Flourless Apple Pie Sugar Cookies

flourless apple pie cookies
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Made with simple, vegan ingredients and high in protein, these Apple Pie Gluten Free Sugar Cookies are the perfect dessert for fall! Serve cold for a tasty afternoon treat. 

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

It’s finally fall, you guys, and I couldn’t be more excited! With cooler weather on its way, I’m shamelessly pulling out all my favorite comforting recipes like my warm Toffee Nut Latte, Gingerbread Maple Scones, and Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats. Are you excited? I know I am! However, in my lineup of cozy treats, I realize I have severely neglected one of my favorite fall staples. I mean, how could I forget about apples? They’re in season from July through November in the United States, and given how juicy and delicious they are, it feels wrong not to give them the love they deserve. 

After all, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? So, after brainstorming in the kitchen and using a little motivation from a random cookie craving, I created this gluten free sugar cookie recipe! They’re perfectly soft and contain just the right balance of sweet sugar and warm apple pie spice. Basically what I’m saying is that you need them in your life, like right now. I don’t want to hold you back from this deliciousness any longer. So, let’s get in the kitchen! 

Ingredients for Apple Pie Gluten Free Dairy Free Sugar Cookies 

Admittedly, I used applesauce instead of whole apples for these cookies for a smoother, more sugar cookie-like texture. However, all the flavor is still there! As per usual, I kept the ingredients super simple to make your life easy! Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Garbanzo Beans – Also known as chickpeas, garbanzo beans can be used to replace flour for a gluten-free alternative that is high in protein and plant-based fiber! 
  • Cashew Butter – Technically, you can use any kind of nut or seed butter you have on hand. However, I prefer cashew butter for it’s creamy texture and fairly mild flavor. If you do substitute it, keep in mind that the flavor of your cookies might change based on what you use. 
  • Sugar – I like coconut sugar, but any sweetner you have on hand can be used as long as it is a powder form and not a liquid alternative. If you like extra sweet cookies, feel free to add 2 extra Tablespoons!
  • Applesauce – It’s crucial that your applesauce is unsweetened! Otherwise, your sugar cookies will be way too sweet. However, the applesauce provides the best apple pie flavor and helps keep this recipe lower in calories by replacing added fats!
  • Protein – Pea protein works best to create a smooth texture and neutral apple pie taste. Just be sure to use a neutral flavor such as vanilla to prevent the protein from overpowering the rest of the ingredients.
  • Spices – Following traditional apple pie recipes, I included salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, but feel free to get creative if you’d like! For instance, all spice would be a good addition, too. 

Homemade Frosting & Topping Options

Arguably, the best part of these apple pie vegan gluten free sugar cookies is the homemade frosting on top. To make it I used maple syrup, coconut butter, and cinnamon! However, you could also spice it up by adding chopped apple pieces, chopped nuts, or even sprinkles on top, too! 

How to Make this Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe

If you thought the ingredient list was simple, wait until you see how quickly these cookies come together! In fact, they’re so fast, you’ll probably have time to enjoy one before the kids realize they’re done! 

Preheat. To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Blend. Using a Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap Food Processor, combine all of the ingredients until a smooth batter is formed. 

Make Cookies. Once smooth, use an ice cream scoop to scoop out 8 equal mounds, and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 

Bake. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 16 minutes. 

*Be sure not to overbake your cookies! You’ll want them to look fluffy but not brown. If they begin to brown in the oven they will overcook.

Make the Frosting. While the cookies are in the oven, make the frosting by combining the maple syrup, coconut butter, and cinnamon. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk the ingredients constantly until they are all melted and combined. Then, remove the saucepan from the heat, and let the sauce cool completely. 

Frost. Once both the cookies and frosting are completely cooled, add the frosting on top, and enjoy! 

The Best Food Processor with Hamilton Beach

For this gluten free sugar cookie recipe, you’ll only need a few ingredients including a baking sheet and food processor. However, the food processor is truly the star of the show thanks to Hamilton Beach! They’re food processor is a super convenient tool that takes the guesswork out of food processing with an easy-to-assemble design that allows you to chop, puree, cliche, shred, and knead with ease for the perfect bread dough, cookies, streusels, and more!

In fact, it’s so user-friendly, I even let my little one use it, thanks to the safety lever that secures the lid in place! However, the best part is how easy it is to clean up. The built-in-bowl scraper prevents excess messes, and makes sure I get the most out of my ingredients with easy cleanup and less waste. The three settings including hi, low, and pulse, allowed me to blend these ingredients effortlessly for a super smooth batter, even when adding whole chickpeas! Don’t believe me? Make these cookies from scratch, and see for yourself! 

Storage

For the best results, store any leftover cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Or, place the dough in the freezer for up to 2 months for easy cookies whenever you’re ready to bake! 

Serving Suggestions

Personally, I think these cookies taste best on their own served cold. However, you could also use them to make ice cream cookie sandwiches, crumbled on top of oatmeal, or baked in muffin tins for cookie cups! 

More Apple-Inspired Recipes You’ll Love

Of course, I love pumpkin as much as the next person, but these apple pie gluten free sugar cookies were a nice change of pace and might be my new favorite cookie recipe! What are your favorite cookies? Let me know in the comments below!

flourless apple pie cookies
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Flourless Apple Sugar Cookies

Made with simple, vegan ingredients and high in protein, these Apple Pie Gluten Free Sugar Cookies are the perfect dessert for fall! Serve cold for a tasty afternoon treat.

Course Dessert
Keyword flourless, gluten free, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 8 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can of garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar + 2 tbsp if you like sweeter cookies
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 37g vanilla pea protein
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Frosting

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In your food processor, combined all the ingredients until smooth. 

  3. 
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop 8 mounds onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Once your oven is preheating, bake the cookies for 16 minutes.

  4. 
Make the frosting while the cookies bake. To do so, add the maple syrup, coconut butter and cinnamon into a small saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium low heat until completely melted. Make sure to whisk frequently to prevent burning. Once the mixture is melted and combined. Remove the sauce pan from the heat and let it cool fully.

  5. Once both the cookies and frosting are cooled, you can frost your cookies!


  6. These cookies are best if kept in the fridge and eaten cold.

2 Comments

  1. Kim
    October 1, 2021

    5 stars
    Hi! My friend and I will be baking this tomorrow and were wondering if there is a gluten free flour that we could use to replace the protein powder in the recipe without totally throwing off the taste and texture. Do you have any recs? Thank you! Can’t wait to try 🙂

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    1. Kelly
      October 1, 2021

      Hi Kim!! I have yet to try any alternatives to the protein powder but in other recipes, I’ve had success swapping gluten-free oat flour. You could also try using chickpea or buckwheat flour. You will want to add additional sweetener as well since the protein powder adds sweetness to the recipe. For the swap, use 1/3 cup flour and 1/2 cup granulated sugar and let me know how it goes <3

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