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17 Favorite Apple Pie Recipes

Apple pie, caramel apple pie, apple-cherry pie — our recipes offer 17 choices for creating your best apple pie ever.

Apple-Pear Praline Pie

This picture-perfect pie requires more than a flaky crust. "The key to this pie is the apples you use," says Mary Schrier of Cumberland, Iowa, who got this recipe from an old, handwritten family recipe book. She suggests not using Red Delicious apples. Instead, make this with Granny Smith, Jonathan or sweet-tart heirloom apples.

Apple Pear Praline Pie

Apple Pie

Lisa Sparks, who owns Lisa's Pie Shop in Atlanta, Indiana (north of Indianapolis), blends tangy Granny Smiths and mellower Jonathans in her double-crust pie seasoned with cinnamon.

Tapioca thickens the pale filling, making a lusciously clear sauce that wraps around the tender sliced fruit. Lisa says this apple pie recipe brought top honors at both local and national pie competitions.

Apple Pie

Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel-dipped apples inspired baker Caroline Imig to create this dessert for Wayne's Family Restaurant in Oconto, Wisconsin (north of Green Bay).

A mantle of flour-sugar-butter crumbs bakes crisp over sliced crisp-tart Cortland apples. Each serving gets a spoonful of caramel topping and a sprinkling of toasted nuts.

Caramel Apple Pie

Apple-Pear Praline Pie

This picture-perfect pie requires more than a flaky crust. "The key to this pie is the apples you use," says Mary Schrier of Cumberland, Iowa, who got this recipe from an old, handwritten family recipe book. She suggests not using Red Delicious apples. Instead, make this with Granny Smith, Jonathan or sweet-tart heirloom apples.

Apple Pear Praline Pie

Apple-Cranberry Walnut Pie

Sweet apples balance the tang of cranberries in this fall favorite.

Apple-Cranberry Walnut Pie

Caramel-Apple Pie

This recipe took first place two years in a row at Nebraska City, Nebraska's Applejack Festival. It's easier to eat than a caramel apple, but tastes just as good.

Caramel-Apple Pie

Apple Butter-Pumpkin Pie

The classic pumpkin pie gets even better with the addition of apple butter, which gives extra sweetness and a slightly softer texture to the dessert. A streusel topping adds a bit of crunch.

Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

Berry Apple Fantasy Pie

This golden, two-crust creation oozes with apples and blackberries. The recipe, from Elsa Landing Restaurant in Grafton, Illinois, was pictured on a cover of Midwest Living® .

Berry Apple Fantasy Pie

Caramel Apple Crunch Pie

This blue-ribbon pie has it all: juicy apple filling, a streusel topping, lattice crust and caramel crust. It's a winner from the annual Apple Festival pie-baking contest in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Caramel Apple Crunch Pie

Cider-Spiked Apple and Pecan Tart

 Apples are gently cooked in butter, then arranged in a prebaked crust and brushed with jelly. The result is an edible work of art.

Cider-Spiked Apple and Pecan Tart

Praline-Taffy Apple Pie

A Chicago reader took advantage of a bumper crop of apples to create Praline-Taffy Apple Pie. A flaky crust tops gooey hunks of caramel, pecans, brown sugar and apples.

Praline-Taffy Apple Pie

Something Special Apple-Cherry Pie

We combined two favorite pie fillings--apple and cherry--into one treat. Almonds add a nutty boost.

Something Special Apple-Cherry Pie

Cheesy Apple Pie

This juicy pie, from a Purdy, Missouri, reader, has a cheddar-speckled crust and cheesy streusel topping.

Cheesy Apple Pie

Apple Maple Cream Pie

Maple syrup adds a delicious twist to this apple pie. The recipe is from an Indianapolis bakery.

Apple Maple Cream Pie

Upside Down Apple-Pear Pie

This fruit-pecan pie bakes on top of a gooey brown sugar syrup. When it comes out of the oven, you turn it upside down like a sticky bun. Serve with custard and/or caramel sauces.

Upside Down Apple-Pear Pie

Single-Serving Caramel Apples

Joan Wagner of Overland Park, Kansas, considers these single-serving apple pies her easy-entertaining recipe. "You can make these up to six hours ahead and cover them with plastic wrap, so the puff pastry doesn't dry out," she says. "The desserts can bake while your coffee is brewing."

Single-Serving Caramel Apples

Christmas Apple Pie

Choose your favorite dried fruit to pair with apples for this double-crust pie. Present the cooled pie on a bigger pie plate full of gumdrops for a festive look. Change the color of the gumdrops (or try a different candy) for different seasons!

Christmas Apple Pie

Free printable apple desserts cookbook

Click below to download our FREE printable collection of 10 top apple dessert recipes, or choose from one of our other free printable cookbooks!

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