For me, few things symbolize home comfort like the taste of fresh baked cookies and aroma of home made apple pie. It really doesn't matter the time of year, the tastes and smells are tied to countless golden memories from my childhood on up. They didn't even have to be delicious, so long as there was a cookie around there was a memory to be made.
True story; Momma's Momma (grandmomma) had 2 large cookie jars sitting in the entryway, each always equally full. It was a cardinal sin not to have sweets on hand for the grand kids, and this way she could hand them out as she greeted them at the door (and one more out the door for good measure.)
An odd shaped cookie came out, resembling a bone, but it was slightly pink and looked quite like a cookie so I thought nothing of it as I coyly stashed it in the pocket of my jumper to eat int he bathroom later. Unfortunately, the cookie looked, and smelled much more appealing to the 2 Labradors they were actually intended for. I didn't make it two steps down the hallway when I was knocked flat on my feet with an overzealous slurp and a bark.
Take Two Tapas, Jennifer sent me a dozen Salted Caramel Almond Biscotti (which never made it to an actual cup of coffee.) All were delicious and all were a true treat, and shared among family and friends! Catch my Apple Pie Cookies recipe below, and tell me, do you participate in annual potlucks/parties/ or cookie swaps like this?
What Daughter Says: Food connects people beyond all languages and boundaries. Eat up!
Baked Apple Pie Cookies
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1 Box (2 Crusts) Ready Made, Rolled, Pie Crusts
1 14 OZ Can Applie Pie Filling
1 Jar Smucker's Salted Caramel Topping (Or 1 C Similar Caramel Sauce)
2 TSP Cinnamon Sugar
Flour For Dusting
Round Cookie Cutter
Preheat the Oven to 375F
1. Roll out both pie crusts on a floured surface to extend the area of each to an even shape and size.
2. Pour some caramel onto one of the pie crusts and spread it evenly with the back of your spoon until a thin layer of caramel is created.
3. In a medium bowl dice the apple pie filling with two knives in cris-cross slices until the apples are broken down into small nibble size chunks. Spread the apple mixture thinly across the caramel layer.
4. Take your second pie crust and cut even striped lengthwise across the crust. Lay every other strip lengthwise across your apple caramel crust, leaving an equal gap between pie crust strips. Next, beginning from the bottom, take the remaining strips and weave them over and under the existing strips. I like to do this one strip at a time, all the way across.
5. Using a round cookie cutter (about 3-4") punch out cookies from your woven/layered pie crust creation. Place them on a silicone baking sheet or parchment lined cookie sheet. Brush the tops with an egg wash and sprinkle on cinnamon sugar. Bake at 375F for 20 MINS, or until tops begin to turn golden brown.