This candy apple pie is different from the classic, but is so easy, and you still get a buttery, golden crust with tender, sweet apples.

Apple pie without all the work? Um, sign me up, man.

Huh, what? You are saying this isn’t really apple pie? Because the crust is on top? Jeez, details, details.

Ok, I’ll give you that one. The crust is on top and it is a heck of a lot easier to work with than a traditional pie crust.

White plate with a piece of apple pie and scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel.

This apple pie, albeit different from the classic, is delicious, easy as (you know what’s coming) pie to throw together and you still get a buttery, golden crust with tender, sweet apples.

Served with ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce and you have a pretty epic apple pie dessert.

You just have to think out of the apple pie box here. Take some deep breaths and you’ll be fine because I promise, this candy apple pie is crazy good.

Top view of a piece of apple pie next to a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Candy Apple Pie

5 star (1 rating)


  • 3 large Granny Smith apples
  • ¼ cup (53 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (142 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (212 g) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash nutmeg
  • ½ cup (113 g) salted butter, cut into pieces
  • Caramel sauce (see note)
  • Vanilla ice cream


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Peel and core the apples and cut into 1/4- or 1/2-inch thick slices (depending on how tender you want the apples to be after baking). Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Layer half of the apples the pie dish. Sprinkle with the granulated sugar.
  • Layer the other half of apples on top of the first layer. Process the flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a food processor until combined. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is evenly distributed in tiny pieces. Press the flour mixture evenly over the top of the pie.
  • Bake for one hour. Let the pie sit for 15 minutes before cutting into slices and serving warm with ice cream and caramel sauce.


Caramel Sauce: here’s my favorite homemade version.
Serving: 1 Serving, Calories: 331kcal, Carbohydrates: 57g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 183mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 42g

Recipe Source: an old, wrinkled recipe card in my recipe binder