A classic pie for good reason!

This Apple Pie Recipe is literally as easy as pie! Sweet and tart fresh apples are mixed with cinnamon sugar and nestled in a perfectly flaky pie crust. 

Bake and enjoy or make ahead of time. This pie freezes well either before or after baking.

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As Easy as Apple Pie

Apples are the perfect addition to almost any dessert from apple pie roll-ups to baked apple bread but there really is nothing like a classic apple pie recipe.

  • This homemade apple pie is literally as ‘easy as pie’. The tips below ensure the picture perfect pie every time.
  • It needs just simple ingredients that you likely have on hand.
  • A flaky crust, tender apples that are just the right amount of sweet.
  • Works perfectly with store-bought or homemade pie crust.
ingredients for an apple pie recipe

How To Make Apple Pie

To make a classic apple pie recipe, begin with a double pie crust.

  1. Prep Apples – To make apple pie filling, thinly slice, core, and peel apples. I slice them between 1/4″-1/8″ thick.
  2. Make Filling –  Toss all of the apple pie ingredients together (per the recipe below). In this apple pie filling, the addition of all purpose flour helps to absorb the liquids that the apples release when they bake and makes the pie a little saucy.
  3. Roll Pie Crust – If you made homemade pie dough, roll it to 1/8” thickness (I roll the to bottom into a 12- circle inch) and line a 9-inch pie plate. Set aside.
  4. Fill & Bake – Fill the crust with the apple mixture and top with a second crust (or a lattice crust) and bake.
Uncooked apples and cinnamon in a pie crust

Prep Tips for a Perfect Pie

  • Peel the apples first for pie, apple peels can be chewy when baked.
  • Unlike strawberry rhubarb pie or blueberry pie, you don’t need to worry about adding tapioca or other thickening agents. Apples don’t release a lot of juices as berries do.
  • There is no need to precook the apples.
  • Use a whole top crust or a lattice crust. If using a full crust, be sure to cut a few slits in the crust with a sharp knife to allow the steam to escape.
  • An egg wash on the crust will make it glossy, I often add a sprinkle of sugar too.
  • The top crust can be replaced with a crumble to make a crumb pie.
Not baked and baked apple pie in a pie plate

Baking Tips for Homemade Apple Pie

  • A perfect crust: Two temperature baking is the secret. Starting the apple pie at a higher temperature keeps the crust from getting soggy.
  • Keep the oven clean: Depending on your apples, the pie can sometimes bubble over the top of the pie dish. Place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet to save my oven any mess.
  • Make it golden brown: If the outer crust starts to brown too much, cover the edges with foil or a pie crust shield.
Apple pie on a white plate with vanilla ice cream on top
How long to bake apple pie

Bake homemade apple pie at 425°F for 15 minutes and then reduce the heat to 375°F for an additional 35-40 minutes or until the apples are tender and the pie crust is golden.

How Many Apples for Apple Pie

This apple pie needs 6-7 cups of sliced apples which is about 5 medium apples/

Does apple pie need to be refrigerated?

Apple pie can be left at room temperature for about 24 hours after baking. If you will be keeping it longer than that it’s best stored in the fridge.

What apples are best for apple pie?

My preference is granny smith because they hold their shape well and have a nice sweet-tart flavor. Any firm apple will work.

Choose apples that are firm enough to hold their shape but still become tender when baked. Granny Smith is my first choice for homemade apple pie.

Other options are any combination of Braeburn, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, Idared, or Pink Lady..

How long does apple pie last?

You can keep apple pie in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you’d like to keep it longer, store it in the freezer.

Can you freeze apple pie?

Like most pies, this apple pie can be frozen either before or after baking. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.

How to Freeze Apple Pie

Like most pies, this apple pie can be frozen either before or after baking. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.

To bake from frozen, preheat the oven to 425°F.  Place the pie on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Decrease the heat to 375°F and bake an additional 40-55 minutes or until the crust is golden and the apples are softened. If the top begins to brown too much, loosely cover it with foil.

If freezing after baking, allow the pie to thaw in the fridge overnight. It can be gently reheated in the oven.

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Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

 A classic apple pie recipe with tender apples in a flaky crust.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cool Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8 slices




  • 6-7 cups apples peeled and sliced, about 2 lbs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Peel apples and cut in quarters. Remove the core and slice apples to ¼-inch to ⅛-inch thick.
  • In a large bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss well to combine and set aside.
  • Roll half of the dough into a 12-inch circle. Line a 9-inch pie plate with the pastry dough. Fill with apple filling.
  • Roll the remaining crust and gently place it over the apple mixture. Seal the edges by gently pinching the top and bottom crusts together. You can fold or decorate the edges by crimping or pressing with a fork. Remove any excess dough.
  • Beat the egg and 2 teaspoons of water or milk. Cut 4-5 slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape. Brush with egg mixture and sprinkle with sugar (optional).
  • Place the pie plate on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. This is optional but will catch any drips or spills.
  • Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 375°F, and bake an additional 35-40 minutes or until the crust is golden and the apples are tender.
  • Cool at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce if desired.



  • For easy clean-up, bake on a parchment-lined pan to catch any spills. 
  • If the crust starts to brown too much, tent with foil or use a pie crust shield to cover. 
  • Apple pie can be frozen before or after baking. Wrap in plastic and freeze for up to 6 months.
To Bake From Frozen: Bake in a preheated oven (425°F) on a rimmed baking sheet for 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375°F and bake another 40-55 minutes or until the crust is golden and the apples are softened.
4.97 from 105 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 318 | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert, Pie
Cuisine American

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  1. Did the apple pie recipe and the crust recipe listed and it is the best!!! So simple and easy and it tasted absolutely delicious 10/10 recommend 5 stars

  2. I have “many” frozen bags of sliced apples with 6-7 cups in each. How would I best adjust this recipe to make up for what could be too much juice? Would you mix the apples frozen or thaw them completely and then drain the excess water? When I use these for apple crisp, I do the 2nd thing, but how does that work with a pie crust?

    1. I’ve never tried this pie with frozen apples. I’d suggest that you thaw and drain, and you may want to add a little extra flour to help with any excess liquid. Let us know if you try it Kathy.

  3. This apple pie recipe is really amazing. I just love apple pie recipe. Thanks for sharing this apple pie recipe with all of us. 5 stars

  4. It’s a actually too sweet and the apples became really soft, like melt in your mouth. For some this may be desirable but personally it isn’t my favorite.3 stars

  5. I used About 7 Macintosh apples and a Granny Smith. The pie is delicious! I had a piece and my 9 year old had a piece and asked for more. I just made it this evening and it’s half gone. Delicious! Highly recommend this recipe with the apples I chose.5 stars

  6. Awesome recipe!!!! Would totally recommend; I just replaced the granulated sugar with light brown sugar, it goes better with the apples….
    Pro tip: when serving, add a caramel drizzle for a perfect bite!

    1. Awesome recipe!!!! Would totally recommend! I just replaced the granulated sugar with light brown sugar, it goes better with the apples to my taste

      Pro tip: When serving, add caramel drizzle to your pie for the perfect bite!5 stars

  7. I’ve baked so many pies before. They were always so so. Good because I use good ingredients but not great. Your pie turned out great!!! I’m amazed because I didn’t think I could make one this good!! Everyone loved it and I’m going to make it on the regular!! Thanks Holly, for all your hard work and excellent information!!!!5 stars

  8. I’ve never successfully made an apple pie, for some reason it never comes out right. This recipe had seriously changed my life. I may have added a smidge more lemon juice than necessary but I love the tart taste of it. I used premade crust but it came out golden and delicious. Thank you so much!!! This recipe will save my holiday season!5 stars

  9. Husband made two of these beauties today along with the lattice top. Nailed it! Great recipe for a simple and delicious pie!

  10. I tried so many recipes before coming across this one and this one was, by far, the best.
    Absolutely fool-proof and the flavor was perfection.
    Even my mom, who is extremely picky with desserts, was impressed!
    Thank you!!5 stars

      1. In step 2, all filling ingredients are added, including the lemon juice. Enjoy Cheri!

  11. I used your recipe to teach my grand nephew pie making. It was a delicious success! He was the star of the evening. I will make this pie again.5 stars

      1. Hi Jeanne, You can freeze it before or after baking but we find that freezing it before will give you better results in the end. Let us know how it turns out for you!

  12. You should try the sour cream apple pie. The sour cream makes an apple pie super rich, but so very tasty.5 stars