Caramel Apple Pie

caramel apple pie

The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Servings: 8 slices
Yield: 1 (9 to 10-inch) pie

Caramel apple pie is the ultimate comfort pie full of fresh fall apples, homemade caramel sauce, and a perfect crumb topping.

We made a flaky homemade crust, but if you want to make your life easier, use a store-bought crust. You can also use a store-bought caramel sauce if you’re looking to save time.

Serve this pie warm with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream or some homemade whipped cream. You can even make the pie ahead of time and serve it chilled. It’s a great dessert for Thanksgiving or just a nice slow Sunday evening.


  • For the Crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons shortening, cold
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cold
  • 2-4 tablespoons water, cold
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 1/2 pounds Macoun or Cortland apples
  • 1 pound Granny Smith apples 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, cubed
  • For the Caramel Sauce:
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Crumb Topping:
  • 6 tablespoon salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

Prepare the Crust:

  1. Gather your ingredients.

    pie crust ingredients
  2. Place the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add in the shortening and cubed butter, then use a pastry blender to cut the mixture together until large and small crumbs form.

    butter and shortening cut into flour with a pastry cutter
  3. Slowly add in the water, stirring after each addition until the dough holds together when pinched.

    pie crust dough in a bowl
  4. Form the dough into a ball and then flatten into a round disc. Cover and chill if you’re not preparing right away.

    pie crust dough
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Roll out the dough into a 12-inch circle.

    pie dough rolled into a circle
  6. Place the pie crust onto your pie pan.

    pie crust in a pie tin
  7. Crimp the edges together. Dock the crust by pricking all over with a fork. Add pie weights (or dry beans) to the crust and bake for 12 minutes.

    pie weights in a pie crust
  8. Remove the pie weights and allow the crust to cool. Lower the oven to 375 F.

    pie crust baked in a pie pan

Prepare the Filling:

  1. Gather your ingredients.

    ingredients for caramel apple pie
  2. Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. Place in a large bowl.

    sliced apples
  3. Add the lemon juice, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to the apples; toss to coat the apples. Cover and set the apples aside along with the cubed butter.

    apple slices coated in spices

Prepare the Caramel Sauce:

  1. Gather your ingredients.

    caramel sauce ingredients.
  2. Add the brown sugar to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is completely melted and no longer grainy.

    sugar melting in a pan
  3. Add in the butter and stir; the mixture will bubble and slightly separate.

    caramel sauce cooking in a saucepan
  4. Lower the heat to low and add the heavy cream, stirring constantly, until all of the ingredients come together in a smooth consistency to form caramel. Stir in the salt and vanilla extract; set aside. The caramel will continue to thicken as it cools.

    caramel sauce bubbling in a pan

Prepare the Crumb Topping:

  1. Gather your ingredients.

    ingredients for crumb topping
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the melted butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until large crumbs form.

    crumb topping in a bowl
  3. Transfer the cinnamon apples to the pie crust. Drizzle half of the caramel sauce over the top of the apples. Place the cubed butter over top of the apples.

    caramel apple pie before baking
  4. Sprinkle the pie with the crumb topping. Bake for 45 minutes or until the apples are softened and the crumb topping is lightly browned.

    caramel apple pie before baking
  5. Remove from the oven and drizzle with the remaining caramel sauce. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes, then slice and serve.

    caramel apple pie after baking

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