I eat a lot of apples.  Each morning I start my day by eating an apple and cinnamon.  Apples are my favorite fruit, and thankfully I never get sick of them. 

I was recently flipping through the food section of the Denver Post Newspaper and found an awesome recipe for Apple Pie Cookies.   Considering how much I love apples, I had to try it out.   I adapted the recipe to make it both gluten and dairy free.  I also reduced the amount of sugar to make it a bit more nutritious. 

These cookies are extremely addictive, however, with so much apple packed into them they are a healthier dessert option, so enjoy.

  • 1 box Lillabee Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup softened Margarine (butter)
  • 1 cup packed Brown Sugar (or the white sugar bag supplied in the Lillabee Cake mix)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 + 2 Tbls Milk (cow, rice, almond etc.)
  • 1 cup grated Apples (Fuji apples work great)
  • 3/4 cup chopped Walnuts

Caramel Glaze

  • 2 Tbls Margarine (Butter)
  • 2 Tbls Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tbls Milk (cow, rice, almond etc.)

Prep:  

Line a few baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degree F.

Make:

Mix the spices and salt with the Lillabee flour mixture from the cake mix in a separate bowl and set aside.  Cream margarine and brown sugar (or the white sugar from the Lillabee cake mix) on medium speed for about 2 minutes.  Scrape down the edges with a spatula and then add the egg and mix until fully incorporated.  Slowly add the flour/spice mixture and mix on medium-low speed until smooth.  Scrape down the edges of the bowl with a spatula when necessary.  Add the milk and continue to mix the dough on medium speed.   Gently stir in, using a spatula or wooden spoon, the grated apple and chopped nuts.  Once the batter is smooth, scoop spoonfuls of batter onto the lined baking sheets.  These spoonfuls should be circular and approx. 1-2 inches wide.   Make sure not to scoop the cookies too close together, as the cookies may spread out a bit when baking.

To make the Caramel Glaze, first melt together the margarine/butter and the brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat for about two minutes.  Remove the glaze from the heat and add the powdered sugar and half of the milk, stirring before adding the rest of the milk.  Mix with a whisk until the powdered sugar is completely incorporated and the glaze is smooth. 

Bake:

Bake the Apple Pie Cookies at 350 degree F for 11-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.  Let the cookies cool before topping them with the glaze.  Once the cookies are cool, spoon a little of the Caramel Glaze over the top of each cookie.  Make sure the glaze is still warm so that it can spread across the top of the cookies. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the glaze if desired.  Let the glaze cool before eating.

 Enjoy and Happy Baking!