Apple Pie Pinwheel Cookies are an impressive, but easy cookie recipe that your whole family will love! All the taste of apple pie without all the work or long bake time!

I am not the kinda gal to sit down and eat an apple. I hate biting into whole fruits, so unless it is sliced, an apple is not my snack of choice. So while I love apple season, it is certainly not my favorite fruit. We live close to a few apple orchards so whenever a family member drops off a big bushel of apples, I am always thinking of what I can bake those apples into before Ryan and the kiddo eat them all up.

Apple Pie Pinwheel Cookies are one of my most popular cookie recipes and for good reason. They are so easy and so good.
After making this delicious Roasted Vegetable and Mozzarella Quiche, I had one pie crust left in the package (I am not a baker, I cannot make pie crust, don’t judge me) that I wanted to use up. I originally planned to use the crust to make one of my favorite cookies, snail cookies, which is just rolled up pie crust with cinnamon and sugar. While getting out all the ingredients for the snails, I spied a few leftover apples hanging out in the corner, and inspiration hit. Why not combine apple pie and snail cookies?! Genius!!
Other than being delicious and giving you all the great flavors of apple pie without the work, these Apple Pie Pinwheel Cookies are great because they take minimal time and ingredients. I made these in less than 5 minutes. The hardest part was waiting for these to cool to try!
So when an apple pie craving strikes and you don’t want to make the entire pie, I hope you try these!
Apple Pie Pinwheel Cookies

Apple Pie Pinwheel Cookies


  • Makes 12 cookies
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust or homemade
  • 2 apples peeled and diced into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup white sugar combined with 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. butter melted


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking mat with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. Roll out your dough and spread the melted butter over the crust.
  3. Sprinkle half your cinnamon sugar mixture over the crust.
  4. Sprinkle the diced apples over the cinnamon sugar, then roll up the crust tightly into a log like shape. Using a sharp knife or unscented dental floss, slice your log into small pinwheels. I cut my log into 10 pieces, but make them whatever size you like. Place each pinwheel on your baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar over the cookies. You are going to have two ugly end piece cookies. Honestly, if you are a crust lover like I am, those two are the best ones!!
  6. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Watch carefully and pull them out when they are nice and golden. Let cook completely on your baking sheet. If you lift them before they cool, the apples will fall out!  These keep really well in an airtight container for up to a week! Enjoy!

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13 thoughts on “Apple Pie Pinwheel Cookies

  1. Does maria think you’re moving to Africa?? YOU BETTER NOT BE!

    These look freaking AWESOME! ANd don’t be afraid of homemade pie crust!! Super easy. 🙂

  2. Do you serve these warm or can you make them a head of time and serve them at room temperature or colder? I have a commute for Thanksgiving this year and cannot cook them at the house we are going to.

  3. Has anyone tried making these with chopped walnuts? Do you think the walnuts would fall out of the pinwheel?

    1. I think if they were finely chopped, it would be okay! Please let me know how it works!

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