Nonna's Apple Filled Cookies ___

Nonna's Apple Filled Cookies


For the Cookies:

  • 3.33 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 0.75 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 1 large egg for the egg wash

For the Filling:

  • 3 Gala apples peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 0.25 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 0.25 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 0.25 teaspoon cinnamon


In a medium sized saucepan add the apples, juice, water, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and bring to a boil. Cover for 10 minutes. Uncover and lower the heat to a simmer.

Begin to stir and mash the apple chunks with a wooden spoon or a potato masher.

Cook until most of the liquid is evaporated and you have mashed the apples into a paste.

Cool completely before using.

 Pre-heat the oven at 375F.

Line a baking sheet with tin foil.

In a large bowl  or a stand mixer beat the eggs and the olive oil together until they are well combined.

Mix in the baking powder, sugar and lemon zest. Add the flour all at once and let it mix completely for about one minute until the dough comes together. Dough will be soft.

Dip your fingertips in flour and take a golf ball sized piece of dough. Flatten the dough and begin to stretch the edges being careful to leave the center a bit thicker.

Place a spoonful of apple filling in the center and fold the dough closed. Pinch the closed seem together on the bottom of the cookie and crate a round shape.

Dip the bottoms of the cookies in flour and arrange them on the baking sheet.

Beat the remaining egg and brush each cookie with the egg wash.

Finish with some sugar sprinkles.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops begin to color