Apple Crumble Pie

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Happy 4th of July!!

You know the drill. Another Independence DayAnother apple pie.

Deep Dish Apple Crumble Pie-- heavy on the crumble topping! Recipe on

And this year, I’m celebrating the most spirited holiday with STREUSEL CRUMBLES. While apple pie is my favorite dessert, crumble toppings are my favorite.

Of everything. Ever.

Apple pie knows no seasons and that is exactly why I don’t wait around for Fall every year to enjoy it. I wanted to share something a little different that still embodies everything I love about traditional apple pie. Today’s apple crumble pie:

Has a buttery, flaky crust.

Has a rich apple filling that’s juicy, compact, sweet, and cinnamon-spiced.

Is topped with a brown-sugary, buttery, toasty walnut crumble.

Is the perfect spot for vanilla ice cream.

Is the purpose of life.

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Preparing it? Well, that’s a piece of cake pie. Hahahaha?!?!

Start with my go-to pie crust, which you now know how to master. ← Pie crust recipe, step-by-step photos, and tips! The apple filling is nothing out of the ordinary. Very, very simple. Fresh lemon juice, apples, flour, spices, and sugar. For a more complex, interesting flavor– I suggest using a variety of apples. I always use a sweeter apple like Fuji, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp and a tart variety like Granny Smith.

My #1 tip? Make sure your apple slices are around the same thickness. You don’t want some super thick apples (that won’t really cook) and some super thin apples (that will become mushy). Aim for around 1/4-inch thickness.

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The crumble topping is a bunch of ordinary ingredients like brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter that, when combined, make something extraordinary. The whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.

Baking = chemistry.

And now apparently, philosophy too.

The crumble topping compliments the apple filling perfectly. What really makes it stand out are all of the toasty walnuts. I’ve been using Diamond of California walnuts since I was little. It’s all my mom kept in the pantry to throw into her oatmeal raisin walnut cookies. Though I much preferred chocolate chips in my oatmeal cookies when I was 10, I’m all about nuts in desserts now. And you’ll LOVE what the toasted walnuts* add to this pie.

*They toast as the pie bakes!

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I do not skimp on the crumble topping. This is serious.

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The more buttery, crisp, sweet topping = the more you have to enjoy with melty vanilla ice cream. And THIS ↓ ↓ is why it’s my favorite dessert.

Deep Dish Apple Crumble Pie-- heavy on the crumble topping! Recipe on

Apple Crumble Pie


  • Homemade Pie Crust (my recipe makes 2 crusts; you can halve the crust recipe or freeze the 2nd half)
  • 5 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced into 1/4-inch slices1 (approx 8-10 cups total - use a variety for better flavor, such as Pink Lady or Fuji and Granny Smith)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (31g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (94g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (95g) chopped walnuts, such as Diamond of California
  • 1/3 (75g) cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled



  1. The crust: Prepare my pie crust recipe through step 5.
  2. Make the filling: In a large bowl using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir the apples, lemon juice, flour, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla extract together until thoroughly combined. Set filling aside as the oven preheats; this time allows the apples to begin letting off their juice.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
  4. Roll out the chilled pie dough: On a floured work surface, roll out one of the discs of chilled dough (if you made the entire pie dough recipe-- you can freeze the other half of the dough at this time). Turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9x2 inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Spoon the apple filling into the crust, leaving some of the liquid in the bowl-- don't want all that in the pie. Use a small paring knife to trim excess dough off the edges. Flute the edges.
  5. Make the crumble topping: In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and walnuts. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the butter. The crumble topping will be thick and crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
  6. Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Keeping the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 375°F (190°C) and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, I place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent the edges from browning too quickly.
  7. Allow the pie to cool for 3 full hours at room temperature before serving. This time allows the filling to thicken up. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired. Cover pie leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Make ahead tip/Freezing: This a great pie to make 1 day in advance-- after it cools, cover tightly and keep at room temperature. The pie crust dough can also be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Baked and cooled pie freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving. Prepared filling can be frozen up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Slice your apples a uniform thickness. You don't want some solid apples and some thin, mushy apples.

Adapted from Salted Caramel Apple Pie

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Nerdy things:

Something you’ll notice about most pie recipes. Not all, but most. Most pies begin at a higher oven temperature. Putting a pie into a very, very hot oven helps the crust brown. After 20 minutes or so, reduce the temperature. This helps allow the pie’s filling to cook thoroughly before the crust burns. Cool, huh?

Happy 4th of July everyone! Have a safe and celebratory holiday filled with fireworks, food, friends, family, and a second serving of pie.

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  1. Renee on November 20, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Just wondering, but I’d love for my family to eat this warm, however you say to let the pie sit for 3 hours before digging in. How would you recommend I warm it up? I’m assuming popping it in the oven for 5-10 minutes would ruin it. Thanks

    • Sally on November 21, 2016 at 11:45 am

      I only suggest letting it cool for 3 hours so it is easy to cut. You can, however, serve warm but the slices may not be as “neat” 🙂

  2. Amy on November 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Ever add cranberries? 

  3. Kara Roghair on November 22, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Could you use a regular crust on top instead of crumble?

  4. Ashley on November 23, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I made this with pink lady and granny smith apples and used anjou pears as well. It was amazing! I’ve had requests to bring it to all 3 of the Thanksgiving dinners we will be attending this year!!! Thanks for a fantastic recipe 🙂

  5. Kate on November 24, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    What could I use instead of a pie crust shield? Aluminum foil?

    • Sally on November 25, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Yep, aluminum foil works.

  6. JD on November 27, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I made this recipe for Thanksgiving. It was my first time making a pie and it was amazing! I followed the instructions exactly. There isnt anything I would change! 

  7. Jill on November 27, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Oh my this was a very pleasant surprise to our Thanksgiving dinner. I followed the recipe but I added about 1/4 oats to the topping to give it a more “crisp” like dessert and then I drizzled caramel over the top. What an easy and fantastic dessert.

  8. Sue on December 3, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    can you make this without the crust? any adjustments?

  9. Dyan on March 25, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I rarly comment on recipies, but I have made this pie numerous times since I found it on your website a couple of years ago; everyone agrees, including me, it takes the “award” for best pie ever — thanks!!  Setting up for a few hours is a great trick, too – really helps the pie settle so it slices easily – looks lovely.  I follow the recipe as posted except I double the topping to ensure there is plenty of that deliciousness to cover the entire top generously!

  10. Ellen on May 31, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I always find my walnuts in the topping burn! Do you have any advice for combatting this? 

    • Sally on May 31, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Lower the oven temperature slightly and cover loosely with foil 🙂 That will help!

  11. Rachel on August 8, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Hi Sally,
    My daughter is allergic to walnuts. If I leave them out, do you recommend any adjustments to the ingredients in the topping? Thanks!

    • Sally on August 8, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Nope! No changes necessary if you leave out the walnuts.

  12. Linda on August 25, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Can you make the crumb topping without walnuts ote other nuts will it turn out as good. W have a lot of family members that can’t have them

    • Sally on August 25, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      You can leave out the nuts.

  13. Diana on September 28, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Hello Sally,
    I wanted to know if, after preparing the crumble, do I freeze it right away and then bake, or bake first and then freeze? In doing so, do I put the pie directly from freezer to oven or do I leave it to thaw in the fridge and then bake it when it comes to room temp?

    • Sally on September 28, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Hi Diana! I have the freezing instructions that I prefer (and recommend!) in the make ahead tip at the end of the recipe.

  14. Liesel Anthony on September 28, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Hi, my crumble is not very crumbly! It’s more like a paste. Any tips for getting it to resemble crumbs? Thanks!

    • Sally on September 29, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Hi Liesel! Did you alter the crumble recipe at all? You can always add more flour to help form crumbs. The paste would be from too much wet and not enough dry.

  15. Diana on October 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Hello Sally,
    I hope you’re feeling well!
    I have a silly question to ask, and rather embarrassed at that, but, nevertheless, I’m going to ask, because, well I’m new at pie crusts…and I trust you!
    I pulled out one of the pie doughs, from the freezer, obviously using your recipe!! Well, I’ve transferred it to the fridge(from freezer to fridge), but I have no idea how long it can sit in the fridge. It’s Thanksgiving for us Canadians, I wanted to make the pie, and refreeze, but, Thanksgiving is Monday. Will the dough hold in the fridge for a couple of more days because I was planning to make the crumble on Sunday?

    • Sally on October 7, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Hey Diana! This isn’t a silly question AT ALL so don’t feel bad asking it! The thawed dough can sit in the refrigerator for a few days. I’ve had it in there for up to a week before! It’s all good. 🙂 So it’s ok until Monday.

  16. Alexandrine on October 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Sally, I’m a long time fan <3 I've never been disappointed with any of your recipes, you are always my go-to dessert person! Haha. Ok, so my question here is basically what is your suggested "best before" time? I made 2 of the pies Sunday night and I keep them refrigerated but my dear boyfriend has been called to work out of town and won't be back until Thursday evening, should we just binge eat it Thursday or will it survive into the weekend?

    • Sally on October 16, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      If it will be more than 5 days I would freeze it. See the make ahead/freezing instructions at the bottom the recipe for the best tips! But binge eating it is always an option too 😉

  17. Janel on November 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Can I use frozen apple slices?

    • Sally on November 7, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      I don’t suggest it– fresh is best.

  18. Eileen McGarry on November 22, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve made several of your pie recipes and love them. Love that crust! I have one nitpicky comment because I’m a nerd too. If you leave the pie in the oven after 20 min – to reduce the temperature –
    don’t you let heat out of the oven when you are also at that point putting on the pie shield – while it’s in the oven? I’d probably burn myself too as I’m a bit klutzy. Anyway, I quickly take it out, pop on the pie shield and wait til the oven reaches the right temp again. Thanks for all the great recipes. My fave is the Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars… although its hard to pick!

  19. Mary on November 22, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Sally,
    I’ve always added ground oatmeal (not whole pieces) to my apple crisps & pies. Is there a reason you prefer not to use any oatmeal?

    Btw, my son & I made your overnight cinnamon buns this morning. We didn’t do the overnight version but baked them right away. They are absolutely the best cinnamon bun recipe ever! I’ve always made a cinnamon bun that wasn’t quite as Rich more of a light bread dough and had never added cream cheese to the glaze. I’ll never go back to the old recipe again!

  20. Kristen on December 11, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I veganized this and it was sooo good! Used a butter flavored crisco pie crust, and replaced the butter in the crumble topping with Earth Balance. But seriously, the spices with the apples were the star of the show. I brought it to the last day of one of my classes and the whole thing disappeared! Thanks for a great recipe, and I hope my comments are helpful to anyone who’s vegan–this pie should be enjoyed by everyone! 🙂

  21. Carly Kaxt on July 18, 2018 at 5:54 am

    YUM!! The tip about making sure to get all the apple slices even was definitely helpful. And oh my gosh the topping! I wanted something sweet and dynamic enough to stand on it’s own without vanilla ice cream and this is definitely it. My roommate said she normally doesn’t really like nuts in desserts but enjoyed it here. I’ll definitely made this again!

    • Sally on July 18, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      I’m so glad you both enjoyed it, Carly!

  22. Miri on August 26, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Does the baking time change if I wanted to make this in a 9×13 glass Pyrex instead?

    • Sally on August 27, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Hi Miri! Bake time should stay about the same, but I recommend keeping your eye on it a few minutes before.



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