Simple Homemade Apple Pie

Looking for an easy to put together last minute Thanksgiving dessert? This apple pie is easy to make and I’m for using whatever apples you like best. Each time I’ve made apple pie, I’ve used different kinds of apples. I usually go apple picking at the beginning of the season so I make the apple pie with whatever I picked. This recipe uses store-bought pie crust too so it cuts down on the baking time.

Simple Homemade Apple Pie Recipe // The Krystal Diaries


  1. 2 store bought pie crust. I use this Pillsbury crust.
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup flour
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1/8 tsp salt
  7. 8 to 10 medium apples
  8. 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  9. 1 tsp lemon juice

Simple Homemade Apple Pie Recipe // The Krystal Diaries


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees  fahrenheit.
  2. Roll out one of the pie crust and place in the pie dish.
  3. Peel and cut apples.
  4. In a bowl, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, & salt. Mix well.
  5. Pour over the apples and make sure each apple is coated. Leave a little bit of the dry mixture to the side.
  6. Add the lemon juice over the apples and mix in.
  7. Place the apples on the pie crust. You can get fancy here and try to make it pretty but I usually just pile them all in.
  8. Cut butter into small chunks and place over the apples.
  9. Sprinkle the last remaining bit of dry mixture over everything.
  10. Lay the second pie crust over the apples and seal the sides.
  11. Cut four long slits in the top pie crust.
  12. Sprinkle a little bit of sugar on top of the pie.
  13. Cover the edges of the pie so it doesn’t burn. I use this pie crust shield but if you don’t have one, use tin foil.
  14. Bake for 40 minutes at 425 degrees fahrenheit or until crust is a light golden brown.
  15. Remove the pie crust shield and bake for another 10 minutes.

Simple Homemade Apple Pie Recipe // The Krystal Diaries

I recommend placing the pie on a baking dish before you place it in the oven. It’ll catch all the juices that may spill out while baking.

Simple Homemade Apple Pie Recipe // The Krystal Diaries

Simple Homemade Apple Pie Recipe // The Krystal Diaries

Here are some recommended apples for baking – Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Jazz, Jonagold, and Granny Smith. Like I said before, I just like to use different apples each time I make apple pie. I usually use about 2 or 3 different kinds for one pie. For me it’s fun to try different apples and try the different flavors each time. Here’s an article explaining why certain apples are good for pies.

Simple Homemade Apple Pie Recipe // The Krystal Diaries

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

What kind of dessert will you be making for Thanksgiving?

Simple Homemade Apple Pie Recipe // The Krystal Diaries

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  • Reply Mummy Times Two

    This looks delicious. I will be making this for my grandfather for Christmas dinner.

    November 21, 2016 at 11:16 AM
  • Reply agabrielapires

    Wow! It looks so simple to make! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to make it for Thanksgiving 🙂

    November 21, 2016 at 11:25 AM
  • Reply Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder

    You pie is sky high! Mine has a tendency to deflate sadly

    November 21, 2016 at 11:47 AM
  • Reply Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

    This looks really delicious! Just in time for Thanksgiving! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing!
    XO, Vanessa

    November 21, 2016 at 12:01 PM
  • Reply Kadarius Seegars

    Not a huge apple pie fan but this looks DELICIOUS. Will have to pass this along to my wife so she can check it out.

    November 21, 2016 at 12:13 PM
  • Reply jiselle

    nice recipe will definetly try it

    November 21, 2016 at 12:19 PM
  • Reply patrick

    Krystal, this looks delicious! nice work!!

    November 21, 2016 at 1:09 PM
  • Reply Imaobong

    This looks so delicious.
    We baked a strawberry pie during the weekend, too good!

    November 21, 2016 at 1:17 PM
  • Reply peachykeen32

    Oh yum! I’ve never had a really delicious apple pie recipe. I’m making one for Thanksgiving but I think I might switch out my recipe and use this one! It sounds so delicious!

    November 21, 2016 at 1:42 PM
  • Reply Miranda (Anosa)

    I have never made pie before but I do love eating apple pie homemade or store bought. Thanks for the recipe.

    November 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM
  • Reply Esther

    Oooh! I love homemade pie, and this looks simply amazing! Hot out of the oven with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream? Yes, please!

    November 21, 2016 at 4:52 PM
  • Reply Amber

    Oo yum, I need to try this. We love apple pie so much. I’m drooling.

    November 21, 2016 at 5:08 PM
  • Reply kimmieklewis

    that looks so good! i’m drooling right now!

    November 21, 2016 at 5:15 PM
  • Reply Ellie Chan

    Mmmm this apple pie looks so tasty. I’ve never managed to make apple pie as I’m terrible with pastry but I can do apple crumble (my favourite, especially with custard!) I may have to try this recipe, though I might have to cheat on the pastry lol

    November 21, 2016 at 8:56 PM
  • Reply Briana Marie

    Mmmm…. I love a good homemade apple pie!

    November 21, 2016 at 9:33 PM
  • Reply The Trophy WifeStyle

    Omg can we say yum?!?! I just love pie!!! Must give your recipe a try

    November 21, 2016 at 10:04 PM
  • Reply Paige Strand

    Oh wow this looks good! I always got the feeling pies took all day to make, but maybe that was just the way my fam did it!

    November 21, 2016 at 11:14 PM
  • Reply Cait Weingartner

    What a delicious looking pie! I love homemade apple pie, and not just on Thanksgiving! I’m definitely going to be making this very soon. Thanks for sharing, not just the recipe, but your gorgeous photos too!

    November 22, 2016 at 4:58 AM
  • Reply The Editor

    Your recipe is so delicious! If there are no apples available, the same procedure do apply with other ingredients (like pineapple)?


    November 22, 2016 at 7:12 AM
  • Reply everythingcurvyandchic

    looks so yummy, I may make this

    November 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM
  • Reply Louisa

    This recipe looks really straightforward and delicious!

    November 22, 2016 at 8:35 PM
  • Reply Ahead of Thyme

    I love apple pie! This looks so delicious!

    November 22, 2016 at 8:42 PM
  • Reply Jasmine Watts

    Yumm.. Looks delicious! I would love to try out your recipe!

    November 23, 2016 at 2:19 AM
  • Reply peachykeen32

    I commented on your post the other day and saved the pin. I’m happy to say I just made the pie and it looks amazing! I can’t wait until tomorrow to eat it!

    November 23, 2016 at 1:36 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      I hope you like it!

      November 24, 2016 at 8:44 AM
  • Reply Valerie CottageMakingMommy

    Your pie looks beautiful. There is nothing like a warm apple pie.

    November 24, 2016 at 6:29 AM
  • Reply Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    This looks amazing! I’m not in charge of desserts for our Friendsgiving dinner tomorrow, but I know that apple pie will be there so I’m chuggin’ along the vanilla ice cream just in case there is none there! 😉

    November 24, 2016 at 6:39 AM
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