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Apple filled Cookies

Apple filled Cookies

Apple filled Cookies - crunchy and buttery cookies filled with soft sweet apples. A favourite Italian treat.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 20
Author Manuela Zangara


Cookie Dough

  • 220 gms – 1 ¾ cup plain flour
  • 100 gms – 7 tbsp butter
  • 100 gms – ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp lemon zest grated

Apple Filling

  • 2 small apples
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 30 gms – 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tsp marmalade


Cookie Dough

  1. Put the cold butter and sugar in a mixer and blend for a few seconds until you get coarse crumbs.
  2. Add the egg and blend for a few seconds.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and lemon zest and blend until incorporated.
  4. Knead into a ball, flatten it, wrap it in cling wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Apple Filling

  1. In the meantime, peel the apple and dice it into small cubes.
  2. Put it in a sauce pan with the brown sugar, butter and marmalade.
  3. Cook on a low fire until soft. You may need to add a little water, depending on the apples you are using.


  1. Roll the dough into a 3 mm - 1/8″ thick sheet and cut out 4 cm – 1 1/2″ circles.
  2. Put 1 tsp of filling in the centre of half the circles and use the remaining circles to top them. Make sure to pinch the sides closed. You also want the tops to break slightly.
  3. Put the cookies on a baking tray covered with baking paper.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C – 355°F for 20 minutes.
  5. When ready, let them cool down for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool down completely.