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Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie Recipe

Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie Recipe

You'll love the smell in your kitchen—and the smiles on everybody's faces—when you make this scrumptious pie that's drizzled with caramel sauce. It's takes me back home to Virginia and being at my granny's table. —Gloria Castro, Santa Rose, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling YIELD:8 servings


  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 7 cups sliced peeled tart apples (about 6 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup caramel topping, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup caramel topping, room temperature
  • Whipped cream and additional caramel topping, optional


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Refrigerate until ready to fill.
  • 2. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and vanilla. Mix pecans, sugars, cinnamon and cornstarch; add to apples and toss to combine.
  • 3. Spread caramel topping onto bottom of crust. Fill with apple mixture. Drizzle with butter.
  • 4. For streusel topping, mix flour and sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly; stir in pecans. Sprinkle over filling.
  • 5. Bake on a lower oven rack until filling is bubbly, 65-75 minutes. Drizzle with caramel topping. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, serve with whipped cream and additional caramel topping. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe Note

Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 639 calories, 39g fat (17g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 331mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 5g fiber), 6g protein.

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BrownieQueen2 User ID: 1836231 264586
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2017

"You'll never go back to plain apple pie after tasting this! My family is not a fan of pie crust so we really loved the streusel topping. A few pie tips: cook your crust for 5 minutes before adding the filling so it's not soggy. Put your apples in a microwave dish with a little water and cook for several minutes to soften them a little and drain the water - then add them to your recipe. I always have trouble getting my apples to cook before the rest of the pie is done and this easily solved the problem!"

DWea User ID: 7918593 247513
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2016

"As a with more than 20 years of experience, twice, I baked this pie, and the results were horrible. The first time, I used 7 cups of apples, as stated, in the recipe. Intuition told me it was too many apples, but I followed the recipe. Baked it for the recommended time. The bottom crust was uncooked. Threw away the pie.

The second time, I used 5 cups of apples, again, too much, and uncooked crust.
No, I will not waste more ingredients and money to bake this pie."

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 238294
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"A real show-stopper pie! I baked this and froze it for the family holiday feast and that worked out wonderfully. I followed the recipe as written except I didn't measure how many cups of apples I used--I just used what I had on hand and since I guessed it to be more than 7 cups I increased the ingredients I mixed with the apples by half. It smelled and looked wonderful and was very hard to put in the freezer without sampling!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 221429
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"I prepared this recipe for the first time! I'd used 4 to 4-1/2 cups of Granny Smith peeled and sliced apples. I used 1 Tbsp. of bottled lemon juice. For the streusel crumb topping, I'd added 1 tsp. ground cinnamon and I used just 1/4 cup butter! This way, I got just the amount of crumbs I needed for topping this pie. I DID have prepared caramel ice cream topping which I'd put out at room tempt. I didn't want to overload the pie shell with apple filling and I found that the lesser amount of filling fit into the pie shell nicely! I did use the caramel ice cream topping as directed BOTH for the filling & for the grand finale: the topping on the crumbs when pie finished baking! I'd used a prepared pie shell which I'd thawed 15 minutes at room temperature, then I put shells in individual gallon-sized zip-lock bags to keep in my refrigerator until ready to use! The shells came in handy and I was pleased with the results of the pie! I think it looks lovely-it had a high mound of crumb topping which I drizzled with the balance of the caramel topping after it was baked!

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! delowenstein"

brenderbender User ID: 6964691 217696
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"So easy to make, and it was such a hit! Even better the second day!"

nursekris User ID: 8131131 100346
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"This pie was excellent! It is so much better warm with some vanilla ice cream though. Eating it cold doesn't do it justice."

judontmesswithme User ID: 7075186 169873
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"I made this for Thanksgiving, and among 7 pies total, this was the only one everyone wanted. It was gone in less than 15 minutes. Excellent pie. I was invited to make it every year. It was surprisingly easy to make. I do recommend, for those who don't know about these kinds of pies, to put it on a cookie sheet while it's baking, because the topping does tend to fall off in the oven. Amazing pie, though."

emsijo User ID: 5238521 156039
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"Everyone loved this pie. I served it for Thanksgiving dessert. One person actually stated that it could win a contest. Little did she know...."

Deborahjean12 User ID: 6914136 134541
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"Awesome pie"

tsherretta User ID: 5470106 98330
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"This pie is amazing! I made it for Thanksgiving last year and my Sister-In-Law requested it for this year again. The caramel, pecans, and apple together make every bite scrumptious. I slice the apples as thin as possible."

kedenv User ID: 5930790 170536
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"I have never made a pie in my life and this pie looked like a good place to start. It was excellent and I will definitely be making it again! My husband and family loved it!"

Vincie User ID: 1150987 98849
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"I made this pie yesterday and it was out of this world. I used a 9 in,. pie shell and agree with the others who said it was enough for two pies. I will make this again."

carrolcoupons User ID: 7358772 169728
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"Love it made without caramel lots of pecans splenda white and brown sugar with a dash of pie spices"

plyoldred User ID: 6966682 109097
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012 Edited Apr. 27, 2016

"This my second time making it and it's so simple to make . My family loves it"

NurseLocke User ID: 6965656 78484
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"BEST. pie. EVER. I cannot express how good this is. The thick crumble and caramel apple inside are the most fantastic thing ever. Perfect for holidays or your work potluck."

alockhart19 User ID: 6935656 154351
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2012

"This is was a hit at the fall festival. Next time I will make two."

MelissaV81 User ID: 1221953 100342
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"Everyone loved it! Will be a keeper for the holidays!"

pinklady628 User ID: 6262337 170535
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Made this 3X's and it was a HIT every time. I've been asked to make it again, or for the recipe! Very good dessert, and while baking, makes the house smell delish!"

cbybee User ID: 3897502 78483
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"Made this pie for Thanksgiving. It was very good, great flavor. I had a hard time getting the center to thicken up, it was a bit runny."

rvkreu07 User ID: 5418178 134528
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"Turned out really yummy! My family loved it!"

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 98848
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"If I made it again I would decrease the amount of cinnamon and maybe try adding more caramel. I really didn't taste the caramel."

joyfulmama66 User ID: 6310508 169872
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"This was fabulous! Won first place in our church Harvest Sunday pie baking contest!"

kiji0326 User ID: 5915922 168299
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"YUMMY!!!! This is the best pie I have ever eaten. I will definitely add this recipe to my Thanksgiving dinner as well as potlucks, church dinners and/or family gatherings. Thanks!!!"

kiji0326 User ID: 5915922 154350
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"This pie will definitely go on my list of pot lucks, church dinners & family gatherings. The time it takes to prepare this, is WELL WORTH the effort. Rewarding in appearance, smell & TASTE!!! Yummy!!!"

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 109094
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"Definitely company-worthy! Served it with vanilla ice cream to my guests. It was fantastic. I'm adding it to my Thanksgiving dessert menu."

lpeters86 User ID: 3481982 157604
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"Absolutely amazing!"

christina_lyons User ID: 6278706 98847
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"i normally am not a pie lover but i tried this and was astonished at how awesome it is. without a doubt, I'm making this again"

Catsymae User ID: 3270635 168297
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Have made this recipe many times and it's always a hit. Apple pie doesn't get any better than this one !"

strawberry81 User ID: 1839250 98846
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"This was absolutely wonderful! didnt last very long in my house and friends loved it!"

bluecookie User ID: 6192499 168295
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011 Edited Apr. 27, 2016

"Great! it's mouthwatering! =)"

Nitnole711 User ID: 5949391 170531
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"My husband and I, whom aren't lovers of fruit pies, absolutely love this pie! It's a tradition now every year for Thanksgiving. You'll only need a little slice, it's very sweet! Definitely worth the need to make this one!!"

LaFrenierM User ID: 5629873 156037
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"I made pie for the first time ever today using this recipe ~ The apples came from our very own apple trees. The filling was enough for two 9 inch pies. Delicious! :D I'm inspired for my next pie venture now!"

akoehler79 User ID: 2893559 109090
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"I think the filling is enough for 2 pies. I used the 9in shell like the recipe states. My shell was overflowing and I could barely put the topping on. I'm glad that I put this on a baking sheet while in the oven because the carmel boiled over. I also had to bake it for about 90 minutes. My husband thought there were too many nuts. Overall a good pie though."

poohshoney1 User ID: 1544080 169727
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"My husband can't get enough of this pie."

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 82029
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010


[email protected] User ID: 1896982 172952
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"best ever!"

Dawn-Rae User ID: 3931234 98839
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2010

"I made this for a function at church and it was gone in no time at all. Since then I have been asked time and time again for the recipe...or to bring it to more functions. It's the best apple pie I've tasted. Yummy"

sunsh25 User ID: 5410806 98328
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"This is the first pie I attempted to make on my own as opposed to store bought and I was very pleased!! I got great reviews from my family members who are tough critics! I used a pre-made crust since this was my first pie and I didn't want to get in over my head. I also used half the cinnamon serving as other reviewers suggested and I'm glad I did!! Overall I will definitely be making this again and storing it as my official Apple pie Recipe!"

sgaris User ID: 1031802 209333
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"This pie was delicious! We will definitely keep this recipe on hand."

kkutz User ID: 4198388 170530
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2010

"this apple pie was a hit with my family very good will be making this alot!!!"

ShariWestercamp User ID: 1377159 134440
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"My husband says this is the best apple pie, ever! I am not a nut fan, but I chop the pecans up well, and it turns out wonderful. I make about 10 of these every apple season and put them in the unbaked shell, leaving the topping in a ziploc. Then I freeze them until I need one, then thaw most of the way, and bake as directed. It works great! Thanks for the recipe!"

tbbrosetree User ID: 1313748 109087
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2010

"I've been making this pie for years since it showed up in my mailbox. It is a favorite with many members of my family. Absolutely the best apple pie and so easy to make since there is no top crust and the streusal is so good you don't miss it."

krystaljoy User ID: 4390151 170528
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"I agree with Dusty Rose I'd use half the cinnamon"

issalyn User ID: 1912871 169725
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"This a terrific, flavorful apple pie. A nice change of pace."

Dusty Rose User ID: 4510993 109085
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"I like cinnamon but felt that 4 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon was about twice what would be a good amount. Would make again with less cinnamon and also possibly as an apple crisp without the pie shell.

It is very good with vanilla ice cream. Good recipe."

cookierookie20 User ID: 3893733 154349
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2009

"I made this pie for my boyfriend's Thanksgiving meal with his mother's side of the family and it was an absolute hit! Everybody loved it and kept asking who had made it. They complemented me numerous times and I was very pleased with the way everything turned out. It looks exactly like the picture and I am sure that it tastes the same as well! Thank you for this recipe."

dpurcell User ID: 4444009 78482
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2009

"This is the absolute best apple pie ever! I served it with vanilla icecream and we all enjoyed! SO SO YUMMY! We had guests over and they thought I was a gourmet cook!"

Katmom51 User ID: 634918 157483
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"This pie recipe has resulted in bestsellers at our local Farmer's Market. I have even had folks supply me with their own pie dish so that I could make them one when they are visiting from out of state."

lrullis User ID: 4576709 172949
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009


jllbarron User ID: 2151238 109083
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"Everyone loved this!! I had offers to "store" any more pies I made & suggestions I make 2 at a time! Very,very good."

jennywagers User ID: 3559342 98838
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"Another fabulous recipe. Was pie of the week in the restaurant where I am a chef. You just have to try this one!!! its succulent"

Lene56 User ID: 982248 134416
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2009

"...I served it with ice-cream. Best apple pie I have ever had! Great recipe!"

amyjgill User ID: 2499904 154347
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009 Edited Apr. 27, 2016

"i made this recipe and won first place at a local pie contest. definitly a winner"

gimmychocolate User ID: 1412794 169722
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009 Edited Apr. 27, 2016

"This is a winner, I made it for a number of functions last fall and got raves from all, I am taking it to a yearly get together picnic tomorrow and know it will be a big hit. So rich and yummy I hate to share it, 5 stars from all of us."

bkdj112864 User ID: 3923656 82026
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009 Edited Apr. 27, 2016

"My daughter-in-law just won 1st place with this recipe at our county fair Fruit pie baking Contest and also Most Eye Appealing. It looked as good as it tasted! Betty"

Betsylud User ID: 1051348 78481
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"This is the best apple pie I have ever made or eaten."

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