I had so many recipes I wanted to share with you before Thanksgiving.  This weekend I went over them again and again, in my head and out loud to Ben (sorry honey) – which would be the three that made the cut?  While I was mulling this over, I decided to bake up some cookies for a non-traditional Thanksgiving crab fest hosted by my dear friends and our family photogs Bobbi and Mike (yeah, they’re kind of a big deal.)  This was the morning after we hosted our own Friendsgiving, so the criteria for whatever I made were few – I wanted something simple, only requiring ingredients I had on hand, and fitting somewhere in the general realm of Thanksgiving dessert.  Enter these apple pie cookies.  Next thing I knew, all other possibilities got the boot because you need to know about these right now.

Such a simple yet brilliant concept.  Two small rounds of buttery, flaky pie crust sandwiching an apple slice coated in cinnamon sugar, and detailed to look like a tiny little pie.  I was and still am completely enamored with these cookies.  As Ben pointed out the only real feature that makes them a cookie is their shape and size, but I think that’s what makes these an ideal dessert for Thanksgiving day.  There are always so many different desserts to sample – staples like pecan and pumpkin pie, plus a variety of others – and these little sweet treats let you have just a few bites of apple pie without committing to a full piece.  Whether you are hosting or attending someone else’s big meal, I’m feel pretty certain these will be a hit wherever you serve them.  Apple pie cookies – make it happen.