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Apple Crisp Pie With Peanut Butter Recipe

Updated on March 7, 2015

Recipe for Apple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter

With autumn comes fall baking. I have a family of 6, so I enjoy making homemade breads and desserts several times a week.

My favorite flavors this time of year are apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and peanut butter. This apple crisp pie with peanut butter recipe is a family favorite! If you use a prepared pie shell, this recipe is about the same amount of work as a regular apple crisp. Its the perfect combination of apple pie, with the ease of a crisp.

Try this Apple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter recipe for your next gathering or celebration.

Homemade Apple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter
Homemade Apple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter | Source

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Ingredients for Apple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter

  • 1 pie shell, prepared (or homemade)
  • 6 baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal, dry
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • dash salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, not softened
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, optional

Step by Step Preparation of Apple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter

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Sliced apples fill the prepared pie shellThe usual ingredients for an apple crisp toppingAdd melted peanut butter to the apple crisp topping mixtureApple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter ready to bake!
Sliced apples fill the prepared pie shell
Sliced apples fill the prepared pie shell | Source
The usual ingredients for an apple crisp topping
The usual ingredients for an apple crisp topping | Source
Add melted peanut butter to the apple crisp topping mixture
Add melted peanut butter to the apple crisp topping mixture | Source
Apple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter ready to bake!
Apple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter ready to bake! | Source

Cook Time for Apple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 8 slices of pie

Instructions for Apple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter

  1. Peel, core and slice 5-6 fresh, medium apples (in season). Set aside in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, if desired.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. If using a prepared pie crust, bring to room temperature, then gently place into 9-inch round pie pan. Glass works best. Press into the pan and pinch the edges at the top.
  4. Layer sliced apples on top of the crust, filling the pan generously.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add cold butter and cut into the other ingredients, combining well for the topping.
  6. Melt peanut butter in microwave oven for 30 seconds, or gently heat in a small saucepan over medium-low heat for 3 minutes
  7. Add peanut butter to topping mixture and stir well.
  8. Top the sliced apples with peanut butter topping mixture. Gently spread with a spatula to cover pie completely.
  9. Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes, until crust is slightly browned.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool 20 minutes before serving.

Classic Apple Crisp Recipe

What Apples are Best for Baking?

There is a wide variety of apples from which to choose for baking.

Before reviewing the apples that are best for baking, be sure that - no matter what variety you choose - the apples are firm, crisp, without bruises or soft spots. Also, pick apples that are in season so you don't get mushy, mealy fruit.

I grew up in the Apple "capital" of the U.S.A. - Washington State. So, I know a good apple when I taste one.

Here are my recommendations for use in pies, cobblers, sauces and other baked goods:

  • Honeycrisp (I used this variety in the apple crisp pie recipe in this hub)
  • McIntosh
  • Golden Delicious
  • Cortland
  • Crispin
  • Gala
  • Granny Smith - tart, so best used in combination with other apples

Serving Suggestions and Recipe Alternatives for Apple Crisp Pie

My family loves this dessert while it is still warm from the oven. Allow the pie to cool approximately 20-30 minutes, then slice and enjoy! Much like an apple crisp, the pie may not "stay together" as a typical apple pie. However, the taste more than makes up for any deficiencies in presentation.

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream to the top and your Apple Crisp Pie with Peanut Butter will be heavenly. For large gatherings of 10 or more, I suggest you bake at least two pies so that some guests can have more than one piece.

I have always made this recipe with "healthy" peanut butter, rather than the store versions that have a lot of added sugar. It results in a nuttier, slightly less sweet flavor. My kids have suggested that we try using chunky peanut butter, rather than smooth. Alternatively, you could sprinkle 2 tablespoons of coarsely chopped peanuts over the top before baking.

This recipe could also be made as a regular apple crisp, without the pie shell. Simply prepare by layering the sliced apples in an 8-inch square glass baking dish, then cover with the topping and bake as instructed.

If you are allergic to peanut butter, try almond butter or walnut butter instead.

Another Apple Crisp Recipe: Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars


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    • FatBoyThin profile image

      Colin Garrow 

      4 years ago from Inverbervie, Scotland

      I’ve never heard of using peanut butter like this – it sounds brilliant. Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

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      4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      These recipes look very nice and as it is winter here in South Africa now I am going to try them. I am not fond of apples, but apple pie is a whole different story!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      LOL - yep, this recipe is certainly not diet. ;-)

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      6 years ago

      Uh, oh. I was only going to look at diet foods for a while… :) This looks fabulous and is now a must try.

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      6 years ago from India

      This is interesting and worth giving a try. Thanks for sharing.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Torrilynnn - I hear you about the peanut allergy. Maybe cashew butter would work, if that does not create issues for you. Of course, caramel apple crisp cheesecake is just as delicious. :) Best, Steph

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      6 years ago

      I love love your recipe for an apple crisp pie. I love homemade apple pies they are just so delicious. The only problem is I wouldn't be able to try it with peanut butter since I'm allergic due to meds but I will definitely try out the other recipe you mentioned the caramel apple crisp cheesecake. Thanks. Voted up.

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      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      I really like the way you do your video. It takes the focus off you or the video technique and puts it right on the recipe process! Bravo!

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      6 years ago from Indiana

      I think my husband would love this! Looks really yummy and I have been wanting something different beside the normal apple pie. Thanks.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you, RC! Yes, I do think that peanut butter improves upon the apple crisp. Thanks much, Steph

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Who knew that you could improve on apple crisp? It turns out that peanut butter is the answer! This sounds amazing.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks to you all! I have been offline for a few days and catching up. Yes, I agree that this pie would be great for Thanksgiving. I'm going to make one to take to the annual I Like Pie run here in my hometown. Great way to sample a wide variety of homemade pies. Happy Thanksgiving and fall to everyone! Steph

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      6 years ago

      Looks and sounds delicious ... will try for certain. Thanks.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The apple crisp looks delicious and i love peanut butter. I will try this one..Thank you..

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      6 years ago from LIMA, PERU

      I absolutley love anyrm of apple pie. Being from england this is one of our traditional deserts, although i must confess, i never thought of putting it with peanut butter, i will give it a go now. thanks for the great hub.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sounds great Steph. Just in time for Thanksgiving. Great idea adding peanut butter to apple crisp pie. The cheesecake bars look mighty good also. Have a nice Turkey Day.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This pie sounds absolutely wonderful, Steph! What a delicious combination of tastes. The information about the different types of apples is useful, too. Thank you very much for the recipe.

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      6 years ago

      Oh my! Right at breakfast. This would be delicious with a cold glass of milk. Thank you for sharing.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi all - I had to publish this one before Thanksgiving! I love peanut butter too, and apple pie is one of my favorites. This recipe is great because you don't have to make two crusts.

      The kids really love this recipe. Two of them devoured 1/2 of the pie tonight.

      Let me know if you try the recipe and what you think. Thanks so much!

      All the best, Steph

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is a wonderful idea! I also love baking, specially during the Fall and winter season..... Something about the weather and the holidays! :)

      I will give this a try for sure. My husband is a peanut butter freak, LOL!

      Thanks for sharing......

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Have I something to say? Yes, where is my piece? I love this recipe, apples are my favorite snack and dessert item. I can't think of a better way to end a meal than this wonderful apple crips pie recipe.

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      6 years ago from USA

      Howdy Stephanie (stephhicks68) - Folks are going to build a huge No-More-Wars memorial with your name on the plaque. Think how easy it will be to get the growling to subside and turn into smiles. Send "them" a bucketful of apple crisp with peanut butter. It'll work every time. AND, if you run out of the full apple crisp with peanut butter, just send along either the apples or the peanut butter. Either one will slow the belligerents down until you get a chance to send the whole deal to both sides.

      Bet you never did see two bunches fighting and feuding when there was a pot of apple crisp with peanut butter sitting on the table - now did you?

      Happy cooking to all...

      Gus :-)))

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Not sure which I want to try first! I am making pies for TG at my moms!

      Thank you!! This looks like a winner and not same old boring pumpkin (but it is my fav:) ill have both!

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      6 years ago from Northern California

      Wooow! Great idea! My BF loves peanut butter and apple is my favorite... This may be my next baking project :) Thanks for the idea!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      OK, remember Bill - you are not a fan of my spinach and crab mini quiches. ;-)

      Have a super weekend! Enjoy - Best, Steph

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Susan, I just love baking this time of year. My family always wonders what they will come home to. It's a nice break from work in the middle of the day and is relaxing. Would LOVE to trade you for your oatmeal bars. Please tell me you have a hub with the recipe. :) Cheers, Steph

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OMG!!!! Can I come and live at your house? I like the way you eat better than the way we eat. Seriously, Steph, this is just too tantalizing. Please, next time, do a recipe of something I will hate.

      Great job my friend; have a great weekend.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just took oatmeal bars out of the oven and was wondering if you'd like to trade 1/2 for 1/2 :) This apple crisp sounds so good!

      Pinning and sharing. Not sure that I'll be able to share it once I've made it though.


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