Dessert/ Fall Flavors/ Pie

Great Apple Pie in a Bag

When I married Tyler, not only did I get the best husband ever, but I got the best apple pie recipe ever! Is that cheesy enough? Haha! But seriously though, during our first year of marriage, I got this recipe from Tyler’s mom and now it’s the only apple pie I ever make. If you’ve never made a pie before, or if making pies is a daunting task for you, this is the recipe for you. Not only is it delish, but the crust is so easy and full-proof. No rolling pin required!

Like the name of the recipe says, this is an apple pie in a bag. The trick to this recipe is baking the pie in a large, brown paper grocery bag. You might be tempted to not bake it in a bag, but trust me, the brown bag is essential. We tried making this pie so many times at our pie shop without the bag and it never worked. The pie burns on the top and doesn’t cook right without it. So make sure you grab a couple of extra large brown bags the next time your at the grocery store!

It’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas to us without this pie. I love the tradition of making this pie a few times each year for the holidays. This is and forever will be Tyler’s favorite pie. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

Great Apple Pie in a Bag


  • 1 Large Brown Paper Grocery Bag
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons cold milk
  • 6 cups peeled and sliced apples (I prefer Granny Smith, sliced 1/4 inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (not melted)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


2. In a medium bowl, combine crust ingredients- flour, sugar, salt, oil and milk. Use a fork to mix together, then use your hands to finish forming the dough into a ball.


3. Press dough into the bottom of a pie tin. Press the crust up the sides of the pie tin to form an even crust around the entire pie tin. Make sure the crust is completely even on the bottom and sides of pie tin.


4. In a small bowl, combine filling ingredients- sugar, flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix together and pour over the peeled and sliced apples. Stir until apples are completely coated and there isn't any sugar mixture on the bottom of the bowl.


5. Pour into pie tin. Arrange apples so that they are laying flat and spread out evenly.


6. In the bowl you made the crust in, combine topping ingredients- softened butter, sugar, flour. Mix together with a fork.


7. Use your hands to dab or lay little chunks of the topping over the top of the apples. Use all of the topping to evenly cover the top of the pie.


8. Place your brown bag on a cookie sheet. Place the pie in the bag. Fold up the ends of the bag so that it is sealed closed. Make sure the bag is not touching the top of the pie.


9. Put oven racks on the very bottom of your oven. Place the cookie sheet on the bottom rack so that the bag is not touching any of the sides or the top of the oven.


10. Bake 1 hour 45 minutes. Remove from oven and remove pie from bag.


11. Eat warm or cold. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

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