The Best Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

In honor of Father’s Day, I am sharing this pie recipe with you today.
Now, let’s get a couple things straight:

1. I am not a pie person. The main reason being that I don’t like pie crust (I know, I know . . . please don’t think less of me!).
2. I would rather have a big piece of chocolate cake over a fruity dessert any day.
3. My dad is a pie person, and since today is his day, I am making this for him!

Now, as I mentioned, I don’t really care for pie crust. HOWEVER- if you can make the pie crust taste like a delicious buttery oatmeal/brown sugar cookie, I am totally in. And that is exactly what is going on with this recipe. 🙂 I still love chocolate cake more than any other dessert, but this was pretty dang good! And, my dad loved it, so it was perfect.

Serves: 8

The Best Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

This Dutch Apple Pie is a family favorite! The crust is the best part- it tastes like a buttery oatmeal/brown sugar cookie. It doesn't get any better than that!

20 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup oats (I used quick oats)
  • Filling:
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups cold water
  • 3 cups apples, diced and peeled (I use Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, butter, and oats. Measure out 1 cup of the mixture and set aside for later; press remaining crumb mixture into a 9? ungreased pie pan. Set pan aside.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, mix together the sugar, cornstarch and water until smooth. Bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes (or until mixture is thickened), stirring the entire time. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the diced apples and vanilla.
  4. Dump covered apples into the pie pan and top with the 1 cup of reserved crumb mixture. Place in oven and cook for 40-45 minutes (the crust will be a golden brown when it?s done). Let cool before serving.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Dessert

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26 Responses to “The Best Dutch Apple Pie Recipe”

  1. Unfortunately we thought this was absolutely awful and had to throw it away. Sickening sweet. Love the concept, though. The cornstarch/water mixture resulted in a horrid glue like (and visually disturbing) filling. Hated having to waste all those ingredients.
  2. This was great! I don't understand the previous reviews. My pie was beautiful and it was not too sweet. The only thing I changed was I added cinnamon to the crust and filling. It is an apple pie, after all! (Maybe that was a forgotten ingredient??)
  3. I made this pie today with my daughter. Of course as soon as it came out of the oven my husband and father in law were hanging over my shoulder to eat it. Their review was, "it tastes like hot apple oatmeal." I have to admit when I was mixing the cornstarch mixture with the apples I immediately regretted choosing this recipe. Its just weird. I'm a texture person so that doesn't help. A thick sticky filling just didn't seem right. I'll admit it, it tasted good, Maybe some cinnamon would help...
  4. Made this tonight. Didn't use the topping as my crust, just used a regular frozen one. Cut the topping ingredients in half to just do the top of the pie. Added 1 tbsp of cinnamon...because, well, this is an apple pie! The filling mixture just reminded me of the filling in a store bought pie. The apple filling didn't turn out solid after baking, but instead, fell apart. Nonetheless, it was delicious and will have no trouble disappearing in my house!
  5. I am getting ready to make this recipe today and got it from your new christmas cookbook. I noticed in the description it said there were oats, but none were in the ingredients list. I'm glad it was listed on your site because I've been searching for a good dutch apple pie recipe. Can't wait to try it :)
  6. Loved this recipe! My hubby loves Dutch Apple pie and I decided to try this for Thanksgiving. I did add some cinnamon and a little nutmeg to the filling but otherwise I kept the recipe the same. We love regular pie crust but this "cookie" crust was a delicious surprise. Will definitely make it again and again!
  7. I bake a lot. And I am very good at it. But I had never made a Dutch Apple Pie before, only old fashion apple pies. I followed the recipe explicitly, and in the end, this was the worst thing I had ever baked. It lacked any real flavor. The oatmeal in the crust I thought was an ingenious idea, but instead made the crust SO hard and taste like a mouthful of dry oats. The filling itself was just as awful, being nothing more than a gelatin mold with chunks of apple. I didn't notice until I was putting it in the oven, that this recipe doesn't call for any spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are staple ingredients in most apple baked goods. Not even a pinch of Apple Pie Spice could have saved this pie though. Thankfully I was doing a trial run before I made it for Thanksgiving. I saved myself from what surly would have been an embarrassing moment at our family gathering. No one finished there slice of pie, and the kids just ate the middle. I threw the rest out before it even cooled down. Save yourself the time and stress, and the waste of apples. Your house won't even smell good after baking this disastrous pie.
    • Lori Griffin
      This is not a true 'dutch apple' pie. The original recipe for that very old-fashioned pie that originated in Pennsyvlania Dutch country has a lovely brown sugar/sour cream or heavy cream mixture that is spooned over the top of the apples before baking. It's delicious. It's very flavourful and it's beyond yummy.
  8. I made this tonight and this was actulaly my first time making apple pie. This pie was absolutely AMAZING. OMG, I love love love. Thank you so much for this recipe. I feel almost like the best baker in town with this recipe. lol lol the right amount of sweetness, tang from the granny smith's, the crunch from the crust. Oh yea, this was everything.
  9. Lori Griffin
    Actually, I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but there is NOTHING about this pie that is "Dutch Apple". This is simply an apple pie. Having grown up in Pennsylvania Dutch country and with a Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, a true "Dutch Apple" pie has a brown sugar/cream (or sour cream)/cinnamon mixture that is spooned over the top of the apples before baking. Sometimes you can have a lattice-work top or a full crust lid, but you still need the brown sugar and cream mixture directly on top of the apples. There are also the purists who will say that a "dutch apple" pie can only be made with the variety of apples known as "Dutchess", but from my understanding, that is a very old variety that is almost non-existent these days and almost impossible to find. I remember them from when I was a little girl, decades ago, but it's been years since I've found an orchard that sells them. If you would like the recipe for the original 'dutch apple' pie, I know I have some very old Pennsylvania Dutch recipe books that have it in them. If your Father's never had it, and he loves pie, I know he would really love it.
  10. This recipe REALLY needs some spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or apple pie spice. I wish I had thought of that as I was mixing the ingredients. Oh well, it was my first time baking pie so I guess I will keep that in mind next time I look for a different recipe.

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