Caramel Crunch Apple Pie Recipe
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Caramel Crunch Apple Pie Recipe

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I was raised on a small farm, the youngest of eight children and the only girl. My mom taught me how to make all kinds of pies from scratch, and this is one of my favorites. Caramels and apples are a delicious combination.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • PIE:
  • 6 cups sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
  • 28 caramels
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 461 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 238 mg sodium, 81 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. Combine flour, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon; spread into an ungreased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; crumble and set aside. Sprinkle apple with lemon juice. Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon; toss with apples. Place apples in pie shell. Cut a circle of foil to cover apples but not the edge of pastry; place over pie. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°; bake for 35 minutes or until apples are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over low heat, melt caramels with milk, stirring frequently. Remove foil from pie. Pour caramel mixture over apples. Sprinkle with topping; return to the oven for 5 minutes. Serve warm. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Caramel Crunch Apple Pie in Country Extra November 1996, p49

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Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014 Edited Oct. 26, 2014

"Very Yummy! It needed to bake about 10 minutes more so the apples were tender. On the 2nd try we used I/2 the milk to melt the caramels and we added 1 TBS butter to the crunch topping. This is still one of our favorites!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"Good but too sweet. Everyone at Thanksgiving dinner felt the same. If I make again, I'll cut the caramel topping in half as it was too much, though I did use a 9" pie pan. Followed directions exactly. Needs less sugar in mixture for apples and more cinnamon."

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2009

"Wow this was incredible! My family really enjoyed this pie not only warm but it was sooooo good the ultimate caramel apple. Kids liked it with whipped cream and a little bit of grated chocolate. Yum."

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