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Apple Pie Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Apple Pie Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Apple Pie meets cookie. This buttery melt in your mouth Apple Pie Thumbprint Cookie Recipe is the perfect Fall treat.  
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apples,butter,cinnamon
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 40 Cookies
Calories 91kcal
Author Nicole Crocker


For the Cookie Dough

  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter ,softened
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/2 Cups All purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

For the Apple Pie Filling

  • 2 Medium Apples ,peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Corn Starch


  • Store bought or homemade Caramel topping to drizzle on top ,optional


For Apple Pie Filling

  • Place apples,lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon in a small sauce pan. Cook on medium high heat until it begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until apples are tender. * Cook time may vary depending on apple variety. 
  • Mix cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water and mix to dissolve. Stir into apple mixture and cook for one minute. Remove from heat and let cool. 

For the Cookie Dough

  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. 
  • Cream butter and granulated sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Add yolks and vanilla, and beat for 1 minute. Reduce speed to low, and beat in flour and salt until combined. 
  • Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet. Press finger or thumb into center of each dough ball to make an indentation.
  • Fill about 1 teaspoon of Apple Pie Filling in each cookie. Place tray in fridge to chill for 30 minutes. 
  • Remove from fridge and bake for 12-15 minutes on center rack of oven. 
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 3 minutes. 
  • Use a spatula to remove cookies from cookie sheet and place on cooling rack and cool completely. 
  • One cooled top with a drizzle of caramel sauce. Store bought or homemade recipe can be used. Click here for my homemade Salted Caramel Recipe. 


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.4mg