Turkish Soft Apple Cookies

Turkish Soft Apple Cookies

You must try these soft cookies with apple preserves. Most of the people who tried these cookies have asked me to make these again, or asked for the recipe. Guys love them as well.

Ingredients: 5-6 servings

Flour (all-purpose flour)
340 g
Baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons
120 g
Vegetable oil
1/4 cup
Hot water
1/4 cup
1/4 cup - 50 ml
2 mediums
3 tablespoons
☆Lemon juice
1 tablespoon (adjust to your taste)
1/2 teaspoon (adjust to your taste)
Powdered sugar
as needed


1. First, make apple preserves with the ☆ ingredients. Slice the apples into small, thin wedges (cut an apple vertically into eighths, and slice into a thickness of 3 mm).
2. Put Step 1 in a deep heat-resistant container, add the sugar and lemon juice, softly cover with cling film, and microwave for 10 minutes at 700 W. After 10 minutes, skim off the scum, and stir well.
3. Microwave for a further 5 minutes. When they have become translucent, they are ready. Add cinnamon, mix, and set aside. Note: If it looks like they were turning into jam, shorten the cooking time!
4. To make the dough. Add vegetable oil, hot water, and sugar to the room temperature butter, and mix. Add the sifted flour and baking powder, and mix (don't over-mix).
5. Dust the work surface, and roll the dough out so it becomes about 18-20 cm in diameter and 5 mm thick (this time, I wanted to make the cookies look very nice, so after rolling the dough out, I shaped it into a beautiful circle using the bottom of a cake pan).
6. Cut the dough into 8 wedges.
7. Put the apple preserves from Step 3 (about the size of the tip of your thumb) on the outside edge of the dough. Roll up the dough from the outside.
8. Repeat Step 5 to Step 7, and line them on a baking tray. Bake in a oven preheated at 180℃ for 20-24 minutes. Adjust the baking time accordingly. Once the edges have turned light brown, they are done.
9. Sprinkle powdered sugar using a tea strainer to finish. They go really well with tea.

Story Behind this Recipe

I learned how to make these cookies from my Turkish husband's younger sister. At first, my husband was making these himself, but somehow I became the one who makes these cookies now! The Turkish name is "Elmali pasta" (dessert with apples).