Easy Brown Bag Apple Pie


Easy Brown Bag Apple Pie – The most delicious crumb top apple pie that is perfect for beginner pie makers! The brown bag helps seal in all of the delicious flavors. This apple crumb pie is seriously divine!

My family loves apple pie and begs for it every fall. This easy apple pie is my go-to classic recipe, but we also love apple cheesecake pie, apple crisps, caramel apple monkey bread and caramel apple pie bars.

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Apple crumble pie

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

We drizzled a little salted caramel and added vanilla ice cream on top. Seriously divine and the crumb topping is amazing. This brown bag apple pie is perfect for anyone to make. The brown bag helps seal in the all yummy juices and flavors. It’s pretty simple (as far as pie making goes) to make and turns out amazing every time!

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What are best apples for apple pie?

You honestly can use any type of apple to make this apple crumble pie. My favorite apples to use are granny smith and honey crisp, however there are plenty of others that would work too. You can even mix multiple kinds of apples to make the easy apple pie.

What are the ingredients for apple pie?

What I like about this brown bag apple pie is that it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients and most of them I already had on hand. See below for list of all ingredients included in apple crumble pie recipe.

  • paper grocery bag
  • flour
  • sugar
  • salt
  • oil
  • milk
  • apples
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • nutmeg
  • butter

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How do you make apple pie filling?

To make the apple pie filling, combine the 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. If you want to make a big batch of apple pie filling to use for fall baking, try using this recipe.

How do you make a crumb topping for apple pie?

To make the crumb topping for apple pie, combine flour, butter, and sugar. Mix together with fingers or a fork, until crumbly. Sprinkle crumb topping over apple pie. You’ll want to bake soon before the butter mixture softens too much.

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Easy Brown Bag Apple Pie

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crumble pie
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 16
Calories: 308 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

Easy Brown Bag Apple Pie - The most delicious crumb top apple pie that is perfect for beginner pie makers! The brown bag helps seal in all of the delicious flavors. This apple crumb pie is seriously divine! 



  • 1 pie dish
  • 1 paper grocery bag


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 Tablespoons cold milk


  • 4 cups sliced apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. First make the crust by combining the flour, sugar, salt, oil & 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Place pie in brown paper bag and staple shut.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. (If oven bakes hot, reduce to 325 degrees. No peeking.)  Slit sack open with sharp knife.  Cool easy apple pie on a cooling rack.

  5. Serve apple crumble pie warm. Tastes great with vanilla ice cream and caramel on top.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Brown Bag Apple Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 247mg 10%
Potassium 65mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3.9%
Vitamin C 1.7%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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28 comments on “Easy Brown Bag Apple Pie”

  1. Baking a pie from scratch has been one of those things on my bucket list. This one sounds just amazing — especially with the salted caramel and ice cream! Pinning and making for my family for sure!

  2. I love homemade apple pie-it’s one of my favorites!  I have never tried making it in a brown paper bag though?!  My sister would love this tip! 

  3. I just made this and my family loved it!

    Thanks for this Superb Recipe!

  4. Apple Pie is one of my favorites! pinned!

  5. I love pie! Thank you for sharing!!!

  6. Oh my! This looks soooo yummy!!! I LOVE Apple Pie so I’m going to need to try this ASAP!!!!


  7. I have been making this pie for years now and it is the best apple pie ever. I have a friend who always said his grandmother made the best pie until he tried this one. I use a lot more apples and of course the seasonings for the apples as I like more and it is amazing! This is the first pie my daughter ever made and it was beautiful. It is definitely a keeper and a pie we love for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

  8. I LOVE apple pie…the taste, the smell…YUMMY! I can’t wait to try this recipe! :)

  9. I’ve never heard of making a pie in a brown paper bag–but it looks so divine I think I’m definitely going to try it this holiday season!!

  10. I’ve never heard of baking it in a brown bag! What a great idea!!

  11. Have made a similar recipe for years. SO good! The last time I made it I added chopped pecans to the topping. That addition made it even better. My family won’t allow me to make any other apple pie.

  12. I would love to try the “brown bag” apple pie, but I find our stores never seem to have brown bags, or any paper bags. I guess making a foil envelope would not work?  Any suggestions – please.

    • Foil would not work, as it would not allow enough steam to release. Parchment paper might work, but I haven’t tried it. Please let me know if you do! :)

  13. Wow, this looks fantastic! The perfect dessert to welcome in fall!

  14. I’ve never heard of using a paper bag to make an apple pie. Sounds delicious!

  15. Wow. these look amazing. I will see how I can do it dairy free.

  16. You had me at apple pie! This is the perfect recipe to kick off Fall!!

  17. This dessert looks so good! I have to make it soon!

  18. Apple pie is my favorite!! This sounds faaantastic!!

  19. Would love to try this! This looks sooooo good! Yummy! This made me drool. Thank you for a great recipe!

  20. That is the prettiest apple pie I’ve seen! I love how it holds it’s shape!

  21. Oooh! I love this idea! Wish I had a slice of the pie right now!

  22. Apple season is my favorite time of year. I can’t wait to make this apple pie it honestly sounds to good to be true ;)

  23. since no one else has asked, I will. How does the paper bag not catch on fire in the oven? I’m intrigued but cautious at the same time.

    • Hi Jane! Just make sure that the bag does not make contact with the heating element of the oven. Since the oven is only at 350 degrees, the bag won’t burn. If it were 450 or higher, it would be more likely burn.

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