This is an apple pie flavored shortbread cookie. It is wonderful for a holiday brunch, as well as a simple dessert for an intimate holiday dinner. They are also simple to make.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 wedges
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and apple butter. Add flour, cinnamon, apple pie spice, and vanilla. Beat at low speed until well blended.

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  • Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 6-inch disc on waxed paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Invert one disc of dough into ungreased 9-inch round pie plate. Press dough into plate with lightly floured hands, covering plate completely. Flute edges using the handle of a wooden spoon. Deeply score into 8 wedges. Prick surface using tines of fork. Repeat steps with remaining disc of dough and another pie plate.

  • Bake 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely and cut into wedges.

Nutrition Facts

215 calories; protein 2.2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 25g 8% DV; fat 12g 18% DV; cholesterol 43.3mg 14% DV; sodium 83.5mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2018
After reading the other reviews I decided to add salt to this recipe. Other than that I thought was following the recipe very closely but when it came to forming the disks it was very very soft. I had to wet my fingers because the dough was so sticky wet. It took much longer to cook. I appreciate that all ovens are different but when I took this out of the oven initially it was too soft in the centre so I put it back for about another half hour. I I don't know that it tastes like apple pie but in spite of upping the spices it is a nice kind of spicy shortbread I would make again and really increase the spices and/or add more apple butter and increase the flour. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/01/2009
I agree that the recipe is missing something- it's rather bland although it has good spice flavor. It needs a little salt added which can possibly be remedied by using salted butter. I drizzled icing over the top of them and then my kids gobbled them down. I baked them for 27 minutes at 350 and the texture turned out perfect. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/04/2006
This was a HUGE disappointment!! It never really cooked in the middle and it was almost bland. I added shredded granny smith apples and the apple butter along with the apple pie spice and it still was missing something. I MAY try again hopefully it will be better. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/01/2009
I agree that the recipe is missing something- it's rather bland although it has good spice flavor. It needs a little salt added which can possibly be remedied by using salted butter. I drizzled icing over the top of them and then my kids gobbled them down. I baked them for 27 minutes at 350 and the texture turned out perfect. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/22/2005
Not much apple flavor which was a bit disappointing- that was why I made this recipe. I also tried one with pumpkin butter not too pumpkiny either. Good shortbread though. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/24/2016
as written the recipe had a few problems.. the shortbread came out fine but the apple spice part was really lacking. I used homemade apple butter which was very fresh and vibrant so that wasnt the issue. I tasted the dough before I baked it and I added a lot mere spices to it.. I used more cinnamon added more salt nutmeg allspice and some ginger. The cookies came out with a nice taste but the apple was pretty faint. I made a glaze with some powdered sugar and apple butter.. that bumped the flavor up Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2018
After reading the other reviews I decided to add salt to this recipe. Other than that I thought was following the recipe very closely but when it came to forming the disks it was very very soft. I had to wet my fingers because the dough was so sticky wet. It took much longer to cook. I appreciate that all ovens are different but when I took this out of the oven initially it was too soft in the centre so I put it back for about another half hour. I I don't know that it tastes like apple pie but in spite of upping the spices it is a nice kind of spicy shortbread I would make again and really increase the spices and/or add more apple butter and increase the flour. Read More