Paper Bag Apple Pie


Paper bag apple pie is a yummy apple pie with a pastry AND streusel crust~baked to perfection in a brown paper bag.

paper bag apple pie
My cousin Angela in Nashville shared this recipe with me years ago, and it has been my favorite apple pie ever since. I’ve never made it that it hasn’t turned out perfectly baked and absolutely yummy.

Traditional apple pie often turns out with an unevenly baked crust. This paper bag apple pie is different. The bottom crust is pastry (store bought) and the top crust is streusel. Baking the pie in a sealed paper bag protects the crust from burning and yields a perfect crust every time.

Paper Bag Apple Pie

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Apple pie with a crumbly streusel topping bakes to perfection in a grocery bag~thus the name "paper bag apple pie!"


  • 2 1/2 pounds apples (Granny Smith work best)
  • 1 pie crust (I use Pillsbury refrigerated)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 TB flour
  • 2 TB lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 stick butter, cut into tiny pieces



  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Unroll pie crust; place in bottom of deep dish pie pan.
  3. Peel, core, and dice apples into bite size pieces; toss with lemon juice.
  4. Mix sugar, flour & cinnamon until blended.
  5. Toss apples with sugar, flour & cinnamon mixture.
  6. Place apples in pie pan.


  1. Mix sugar & flour until blended well.
  2. Add butter pieces; cut with fork or pastry blender until crumbly.
  3. Sprinkle on top of apples in pie pan.
  4. Place pie inside a brown grocery bag; roll up and seal edges.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for one hour.
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 355Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 24mgSodium 172mgCarbohydrates 55gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 4gSugar 34gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 2g
This pie is so yummy! Don’t forget to take it over the top with vanilla ice cream (we love Breyer’s vanilla bean). Let me hear from you if you try it! Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

(Photo~King Arthur Flour.)

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  1. Fabulous! Took to a friend’s house for dinner and it was well received. Made my crust using Martha Stewart’s recipe. Couldn’t have been an better.

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