In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, pudding packet, baking soda, apple pie spice and salt. set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the butter, brown sugar and sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Slowly add in the flour mixture and then the diced apples, mixing until combined.
Turn out the dough onto a piece of wax paper. Form into a ball, wrap up and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and apple pie spice coating.
Scoop tablespoon sized pieces of dough out and roll in your hands to form into a ball. Toss in the sugar and apple pie spice mixture, coating it and then place on the prepared baking sheet. Place cookie dough 2 inches apart. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake for 11 minutes and then remove from the oven. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to continue cooling.