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Award-Winning Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

There is absolutely nothing better than the scent of an apple pie baking in the oven! If you’re looking for something beyond the traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, this recipe by Good Morning America Apple Pie Contest Winner, Martha Brooks, will fast become a new family favorite! 

  • 1 pastry crust for a deep-dish pie 9-inch (homemade or store bought)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 6 cups thinly sliced peeled apples (Door County apples, of course!)


In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt.

Add apple slices and lemon juice and gently toss until coated.

Transfer apple mixture to the pie shell.


  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. plus 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/3 c. plus 1 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 6 Tbsp. butter

Stir together brown sugar, flour, rolled oats. Cut in butter until topping is like course crumbs. Sprinkle crumb topping over apple mixture.

Place pie on a cookie sheet so the drippings don’t drop into your oven. Cover edges of pie with aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.

Remove foil and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle pie with pecans and caramel as directed below.


Topping after baking:

  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup caramel


This miraculous holiday apple pie recipe was provided, courtesy of Martha Brooks and her award-winning baking talent!