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!

Making pie dough is not my strength.  But with this Caramel Apple Pie, I've got a secret weapon I use for the crust that will give you a perfect crust for your apple pie.  My secret...

I use refrigerated sugar cookie dough mixed with a little flour for the crust and it makes my pie dough taste amazing!  Who doesn't love the ease and the taste of refrigerated sugar cookie dough?  Using it for a pie crust means there's no measuring of ingredients.  No cutting in cold butter.  No rolling.  It's so easy!

After I line the bottom and sides of my baking pan, I pour in the apple mixture and bake the pie for an hour.  Then, I add a sweet, buttery streusel topping to the top of the pie and bake it some more.

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

Look at that crust.  Beautiful, isn't it?

Here's how it comes together...

I open up a tube of sugar cookie dough and put it in my mixing bowl, then I add in 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour and mix it together.

I spoon the dough into a 9-inch springform pan and press it onto the sides and bottom of the pan.  You can also press the dough into a pie plate, but I like the look of the pie coming out of a springform pan better.

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

Then I peel, core and slice 5 Granny Smith apples, put them in a bowl and toss them with granulated sugar, flour, and ground cinnamon and ginger.  After it's all mixed together, I pour the apples into the pie crust.

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

Next comes my favorite part, pour caramel over the apples.  I use about 3/4 of a cup and let it drizzle down between the apples making its way to the crust. You can make your own caramel using this recipe or buy it already made from the store.

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

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

Next, cover the pan and bake the pie for 1 hour.

Closeup of a Caramel Apple Pie with Sugar Cookie Crust fresh out of the oven

After an hour, remove the apple pie from the oven.  Prepare the crumb topping using flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter and vanilla.  Sprinkle it over the top of the pie.

Crumb topping in a mixing bowl next to the Caramel Apple pie with Sugar Cookie Crust in a pie pan

Place the pie back in the oven to bake about 20 minutes more.

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

This Caramel Apple Pie with the cookie dough crust smells so good as it's baking in the oven.  The caramel - the apples- the cookie dough - it all smells wonderful.   And the taste...

Nothing compares!  Honestly, this pie takes the "best pie" prize.

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

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.

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.

Thank you so much for reading!

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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
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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