The Best Apple Crumb Pie Ever!

The BEST Apple Crumb Pie! This is truly the best apple pie recipe you'll ever make! Loaded with fresh tart apples and topped with a sweet brown sugar crumble, this is one recipe that will be requested over and over!

How to Make The Best Apple Crumb Pie Ever!

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“The Best” is a pretty big statement and not one I take lightly… and “The Best” fits this Apple Crumb Pie perfectly!  I first served this up at Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE hit…  and a pie that is often requested but never lasts long!

If you’ve ever read my blog, you’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of apple desserts…  you’ll find everything from Apple Pie Tacos and Baked Apple Pie Roll Ups to Apple Pie Egg Rolls.  This one is in my top 2 for sure!  It’s always perfect!

Be sure to cut your apples fairly thinly and stack them nice and high because they will shrink a little bit!  If you notice the topping starts to brown too early, place a small square of foil over the middle.

The BEST Apple Crumb Pie! This is truly the best apple pie recipe you'll ever make! Loaded with fresh tart apples and topped with a sweet brown sugar crumble, this is one recipe that will be requested over and over!

Note:  Be sure to keep an eye on your crumble topping.  If it starts to brown too early, place a small piece of foil on top to keep it from burning.

The Best Apple Crumb Pie Ever!

“The Best” is a pretty big statement and not one I take lightly… and “The Best” fits this Apple Crumb Pie perfectly!

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  • 1 frozen (or homemade) pie crust


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • 8 Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon rind (optional)
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.


  1. Combine all topping ingredients using a fork until completely mixed and crumbly.


  1. Peel, core, and slice apples into thin slices (approximately 1/8 inch). Toss apple slices with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour.
  2. Layer apple slices in pie shell (it will be really full) and pour any leftover juice over the apples. Top apple slices with topping and pat it down over the apples. Place pie pan on a cookie sheet (they tend to drip over if really full, this will save your oven).
  3. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 45-55 minutes. (Poke the center of the pie to make sure the apples are soft all of the way through).
  4. Serve warm or room temperature.


Be sure to keep an eye on your crumble topping. If it starts to brown too early, place a small piece of foil on top to keep it from burning.

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The BEST Apple Crumb Pie! This is truly the best apple pie recipe you'll ever make! Loaded with fresh tart apples and topped with a sweet brown sugar crumble, this is one recipe that will be requested over and over!

Holly Nilsson

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

82 comments on “The Best Apple Crumb Pie Ever!”

  1. Yum! Can’t wait to make this pie. :)

  2. Gonna try more of your recipes
    Thank YOU

  3. I tried out this recipe last night! It came out great! Not to be that person that says “I made this and changed a bunch of things” (those comments make me giggle), but I did make some changes because of what I had on hand. I didn’t have any nutmeg, so I used a pinch of cloves and a dash of ginger. I also added some chopped pecans to the crust (because I am a pecan fiend). The consistency of the pie was great and the recipe was simple. I will surely follow (a probably bastardized version of) this recipe again!

  4. Just made this pie with my 5 and 3 yr old, can’t wait to try it!

  5. Would a 9in pie pan work for this? I’m eyeing these 8 apples with suspicion and trepidation…

  6. I want to fix this today, but I’m not sure how I’m suppose to use the butter. Is it suppose to be cold, room temp., or melted?

  7. Holly, i made this recently and the first 15 minutes @ 450° started burning the crumble.
    What i do wrong?
    I had to cover it with foil to keep it from burning the remainder of the time!!!

    • Which rack in the oven did you have it on? It could also be that your oven runs a little bit hotter than mine. Hopefully the foil fixed the problem and your pie was still delicious.

  8. I made this tonight with my children and the topping was more the consistency of cookie dough! (it didn’t exactly crumble) It hasn’t finished baking so I’m unsure how it turned out, bit is this be a use of something I should have done, and didn’t??

    • The top is a little bit like a cookie dough (but slightly more crumbly) so it sounds like it was right. I hope you enjoyed it once it finished baking!

  9. I am new at baking so does all of the ingredients include making the crust too? How do I make the crust?

  10. My pie didn’t really sink at all! I have a very hot oven so I baked it at 425 for the first 15 minutes but then I baked it at 350 for 55 minutes and it’s just as high as it was when I put it in the oven. I made sure to keep the apple slices very thin, too. Not sure what happened. I hope it tastes good. We’ll see!

  11. Trying this recipe for the first time and my pie is quite piled up. I had to leave some of the filling out and I couldn’t use all the topping. Am I being too careful or should I use the rest of the topping? Right now my pie looks like a hill.

  12. Hands down the BEST pie I have ever made. The hubby thought so as well. :)

  13. I don’t normally leave comments but the pie is really good! reduced the sugar level because i don’t really like sweet things and thats the only alteration i made. great recipe! thank you :)

  14. Made this pie last nite, it was fantastic. We ate half of it as soon as it cooled. Will definitely make this again.I did add chopped walnuts to the topping and I cooked the whole thing on 400 for just under an hour. No burning topping, just browned and pie was completely cooked.

  15. So I attempted this pie because it looked so delicious and mine turned out hideous. It tastes good, but all of the crumble topping melted down in the oven making it a non crumble pie. I don’t understand how you go yours so perfect. Did you not mix the crumble super well? Cuz mine was kind of doughy when I was done mixing it… any suggestions?

  16. Just put this in oven,will let you know how it turned out. . A couple of people gave me apples what’s a girl to do

  17. What size pie dish does this recipe call for

  18. This looks delicious! Have you ever made this ahead of time? Like the night before?


  19. I hope this turns out! It was pretty high! I felt like I was making a sandcastle putting the crumble on, lol! We sampled the apples and crumble, so far so good.

  20. I baked it for the 45 minutes suggested and the crumble burned. It’s a bummer because the pie would’ve been great otherwise. Also I would half the recipe if you don’t have a deep dish pie crust.

  21. Hi there. Recipe looks delish. Can this be made ahead of time and frozen?

  22. Hi,

    Can you prepare and freeze the pie before baking?

  23. Hi Holly, Making this today. Do I put the filling directly into the frozen pie crust? No thawing or prior baking?

  24. Hi! Looking to make this for thanksgiving. When you mentioned you made it the day before, did you just assemble it or also bake it and then re heat it the next day?

  25. For the topping, do you melt the butter?

  26. Was planning to make this this morning-just realized that I don’t have real butter, just margarine- will that work for the topping?

  27. I am afraid of how this pie is going to turn out. I ended up getting 2-9″ deep dish pies out of this. They were both heaped up quite high. Did I use too much caution when filling the shells? They are in the oven now so I am hoping that they turn out nicely. I will say that my husband loved the topping and the few bits of apple left in the bowl!

  28. Never made a crumble apple pie, it is Amazing! Glad it turned out so good for Thanksgiving!

  29. This pie was a BIG hit this Thanksgiving! Absolutely delicious.

  30. Oh my goodness!! I made this last night and it was amazing!!! Huge hit and now my new favorite apple pie recipe.

  31. Hi! This looks amazing! I was wondering if I could use MacIntosh apples instead. I have a HUGE bag so I’d use what I have here. Thank you !

  32. What size apples did you use? I have made apple pies before and the most I have used is 6 apples. I just bought a bag of granny smith apples at the store and they are on the small size so I am not sure how many of them I should use?

  33. This pie was great! I haven’t made one in years and this came out beautifully. My husband even bragged about how goodie was on FB:D This recipe is a keeper:)

  34. Made this pie two nights ago and there is only a small slice left! Best Apple Pie ever!!! I made it with only 6 Granny Smith apples (bc I was tired of peeling and slicing) and it turned out wonderful! Thank you so much for this recipe!! I will be making again for guests! And, I love all of your recipes!! Making your coconut cream pie next!!

  35. Made this tonight and we and our guest loved it! This will be my go-to apple pie recipe from here on out. It was so sweet and soft, yet had some crunch to it. Served warm with ice cream of course! Recipe calls for 8 GS apples, I only had room for 6. Turned out perfect :) Thank you Holly!!!

  36. I love make pie and cakes

  37. This has to be the best apple pie I’ve made in a while… It was super easy and Delish… My son, daughter husband and myself all enjoyed it so much!!! Thank you!!

  38. I’m making this for my husband tomorrow. One major thing I don’t see here is whether the pie crust is baked before placing the filling and topping or not. I’ll be using a frozen crust. Please tell me what I need to do.

  39. Would it be ok to use store bought refrigerated pie crust?

  40. Man this was GOOD!!!

    I am a pie maker and I did a few minor alterations, but I LOVED IT!!

    I used a little more lemon juice, no rind, a bit more flour in the filling
    and less cinnamon (cause hubby doesn’t like too much), and just a small pinch of nutmeg.


  41. My crumble top looked like a cake mix with a little butter… oh welll, in the oven and we will see how it turns out.

  42. Can you cook the night before?

    • I bake it the day before and refrigerate overnight. I take it out in the morning and either serve at room temperature or slightly heat.

  43. Hi! Should I bake the crust before filling it?

  44. This recipe is divine!!! The best I have ever made. I made small pies in my cupcake tins and they were a huge hit!!!

  45. I have an Emile Henry Ceramic pan that is 10 inches; is that too big for this recipe?

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