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Crumb-Topped Apple Pie

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour


8 servings

Updated: Jul. 19, 2022
This apple pie with crumb topping 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
Crumb-Topped Apple Pie Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Shape into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge.
  3. For filling, place apples in crust. Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon; sprinkle over apples.
  4. For topping, in a small bowl, combine flour and sugars; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven setting to 350°; bake until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 50-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Apple Pie with Crumb Topping Tips

What kind of apples should I use when making apple pie with crumb topping?

We recommend Granny Smith as the go-to apple for this pie because they’re tart and firm and keep their shape while providing a perfect balance to the sweet ingredients. Here's more on the best apples for baking.

What should I do if the topping browns too quickly while baking?

Cover the pie with foil to prevent the crumb topping from browning too quickly. If you’re concerned the pie’s edges might brown, make a quick pie crust shield.

Can I use store-bought pie crust to make apple pie with crumb topping?

Yes, you can use a store-bought premade pie crust with good results. For the best flavor, we recommend choosing a high-quality brand that uses real butter. Here are more pie tips and tricks.

Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 463 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 197mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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