Apple Pie Cookies

Everything you love about an apple pie in a soft, bite size cookie.

soft, cinnamon flavored cookies studded with apple and white chocolate bits. Everything you love about fall in a cookie!

I love October. But today I won’t bore you with yet another fall rambling. A large banner on my calendar cuts through this week. It means no school. Draw the conclusion.

Usually we don’t travel during the week-long breaks as our longer breaks are full out. Winter is spent in India while summer is dedicated to internships and fun programs. But my mom and I had the opportunity to visit Istanbul- dad has some work stuff here. I’m more of an at-home person and the idea of Istanbul alone probably wouldn’t lure me (mom on the other hand is all about going to a new place), but even I can’t resist the luxury of a good hotel- that’s my idea of a real vacation.

Our hotel sits on the Bosphorus so during the day we can see the Asian side of Turkey, separated by a gleaming body of water. Mom was like, “I love being surrounded by a body of water!” and I’m like, “the human body is 90% water so you’re technically a body of water”. So Pun-ny. Get it?

Have you ever been to Istanbul? What was your favorite part? I can’t pick. It’s a cool place with some downright delicious food.

Today’s recipe is not Middle Eastern- there’s no point toying with the perfection of dishes found here. But this here, is another example of perfection.

soft, cinnamon flavored cookies studded with apple and white chocolate bits. Everything you love about fall in a cookie!

Soft apple pie cookies studded with white chocolate chips. I posted the video around a week and a half ago and I apologise for not getting the recipe up sooner. It’s been a little busy! These are everything you love about apple pie, but in a cookie. Super easy to put together and no doubt, the bomb-dot-com (do people still say that?).

DO refrigerate the dough, it makes forming balls a lot easier, and DO freeze the balls afterwards as they maintain a slightly thick and perfectly formed shape. Otherwise you’ll end up with flatter cookies, that still taste yummy.

DO NOT over bake, unless you want a crispier cookie.

DO roll  the cookies in a little extra cinnamon sugar, though this is optional. Rolling the cookie dough in cinnamon sugar results in a crisp, caramelised exterior with a burst of cinnamon. It’s worth it- trust me.


Apple Pie Cookies


  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (I know I said 1/2 in the video, which is fine if you want a sweeter cookie. If I add white chocolate I usually go with 1/4 cup instead of 1/2)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 medium sized apple, peeled and diced into 1 cm cubes (should amount to roughly 1 cup, but I say the more the better, but keep it under 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chunks or chips
  • Cinnamon sugar for rolling (mix 1 - 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon with 1/2 cup granulated sugar)


  1. In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients (the first 6 ingredients listed) and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, cream the butter with the sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until well- incorporated.
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients until everything is blended. It should be quite thick.
  5. Fold in the apple chunks and 3/4 of the white chocolate bits.
  6. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and pop in the refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 C.
  8. Scoop the dough into 1 - 1 1/2 sized balls (the longer you chill the easier the dough is to work with) and roll in the cinnamon sugar until coated. Freeze for around 15-20 minutes before baking, or until firm.
  9. To bake, place the balls about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  10. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the center is slightly puffy.
  11. Immediately when the cookies come out of the oven, place 2-3 chocolate chips (from the remaining 1/4 cup) into each cookie. The cookies should be soft enough and warm so that the chips begin to melt and stick.
  12. Cool completely before serving.
 Basic cookie dough recipe adapted from Anna Olsen, idea inspired by The Girl Who Ate Everything 

soft, cinnamon flavored cookies studded with apple and white chocolate bits. Everything you love about fall in a cookie!