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Skillet Apple Pie: A Quick and Easy Dessert Recipe

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Skillet Apple Pie

There’s something truly comforting about making a skillet apple pie. This easy and quick dessert brings out the warm flavors of apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon, all wrapped in a crispy, buttery crust.

One bite of this delicious treat will make you feel like you’re back in your grandma’s kitchen. Whether you’re using Granny Smith apples for their tartness or Braeburn apples for their sweetness, you can’t go wrong. Plus, the caramel sauce that forms from the brown sugar and butter adds the perfect touch.

Making a skillet apple pie is simple, even for beginners. With premade pie crusts and fresh apples, you can have a delightful dessert ready in just over an hour. Gather your ingredients and let’s start baking!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make a tasty skillet apple pie, you need a few basic ingredients. Here’s a list along with some possible substitutes:

  • Apples: About 4-5 medium-sized. Granny Smith and Honeycrisp work great.

    • Substitute: Pears or peaches.
  • Butter: 1/2 cup (1 stick). Use unsalted for best results.

    • Substitute: Margarine or coconut oil.
  • Brown Sugar: 1 cup, packed. Brown sugar adds a rich, molasses flavor.

    • Substitute: White sugar mixed with a little molasses.
  • Granulated Sugar: 3/4 cup.

    • Substitute: Cane sugar.
  • Cinnamon: 1-2 teaspoons, to taste.

    • Substitute: Nutmeg, allspice, or a combination of both.
  • Pie Crusts: 2 refrigerated or homemade crusts.

    • Substitute: Puff pastry or phyllo dough for a different texture.
  • Egg White: 1, whisked.

    • Substitute: Milk or cream for brushing the crust.

Optional Add-Ins

  • Nutmeg: A pinch enhances the spice flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: A tablespoon to keep the apples from browning and add a hint of tartness.
    • Substitute: Lime juice or apple cider vinegar.

Special Tools

  • 10-inch Cast Iron Skillet: Ensures even cooking and caramelization.
    • Substitute: Heavy oven-safe skillet or baking dish.

Using these ingredients and substitutes, you can craft a delicious skillet apple pie with a perfect balance of flavors.


First, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, melt ½ cup of butter over medium heat.

Add ¾ cup of brown sugar. Cook and stir constantly for about 2 minutes until the sugar is dissolved.

Remove from heat.

Lay one pie crust in the skillet over the brown sugar mixture.

In a separate bowl, mix sliced apples with ¾ cup sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg.

Spoon the apple mixture over the pie crust.

Place the second pie crust over the apples. Tuck the edges under the bottom crust.

Whisk one egg white until foamy. Brush the top crust with the egg white.

Cut a few slits in the top crust to let steam escape.

Place the skillet in the oven. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

Let the pie cool for about 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Use a Cast-Iron Skillet
A cast-iron skillet is perfect for making apple pie. It heats evenly and gives a nice crust.

Preheat Your Oven
Always preheat your oven to the right temperature. This ensures even baking.

Room Temperature Ingredients
Let your pie crust sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. This makes it easier to unroll without ripping.

Crumble Topping
For a delicious crumble topping, mix the ingredients well with a fork until completely combined. This adds a crunchy texture.

Layering Apples
Place your apple slices evenly on the pie crust. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon for the best flavor.

Storing Apple Pie

Storage MethodWhat to DoHow Long It Lasts
In the FridgeWrap the pie loosely with plastic or aluminum foilUnbaked: 2 days
 Keep it on its plateBaked: 4-5 days
In the FreezerWrap it tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foilUp to 4 months

Cooling Before Storing
Always let your pie cool completely before storing. This prevents sogginess.

Reheat Properly
To reheat, place your pie in the oven at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes. This keeps the crust crispy.

Enjoy Fresh Ingredients
Use fresh apples for the best flavor and texture. Your pie will be delicious and satisfying.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

You can experiment with different types of apples such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Fuji for unique flavors.


  • Nuts: Sprinkle in some chopped pecans or walnuts for a crunchy texture.
  • Raisins or Dried Cranberries: These add a chewy contrast.
  • Spices: Mix in nutmeg, cloves, or allspice with the cinnamon for extra warmth.

Sugar Alternatives:

  • Maple Syrup: Replace brown sugar with maple syrup for a different sweetness.
  • Honey: Drizzle some honey for a floral sweetness.

Serving Ideas:

  • Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Add a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Drizzle with caramel sauce for a richer taste.

Different Skillets:

  • If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, a heavy-bottomed ovenproof skillet can work too.

Feel free to get creative and tweak the recipe to your liking!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.