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A slice of Dutch Apple Pie on a plate with a glass of milk next to it.

Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie is made with a delicious crumb topping.  The quick and easy recipe makes a great fall dessert and is perfect for a holidays.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Dutch Apple Pie, Apple pie recipe, easy apple pie recipe, holiday dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Author Jeannie Z


  • 1 pie crust
  • 7-8 medium sized apples mix of red and green is best
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice (or ground cinnamon)
  • butter, to dot the pie with (6-8 small pieces of butter)

For the crumbs:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

  2. Prepare your pie crust and place in 9” pie dish.
  3. Peel and slice your apples into small slices, about ¼” thick
  4. Place the apples into the pie crust., filling the pie crust with a heaping amount of apple slices.

  5. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the apples.

  6. Sprinkle the apple pie spice (or cinnamon) over the sugar evenly.

  7. Dot with butter (6-8 small pieces of butter).

To make the crumb topping:

  1. Place the softened butter, flour and sugar into a medium sized bowl. Use a pastry blender or the back of a fork to combine the ingredients to form crumbs.

  2. Place the crumbs over the pie.

  3. Place the pie on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes. At the last 20 minutes of baking, make a foil tent over the pie to prevent the pie edges from burning.

  4. Pie is done when it the juices are bubbling and the edges are golden brown.

  5. Remove from the oven and place on a cooking rack.
  6. Serve warm or once cooled.

Recipe Notes

Tips for making Dutch Apple Pie:

Tips for making the best crumb topping:

  • Make sure your butter is softened.  The butter will be much easier to combine with the ingredients if softened. 
  • Use a pastry blender to make the crumbs.  A good one like I have a link here for really makes a difference!

Tips for softening the butter:

To soften the butter, a good way to tell it is soft enough is to gently press down on the butter.  If your finger makes a slight imprint on the butter it is good to go.  Butter typically takes 30 minutes to an hour to soften to room temperature.

If you are in a hurry to soften the butter,  check out the link in my post that has a few great ideas on how to soften butter quickly.

Recipe Tips for making the best Dutch Apple Pie:

Use a variety of apples.  I usually buy some red and green apples and mix up the varieties as well.  It gives it so much flavor!

Slice the apples 1/4" or so in size.   And keep them as equal in size as possible.  By slicing the apples thinner, the apples cook down better.

Using a store bought pie crust saves on time.  If you prefer a homemade pie crust, check out the link I shared above for a great recipe to make a homemade crust.

When making the crumbs, let the butter soften. This way it will be easier to blend in with the flour and sugar.

If you are in a hurry to soften the butter,  check out the link in my post that has a few great ideas on how to soften butter quickly.

When adding the crumbs to the top of the pie, hold your spoon towards the middle of the pie.  This way less crumbs will fall off the pie.  

Place you pie dish on a pie drip catcher.  It catches any overflowing pie filling while it also elevates your pie so it can cook evenly.  

Tent the pie with foil during the last 20 minutes of baking it.  By doing this it will prevent the edges and the top of the pie from burning.