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Dutch Apple Pie

A perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors topped with an irresistible crumble topping, this Dutch apple pie recipe is simply scrumptious. Serve it on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

Dutch Apple Pie in Pie Pan
This Dutch apple pie is topped with a crisp, crumbly topping that makes this dessert out-of-this-world.

Dutch Apple Pie vs. American Apple Pie

Although both incredibly delicious and filled with a sweet apple center, there are distinct differences between Dutch apple pie recipes and American-style apple pie. For instance, American apple pies can be identified by their flaky, buttery crust that is layered on the top and bottom of the dessert. Meanwhile, Dutch apple pies only have a bottom layer of crust. Then, they are finished with a crisp topping similar to what you would find on a fruit crumble

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Key Ingredients for Dutch Apple Pie

Just a handful of pantry staples combine to create the most mouthwatering dutch apple pie recipe. Here they are: 

  • Flour and salt are mixed together and combined with cold butter and a bit of water to form a base layer of crust. 
  • More flour is combined with brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt to create a crisp, sweet topping. Don’t forget to add an extra dollop of butter and a heap of pecans, too! They add extra fat and a crunchy texture that make this recipe to die for. 
  • Apples and cranberries pair together to form the most delectable fruit filling. Then, brown sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon help sweeten the deal and thicken the center for a dessert that truly stands on its own. 
  • A sprinkle of lemon juice helps prevent the apples from browning and cuts through the heavy fats for a light and fruity taste. 
Dutch Apple Pie Slice with ice Cream
This Dutch Apple Pie boasts an irresistible crispy-crunchy topping.

Tips to Make the Best Dutch Apple Pie Recipe from Scratch

Just when you thought this recipe couldn’t get any easier, we’re giving you our best tips to make sure it’s failproof every single time. 

  • Use Cold Butter. When mixed into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter, chilled butter will bake in layers and spread throughout the dough. This results in a decadently flaky crust. 
  • Don’t Overwork the Dough. You want the ingredients to be just combined and the chunks of butter to still be visible. Otherwise, your crust will turn out hard and tough instead of soft and tender. 
  • Peel the Apples. Technically, you could use apples with their skin intact. However, peeling them will allow for a super soft center that bakes to sweet, gooey perfection. 
  • Cover Your Pie with Foil. If the crumble topping begins to brown too early, take your pie out of the oven. Then, loosely cover it with foil, and continue to bake. 
  • Let It Cool! It’s nearly impossible not to dig in right away, but it’s crucial to wait in order for the filling to set. Otherwise, it will be runny when you slice into your pie.

Common Questions About Dutch Apple Pie

Can I use store-bought pie crust? 

Of course, homemade dough will always taste best. However, if you’re in a pinch for time, a store bought pie dough can be used for bottom crust.

What apples are best for this Dutch apple pie recipe? 

There are tons of different apples to choose from, but we like Honeycrisp best. Other popular options include Granny Smith, Fuji, Braeburn, or Gala. The important thing is to pick a type of baking apple as they hold their structure best. 

Can this dessert be made in advance? 

Yes, once cooled, your pie can be covered in plastic wrap and kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. Pie is best reheated in oven or toaster oven to regain a crisp topping.

Dutch Apple Pie slice with ice cream
Serve your Dutch Apple pie with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Dutch Apple Pie on a white plate with forks
For an extra festive touch, add some cranberries to this Dutch apple pie during the holidays.

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Dutch Apple Pie Slice with ice Cream

Dutch Apple Pie

4.96 from 72 ratings
A perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors topped with an irresistible crumble topping, this Dutch apple pie recipe is simply scrumptious. Serve it on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8


For the dough (single crust):

  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp table salt
  • ½ cup butter, chilled and diced
  • ¼ cup very cold ice water

For crumble topping:

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ stick unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • ½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped

For the Filling:

  • 2 ½ lbs honeycrisp apples*, about 7, peeled/thinly sliced
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Equipment: a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate, 6-cup capacity


  • In a bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, just until there remains small pea-sized butter chunks in the dough. Gently stir in 1 TB of ice cold water at a time, until mixture starts to hold together. It should be pliable enough to stick together when pinched, but not sticky. Work the dough sparingly, using either pastry cutter or cold fingers. The key is not to overwork the dough (avoid using food processor.) The little chunks of butter should still be visible. Gently form dough ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 1 hour (up to overnight.)
    Dutch Apple Pie Dough Making
  • Stir together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Blend in butter with your fingertips until large clumps form, then stir in pecans. Chill until ready to use.
    Dutch Apple Pie Topping Preparation
  • Stir together apples, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice in a large bowl.
    Dutch Apple Pie Filling
  • Preheat oven to 425°F with rack in lowest position. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 13-inch round, then fit into pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang, then fold overhang under and crimp decoratively. Transfer fruit filling to pie shell and dot with butter. Loosely cover with foil and bake until apples droop slightly, about 30 minutes.
    Dutch Apple Pie in Pan Before Baking
  • Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Sprinkle crumble topping over filling and bake, uncovered, until crumble is browned, filling is bubbling, and apples are tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour more. If crumble starts to brown too quickly, loosely cover with foil. Allow pie to cool completely before slicing.
    Dutch Apple Pie Right After Baking


*You can also use half granny smith apples and half honeycrisp apples for a bit of tartness.
*If desired, substitute 2/3 cup apples for fresh cranberries during holiday season. 
* See this article for how to accurately measure flour using the scoop/level method. Accurate flour measurement is important for dough.
*For Gluten-Free: Use 1:1 gluten free baking flour in place of regular flour
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡


Serving: 1g | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 359IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Amerian
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: Bake

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Recipe Rating


    • Dana
    • 5 stars

    This is one of my favorite pies! Thank goodness it’s easy to make!!

    • Bernice
    • 5 stars

    What a treat! I just happened to have a leftover pie shell from our weekend dinner party so I whipped one of these up. My husband and I almost ate the whole thing!

      • Amy Dong

      We do the same thing 😉

    • Heidy
    • 5 stars

    Dutch Apple Pie is one of my all-time favorite pies. This recipe was so satisfying! I can’t wait to make it again! Best pie ever!

      • Amy Dong

      Yay! 🙂

    • Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer
    • 5 stars

    That crumble tho… this was amazing and perfect for the season! Y’all will love how full of flavor this pie is!

      • Amy Dong

      So happy you enjoyed it!

    • Veronika
    • 5 stars

    I love how this dessert combines what we usually know as pie and apple crumble. The crumble topping is honestly the best part! We really enjoyed this pie.

    • Leslie
    • 5 stars

    Dutch apple pie is my favorite! I love your idea of dotting the pie with butter.

    • Jacqueline Debono
    • 5 stars

    Apple desserts are hands down my favourite sweet treat! This apple pie looks fantastic. I just bought a sack of apples and will be making this over the weekend!

    • veenaazmanov
    • 5 stars

    This is definitely mouth melting delicious. Love the crumbly top. Perfect for sweet tooth lovers.

      • Amy Dong

      Glad you liked it 🙂

    • megane
    • 5 stars

    What an awesome looking pie. Hubby has added to my list of must-bakes. Thanks for creating so many great recipes.

      • Amy Dong

      You’re so welcome 🙂

    • Cathleen
    • 5 stars

    I am obsessed with this pie!! My husband loves apple pie and this elevated it to the next level! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, so glad you guys liked it!

    • Helene
    • 5 stars

    I loved the fusion of pie and crumble, it’s absolutely delicious. I will also keep the idea of adding pecans to crumble, it brings so much texture. Thanks for the recipe

      • Amy Dong

      You’re so welcome, Helene!

    • Amanda
    • 5 stars

    This pie was fabulous! I just loved the crumbly topping — it had the perfect kick of spice. Will definitely make again for the fall.

      • Amy Dong


    • Dennis
    • 5 stars

    what a delicious way to make apple pie! I made your recipe and couldn’t have been happier with the results, easy to make and the perfect combination of flavors with the added cranberries.

      • Amy Dong

      So happy to hear that!

    • cathleen
    • 5 stars

    This pie is perfect for the fall!! I am obsessed with this, I am making this weekly now! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

      • Amy Dong

      Aww, so glad you enjoyed this!

    • Ann
    • 5 stars

    Your presentation is so pretty! I love dutch apple pie, and your recipe sounds delicious! A perfect fall treat!

    • Tamara Andersen
    • 5 stars

    What a gorgeous pie! I love the idea of combining the apples and the cranberries, and the color is perfect for the holidays!

      • Amy Dong

      Thank you!

    • Jamie
    • 5 stars

    Awesome! This pie dish looks incredibly delicious and yummy! It’s overloaded with taste and flavor! Perfect for an afternoon snack for the family!

      • Amy Dong

      Thank you, Jamie!

    • Liz

    Hi Amy,
    I plan on making this Dutch Apple Pie this weekend, but I don’t see a measurement for the cranberries. I could just guess but I’d like an idea.
    I’ll leave a comment once I’ve tasted this deliciousness.

      • Amy Dong

      Sub about 2/3 cup apples for cranberries 🙂 Hope you love it!

    • Jessica Formicola
    • 5 stars

    I made this pie over the weekend and it was incredible. So full of fall flavor!

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, Jessica! 🙂

    • 2pots2cook
    • 5 stars

    Thank you for the apple cranberry version crumble 🙂 Happy holidays !

      • chewoutloud

      You’re so welcome 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 🙂

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