These vegan apple pie cookies are an incredible fall creation. Dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free, these sweet treats are super easy to make and best of all: you just need one bowl and your oven.
As well as making something that tastes great and satisfies sweet cravings, there’s a focus on good-for-you ingredients. These vegan apple pie cookies feature whole foods like oat and almond flour in place of gluten-filled alternatives. Plus, they are refined sugar-free because they’re made with coconut sugar. You’d never know though, so don’t panic that these vegan snacks taste like health food!
Let’s get into the recipe.
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 2 ½ tbsp water)
- ½ cup almond butter (can sub another nut or seed butter but not tahini)
- ¼ cup maple syrup (can sub vegan honey)
- ¼ cup coconut sugar (can sub brown sugar or a stevia alternative)
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ cup + 2 tbsp oat flour
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 small apple – diced into small cubes
- Make your flax egg by mixing together flax and water. Let sit refrigerated for 5-10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together your wet ingredients including flax egg until smooth.
- Pour in dry ingredients except for apples. Mix again until smooth.
- Lastly fold in apples.
- Form 9-10 evenly sized cookies on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. The dough is very sticky, so work quickly and with wet hands.
- Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes until they are golden on the edges and cooked through.
- Cookies will come out a little lumpy so I reshaped mine into perfect circles with a cookie cutter, this step is optional. Let cookies cool for at least 10 minutes and dig in.
Top tips for the best apple pie cookies
If you choose to substitute the almond butter in this recipe for another nut butter, it needs to be something equally as thick. Runnier alternatives, like tahini, will create a cookie batter that is too loose and won’t firm up. Peanut and sunflower seed butters will both work beautifully.
Red apples are great in this cookie recipe as they tend to be sweeter than green varieties. These snacks should be a comfort food treat, not a sharp assault on the senses, so stick to Pink Lady and Red Delicious fruits, if possible.