The Best Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Brown sugar cookie crust filled with a homemade apple pie filling and covered in a crumble topping make the Best Dutch Apple Pie you will ever taste. Not only is this Dutch apple pie easy to make, but it is absolutely delicious and will leave everyone asking for more.

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What are the best apples for apple pie?

One of the most popular baking apples is Granny Smith.  It’s tart, tangy and perfectly firm to use in apple pie.

If you are looking for a sweeter apple, try Honeycrisp, Braeburn or Jonathan apples.

What is a Dutch Apple pie vs a traditional apple pie?

The difference between a Dutch apple pie and a regular apple pie is the streusel topping.

Dutch apple pie has a delicious, crumble topping made up of butter, flour and sugar that gives it a sweet and crunchy topping.

How to make Dutch apple pie (The Secret!)

The secret to this being the best homemade apple pie recipe is the delicious brown sugar oatmeal crust.  It literally tastes like a cookie!

To make the crust, mix together flour, brown sugar, butter and oats.  It will create a crumb mixture, so set aside 1 cup of it to sprinkle on top before baking.

Press the remaining crumb mixture on the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan.

To make the apple pie filling, bring sugar, cornstarch and water to a boil over medium-high heat.  Once it’s boiling, let it boil for 2 minutes while stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and add apples and vanilla then pour into the prepared crust.

Sprinkle on cinnamon for taste and top with the remaining crumb mixture.

Bake for about 45 minutes, let it cool and enjoy!

    Items needed for this recipe:
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    Saucepan: This nonstick saucepan is a staple in our household.  I love that the handle stays cool even when the pan is over high heat.

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    The Best Apple Pie Recipe

    Brown sugar cookie crust filled with a homemade apple pie filling and covered in a crumble topping make the Best Apple Pie Recipe you will ever taste.

    30 minPrep Time

    45 minCook Time

    1 hr, 15 Total Time

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    Ingredients

      Crust:
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 3/4 cup butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup quick oats
    • Filling:
    • 2/3 cup white sugar
    • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1 1/4 cups cold water
    • 3 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • Cinnamon, to taste

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, butter and oats. Set aside one cup of mixture for crumb topping.
    3. Press the remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 9-inch pie pan; set aside.
    4. In a sauce pan, combine sugar, cornstarch and water over medium-high heat.
    5. Bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
    6. Remove from heat and fold in apples and vanilla.
    7. Pour apple mixture into prepared crust, sprinkle cinnamon on top and finish by sprinkling crumb topping on top.
    8. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender.
    9. Let cool before serving.
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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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