Butter-Crust Apple Pie Recipe

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My father loves apple pie, and I’ve been baking them since I was a child. An out-of-the-ordinary spice combination and buttery crust make this one stand out from the rest. —Courtney Irwin, Reno, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons cold water
  • 12 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 408 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 129mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide dough in fourths so that two portions are slightly larger than the other two; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, brown sugar, molasses, flour and spices.
  3. Roll out one larger portion of dough to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry even with edge. Spoon half of filling into crust. Repeat with remaining large portion of dough and filling.
  4. Roll out remaining pastry to fit tops of pies. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry. Beat egg white and water; brush over pastry.
  5. Bake at 375° for 55-65 or until crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 2 pies (8 servings each).
Originally published as Butter-Crust Apple Pie in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2011, p52

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ckreifels User ID: 3609216 228826
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"Love the crust! I use it for all of my fruit and dessert pies. So easy to put together and it's delicious!"

Tinaprior User ID: 7271573 190263
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013


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