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The Best Ever Apple Pie Cookies

After LOADS of practise, I've finally developed a fool proof cookie recipe & it was too good not to share!! These are apple pie flavoured but you could add anything you like - choc chip, white choc and cranberry, what are you going to have?!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 14 large cookies
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, english
Keyword: apple pie, biscuits, cookies

Ingredients

Cookie Base

  • 315 grams plain flour
  • 120 grams Stork - comes in block, wrapped in paper
  • 90 grams caster sugar
  • 110 grams light brown sugar
  • 1 egg

Optional Flavourings

  • 3 generous pinches Apple pie flavourings - if you havent got a ready made mix use ginger, cinnamon, cardamon
  • 1 eating apple

Instructions

  • Melt the butter - I'm lazy so I do this in a frying pan, on a very very low heat! You could also do it in the microwave or over a bain-marie.
  • Pour the butter into a mixing bowl with caster and light brown sugar and mix with a wooden spoon/spatula until fully combined. Should take about a minute.
  • Crack the egg into the same bowl. Mix together until just combined. Set aside.
  • Add the flour to butter/sugar mixture & stir until fully combined. 
    >Note - It will look like a lot of flour! Keep stirring and it'll all come together. Promise!
  • Add your favourite flavourings (chocolate chips, apple pie flavourings etc). If youre making apple pie cookies, just add the spices - you'll be adding the apple in a sec! 
  • Cover with cling film and place into the fridge for at least an hour
  • Remove from the fridge and divide into 14 balls - about meatball size. If you're making apple pie cookies, add small cubes of apple to each ball (I go for about 5 cubes in each). The mixture should not be sticky at this stage. 
    What to do if it is sticky - rub a bit more flour into the mix until it feels like the stickiness has gone away. I suggest 1tbsp of flour at a time. Return to the fridge for another 10mins to firm up and start this step again!
  • Place onto baking parchment on a baking tray, leaving lots of room around them. Put into the oven for 12-15mins at 175oC until the edges are browning but the middles are still gooey
  • Leave to cool on the baking tray for at least 10-15mins before attempting to move them - they are VERY fragile when warm but they harden up once they start to cool

Notes

Butter Substitute: Dairy is probably the toughest substitution in any baking recipe. I've tried a couple of different options (spreadable butters, lard, etc) and the best thing for this recipe is "Stork". Its a slab of butter, not the spreadable tub & only costs 80p in most supermarkets.  Heres what it looks like:
You can keep the cookie dough mixture in the fridge for up to 7 days - some say it actually gets better with age too as the flavours develop!
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