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Apple Pie Thumbprint Cookies by KALEJUNKIE

The Best Apple Pie Thumbprint Cookies

Author: Nicole Modic of @KALEJUNKIE

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
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These paleo and vegan apple pie thumbprint cookies are made with only five ingredients and taste just like apple pie with a delicious shortbread cookie base. You will make this recipe for years to come!


Shortbread cookie base:

  • 1 ¼ cups almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Apple pie filling:

  • ¾ cup finely chopped apple this is about 2 medium-sized apples
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the cookie base.
  • Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  • And after the dough has been chilling for about 20 minutes, preheat your oven to 350.
  • Next, make the apple pie filling.
  • To make the apple pie filling, chop the apples into tiny pieces, and then add them, along with the cinnamon, to a small pan lightly coated with cooking spray (or a teaspoon of oil).
  • Saute the apples over medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
  • Then transfer the apples to a small bowl to cool.
  • Once the apples have reached room temperature, stir in the maple syrup.
  • Form about 16 balls with the cookie dough, and use your thumb to gently make an imprint.
  • Spoon some apple filling into each cookie.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden.

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