My Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

What pies are you going to be eating this Thanksgiving Holiday? My family and I will be eating our favorite apple pie…my Grandma’s recipe! This is by far my FAVORITE pie ever. I LOVE this pie! So I thought I would share it with you as this is pie season.

**I know most of you may already know how to make pie crust and have your own ways of doing it and your own favorite recipes. I learned how to make pie crust from my grandma and my mom and thought that there might be some of you who have never made pie crust before. So I decided to share with you how we do it.


Pie Dough Recipe:
(makes 4 pie crusts or 2 apple pies)

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup shortening (Butter Flavored Crisco)
1 tsp salt

Mix the above three ingredients together until you have a crumbly mixture. I like to use a pastry cutter.


Then add the following:

1 T vinegar
1 egg (beat with a fork before adding to dough mixture)
1/2 cup cold water

Mix the dough together so that it is just combined. Do not overmix, this will ensure a nice, flaky crust.

Take your dough and separate it into 4 equal sized balls. Set 3 aside. Roll out pie dough into a round pie crust. I like to roll it out onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper with some sprinkled flour. If you have trouble with the pie dough sticking to your roller, dust it with more flour. **You can also add another sheet of wax paper on top of the dough and roll out your crust between the layers of wax paper.


Fill your pie plate (10 inch) with your crust and make sure to lift the edges of the crust so that it sits all the way down in the pie plate and along the edges. Let the excess pie dough hang over the edge of your plate.


Apple Pie Filling:
4-5 Granny Smith or Johnathon apples (1 pie); 8-9 apples (2 pies)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup Sugar (1 pie)
about 3 tsp Butter
(1 pie)

Wash and peel your apples and slice them in half.


Fill your dish so that it is heaping with apples. Then sprinkle your 1/2 cup of sugar over the apples. Sprinkle with a generous amount of cinnamon. Add 2 tsp of butter. I just cut 3 little squares off the butter and put it on top of the apples.


Roll out the top layer of crust. Cut some vent holes into the crust with a sharp knife.

Then take your fingers and dip them in water. Run your wet fingers on the top of the edge of your pie crust. This will seal shut the two edges of your pie crust so you do not have juices that spill out of your pie.

Place the top crust on your pie and press the edges of the pie crust together all around the pie.

Take a sharp knife and cut off the excess pie crust by running it along the edge of your pie plate.


Take your fingers and pich in the edges of the crust. There are many ways to do this. This is how I usually do mine.


Dip your clean fingers in a little milk and rub the milk all over the top crust. This will help your pie to get a nice brown color while baking. Sprinkle a little granulated sugar over the top crust as well.


Bake in the oven that has been pre-heated to 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, reset the oven to 350 degrees and bake for another 45 minutes.


Yum! What about you? What are your favorite pie recipes? I am bringing some apple pies to our Thanksgiving Feast but I wanted to try a new recipe and bring something different. So if you have a great pie recipe that you would like to share, go ahead and link it up. I would love to see what your favorite pie recipes are!

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  1. Karen says

    Yum! Your crust recipe is the same as Pioneer Woman's. It is the only crust I will ever make again. I never thought to try Butter flavored Crisco….My favorite pie is blueberry.

  2. Kristi says

    I'm making an apple pie and we'll have that with vanilla bean ice cream (of course!). I'm also planning to make some small breads to send home with my guests. I made a great pumpkin chocolate-chip bread last week so I'll probably go with that and then an apple bread. If I can get my act together, I'll try to do an orange cranberry too.

  3. Juli L. says

    Thank you for sharing this crust recipe! I have never made a pie or a pie crust, but was thinking of giving it a try this year. I will have to try this recipe, it looks wonderful! :)

  4. Tricia says

    Thank you for having this little linky, Amy. I LOVE pies, and one can never have too many pie recipes in their arsenal. ;)
    I have to admit, although I love pies, I have never made my own crust. It scares me. lol! So thank you for showing us how you do it. Maybe I will brave it for Christmas.

    Happy Thanksgiving,

  5. JOYfilled Family says

    my daughter and husband are trying this recipe right as i type.

    thanks for sharing.

    pax Christi – lena

  6. Laurie says

    Yummy! Step aside Martha, you have met your match! This site is AMAZING! I am so glad that my friends told me about it and that I looked it up!

  7. Ethan, Natalie, Camilla, and Ella Berry says

    I used your recipe and the first pie is in the oven as I am typing this. I have made very few pies so your tutorial was just the motivation I needed to give it a shot! I am SO looking forward to sinking my teeth into this one! I plan on saving a few pieces and putting them in the fridge and then when COLD, eating it with a slice of COLD sharp cheddar cheese on top! It is SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Thanks again for the easy to follow tutorial and recipe! I LOVE your blog and check it often, you are "da bomb!" :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. **Amy** says

    @Karen–Pioneer Woman's huh? Who knew! My Grandma was pretty with it I guess :)

    @Kristi–Love that ideas to send them home with bread!

    @Juli–Thanks! You should really give it a try. Easier than it looks!

    @Tricia–Love pie too! Try it! You will be so glad you did.

    @Lorna–An apple peeler. Google it and you will find several for sale. Love them!

    @JOYfilledfamily–Yay! Hope it is fabulous. Thanks for letting me know!

    @Laurie–awww! Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

    @E,N,C, and E–So glad the tutorial helped motivate you! Hope you love it!

  9. **Amy** says

    @Marla–Oh yes! That should be 1/2 cup cold water! Thanks for catching that typo! I have fixed it!

  10. Ronni says

    The pie crust is similar to what my mom used. I love the pie crust. Its all I use. When I do my apple pie I like to omit the sugar and use apple juice concentrate. I put it on the stove in a pan and bring it to a boil and thicken it with corn starch. I still use the cinnamon and butter and put on a top crust.


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