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Crumb Topped Apple Pie Recipe

Crumb Topped Apple Pie Recipe

This pie is absolutely delicious! If you’re a beginner, use a store-bought pie crust to get a head start. You’ll still get a bushel of compliments. —Virginia Olson, West Des Moines, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour YIELD:8 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 5 large tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 5 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in the shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 450°. Roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges.
  • 3. For filling, place apples in crust. Combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon; sprinkle over apples.
  • 4. For topping, combine flour and sugar in a small bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 50-60 minutes or until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 443 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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GStaelens User ID: 1765741 255908
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2016

"Quick and easy!"

Judykjohnson User ID: 3883831 242941
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"This pie is so good! I add an extra tablespoon of butter to the topping, otherwise follow the recipe exactly. Thank you for sharing this delicious apple pie recipe."

KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 242509
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"This pie was very delicious, and was also pretty easy to prepare. We love pies with a crumb topping, so we loved this one! I did however, cut down a bit on the flour, since I used Granny Smith apples (which don't release a lot of juice). I added a sprinkle of nutmeg, and also a few grains of salt into the apple mixture (because that's what my mom always did, and her pies were incredible!)"

Lynnemd1 User ID: 8587437 235641
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"Made this yesterday. Absolutely delicious. Wonderful to try a five star recipe that lives up to five stars. A great addition to my file."

SammiRae User ID: 8560062 234106
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

"I love how easy this is to make and how delicious it comes out! Well, I guess I shouldn't say it's easy because I bought pie crusts.. :P But I have to eat gluten-free so I used gluten-free pie crust and gluten-free all-purpose flour. Works beautifully, tastes so good. I've made two in the past week or so and a third is in the oven right now for my boyfriend's mom and family. The first two I used Michigan macintosh apples, the third is with Michigan honeycrisp apples and it smells great baking. I also mixed about 2 tbsp of butter with the apple slices before putting them in the crust. Thanks for the awesome recipe! (I joined just so I could comment on this :)"

NanZim User ID: 3929200 233753
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"I have made this pie for our annual Labor Day barbecue. It is always the first dessert to go so I make 2 pies."

SKelm User ID: 4660356 233525
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"I've been making this apple pie for years now and it is the BEST!!"

Villette User ID: 7361525 231551
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2015

"Delicious! My best girl friend, who is a dessert connoisseuse called this pie "blue ribbon." Used Granny Smith apples."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 223241
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"I first tried this pie when I saw it in a TOH magazine ( I forget the year) I've made every time I want a 1 crust pie, it is the best 1 crust apple pie ever. However I still prefer MY 2 crust when I want a 2 crust.

p. s. Mrs. Olson's story is amazing. Thank you Mrs. Olson."

crankbait09 User ID: 6767423 215398
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"I make baked goods for work all the time. A girl at worked requested an apple pie for her birthday. So I decided to go with this one. I got 3 thumbs up, if that's even possible :). So after she raved about it, along with her family, I decided to make one for myself around Turkey Day. Needless to say, it certainly didnt last long :(. This had to be the best apple pie I have ever had. Will be making it for the Christmas holiday as well.

I highly recommend!!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 2058233 214135
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"A little too tart for our taste but I would definitely make again in a heartbeat using Golden Delicious or a less tart apple. We also used a pre-made shell to save time and it turned out just great. Other than the type of apple, it was very good. Will stay in our collection for sure."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 125877
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2014

"This pie was great, from the crust to the crumb topping."

ferryal User ID: 3337544 121865
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"This is the most delicious apple pie I've ever made or tasted. I took the advise of another reviewer and reduced the sugar for filling to 1/2 cup, used Mac. apples & refrigerated pie crust. This is a keeper in my recipe box.

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us all."

stepher731 User ID: 8023368 138801
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Really easy recipe and it is probably the best tasting pie I have had in a really long time! My family loved it!"

jnestler User ID: 1140894 196920
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"Delicious and easier than the recipe I had been using. It never lasts more than 24 hours in our home! My husband and kids love it!"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 115460
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"Very much enjoyed the crumb topping....easy, tasty and well received by everyone at table. Thanks!"

Le.Breeze User ID: 7514497 196492
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013 Edited Dec. 1, 2013

"This pie recipe is a keeper. Added some pecans to the topping. Used Granny Smith apples adding one extra....easier than the recipe I used to use."

Ada11s User ID: 7512989 151819
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"This is very similar to a recipe I always use for my apple pie, but I didn't have my recipe with me, so I went searching. I had rave reviews for this. I always use Granny Smith apples in my pies."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 198275
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"This is my favorite apple pie recipe I have come across and I make it every year for Thanksgiving since my husband is not a fan of the traditional pumpkin pie like I am. Great flavor and so easy to make. Love the homemade pie crust too! I will be putting together extra pies this year to take to our other Thanksgiving dinner we attend."

evillar86 User ID: 2233266 151818
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"This is by far my favorite, and my go-to, apple pie recipe. Too delicious! I've made it a dozen times since I saw it two years ago in an issue. One of my favorite things to do is instead of using the listed apples, I will sometimes do all honeycrisp apples instead. Amazing! Other than that, this is one of the few recipes that I don't change to fit my liking. This one should be on everyone's fall pie list!"

chocolatecraze User ID: 6222154 184338
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"It was awesome! I just used a frozen pie crust I had on hand (thawed 10mins and prebaked the crust for 5 mins at 350 ). I also mixed 2 Tablespoon of soften butter in with the apples and then followed the recipe. My husband said "best pie ever" "keep that recipe". Thank you!!!"

StephieJean20 User ID: 4802511 120173
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"Amazing!! My husband doesn't like Apple Pie, as sad as that is, but he raved over this pie! The crust itself was delicious. I made it again a few days later and everyone loved it! Thank you for a wonderful recipe."

almoakarlory User ID: 2501088 184196
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"This was the most delicious pie ever!"

dzm388 User ID: 724894 197430
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"Delicious - although I did something wrong with the topping I guess, it didn't turn out like "Dutch" topping usually does, it stayed crunchy and sugary. I was disappointed in how it looked but it tasted wonderful!"

DivaLicious1 User ID: 6938504 120170
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"Excellent pie and presentation....."

reddruby User ID: 6749439 187480
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2012

"love this apple pie recipe i make it over and over again and everyone loves it."

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 120168
Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"My boyfriend really liked this apple pie; however, it was a little sweet for me. I think the next time I may cut down on the amount of sugar in the topping."

jenschultzie User ID: 6457100 120166
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"This is a fantastic pie! It is very sweet, so as other reviewers have written, use tart apples. I made this pie following the recipe exactly and my family loved it."

lillybow User ID: 1141272 121864
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"My daughter's friends and teacher loved this pie. I thought it a bit too sweet but that's just me. I did have a problem with the crust browning too quickly so next time I'll reduce the initial cooking temp. Think it is a problem with my oven tho. :)"

dmoehring User ID: 5734543 196917
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"Such a simple recipe, such delicious results! This is the best apple pie I've had. A couple of hints:Make sure you use tart apples - granny smiths do really well in this recipe. Mound the apples up in your crust. It will sink down when it cooks in the oven. It also helps to put a piece of foil beneath the pie in the oven to avoid bubble over in your oven!"

cr_1295 User ID: 5888497 121845
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"WONDERFUL recipe!! I made this for a church dinner, and literally five minutes after placing it on the table, it was gone!! I got sooo many compliments! Thank you for a phenomenal apple pie recipe!"

alisa86 User ID: 5694747 151817
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"This makes the best Apple Pie!!! The crust recipe alone is worth it and I will be using this crust recipe for other pies I make!

This apple pie is award winning. I made this pie for Thanksgiving and I never got so many compliments. Quite a few people told me this was the best Apple Pie they ever had. I will definitely make again!"

Southern Oregon Girl User ID: 5581351 187468
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"I made this for a pot luck and everyone raved over it. I'm making two for Thanksgiving this year!"

dawnegg User ID: 3737405 151816
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"Everyone raved about this pie and all wanted the recipe. So simple and so good. Definitely use a tart apple."

brkornhaus User ID: 118422 138795
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"I bought five large Granny Smith apples and they were enough for two pies. My nine-year-old niece, who says she doesn't like apple pie, couldn't get enough of this. She insists we MUST have it for Thanksgiving dinner. The crumb topping is a real treat."

dancae User ID: 2852380 196491
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I've made this pie several times and always got rave reviews!"

dawnegg User ID: 3737405 120165
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Everything an apple pie should be, my family loves it. Perfect balance of sweetness & apples. Used Macoun apples. All Raves"

ladysilver7 User ID: 6290864 181237
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"My family all loved this recipe and have asked me often to make it again. I actually think it's a bit too sweet,just me though."

star1110x User ID: 6327265 138793
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"This was my first attempt to make apple pie from scratch. My family LOVED LOVED LOVED this recipe. It will be a staple in our holiday traditions. It replaces a dull regular apple pie and puts it over the top in our household."

carsonsmommy10 User ID: 6286802 198274
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"My daughter found this recipe, and has made it numerous times for family gatherings. It is VERY GOOD!! Better than just a normal apple pie!! Thanks to my daughter our family will be enjoying this recipe again!!"

carsonsmommy10 User ID: 6286802 198273
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"has gone over very well in my family!!"

jadedraven User ID: 2665649 137024
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"I make standard apple pies all the time but I thought i'd try something a little different. This was delicious and my husband and toddler loved it. I used a store bought pie crust because I just won't make one when the store bought ones work wonderfully. I did use apple pie spice along with the cinnamon because I like it that way but otherwise I followed the instructions exactly. I only needed 4 large apples. I will be making this again soon and its going into my "regularly used" recipe book"

Shirley298 User ID: 1547238 125875
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"Made this pie yesterday. We are definitely enjoying it, and will be making it again. I made the pie exactly like the recipe."

sarahj33 User ID: 4684432 137023
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"I've never made an apple pie before and have always wanted to. The first time I came across this recipe in the magazine I knew I wanted to make this pie. I just wanted to wait for the right time. So yesterday we had our first cold snap and I had a huge basket of apples and felt I had my opportunity. I was nervous about making the pie crust because me and pie crusts don't get along. Usually I opt for the Pillsbury dough boy. So I lovingly, just like Virginia Floren Olsen, set about to make this pie. It is the best pie ever. I can't say that enough. The pie crust turned out perfectly. I did substitute butter for the shortening in the pie crust since I didn't have any. I was so proud of my achievement in my first apple pie. My picky husband loved it. I will definately be making this again. So thank you Mrs.Olson for this wonderful pie recipe. It really is a gift."

heidibragg User ID: 1693630 137022
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Easy to follow recipe! My hubby loved it. I've already shared the recipe with my sister in law and plan to share with others. Delicious! And yes, I made the crust from scratch...easy and worth it!"

cahurt User ID: 6279550 138792
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"We loved this recipe and I will definately make it again."

momtomatt User ID: 1197551 197429
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"This is a great recipe and is very easy to follow. I love the crumb topping. No wonder she makes so many over the holidays!! The only thing I did differently was add some lemon juice to the apples. This is what my dad always did and I love slight tang that it gives to the apples. I will be making this recipe many times over the holidays!"

annedailey User ID: 3444318 198272
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"This was the first apple pie I made completely from scratch (no store-bought crust). It was very easy and delicious!"

Ab0628 User ID: 3440719 151815
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"I liked this but cut the apples to 4 instead of 5 because I think it would have overflowed. Maybe it was my oven, but I also would reduce the amount of topping if I make this again. The topping didn't brown evenly, and I ended up scraping some of it off. I did use prepared crust, so maybe that had something to do with it as well. It was still good."

teahvwmom User ID: 6262986 151796
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"I used my own pie crust but this recipe was super simple and my family loved it. I will definately make this again."

brandensg01 User ID: 3657413 198271
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"I made this and it was absolutely delicious.My whole family loved it:~)"

medik620 User ID: 1619106 197427
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"This is a fantastic recipe. The entire family loved it and the pie only lasted 2 evenings. This recipe is very similar to my grandmother's pie recipe. Making another one tomorrow. I did cheat and use a Pillsbury pie crust. You'd never know the difference."

hamb689 User ID: 433606 184195
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"wonderfully deluss!"

kitty6449 User ID: 3685722 138790
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"very good"

mumma4boys User ID: 4481967 213056
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"This was my first homemade apple pie. Everyone loved it. I will definitely make this again."

Jillbob222 User ID: 1403198 121835
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"Got my daughter's review: "bangin'!" Deeelish!!"

mjnsmith User ID: 3782044 120118
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"My family loved it!!"

rcmart User ID: 4087865 120117
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"I got this receipe in the latest Taste of Home and my family raved about it, I shared a piece with my neighbor and she has a bag of apples and asked me to make one for her. excellent and easy receipe. I did use a already prepared crust though but the rest was great."

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