In today’s post: Swedish apple pie is like traditional apple pie, but faster, easier and yummier! Instead of traditional pie crust, the spiced apples are topped with a flakey, buttery cookie crust you won’t want to stop eating.
Who doesn’t love apple pie, right? Well, me for starters. I love the inside of apple pie, but pie crust just really doesn’t get me excited. I much prefer apple cobblers or a crumble or something with a tasty, crunchy topping to traditional apple pies. So I was excited to find this Swedish Apple Pie recipe a few years ago.
It has all the cinnamon apple goodness of a traditional apple pie, but no crust. Instead, the apples are topped with a cookie-like dough that cooks up beautifully flakey and crunchy on top. At the same time, some of the dough sinks into the apples and cooks up like a cross between a soft cookie and a cake. It’s hard to describe, but it’s just plain good. Every bite is full of cinnamon spiced apples and sweet flakey/crumbly topping.
It’s even more delicious topped with vanilla ice cream and a quick drizzle of caramel ice cream topping. And you can have it ready to go into the oven in about 15 minutes!
You only need six ingredients for this yummy dessert, all of which you probably have on hand right now!
- Apples: You’ll use approximately 1.5 lbs of apples for this recipe, which is generally 4-5 small apples or 3 large apples. For a really delicious pie with tons of flavor, I like to use Honeycrisps or Cosmic Crisps, both of which bake up beautifully. Alternately, you could also use a mix of a tart apple (like Granny Smith Apples or a Pink Lady) and a sweeter apple (Golden Delicious or Fuji).
- Cinnamon: I usually make this pie with cinnamon as the only spice. It’s simple and delicious. But if you really like the flavor of other spices in your apple pie, feel free to add a little nutmeg and a dash of allspice (or just use apple pie spice, which is a combination of all three of those spices).
- Sugar: You’ll use one tablespoon of sugar on the apples, and then another cup of sugar in the cookie crust. I use white granulated sugar.
- All Purpose Flour
- Butter: You’ll melt the butter for easy mixing into the cookie crust dough.
How to Make Swedish Apple Pie
The best thing about this pie – other than how delicious it turns out – is how incredibly easy it is to make! There’s no fussing around with cutting butter into flour to make a pie crust that you have to chill before you can even roll it out. This pie is made in two super easy steps:
Prep the apples
Begin by peeling 5 small apples or 3 large apples (approximately 1.5-1.75 lbs of apples). Quarter the apples and remove the seeds, then slice apples into fairly thin slices. For small apples, I slice each quarter into quarters. For larger apples you may want to slice each quarter into sixths.
Next, toss the apples with one tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon and a half of cinnamon, then arrange them in your pie dish. (And yes, you can absolutely toss them with the spices right in the pie dish so you don’t have to dirty another bowl.)
Add Topping + Bake
Next, you’ll melt a stick and a half of butter and combine the melted butter with one cup flour, one cup sugar, and one egg. You can just stir it all together with a whisk. You’ll end up with a soft dough which you can spread over the apples in the pie pan.
Bake the pie at 350 degrees for 55-70 minutes until quite golden brown on top. You don’t want to underbake it because the crunchy top is so delicious, so be sure to let it get nice and golden. It’s going to smell absolutely amazing! If you want to be able to slice it and serve in slices, you’ll need to let it cool completely first. But if you don’t want to wait that long, feel free to spoon out servings cobbler style and eat it warm. Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!
- 1.5 pounds Apples
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1.5 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 12 tablespoons Butter
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- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Peel, core, and slice the apples into thin slices. Toss with cinnamon and sugar and then place in a pie dish.
- Melt the butter. Combine it with the flour, sugar, and egg and whisk together until well combined.
- Pour dough over apples and smooth top.
- Bake for 55-70 minutes until quite golden brown. Make sure the crust in the center of the pie is golden brown and feels cooked through and flakey. Edges may get more than golden brown; that's just fine.
- Remove pie from oven and cool completely before slicing and serving, at least 4 hours.