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A crumb topping makes this Dutch Apple Pie Recipeso easy to make. Full of sweet, autumnal spiced apples, this pie is destined to become a favorite!

When summer starts to wane, it’s time to think about apple desserts. And who doesn’t love a slice of warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? This streusel topping on this Apple Crumb Pie makes this a must make treat for fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Slice of Dutch Apple Pie topped with a scoop of ice cream on a white dessert plate

What is a Dutch Apple Pie?

A Dutch Apple Pie recipe typically refers to an apple pie topped with a crumble topping. I found no history of this dessert having a connection to the Netherlands, though. Instead, it looks like the Pennsylvania Dutch settlers were influenced by both German and French, not the Dutch. Flaky crusted pies were topped with crumbles, which often contained walnuts.

But a kind reader of my blog,  who lives in Amsterdam, brought this perspective: In Holland, we have “Appel Kruimel Taart”, which translates to “Apple Crumb Pie”. He said it’s been around for hundreds of years. I stand corrected!

For me, it’s a delight not to fiddle with a top crust. Though I’ve finally gotten to where my crusts are consistently flaky and tasty, they’re not always so pretty once they get transferred to the top of a pie.

This apple crumb pie’s streusel topping solves that problem. I’d recommend covering the surface with foil about half-way through the baking time as this recipe requires a longer stint in the oven in order to cook the apples to perfection. The last thing you want is a charred crust or topping. For another “easier than pie” recipe, this fabulous Maple Glazed Apple Galette is a terrific apple dessert that doesn’t need a top crust. And I make a Classic Apple Crisp at least once in the fall.

Overhead view of Dutch Apple Pie

Tips for Making the BEST Apple Pies

PRO-Tip: I find the tastiest apple pies are made with a variety of baking apples. This ensures that there will be a depth of flavor, combination of textures and balance of sweetness and tartness.

My go-to selection is a couple each of Granny Smiths, golden delicious and Jonathans. Though, when I got a shipment of Northern Spys from Michigan, those alone made the best tasting pie ever—so if you have access to a spectacular pie apple, go for a solo variety. Otherwise, a nice mixture is your best bet.

PRO-Tip: Different apples soften at different rates in the oven. I will use a sharp knife to check 3 or 4 apples to make sure they’re soft before pulling the pie out of the oven

If you need to add more time and are worried about your crust getting too dark, just cover the perimeter with aluminum foil. If the streusel topping of this apple crumb pie is browning too fast, cover the whole top of the pie with foil.

Dutch Apple Pie slice on a white plate with a red handled fork

Fall Desserts

Pumpkin and apple are my go to flavors once autumn rolls around. Besides this apple crumble pie, here are a few more of my favorite fall dessert recipes.

Dutch apple pie photo and text collage Print

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Dutch Apple Pie | Cinnamon spiced apples in a pastry shell with a streusel topping

Dutch Apple Pie

A delectable apple pie topped with streusel

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Pie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 3 pounds baking apples (use different types like Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonathon), peeled and cut into slices
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A few gratings of fresh nutmeg
  • Pastry dough for 1 layer pie crust (your favorite recipe or pre-made crust)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cool, not cold


  1. Roll out pie dough and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Place in refrigerator while preparing the filling. Preheat oven to 400ΒΊ.
  2. Toss apple slices with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside, stirring once or twice to help dissolve sugar.
  3. In a medium bowl, using two knives or pastry blender, cut butter into flour and sugars. Then pinch with fingers till large crumbs form.
  4. Take crust out of the refrigerator and fill with apples. Sprinkle topping over top of apples. Bake for 40 minutes then reduce to 350ΒΊ for 50 minutes or till filling is bubbling and apples are tender. Cover crust with foil if browning too quickly.
  5. Cool before slicing. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
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43 comments on “Dutch Apple Pie”

  1. This Dirch apple pie is like having the best of both worlds. An apple pie AND crumble! Yours looks absolutely delicious and I will make sure to take a look at some of the other contributors recipes to the SSC. Beautiful photos, your pie looks delicious. Sammie

  2. Liz, this is the perfect period for apple pie!!!
    Yours looks delicious…
    Happy Sunday

  3. We used to make pies with streusel topping at school, and I loved them! It really was perfect for those who weren’t so… talented with crusts!

  4. Que bien de manzana πŸ™‚
    Un saludito

  5. wow that apple filling…unbelievably delicious!

  6. Dutch Apple Pie is my favorite.

  7. So many apples in this pie! Love it πŸ™‚

  8. This looks spectacular Liz, I love how firm the filling is!

  9. Oh yum I just adore apple pie and I can’t wait to go apple picking to make one with freshly picked apples! This crumble topping is SO MUCH EASIER than trying to make a pretty pie crust! Love it

  10. I did not know to what ‘Dutch’ referred before today. I love learning something new. Now, if I could only grab a slice of your pie through the computer!

  11. Yes to everything about this! I made my first crumb pie a couple weeks ago and I can’t wait to make another one. Just sooooo good!

  12. Would you believe that this is my all time favorite pie in the whole world yet I’ve never attempted to bake one??? This looks incredible Liz!! oxox

  13. You make the most beautiful desserts! Seeing your pie today made me decide I HAD to remake my apple crisp (my fav fall apple dish) so I went to the local apple farm, bought some Honeycrisp apples and the crisp is in my oven right now! lol

  14. I love Dutch Apple Pies! It’s like a cross between a crumble and a pie. So perfect!

  15. Can you ever go wrong with apple pie and ice cream? I think not!

  16. This looks delicious! Apple pie is my favorite pie of all time.

  17. Oooh I’m craving a Dutch Apple Pie now! That crumb topping!! My fave!!

  18. Wow Liz! this looks amazing! crunchy and creamy! I would love to try your pie. Well done!

  19. A perfect dessert for autumn. I do love the crumbly topping on this apple pie. I had a dinner party on Saturday night and as the weather here is very cold, I served hot apple pie for dessert with a scoop of ice cream. Wrong season I know but what can you do about the weather! xx

  20. I’ve just got to make this!! I’ve got a big bag of apples I just bought that wants to be transformed!

  21. This is my dad’s favorite pie! I used to make it for his birthday every year. (Still do, when we get to spend it with him!)

  22. Apple pie is a favorite here! I peeled a couple apples yesterday too -Happy Fall:@)

  23. Dutch apple pie is the best! Streusel topping is way better than any fancy pie crust lattice in my book πŸ™‚ Your variation looks delicious!

  24. I’ve tried different versions of apple pie, but this is the first time I’ve heard of Dutch apple pie. Love the additional of ice-cream, dear! xoxo

  25. Apple pie is my favorite pie but rarely take the time to make it. Yours looks perfect! I’m sure it wouldn’t last a day in my house.

  26. Apple pie of any kind is my husband’s favorite. He would adore this recipe — so much so that he may not notice the large box of shoes/boots arriving any day from DSW!

  27. What a sublime pie, you had me a crumb topping!

  28. I love baking apple goods with a variety of apples, too. And I LOVE streusel topping. Great pie!!

  29. I think a Dutch Apple Pie might be my favorite fall dessert. I love the idea of using different apple varieties!

  30. Lizzy,
    I love crumbs, so I would love this pie. I’ll have to keep an eye out for Northern Spys.

  31. Just how I like my pie, with crumbs. Beautiful job, Liz!

  32. I have a very good friend who is Dutch and I always asked her to make her apple pie when there was a function we were both invited to, back when we lived in the same city. So full of apple goodness and that crumble! Yours looks absolutely perfect, Liz! If only WE lived in the same city.

  33. It’s fully, we always called this “grandma’s appple pie” because she never did a top crust, unlike my mom. Only now do I know it has a real name!! Delicious!

  34. Fabulous looking pie!

  35. I have yet to find anyone that doesn’t like a streusel topping. I’m a huge fan and so happy that this pie only calls for one pie crust. Just one still gives me the willies but I think I can handle it if this is the reward!

  36. Now I am going to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast coming over again to read more news.

  37. this is delicious looking I just love a good apple pie with ice cream!

  38. My husband’s favorite dessert is anything with apples. He’s even excited when I make simple cinnamon apples as a side with pork or ham. This is his perfect meal ender!

  39. Mmmm! I love that crumbly topping!

  40. I mad this the last two years for Thanksgiving and I am making it again this year, as per my kids request πŸ™‚

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