shot glass. Press it down into the middle of each cookie cup to form a little bowl shape again. Trace around the edges of each cup with a thin sharp knife.
- Cool the cookie cups for about 20 minutes, then pry them out of the muffin tin using a thin knife.
Apple Pie Filling
- In a large bowl toss the chopped apples with the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and cornstarch.
- Melt the butter in large saucepan or skillet over medium heat.
- Add in the apple mixture and gently stir. As the apples begin to bake, pour in the water. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the apples are starting to soften and the mixture caramelizes.
Assemble & Serve
- Spoon the apple pie filling into each cookie cup.
- Serve warm or at room temperature. Cookie cups can be warmed up int he microwave for about 20 seconds before enjoying.
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