Snickerdoodle Apple Pie is a variation on classic Snickerdoodle cookies + apple pie! This fun take on a traditional apple pie recipe is perfect for Snickerdoodle lovers!
We love apples and have an abundance (or should I say bushel) of apple recipes and adding a snickerdoodle apple pie to the list just feels right. Modified from my snickerdoodle apple cobbler recipe, this pie is a unique adaptation! Every slice is so good, I’m so glad I had the idea to make it!
What is snickerdoodle apple pie?
Snickerdoodle apple pie is a tangy snickerdoodle crust filled with an easy canned (or homemade) apple pie filling. Top it off with some cinnamon sugar (what’s a snickerdoodle without cinnamon sugar?) and this pie is complete. Of course, there are still about 30 minutes to wait for it to bake and cool, but that gives you plenty of time to prep some vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce to accompany this spiced apple pie.
-Butter: I prefer salted butter, but you can use unsalted if desired. You will need 1/4 cup (half a stick) of softened butter.
-Shortening: To get a better cookie dough texture, use 1/4 cup of butter flavored Crisco shortening.
-Sugar: We need 3/4 cups of white granulated sugar to go into the cookie dough crust.
-Egg: We need 1 egg to help act as the binder for the cookie dough pie crust.
-Vanilla: I like to use high quality vanilla, but use 2 teaspoons of whatever vanilla extract you have on hand.
-Flour: We need 1 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour to act as the gluten base for this pie dough.
-Cream of Tartar: Snickerdoodles are famous for their tang because of this additional ingredient, so we need 1 teaspoon to help drive that flavor profile home and get it into our yummy pie.
-Baking soda: We need 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to help use get our pie crust to puff up slightly.
-Salt: To help enhance the flavors of this pie we will need 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
-Cinnamon Sugar Mixture: We need a combination of 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to help create a topping for this snickerdoodle pie.
-Apple pie filling: Use a 20 ounce can of your favorite apple pie filling or if you’re using homemade, round it up to about 2.5 cups of needed apple filling.
-Caramel sauce: Top off your snickerdoodle pie with some caramel sauce. Use my homemade caramel sauce recipe for a DIY sauce if desired.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and spray a pie pan with cooking spray. If you will be using a darker pan, decrease the baking temperature to 375 degrees F.
In a bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
Take about 2/3rds of the snickerdoodle dough and press it flat into the bottom of the pie pan. Press it against the edges so that they rise just a bit around the sides of the pan. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the dough.
Spread your apple pie filling over the dough. Make sure that the filling extends to all sides of the pie pan.
Take the remaining cookie dough and crumble it over the top of the pie, using your fingers. It won’t completely cover the pie, but it will be close.
Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over the top.
Cover the pie with foil (I sprayed mine with cooking spray where it would touch the dough).
Bake for 20-25 minutes on the middle oven rack.
Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
Top with ice cream and caramel sauce if desired. Enjoy!
Snickerdoodle Apple Pie
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/3 cups flour
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 20 oz can apple pie filling
- caramel sauce for topping
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a pie pan with non-stick cooking spray. (If using a darker pan, decrease temp to 350°F)
- Cream together butter, shortening, sugar, egg and the vanilla.
- Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt.
- Take about 2/3 of the snickerdoodle dough and press it flat into the bottom of the pie pan, pressing against the edges so that they rise just a bit around the sides of the pan.
- Sprinkle half the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the dough.
- Spread apple pie filling over the dough, making sure it extends to all sides.
- Take the remaining cookie dough and crumble it with your fingers, placing small pieces covering the top of the apple pie filling. It won't completely cover it, but it will be close.
- Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture on top.
- Cover pie with foil. (I sprayed the side that would be touching the dough with non-stick spray.)
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes on the middle rack of the oven. Remove foil and bake another 5 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes and serve, topped with ice cream caramel sauce if desired.
What does cream of tartar do?
It adds in a little acidity and changes the texture of the cookie dough. This helps to work a little as a leavening agent as well as a flavor enhancer and is what creates the unique tang in every snickerdoodle cookie.
How long is snickerdoodle apple pie good for?
This pie should be good for 2-3 days if kept properly stored. I recommend keeping apple pies in the fridge because you can get a little more time with them before they go bad, but it should be fine at room temperature for up to 2 days.
More apple recipes:
- Spiced Caramel Apple Cider
- Caramel Apple Nachos
- Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie
- How to Make Apple Pie Filling
- Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers
- Double Apple Walnut Bread
- Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread
- Snickerdoodle Apple Cobbler
- Apple Pie Quick Bread
- Caramel Apple Bark
- Frosted Applesauce Cake
- Caramel Apple Poke Cake
- Apple Dump Cake
- Mini Apple Pies
- Apple Banana Bread
Snickerdoodle apple pie is a unique and wonderful dessert option that’s perfect any time of the year. With homemade or canned apple pie filling, this simple pie recipe is delicious and easy!