Cookie Lover’s Apple Pie Tart


I have moved so many times that I actually have lost track how many times I’ve moved in my lifetime.  I’m only thirty years old!  Is that normal?  While I’m uncertain normalcy is necessarily relevant, I do know that while I might hate moving, I love cookies.

In an effort to deplete my ever-flowing supply of delicious and fresh, organic, locally grown, picked-by-me-and-my-family, apples, I decided I needed to make a cookie and apple tart.  I sliced some apples exceptionally thin (I’m pretty sure this is the secret to astronomically amazing taste to this), so thin I could see through them.  Is there any other way, really? In my opinion, it’s the only way.  Then, I combined the apples with some traditional apple pie filling type stuff and then crumbled some oatmeal cookies into it and poured it into a blind baked shortbread cookie crust, topped it with butter and baked it.  So simple.  I then took it out of the oven topped it with a little brown sugar and more cookie crumbs and placed it in the broiler for exactly 43 seconds just to brighten it up and give it a little color.  I took some photos, I let it cool, which, by the way, I’m usually… genuinely awful at (waiting is not my forte) and then I sliced.

I proceeded to curse in three different languages because darned if I didn’t surprise myself with just how golly-gee-whiz (not what I actually said) amazing this turned out. The stress of moving and packing and house hunting and everything that goes with it completely melted away….temporarily.

Now, I ask you, what in the world do I call this creation?  It’s clearly not an apple pie, because I’m just about as american as it gets and this isn’t an apple pie.  I’d feel dirty calling it an apple pie.  It’s also not exactly a tart, though it does have that cookie like crust and no top, I suppose it vaguely resembles a tart.  Well, I guess it just lives somewhere between pie and tart.  Hence the name, pie tart.

Cookie Lover’s Apple Pie Tart


  • 9-inch shortbread cookie pie crust
  • 3 1/2 cups, fine sliced, peeled and cored tart apples
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups, chopped, oatmeal cookies
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into pats
for optional photo finish:  
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup oatmeal cookie crumbs, mixed 


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

2.  Whisk together in a large bowl, granulated sugar, all purpose flour, chopped oatmeal cookies, (optional cinnamon) and salt.  Add apples.  Toss.  Set aside for juices to release from apples.

3.  Place shortbread pie crust in preheated oven, to blind bake.  Remove crust from oven after 3-4 minutes.

4.  Toss apple mixture again and then pour, carefully, into crust. Move apple mixture around so it’s as even as possible in the crust.

5.  Top with pats of butter and place into preheated oven for 30 minutes. 


for optional photo finish: Sprinkle with brown sugar and cookie crumbs and place into broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute, while watching carefully.     

6.  Allow to cool on cooling rack before serving with, optional, whipped cream or ice cream.

Note: Cover and store any leftover pie in refrigerator.  Delicious chilled or warm.

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24 Responses to Cookie Lover’s Apple Pie Tart

  1. Hi Kate,
    I have been moving quite a lot in my first 30 years. I’m hoping the next 30 will be a little peaceful.
    Your pie looks great, would love a big slice with some vanilla ice-cream, yum!

  2. This looks amazing! After I’m done with the cone-shaped food challenge in October (for breast cancer awareness), I’m making this!

  3. I love making pies with cookie crusts. They are just sooo much better then the normal crust. This looks amazing.

  4. Lacy says:

    I know what you mean! I’ve moved myself every year since I was 18, and my family had moved at least 4 times prior to that, 2 more times after! Hate moving, but this pie looks and sounds amazing…all those cookies!! YUM!

  5. Ruth says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Yum!

  6. This recipe (and its photo!) made me instantaneously hungry, seriously! This is my favorite kind of cake.

    I have an award for you, I hope you’ll accept it :)

  7. kristy says:

    We’ve moved a million times too. At least a dozen in our first few years of marriage alone! It’s never easy and always stressful…best of luck to you. That said, this dessert looks like it could get me through just about anything! Wow! :)

  8. That looks and reads just marvelous. You had me at the shortbread cookie crust!

  9. Meghan says:

    All you need to call this is delicious! Shortbread cookie crust is a fabulous thing! Looks great!

  10. I don’t like to move, we are going to soon, I’m dreading it. But I do like the tart. Hope you are having a great week.

  11. Bestfoodies says:

    You are so creative…I love are definately a foodie to learn from!

  12. kita says:

    Oooh, I am not a fan of traditional pies but I love the sound of this!

  13. Kelly says:

    What a great recipe, this looks delicious!! :)

  14. Juanita says:

    Nicely done. Looks delicious!

  15. Ann says:

    The tart looks tasty! I understand about moving. I’m from a military family, I joined the military and then I married military! I’ve live in this house for 11 years after retirement and it’s the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere my entire life!

  16. That pie tart looks just delicious! What a perfect fall recipe to try! :) Yum! Anything is better with a little crumb topping too!

  17. Wow! What a great looking pie….mmmm. Bet this tastes delicious!!

  18. Alyssa says:

    The pie looks wonderful! I love how your recipe came together!

  19. The cookie crust is genius! I just started craving apple pie…will definitely have to try your twist!

  20. OMG sounds so good! I LOVE the cookie crust. So much better than a regular crust. Brilliant!

  21. Did you guys find a house?! This looks so good, I love cookies, I love apples, I want to eat this now!

  22. I’m drooling over just the pictures … and then reading the ingredients?? Love!!

  23. Moving is not a fun endeavor for anyone and hopefully I have made my last move. The blend of oatmeal cookies and apples in this tart no doubt is a tasty twist of flavor-very creative! Great post.

  24. Susie says:

    I feel you on moving I have moved 16 times since I was 18 and I’m 34 now. Plus my house is on the market so I am anticipating at least 1 – 2 more moves LOL. What can you do. I love the idea of a cookie apple pie tart. It’s right up my alley. :)

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