EASY Brown Bag Apple Pie

Easy brown bag apple pie with a delicious crumb topping and flaky pie crust. The brown bag helps seal in all of the delicious flavors and leaves you with the top apple pie you’ve ever tried. 

This is one of those recipes that I have to make each fall. It takes a small more time to whip up, but it’s oh so worth it. The crust is crispy, the filling is caramelized and the crumb topping is golden and buttery. If I’m looking for a quicker apple dessert, usually I’ll make an simple apple crisp or apple dump cake.

slice of apple pie on a white plate

This brown bag apple pie is so simple and is exactly delicious. My friend first brought it to my home last year for Thanksgiving dinner and I knew I needed to obtain the recipe to share with you. It comes from her grandma and tastes like the Trendy fabulous homemade apple dessert.

Anyone can learn to make this recipe. It’s pretty simple (as far as pie making goes) and turns out astonishing each time! We drizzled a small salted caramel and added homemade ice cream on top. Seriously divine and the crumb topping is astonishing.

bowl of sliced apples with spices and sugar on top

Why bake apple pie in a paper bag?

Using this brown bag method really does make this the top apple pie you’ve ever tried. Below are a few reasons why:

  • It helps seal in all the yummy juices and flavors.
  • The filling gets caramelized and tender, while the crumble toppings gets golden.
  • The pie crust doesn’t over bake and has the great crispy and flaky texture.

Best apples for pie

You honestly can use any type of apple when making this recipe. My favorites to use are granny smith and honey crisp because of their sweet taste and crisp texture. However there are plenty of others that would work too. You can even mix multiple varieties if you’d like.

apple pie filling in unbaked pie crust

How to make apple pie in a bag

CRUST. Make the dough for the pie crust (or use store-bought pie dough), then press the dough into the bottom and sides of a 9″ pie pan. Do not roll it out.

FILLING. To make the apple pie filling, mix together the sugar, flour, nutmeg and cinnamon. Gently toss the mixture with the sliced apples, then let them sit for about 10 minutes. Then pour the filling into the unbaked pie shell.

CRUMBLE. Add flour, butter and sugar to a bowl and use your fingers (or a fork) to mix together until crumbly. Then sprinkle the mixture on top of the apple filling.

BAKE. Place the pie in a brown paper bag and staple it shut. Then bake the pie in the oven at 350°F for about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and slit the bag open with a knife. Then transfer to a cooling rack.

stapling a brown bag with apple pie in it

Baking tips

  • Size of pie dish. I used a 9″ pie dish. If your pie dish is bigger, you may need to add more filling and make a small more dough to cover the whole dish.
  • Don’t roll out the pie dough. Pat the dough into the bottom and sides of the dish with your fingers. If you need to smooth it out, you can use the back of a hot metal spoon to gently push down and smooth out the surface.
  • Keeping the bag from burning. Since the oven is at a lower heat, the paper bag won’t burn as it cooks. When you place it on the rack, just make sure it’s not touching the heating element (or else it could burn that way).
  • No peeking! The beauty of the brown bag method is that it helps seal in all those delicious juices and flavors. As tempting as it can be, don’t open the bag while the pie is cooking. Let it work it’s magic!

apple pie in dish

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: brown bag apple pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Servings: 16

Calories: 308

Easy brown bag apple pie with a delicious crumb topping and flaky pie crust. The brown bag helps seal in all of the delicious flavors and leaves you with the top apple pie you’ve ever tried. 


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 Tablespoons cold milk


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

Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Crust: Combine the flour, sugar, salt, oil and 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.

  • 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.

  • Crumb 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.

  • Place pie in brown paper bag and staple shut. Bake at 350°F for 1 1/2 hours. (If oven bakes hot, reduce to 325 degrees. No peeking.) Slit the bag open with sharp knife. Cool on a cooling rack.

  • Serve the pie warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel on top if desired.

If you are using a bigger pie dish, you may need to add more apples in filling. You may also need to make a small more dough to cover the entire dish.

Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.2mg


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meet Jamielyn Nye

Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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