Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie

I’ve been baking this apple cranberry pie for family Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for years. I love that it’s an apple pie, so traditional for the holidays, but the cranberries and crumb topping give it a special – and festive – vibe.

Oh, yes, the crumb topping. The liberal buttery-crisp top blankets the perfectly tender apples and tart cranberries. Served warm with a little vanilla ice cream? Pie nirvana.

Here’s the recipe!

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Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie

Looking for a twist on your typical apple pie recipe? Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie is just different enough to be special - and it may just be the perfect holiday dessert. It's certainly one of our faves.

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 70 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Crumb topping
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar (I prefer dark but light works too)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • Pie filling
  • 4-5 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 5 cups) (Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Gala are all great)
  • 2 cups of your favorite homemade cranberry sauce or 1 16-ounce can whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Also
  • 1 pie crust for the bottom. I (hiding my face) use refrigerated crust sometimes, because I'm often short on time and have yet to master pie crust.
  • Vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Make the crumb topping. Mix the flour, brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the butter and cut in with your fingers until the mixture resembles large coarse crumbs.
  3. Make the filling. In a large bowl, mix the apples, cranberry sauce, sugar, vanilla, and cornstarch until well mixed.
  4. Place the pie crust in a pie dish, and pour the apple filling into the shell. Mound it a little in the middle.
  5. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the apples. There will be a lot. Pack it down a bit, if necessary.
  6. Place the pie on a baking sheet, and place in the oven. Bake for about an hour and 10 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the crust and top are golden brown.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for at least 15 minutes.
  8. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Adapted Bon Appétit


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6 Responses to “Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie”

  1. Kristen posted on November 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    The cranberries give that pie such a beautiful color. I love anything with apples, so I am sure this would be an amazing pie.

  2. Kim - Liv Life posted on November 10, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    What a lovely color the cranberries give! Your photos are amazing… Nicely done!

    • Kare posted on November 12, 2010 at 11:37 am

      Thank you so much, Kim! Taking the photos is so much fun…

  3. briarrose posted on November 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I like the crumble topping….and what a beautiful color the cranberries gave the pie. Yummy.

  4. Lindsay posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    This was sooo yummy, tastes even better then picture.

    • Karen Troughton posted on October 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Lindsay, glad you loved it! Thanks so much for coming back and leaving a nice comment. :)

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