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Favorite Dutch Apple Pie

Everything about this dessert (but especially its dutch apple pie topping!) makes it the number 1 request for family gatherings. Its oat crust reminds me of a cookie, and the tart apple filling just can't be beat during harvest time. —Brenda DuFresne, Midland, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/4 cups cold water
  • 4 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 2 large)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Mix flour, brown sugar, oats and butter; reserve 1-1/2 cups mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture onto bottom and up sides of an ungreased 9-in. pie plate.
  • In a large saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch and water until smooth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in apples and vanilla. Pour into crust. Crumble topping over filling.
  • Bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 40-45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 494 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 81g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • JeMAnov18
    Feb 14, 2021

    I made this yesterday and followed the recipe exactly, except for adding 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the filling before adding the apples. I used a glass pie pan and baked for 45 minutes. It came out perfect. The 1-1/2 cups for the topping was spot on. I thought the apples could have cooked a little longer, I used Gala, next time I might try a different one. I will definitely be making this again.

  • bicktasw
    Mar 19, 2020

    I made this recipe with just a few minor changes..... I added sweetened dried cranberries to the apple mixture (for the color), I used margarine instead of butter and I sprinkled the top with cinnamon. I must say, this is an easy recipe to make and it's delicious! 5 stars for sure!!

  • Rebekah
    Dec 5, 2019

    This was soooo good, and very easy. I am NOT a baker but the boys requested apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert, and I just can't stomach the store-bought pies/fillings. I did add cinnamon and nutmeg to the filling and chopped pecans to the topping, which turned out great. Will definitely make this one again.

  • brenda5736
    Aug 14, 2019

    This recipe knocked it out of the park for me!!! I am not even a pie lover but this was extremely good. Also, the easiest pie I have ever made! Love the you do not have to roll out a crust and the topping is made right with the crust so there is no extra step to make the topping. Yes, I added cinnamon, woopy doo, this recipe deserves a 10 star in my book!

  • Caresse
    Apr 29, 2019

    I am sorry to say this! There are Some ingredients missing! I am Dutch and this is no Dutch Apple pie (appeltaart).

  • Kay
    Dec 17, 2018

    I really liked this pie! My first attempt was less than great, but some was my own fault. I forgot the vanilla, but the amount of apples also seemed far too many for the size of the pie pan. I had apples and sauce overflowing! Even so, it tasted OK and was easy to do, so I tried it again. My second effort I limited it to 2 cups of apples, mixed granny smith and golden delicious. I made certain to include the vanilla, and also added a bit of cinnamon to the apples. In addition, bc I have a real sweet tooth, I added an additional 1/2 c brown sugar to the topping portion. This adjustment turned out GREAT! I made one for myself and took one to a church dinner. Thanks. I plan to make another for Christmas dinner.

  • Susie
    May 14, 2018

    This is a quick and easy recipe! I added brown sugar and cinnamon and salt to the apple mixture. It turned out really good. I have noticed on alot of recipes I find on line, there is always something missing.

  • skhewes
    Apr 1, 2018

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  • halfadime7
    Oct 28, 2017

    Hubby was craving apple pie and I ran across this in my August/September Simple & Delicious mag. Looked easy and with few ingredients. The only thing we needed was the apples. Got some Granny Smiths and followed the recipe except for adding some cinnamon to the apple mixture. I couldn't figure out why that was left out of the original recipe. Anyway, it came out TERRIFIC! Oh so tasty and the crust is wonderful. Perfect recipe! I've already printed and saved it and it is now my go-to recipe. Hubby absolutely LOVED it and he's picky about his apple pie. LOL! Thanks Brenda DuFrense for sending it in.

  • lvarner
    Oct 2, 2017

    This was so easy - love the preparation technique for the crust and topping! I thought it needed some spice so next time I made it I added in 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon to the flour mixture. I also added 1/2 cup chopped nuts (typically peans or walnuts), and I thought this provided some nice crunch. I will definitely make this pie again!