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Mom's Apple Pie recipe

Mom's Apple Pie

The best apple pie recipe ever. Really. My Mom's Apple Pie is no ordinary apple pie recipe. The apples are bathed and baked in a delicious, sweet, cinnamon & spice syrup for a filling that is extra flavorful and extra ooey-gooey. Try my Mom's Apple Pie recipe once, and you’ll never look back!
Course Dessert
Keyword apple pie, best apple pie, classic apple pie, favorite apple pie, mom's apple pie
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author Sarah


  • 1 box prepared pie crusts for a 2-crust pie the kind that you unroll (my favorite are Pillsbury, by far), or your favorite pie crust recipe
  • 5 large Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
  • ice cream or whipped cream optional garnish


  • Arrange one of the pie crusts into the bottom of a deep dish pie pan.
  • Fill the pie shell with the apples.
  • In a medium pot, whisk together sugar, flour, salt, water, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly -- don't neglect to stir!, until thick and syrupy, about 4-5 minutes. Mixture should coat the back of a spoon without easily running off.
  • Remove from heat, and add butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and apple pie spice, stirring to combine.
  • Pour mixture evenly over the apples.
  • Arrange the top crust, pinch edges to seal, and prick a few times with a fork.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until top and edges are golden brown. Rotate pie 180 degrees halfway through baking.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.


A note on baking time: Sometimes it can be hard to tell when this pie is done and when the apples will be tender. It’s usually ready between 40-50 minutes, and you should not need to bake more than 50 minutes! Trust that it’s done provided that the top and edges are golden. If you use a clear baking dish, you can also peek at the bottom to make sure the crust doesn’t look doughy in the middle.
I’ve made the mistake of baking this past 50 minutes because I was unsure it's done, and the apples turn to applesauce/mush! It’ll take somewhere between 40-50 minutes, and no more than 50 as long as your oven isn’t whack!