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Easy Apple Pie Recipe

When I hosted the whole family at my house for Thanksgiving for the first time a few years ago the pressure was on to find delicious recipes that didn’t take up my whole day. I discovered a photocopy of a Golden Apple Cobbler recipe in one of my cookbooks and adapted it to my liking and it was a hit! Since then it’s become a tradition for Savannah and I to make this recipe together for holidays or family gatherings where something sweet is needed. Keep reading for the printable recipe!

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thanksgiving apple pie recipe

Tasty Thanksgiving Apple Pie

Thanksgiving is nothing without pie and after a delicious pumpkin pie, a crumbly, sweet, and delicious Thanksgiving apple pie is a must!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Baked Goods
Servings 6 People


  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp Salt
  • 4 Golden delicious, Fuji or other favorite cooking apples (depending on the size of your pie dish you may need 5 apples
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Orange
  • 2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract


  • Wash, peel & thinly slice about 4 apples. I use a mandolin for even slices and look.
  • Slice 1/4 cup of chilled unsalted butter into cubes and place in a skillet on medium heat
  • Once butter is melted, add apples and 2 TBSP of fresh lemon juice
  • Mix well
  • In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1.5 TBSP of all-purpose flour
  • Add mixture to the apples, mix well
  • Add 1 Tsp of vanilla extract to apple, mix well
  • Partially cover pan (with occasional stirring) for 15-20 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 425 F and begin making the crust
  • In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 Tsp of salt, 1/2 a cup of sugar, and 2 Tsp of baking powder
  • Add 2 tablespoons of cubed, chilled butter to the mix. Knead it together until the mixture turns into almost course crumbs. Sometimes it needs more butter, add as needed for the right consistency.
  • Take apple mixture off heat and let cool for about 10 minutes
  • Grate some zest off an orange into the bowl or squeeze some of the orange's juice. Don't have an orange? A dash of OJ will do.
  • Cover a baker’s table, island or rolling mat and rolling pin in flour, then begin rolling out your dough. Don't roll it out too thin or thick.
  • Turn your sheet upside down over the pie pan (easiest way to get the thin dough there), and begin gently stretching the sides over the pan
  • Tip: Rolling out the dough not working? Sometimes I piece the crust together placing rolled out pieces of dough in the pie pan and smoothing it out from there.
  • After the apples have cooled, pour them on top of the crust
  • Use a fork to add ridges around the pie crust if desired. (I like to place some of the nicer apple slices on top of the rest as a covering.)
  • Use the extra dough to cut out shapes for your pie. You can do any kind of cookie cutter shape. I like to make little stars for my pie
  • Place pie in the oven for 10 minutes
  • Reduce heat to 375 F and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes
  • Let cool a bit and serve warm with whipped cream — Enjoy!

Easy Thanksgiving Pie

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