Caramel Apple Pie With Cookie Dough Crust

Caramel Apple Pie with Cookie Dough Crust - layers of sliced apples covered in caramel baked on a cookie dough crust.  Using refrigerated sugar cookie dough makes this crust perfectly sweet and easy to make too.

A slice of Caramel Apple Pie with Sugar Cookie Crust and streusel topping on a small plate with a large bowl of red and green apples in the background

A great crust, layers of caramelized apples and a sweet and buttery streusel topping - this pie's got it all!

Each bite tastes like you're eating sweet caramel apples, only better.  The buttery, cinnamon, brown sugar streusel topping adds another flavor layer and gives a delicious crunchy bite.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Instead of fumbling with a traditional pie crust, I chose to use refrigerated sugar cookie dough mixed with a little flour for the crust. Using it for a pie crust means there's no measuring of ingredients. No cutting in cold butter. No rolling. It's so easy!
  • This glorious pie topping is made with pantry staples like brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter. When combined, the topping is fabulous!

Overhead view of a Caramel Apple Pie with Sugar Cookie Crust and streusel topping on a pie dish

Ingredient Notes

See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions. 

Filling

  • Apples: I use 5 medium apples that are peeled, cored, and sliced ¼-inch thick. The best apples for apple pie include Granny Smith, Gala, Honeycrisp, and Fuji.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar is mixed in with the apples which add sweetness and flavor to the pie.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour is used to thicken the filling. It works better than cornstarch.
  • Cinnamon and ground ginger: For flavor.
  • Caramel: Optional topping. You can use either store-bought, or you can make your own homemade caramel.

Crumb Topping

  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour.
  • Sugar and Brown sugar: Use both granulated sugar and packed brown sugar.  If you don't have brown sugar on hand, use our simple Small Batch Brown Sugar recipe.
  • Cinnamon and vanilla extract: For flavor.
  • Butter: Use softened butter.

Crust

  • Refrigerator sugar cookie dough
  • Flour

How To Make This Recipe

To Make The Crust

  1. Coat the bottom and inside of a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. At medium-low speed, beat the flour and dough in a mixing bowl until combined.
  3. Press the sugar cookie dough onto sides and bottom of the pan, creating a 1/4-inch thick crust.

Dough pressed into a pie pan next to the remainder of the dough in a mixing bowl and a yellow cloth napkin

To Make The Filling

  1. In a large mixing bowl, toss the apples with the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and ginger. Spoon into prepared crust.
  2. Spoon the caramel topping over the apples.
  3. Cover and bake.

Apple slices coated with cinnamon, sugar, and ginger on top of the crust dough in a pie dish drizzled with caramel

To Make The Crumb Topping

  1. In a mixing bowl at low speed, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Add in the butter and vanilla; increasing the speed to medium and mixing until wet crumbs form.
  3. Remove the pie from the oven and uncover.
  4. Sprinkle crumb mixture over top of pie.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Cool on a rack and remove the sides from the pan.
  7. Serve.

Crumb topping on Caramel Apple Pie with Sugar Cookie Crust in a pie pan in the oven

Expert Tips

  • Use firm apples.
  • Make sure your apple slices are around the same thickness. This way they all bake evenly. Aim for around ¼-inches thick.
  • You can use store-bought caramel for the topping, or you can make your own Homemade Caramel.
  • Serve with fresh Whipped Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Freeze Caramel Apple Pie?

It is best to freeze an unbaked pie. Freezing a baked pie usually results in a soggy crust. Pie will keep frozen, unbaked, and wrapped in plastic wrap and foil for up to 3 months.

To bake: thaw in the refrigerator, remove foil and plastic wrap, and bake according to the recipe instructions.

Can I Use A Store-Bought Crust?

Absolutely! Cut the crust to fit your baking dish and proceed with the recipe as written.

A forkful of Caramel Apple Pie with Sugar Cookie Crust from a slice on a small plate

So, if you want to make an apple pie but don't want to bother making a traditional pie crust, this recipe is for you. Keep things simple and enjoy an easy to make, sweet Caramel Apple Pie with Cookie Dough Crust.

Enjoy!

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Caramel Apple Pie With Cookie Dough Crust

Refrigerated sugar cookie dough is the secret to making a perfect crust for this Caramel Apple Pie with Cookie Dough Crust.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

CRUST

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 16 1/2 ounce package refrigerated sugar cookie dough

FILLING

  • 5 inch medium Granny Smith apples , peeled, cored, cut into half- slices
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup caramel topping

CRUMB TOPPING

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter , melted (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • CRUST
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Coat the bottom and inside of a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • At medium-low speed, beat the flour and dough in a mixing bowl until combined.
  • Press the sugar cookie dough onto sides and bottom of the pan, creating a 1/4-inch thick crust.
  • FILLING
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss the apples with the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and ginger. Spoon into prepared crust.
  • Spoon the caramel topping over the apples.
  • Cover and bake for 1 hour.
  • CRUMB TOPPING
  • In a mixing bowl at low speed, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Add in the butter and the vanilla; increasing the speed to medium and mixing until wet crumbs form.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and uncover.
  • Sprinkle crumb mixture over top of pie.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool on a rack and remove the sides from the pan.
  • Serve.

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10 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Pie With Cookie Dough Crust”

  1. heather @french press

    it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the apple pie, and this one sounds amazing! LOVE that caramel

  2. Melanie | Melanie Makes

    Apple pie is my husband’s favorite, Joanie – can’t wait to give yours a try as it looks amazing! (And you don’t look old enough to be married 20+ years!)

  3. Laura @MotherWouldKnow

    I absolutely love your hint for easy pie crust. I’ve never tried anything like that, but it certainly does sound like a trick I should keep in my back pocket. Streusel-topped apple pie has always been among my favorites and your version looks amazing. Using a spring form for height is great too!

  4. Kristy @ Chocolate Slopes

    Wow, these look beyond delicious! Can I just make the crust and eat that? That’s usually my favorite part 🙂

  5. Save me a piece and I will come and pick it up to save for a cold Houston night! 😉 Looks DELICIOUS!

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