We’ve been baking a lot of pies lately. My youngest daughter came up behind me when I was rolling out pie crust and asked if she could get out the cookie cutters. I remembered being a little girl and loving the pie dough scraps that my mother and grandmother would lay in a pan and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar for little treats for us. I never cared much for pies until I was much, much older. But the little pie crust cookies were definitely a favorite and something to look forward to.
A few days later, I made a special batch of pie dough just for cookies. This time I filled them with apple plum butter and they were a real treat for my hungry kids when they came home from school. You could use whatever filling you like–even frosting.
I’ve given these a little twist by brushing them with egg and sprinkling them with spiced sugar.
The filling is jam–your favorite kind, or using chocolate, dulce de leche, fruit butters, or jelly would be nice too.
Definitely a new family favorite.
Pie Crust Sandwich Cookies
1 recipe for double pie crust, chilled (you could also use store bought pie dough)
flour, for dusting
2 tsp. water or milk
1/4 cup raw sugar (regular sugar will work too)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
Jam, jelly, dulce de leche, or fruit butter, for filling
Roll 1/4 of the pie crust dough out on a lightly floured surface. It should be between 1/8 to 1/4″ thick. (I like to use a silicone baking mat for this.) Cut into desired shapes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (NOT waxed paper.) Beat the egg with the water in a small bowl. In another small bowl, combine the sugar, spices, and salt. Using a pastry brush, paint the tops of the cookies with the egg wash. Sprinkle evenly with a light layer of the sugar.
Bake for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees F, rotating the cookie sheet halfway through baking. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to completely cool. Match up tops and bottoms. On the non-sugar side of one of the cookies, spread a thin layer of your filling. Top with the other cookie. Serve.
Yield varies according to the size you make the cookies, but it makes enough for a crowd.