Best Apple Pie Recipe For The 4th + Thanksgiving + Christmas + Anytime

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Apple Pie Recipe Secrets!

I can’t remember if it was Superman or Captain that requested an apple pie for Thanksgiving dinner several years ago.  I was nervous to try because I had no idea what the best apple pie recipe was.  Y’all.  It took a couple tries but now, wow, this all-American apple pie recipe is so tasty yet so ridiculously EASY to make!

BEST Apple Pie Recipe that only takes minutes!

Southern apple pie

Apple pie for the big Thanksgiving meal or Christmas dinner comes in a close second to a fabulous pecan pie. When I think of July the 4th celebrations, apple pie comes to mind too. It’s good for anytime you want a classic, easy dessert to wow your guests.  Don’t be intimidated – it’s easy peasy!!

Best apples for apple pie

Best apples for BEST Apple Pie Recipe!

I believe that the best apples for apple pie are the ones that you love to eat the most.  I’m a traditional girl though and I’ve always enjoyed the taste of the Granny Smith apples in our apple pies.

You feel free to experiment with whatever flavor you want, but you can’t go wrong with a bright green Granny Smith.



Best apple pie recipe

The ingredients and instructions for a printable recipe card are below but here’s the basic idea ->>>

You seriously won’t believe how simple this is!  You basically will just be adding a sugared-apple mixture into a pie crust & then covering with a pie crust and baking.  Really.  Here are the details …..

Here’s your printable recipe card of how to make the best apple pie recipe:

Best Apple Pie Recipe! YUMMY & FAST! (Countdown to Thanksgiving)
  • 2) uncooked pie crusts -homemade or packaged
  • Pie filling:
  • 5 Granny Smith apples (peeled & sliced)
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • *optional
  • dot of half & half or egg white for a brush on top of pie crust
  1. Mix apples, sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir and refrigerate.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Pour apple mixture into uncooked pie shell and drop 1 Tablespoon butter in center
  4. Cover with second uncooked pie crust on top and seal edges with bottom pie crust.
  5. Optional: lightly brush top with a dot of half and half or egg white.
  6. Cut three slits for steam to escape.
  7. Place pie into oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Adjust temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30-40 minutes til golden brown.

That’s all there is to it!

Apple Pie Recipe & To-Dos

Let’s move on to what we can do today (Wednesday) to lose the overwhelm and enjoy Thanksgiving Day even more.  It’s Day #3 of Thanksgiving week of our Thanksgiving series. Monday and Tuesday’s To-Dos had us making sure certain foods were in the refrigerator and cleaning up the most chaotic rooms in the house. After that nostalgic pie, there can be classic board games and outdoor game supplies for family time after the big Thanksgiving meal.

Today is about putting the finishing touches on the house (straightening and decorating) and making those pies!  I’ve given you this apple pie recipe but my pecan pie and EASY cheesecake recipe are on the way as well.  I’ll also be washing and chopping anything that can be done ahead of time.  Woot!

Remember, no matter what, we aren’t going to stress about Thanksgiving!   I pray that you can truly enjoy the holidays with the ones you love and give perfectionism the boot like I’m doing.

Aren’t you excited that you have the {easiest &} best apple pie recipe?

BEST Apple Pie Recipe that only takes minutes!

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  1. Mamaguru
    November 23, 2016 / 8:19 am

    I adore apple pie! I agree that Granny Smiths are great in pies. I use about half grannies and half golden delicious! Can’t wait to bake one. TODAY!!!!

  2. Shahla
    November 23, 2016 / 9:38 am

    I love warm apple pie especially with ice cream!! Looking forward to your pecan pie recipe too!

  3. Latasha | Arts and Budgets
    November 23, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Oh My Word! I love apple pie and this recipe looks AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Jessica
    November 23, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Looks so yummy!!!!

  5. Jeanette
    November 23, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    Love Apple pie and this pie look amazing. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Mary Barham
    November 23, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    I LOVE apple pie!! Can’t wait to make this!

  7. Amy Lyon
    November 23, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    I just adore apple pie. I like to have a mix of apples in mine, leaning more towards Jonathon, Gala and Paula Red as those are the best local apples available here in my area. I love that we have a Pick Your Own orchard in our area, and I buy a lot when in season and then even can apple pie filling for later in the year.
    Thank you so much for your recipe.

  8. Sheila
    November 23, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Yum! I love apple pie. I made my first one last year and I can’t wait to make one this year too. I’ll have to try out your recipe. I love how simple it is.

  9. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
    November 23, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    YUM! I cannot wait to get baking! I love apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream!

  10. Cait Weingartner
    November 24, 2016 / 1:10 am

    I’m always looking for new pie recipes to try, and I will definitely add this one to my collection. Your finished pie looks absolutely incredible!

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