Apple Streusel Pie

This is the BEST apple streusel pie you will ever have. It has extra streusel, bourbon in the filling, thinly sliced apples, and a buttery homemade pie crust. It is the best thing on our Thanksgiving table every year.

Apple Streusel Pie close up hot out of the oven

This is the best thing on our table every year!!!!

Apple streusel pie vs. Apple pie

The difference between a regular apple pie and a Dutch apple pie recipe is the top layer. Dutch apple pies have a streusel topping. Traditional apple pies have a top layer made from pie crust.

I personally prefer the streusel topping. It adds so much more flavor and texture to the pie.

Can this pie be made ahead of time?

Yes! This pie is best when baked the day of. But I prep this ahead of time every year for Thanksgiving.

To prep ahead of time:

  • Make the pie crust, roll it out, and fit it into your pie dish. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Peel and cut the apples! Don’t worry about the apples turning brown. You can’t tell a difference when they get baked with streusel.
  • In a plastic container, mix together the filling sugar mixture (minus the bourbon and vanilla). I don’t like to combine the apples with the sugar until I’m ready to bake. Doing so makes the apples release a lot more juice!
  • In a plastic container, mix together the topping and refrigerate.

The next day all you have to do is combine the apples with the filling, pour into the pie crust, and top with filling!

I like the bake the pie in the morning because it does need a while to cool down. I’d let it sit for an hour or two at a minimum before cutting into it.

Overhead shot of Apple Streusel Pie

How to store the pie if you don’t eat it all in one sitting?

I store my pie on the counter. Then reheat when you’re ready to eat it again over the next couple days!

What else to make for Thanksgiving?

Looking for a make ahead breakfast to serve to your family so you can get to cooking Thanksgiving right away? Make these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins or this glazed apple crumb cake.

Looking for a healthier Thanksgiving side to add to your table? This kale spaghetti squash skillet is one of my favorite fall dishes ever! And these quinoa stuffed acorn squash rings are amazing too!

Watch the recipe video here:

Apple Streusel Pie

It has extra streusel, bourbon in the filling, thinly sliced apples, and a buttery homemade pie crust.
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Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8


For the dough:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter chilled and cubed
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons cold water

For the filling:

  • 2.5 lb. apples ~3 honey crisp apples + ~2 Granny Smith apples, peeled + sliced very thin 1-inch pieces
  • 6 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon bourbon (Any kind of bourbon works. I normally use Jack Daniel's)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the streusel:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped pecans optional
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter cold, grated

For topping:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter thinly sliced

For the serving:

  • Vanilla ice cream & whipped cream


For the dough:

  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the flour, granulated sugar, salt, and butter cubes. Mix on low until the butter pieces are the size of rice, about 1 min.
  • Add water 1 tablespoon at a time (30 secs in between each tablespoon), until dough just comes together.
  • Generously flour your counter and turn dough out onto the work area.
  • Flour the top of the dough and a rolling pin.
  • Roll dough into a 12-inch circle
  • Roll up the dough on the rolling pin and unroll over a buttered 9-inch pie dish. Break off dough hanging over the side & press into thin areas. Refrigerate crust, while making filling or overnight.
  • For the filling:
  • In a large bowl, combine together the apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, cornstarch, bourbon and vanilla until evenly distributed.
  • For the streusel:
  • In a small bowl, stir together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and pecans (if using), and 4 Tablespoons grated butter.
  • Assemble:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Pour the apples + any juice into the prepared pie shell. Pour the streusel over the apples in an even layer. Place 2 Tablespoons of thinly sliced butter all over the top.
  • Tent with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Uncover pie. Bake for another 20 minutes until the apples are tender.
  • Let cool for 2 hours before serving. Serve warm with ice cream and whipped cream.
If you make this recipe I'd love to hear in the comments!
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