Best Apple Crumble Pie Recipe

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Meet your new favorite apple pie! Its juicy apple filling and buttery crumb topping pair perfectly, and it’s so easy to make with about 10 minutes of prep time.

slice of Dutch apple pie on a small white plate

I readily admit that I’m a huge sucker for anything with crumb topping. I love sneaking over to the pie pan throughout the day to pick big, fat crumbs off of this dessert. (Does anyone else do this?)

This pie is a regular in our household – right up there with my apple cupcakes. Make sure that you have whipped cream or ice cream ready to serve alongside it.


Dutch apple pie in pie plate and slice removed sitting on a plate

You’ll need a few key ingredients to make this recipe:

  • Tender, flaky pie crust – Pie crust is essentially a mixture of all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, salt, and water. Some cooks insist on adding a splash of white or apple cider vinegar as well. My favorite pie crust recipe is from Stella Parks (BraveTart) with the addition of lemon zest.
  • Tart apple slices – Tart apples are always better for baking. I make apple pie filling with fresh apples to produce a flavor that canned pie filling cannot compete against. I like to use a mix of red Gala and green Granny Smith apples.
  • Sugar and brown sugar – Using both sugar and brown sugar gives the filling a more robust flavor than white sugar alone.
  • Spices – I like to use cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. As a shortcut, you could also purchase a pre-made apple pie spice blend.
  • Oats (for texture in the topping) – I’ve used both old fashioned rolled oats and quick-cook rolled oats. They both work equally well.

How It’s Made

This pie comes together SO easily.

Slice the apples into 8-10 slices per apple. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to peel the apples first. It doesn’t hurt to peel them, but it isn’t necessary.

Mix with the other pie filling ingredients (sugar and spices) and add to the pie crust.

Dutch apple pie filling

You want the apples to get nice and soft before adding the topping. Place in a 400 F oven for about 40 minutes.

While it’s baking, I prepare the topping by hand by mixing together the melted butter, sugar, oats, and flour until I have big, fat crumbs.

Mixing crumb topping

Sprinkle the topping over the partially baked pie, being sure to cover it completely.

adding crumb topping for apple pie

At this point, the crust may have already begun to brown. So, before putting the pie back in the oven, cover the crust with foil or a pie guard to keep it from burning.

Pie Gaurd

Bake for another 20 minutes. The crumbs should be dark brown but not burnt.

Wait at least three hours for the pie to set completely before cutting and serving.

Apple Crumb Pie

Expert Tips and FAQs

Which are the best apples to use?

Look for tart apples that have a firm flesh. These will hold their shape and won’t break down as much during the baking process.

Which pie pan do you use?

I like to use a 9u0022 metal pie pan. If your pan is a deep dish pan, the recipe will still work but you will need to add more apples to fill the space.

Can I add other spices to the apples?

Sure! I love throwing in a touch of cardamom for a twist. Fresh lemon zest also works really well.

What are some other ideas for the topping?

To kick up the spice in the pie, you can add spices to the crumb topping as well. I also like giving the topping a little crunch by adding chopped nuts or even granola.

Can I cut it as soon as it is out of the oven?

It smells so good and I know you want to eat it right away. You can, but it will be more liquidy and won’t hold its shape. Let it cool and set up properly; good things come to those who wait!

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Apple Crumble Pie

This apple crumble pie (or Dutch apple pie) is easy to make and has a sweet and buttery crumb topping and juicy apple filling,

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 403kcal
Author Stefani


Pie Ingredients

  • 2 pounds tart apples a mix of red and green, sliced into 8-10 slices per apple (no need to peel them)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 9" pie crust

Crumb Topping Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats you can substitute this for granola
  • 4 ounces nuts any variety of nuts or candied nuts will work; optional


Pie Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Mix all ingredients (except the crust) together in a large bowl.
  • Pour apple pie filling into prepared pie crust at and bake for 40 minutes.

Crumb Topping Instructions

  • While the pie is baking, mix all crumb topping ingredients in a small bowl until large crumbs form. I suggest doing this with your hands. Stop as soon as you have large crumbs. Do not overmix.
  • At 40 minutes when you remove the pie from the oven, top evenly with crumbs. Cover crust with a pie guard if it is getting brown.
  • Bake for another 20 minutes. Crumbs should be dark brown but not burnt.
  • Cool for at least three hours before cutting into pie.


My favorite pie crust recipe is from Brave Tart with the addition of the zest of one lemon. You can also use any store-bought pie crust.


Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Tinasays:

    5 stars
    Yum, crumb toppings are my absolute favorite! I love the different options with the spices, and the nuts. So many options I’m not sure where to start!

  2. Donnasays:

    5 stars
    Ha I literally bought an entire bushel of apples from the farmers market yesterday and my husband has been hassling me for a crumb pie. I see this in our very immediate future. Love the use of nuts to give it a bit of an extra crunch!

  3. Danasays:

    5 stars
    This is such a great recipe to know. Nothing beats a crumbly top on a pie! I’m such a sucker for pie, let alone with a crumble. I’m tucking this away for the holidays :)

  4. Amandasays:

    5 stars
    I love brandless!! I’ve been a subscriber to their emails for a while but I haven’t yet ordered. I just love the concept. You’ve given me the motivation to go and make that first order!!

  5. Marisa Francasays:

    5 stars
    The apple pie looks delicious and I love the alternative to a crust on top. I’ve always preferred the crumb topping. And I haven’t heard of the Brandless stores — but I think it’s a great idea. Something like Dollar General. It certainly is a great way to save money.

  6. Tracy Koslickisays:

    5 stars
    Yes! The crumb topping is my FAVORITE part. Oh and I LOVE brandless products! Hooray for fall baking!

  7. Amandasays:

    5 stars
    I simply cannot be trusted around anything crumb topped. How in the world do you walk into the kitchen and NOT pluck a piece of crumb off of the top of something, when it’s sitting there winking at you? HAHA. What a gorgeous pie to welcome fall, and so perfect for entertaining this time of year.

  8. Sarahsays:

    5 stars
    I keep seeing ads for Brandless! It looks really neat- I need to try them out. And that pie looks SO GOOD! Crumbly topping is one of my favorites!

  9. Tinasays:

    5 stars
    Crumb topping is my favorite pie topping. The step-by-step pics are great. Definitely going to save this for my daughter, I don’t think she has ever made this before. Thanks!

  10. Carmysays:

    5 stars
    The perfect fall recipe! This looks amazing – I need some pie ASAP! I love how the crumble top looks – so mouthwatering!

  11. gloriasays:

    5 stars
    I certainly would be using that delicious topping on LOTS of thing. I will say, your apple pie looks delicious. This would also be good on LOTS of pies….and crumbles too.

  12. Itzel Lopezsays:

    5 stars
    I need to do this for fall

  13. Tawnia Savonsays:

    5 stars
    #TeamCrumb all the way! :)

  14. Debrasays:

    5 stars
    I agree that a perfect crumb topping is irresistible, and often I don’t have the patience for a top crust. So many great tips you have included. I’ve never thought to partially bake and then put the topping on. So so so smart!! And that crust protector? Genius.

  15. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessertsays:

    5 stars
    Looks delicious and so easy to make!Perfect for fall season!

  16. Allisays:

    5 stars
    I adore crumb coating on my apple pie, this is awesome and absolutely going to make!

  17. Michaelsays:

    5 stars
    Just in time for fall – this recipe is sooooo good. Love a crumb topped pie! Yum!

    xo Michael

  18. Stacie Hamiltonsays:

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh, this will be all I can think about until I make some of this! Haha! It looks delicious!!

  19. Jessicasays:

    5 stars
    Okay now i need to make an apple pie stat!

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