Apple Filled Cookies (Elma Kurabiye)


This cookie is like a apple pie in shape of a cookie! A mini personal apple pie!  The apple filling is a lovely surprise in these delicate pastry like cookies! Perfect for tea time or any time!

My dear friend Candan always made these for me, since I can remember! When ever the occasion arrised, here she was with a plate full of these cookies just for me! I miss her dearly as she’s moved away! These cookies remind me of her!

I am so glad that I can share this with you! Hope you love them as much as my family and I do!

I have provided step by step photos. I hope that I show and explain how to make it well, if you have any questions please ask!:)


3-4 apples

Love my apple peeler, it might not be perfect but its better at peeling than I am!

Shred the apple with grater

Mix the grated apples with cinnamon, sugar

The apples have cooked down and liquid has evaporated takes about 10 mins. Add the nuts to apples now

With a round cookie cuter (this actually is a broken donut cutter the middle is missing, works perfect though for these cookies), cut the circles out on a floured counter top or board

Thickness for circles of dough

Fill with 1 tsp of apple filling

Fold over and close in the edges with your fingers, place on a cookie sheet, if you have use parchment paper

Bottoms will brown, top of cookies will remain a bit pale


For dough:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 9 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3-4 drops of lemon
  • 3 cups flour

Apple Filling:

  • 3-4 grated apples
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ chopped walnuts

Take apples and place in sauce pot with the sugar and cinnamon. Cook on med heat, for 10-15 mins till liquid evaporates.

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and shortening till creamy. Add the yogurt and sugar.

Add the baking soda and drop the lemon juice on top of the baking soda, you will see if fizzle. Add the flour. Mix well till turns into a nice smooth pastry dough.

Flour the surface and roll out dough, not all the dough at once, just like when making sugar cookies. Take a circle cutter and cut into circles.

Fill each circle with a tsp of filling, fold over and close edges.

Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 till golden  about 12-15 mins.

Dust with powder sugar

Makes about 3 dozen

Burun! Weclome! Come join me for tea and elma kurabiye!:)

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  1. I have some apples I need to use up … I think I need to make some of these gorgeous apple cookies :)

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