The Apee is a soft, sour cream based sugar cookie which was named for its creator, the famous 19th century Philadelphia cook, Ann Page.
Another cookie named ‘apee’ is made with caraway seed flavored butter.
"Philadelphia has long enjoyed the reputation of a peculiar cake called the apee...Ann Page, still alive...first made them, many years ago, under the common name of cakes.....On her cakes she impressed the letters A.P., the letters of her name."
J.F. Watson, 'Annals of Philadelphia' (1830)