Easy Brown Bag Apple Pie

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    Easy brown bag apple pie with a delicious crumb topping and flaky pie crust. The brown bag helps seal in all of the delicious flavors and leaves you with the best apple pie you’ve ever tried. 

    This is one of those recipes that I have to make every fall. It takes a little more time to whip up, but it’s oh so worth it. The crust is crispy, the filling is caramelized and the crumb topping is golden and buttery. If I’m looking for a quicker apple dessert, usually I’ll make an easy apple crisp or apple dump cake.

    slice of apple pie on a white plate

    This brown bag apple pie is so easy and is absolutely delicious. My friend Nicole first brought it to my home last year for Thanksgiving dinner and I knew I needed to get the recipe to share with you. It comes from her grandma and tastes like the most wonderful homemade apple dessert.

    Anyone can learn to make this recipe. It’s pretty simple (as far as pie making goes) and turns out amazing every time! We drizzled a little salted caramel and added homemade ice cream on top. Seriously divine and the crumble topping is amazing.

    brown bag apple pie ingredients in bowl

    Why bake apple pie in a paper bag?

    Using this brown bag method really does make this the best apple pie you’ve ever tried. Below are a few reasons why:

    • It helps seal in all the yummy juices and flavors.
    • The filling gets caramelized and tender, while the crumble toppings gets golden.
    • The pie crust doesn’t over bake and has the perfect crispy and flaky texture.

    apple pie filling in unbaked pie crust

    Best apples for pie

    You honestly can use any type of apple when making this recipe. My favorites to use are granny smith and honey crisp because of their sweet taste and crisp texture. However there are plenty of others that would work too. You can even mix multiple varieties if you’d like.

    brown bag apple pie in pan

    How to make apple pie in a bag

    1. CRUST. Make the dough for the pie crust (or use store-bought pie dough), then press the dough into the bottom and sides of a 9″ pie pan. Do not roll it out.
    2. FILLING. To make the apple pie filling, mix together the sugar, flour, nutmeg and cinnamon. You can use regular sugar or brown sugar. I like to do 1/2 and 1/2. Gently toss the mixture with the sliced apples, then let them sit for about 10 minutes. Then pour the filling into the unbaked pie shell.
    3. CRUMBLE. Add flour, butter and sugar to a bowl and use your fingers (or a fork) to mix together until crumbly. Then sprinkle the mixture on top of the apple filling.
    4. BAKE. Place the pie in a brown paper bag and staple it shut. Then bake the pie in the oven at 350°F for about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and slit the bag open with a knife. Then transfer to a cooling rack.

    brown bag apple pie ready for oven

    Baking tips

    • Size of pie dish. I used a 9″ pie dish. If your pie dish is bigger, you may need to add more filling and make a little more dough to cover the whole dish.
    • Don’t roll out the pie dough. Pat the dough into the bottom and sides of the dish with your fingers. If you need to smooth it out, you can use the back of a hot metal spoon to gently push down and smooth out the surface.
    • Keeping the bag from burning. Since the oven is at a lower heat, the paper bag won’t burn as it cooks. When you place it on the rack, just make sure it’s not touching the heating element (or else it could burn that way). You can also place the bag on a baking sheet.
    • No peeking! The beauty of the brown bag method is that it helps seal in all those delicious juices and flavors. As tempting as it can be, don’t open the bag while the pie is cooking. Let it work it’s magic!



    apple pie in dish

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    Brown Bag Apple Pie

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: brown bag apple pie
    Prep Time: 30 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Total Time: 2 hours
    Servings: 16
    Calories: 308
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Easy brown bag apple pie with a delicious crumb topping and flaky pie crust. The brown bag helps seal in all of the delicious flavors and leaves you with the best apple pie you've ever tried. 



    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 2 Tablespoons cold milk


    • 4 cups sliced apples
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup sugar (or brown sugar, could do 1/2 each)
    • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

    Crumb Topping:

    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
    • 1/2 cup sugar


    • Crust: Combine the flour, sugar, salt, oil and milk. Mix until well blended. Pat mixture in bottom and side of a 9″ pie pan. Do not roll out. (To smooth it out, use the back of a hot metal spoon and gently push down to smooth evenly.) Set Aside.
    • Filling: Combine sugar, flour, nutmeg and cinnamon. Toss lightly with sliced apples. Let sit 10 minutes for sugar mixture to melt onto the apples and then pour into the unbaked pie shell.
    • Crumb topping: Combine flour, butter and sugar. Mix together with fingers or a fork, until crumbly. Sprinkle over pie. You’ll want to bake soon before the butter mixture softens too much.
    • Place pie in brown paper bag and staple shut. Bake at 350°F for 1 1/2 hours. (If oven bakes hot, reduce to 325 degrees. No peeking.) Slit the bag open with sharp knife. Remove pie from oven and allow to cool completely so it thickens (about 4 hours).
    • Serve the pie with vanilla ice cream and caramel on top if desired.



    If you are using a bigger pie dish, you may need to add more apples in filling. You may also need to make a little more dough to cover the entire dish.


    Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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