The Best Apple Pie with Brown Sugar

A classic apple pie with a brown sugar and cinnamon filling topped with a brown sugar and oatmeal crust--a fall favorite.

Warm-up with the best Apple Pie with Brown Sugar this season. Tender apple filling, topped with a brown sugar crumb topping and baked to perfection.

apple pie with brown sugar oatmeal topping

A classic apple pie with brown sugar and cinnamon filling topped with a brown sugar and oatmeal crust. This recipe is simple, delicious, and a fall favorite. Apple Pie with Brown Sugar is a great option to take to a holiday event or even to serve as a delicious dessert for your family. Throw it together with just a few ingredients, bake it, and enjoy it with the ones you love this season.

How to make brown sugar apple pie

The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post.

What You’ll Need

  • Apples: You’ll want to make sure your apples are cored, peeled and sliced. I like to slice mine about 1/4 inch thick. This size makes for a perfect bite.
  • Pie Crust: because this recipe has a crumb topping, you only need one pie crust. You can either make it yourself or pick on up from the store.
  • Salt: Becuase all baked goods need a little salt!
  • Quick Oats: oats add a nice crunchy granola kind of texture to the topping
  • Lemon Juice: to help preserve the apples
  • Brown Sugar: This wouldn’t be Apple Pie with Brown Sugar without the brown sugar. It makes for a more caramlized filling and beautiful topping
  • Butter: this is for the crumb topping and you can use either salted or unsalted.
  • Flour: to help thicken the pie filling
prepared pie crust, salt, oats, apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, and brown sugar on counter

Tips for success

  • Serving: This pie is delicious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel topping.
  • Crust: Feel free to make your own crust, or if you are in a pinch for time you can grab a premade crust from the store.
  • Cooling: Be sure to let this pie cool for at least a few hours before serving. If you can make it the day before and let it chill overnight, that would be best!
  • Storage: This pie can be covered loosly with foil or plastic wrap and stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 2-4 days.
  • Spices: If you don’t like allspice or cloves, feel free to leave them out
  • Apples: Granny smith apples are our favorite pie apple, but anything that holds its shape when baked is a good choice.  Red Rome, Winesap, and Jonagold are delicious choices.

Step by step

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a pie crust with one single layer of dough, and place on a lower rack inside preheated dish for baking sheet below it so that it catches any drips during the cooking process

mixing bowl with sugar apples, and apple filling in pie crust

In a large mixing bowl combine apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, and allspice. Mix well. You don’t want the spiced apples to sit out and become overly juicy, or you’ll have a soggy bottom crust. So keep on moving!

process of using pastry blender to cut butter into flour

For the crumb topping, cut flour into butter using a pastry blender or two knives. Add brown sugar and oats and mix it until you have an even mixture.

Place apples in pie crust and spread with crumb mixture. Top off the filling, pressing gently to make an even layer on top of each slice.

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Brown Sugar Apple Pie Recipe

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A classic apple pie with a brown sugar and cinnamon filling topped with a brown sugar and oatmeal crust–a fall favorite.
Prep Time:45 mins
Cook Time:1 hr
Total Time:1 hr 45 mins
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Equipment

  • Pie plate
  • Food processor or pastry blender

Ingredients

  • 1 whole pie crust

Apple Filling

  • 6 cups apples peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves

Crumb Topping

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¾ cup butter 1½ sticks
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup quick oats

Instructions

  • Prepare oven and crust. Preheat the oven to 375 and prepare a pie plate by lining it with a single pie crust. Line a spare baking sheet with aluminum foil and place it on the lower rack to catch drips. Line pie dish with one pie crust.
  • Make the apple filling. Combine the apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice in a large mixing bowl.
  • Make the crumb topping. Cut the flour into the butter using a pastry blender or two knives. Add the brown sugar, and oats. Stir gently to combine.
    cutting butter into flour
  • Assemble the pie. Add apples to pie plate lined with pie crust. Press crumb topping on top.
    piecrust filled with apples
  • Bake for 50 minutes. If the crust on the edges over-brown, cover it with an aluminum foil shield. Allow the pie to cool at least one hour before serving.
    crumb topping apple pie on counter

Notes

If you don’t like allspice or cloves, feel free to leave them out.
Granny smith apples are our favorite pie apple, but anything that holds its shape when baked is a good choice.  Red Rome, Winesap, and Jonagold are delicious.

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: apple pie with brown sugar, brown sugar apple pie, crumb topping apple pie
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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With just a few ingredients and 50 minutes in the oven, you can create this brown sugar apple pie. I think you’ll agree the best part is the oatmeal brown sugar crust. If you choose a pre-made crust, you’ll be able to make an easy dessert for family dinner or Thanksgiving without spending hours in the kitchen. Enjoy!


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