Apple- Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

The ‘Sea of Apples’ from our family apple-picking venture is almost entirely depleted. It has been an apple-recipe-a-day around here for the past couple of weeks, and it’s been fun selecting some new and unique recipes that utilize this fall fruit favorite. My family urged me to make a pie. Can’t have a bunch o’ apples without makin’ a pie, right? I begrudgingly set forth to find a recipe. I’m crust-challenged, you see, so the pie recipes have not been calling to me. Because of this, here’s a recipe that finally provided some pie inspiration: Apple- Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crust.

Oatmeal cookies in an apple pie? What could be better! Knowing we would enjoy the cookie part especially, I created a substantial crust base for this pie.

The original recipe calls for just apples, but I preferred to add a handful of cranberries… just because they added a splash of color and a little tartness to to counteract all that sweet stuff. I dug up cranberries that I froze last fall, using up the final bag just in time to buy some new ones to store for use during the next year. You could certainly use all apples to make this pie (but it wouldn’t be nearly as pretty!)

The apples and cranberries are tossed with lemon juice & rind, as well as spices, a bit of flour, and a small amount of sour cream. More delicious cookie crumbs are sprinkled on top.

The baked product turns out one amazing pie. The crust is very much cookie-like, and its pairing with the apple pie filling is wonderful. Serve it warm, and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you’re feelin’ a little wild and crazy. I would liken this to a really good apple crisp, rather than a classic apple pie.

There are just enough apples remaining to create a couple more recipes… I’ll be scouring my cookbooks and magazines for more apple inspiration, and I’ll be avoiding those crusty pies for certain.

This recipe can be found here:Β  Apple- Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

73 Responses to “Apple- Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crust”

  1. postedOct 15, 2008 8:26 AM

    You must have a lot of well tended apple trees. The fruit looks wonderful. I have never seen a crust like this. It looks lovely. I like the idea of using oats. Nice change from pastry. Your photos as always are stunning

  2. postedOct 15, 2008 8:59 AM

    This looks delicious and I love the crust!

  3. postedOct 15, 2008 9:16 AM
    Clumbsy Cookie

    I love the idea of a oatmeal crust, it’s like a gigantic oatmeal filled cookie!

  4. postedOct 15, 2008 11:08 AM
    Peter M

    I’ll have one scoop of the pie with some vanilla ice cream…please!!!

  5. postedOct 15, 2008 11:19 AM

    Recipe Girl, you’re amazing. I may have said that before. This looks SO good. Love the idea of an oatmeal cookie crust! Printing…I need a recipe book just for your recipes alone!

  6. postedOct 15, 2008 11:28 AM
    Nina Timm

    What a lovely pie.I love the crunchy crust…..just keep those apple recipes comin’

  7. postedOct 15, 2008 12:26 PM

    Oh, I think you’ve solved my crust problem… cookie crust! Oh yeah… gonna have to try ANOTHER one of your recipes! πŸ™‚

    I must tell you… your photos are OUTSTANDING! Simply beautiful to look at.

  8. postedOct 15, 2008 12:51 PM

    PatsyK- Thank you. That’s quite a compliment to wake up to πŸ™‚

  9. postedOct 15, 2008 1:36 PM
    Happy cook

    Wow they looks absloutley delicious.
    I have never ever made a pie. SHould try to make them once.

  10. postedOct 15, 2008 1:38 PM
    Patricia Scarpin

    That is a pie crust I have never seen before! What a nice idea!

  11. postedOct 15, 2008 1:41 PM
    Barbara Bakes

    What a perfect combination!

  12. postedOct 15, 2008 1:44 PM

    Apples and cranberries, what a great filling for a pie…especially with this oatmeal cookie crust! Genius recipe!! Your pie is stunning!

  13. postedOct 15, 2008 2:28 PM

    A hearty crust indeed!!
    How did you get the crust to stay put and collaspe? Was it the butter that holds it together?
    Gorgeous pie!!!

  14. postedOct 15, 2008 2:31 PM

    I always go to Yucaipa but Julian is so much closer. I’m going to have to make it out there this month! Does Julian have antique markets too? πŸ™‚
    Love the Cranberry Apple Pie.. looks so delicious!

  15. postedOct 15, 2008 3:15 PM

    oatmeal crust is just the right one! loved the recipe too

  16. postedOct 15, 2008 3:27 PM
    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

    WOW that looks amazing – I love your crust. What a great idea… Thanks for sharing this one as I will make it your way for the holidays!!
    Like Peter said – With Ice cream !!

  17. postedOct 15, 2008 3:34 PM

    This looks so good, I can’t wait to make it. The crust is perfection!

  18. postedOct 15, 2008 3:47 PM
    Gretchen Noelle

    What a fun pie! Thanks for sharing!

  19. postedOct 15, 2008 4:14 PM

    I have to try this crust! What a great twist on an apple pie.

  20. postedOct 15, 2008 4:40 PM

    Wow – your apple recipes keep looking better and better! That pie looks simply divine!

  21. postedOct 15, 2008 5:05 PM
    Jessy and her dog Winnie

    Omg that looks awesome!

  22. postedOct 15, 2008 5:23 PM

    What a great idea for the crust! This pie just says “fall” all over the place – delicious!

  23. postedOct 15, 2008 5:29 PM

    Ok, I'm seriously loving this. From the oatmeal cookie crust to the apple/cranberry combination—this is a bit of pie heaven. I haven't seen this combination before, and now I'm totally smitten—I love cranberries & oatmeal!

  24. postedOct 15, 2008 6:16 PM
    We Are Not Martha

    omg. This looks absolutely amazing!! And pretty much my pie from heaven. Definitely adding it to my list and will be making it in the next couple weeks. I can only hope mine is as pretty as yours!


  25. postedOct 15, 2008 6:49 PM

    Oatmeal cookies in an apple pie? That is heaven. I golden crusted, sweet smelling heaven of a pie. I am going to use this crust for a bunch of stuff πŸ™‚

  26. postedOct 15, 2008 7:36 PM
    Teresa Cordero Cordell

    Lori, what an excellent idea for a crust. Apple pie is what I have on my birthday and I think I’ll try this one this year. Sounds delicious. Thanks for the great recipe. I printed it out.

  27. postedOct 15, 2008 7:48 PM

    Ohhh wow! these are such gorgeous pics! I love fall and I love all apple desserts! The colours in your pictures are amazing! great shots!

  28. postedOct 15, 2008 8:09 PM
    Stacey Snacks

    That crust is scary good!!!
    Very impressive!

  29. postedOct 15, 2008 8:32 PM

    Hooray for cranberries! I love it when they start to come around in recipes. This crust looks amazing!

  30. postedOct 15, 2008 8:32 PM
    Mike of Mike's Table

    For a crust-o-phone, I’d say you improvised a real beauty in its place! This looks really tasty and the cranberries sound like a great addition

  31. postedOct 15, 2008 8:34 PM

    I have never seen a crust like this before. It looks great.

  32. postedOct 15, 2008 9:02 PM

    Crust is awesome, and never seen such bright and plump cranberries before… they lend a lovely color to the pie.

  33. postedOct 15, 2008 9:22 PM
    noble pig

    This is so cool. Yeah we both have apple-cranberry on the brain today. But I love this crust, so cool and no dough!

  34. postedOct 15, 2008 11:06 PM
    Girl Japan

    What a nice topping, Oatmeal crust, crispy, the snaps are … fab, fab!

    I wish apples were not so expensive here = ( The crust alone… wow

  35. postedOct 15, 2008 11:11 PM

    This is easily the most beautiful pie I’ve ever seen.

  36. postedOct 15, 2008 11:16 PM

    That looks absolutely divine!

  37. postedOct 16, 2008 12:04 AM
    Rindy R

    This looks like a work of art! Yum – I want a piece of this with my morning coffee!

  38. postedOct 16, 2008 12:43 AM
    Robin Sue

    That oatmeal cookie crust is fantastic. What a beautiful pie. I will keep that crust in mind for my next pie!

  39. postedOct 16, 2008 1:36 AM

    the pie looks fantastic. I really like the cookie crust idea.

  40. postedOct 16, 2008 2:04 AM
    Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide

    Quit posting all these yummy recipes….I am getting way behind in things I want to make. The choices are too abundant.

  41. postedOct 16, 2008 2:04 AM
    Ari (Baking and Books)

    Oatmeal cookies in an apple pie crust? Brilliant! I totally love it.

  42. postedOct 16, 2008 2:40 AM

    how wonderful! to have oatmeal cookies with apple filling, those are a mighty combo.

  43. postedOct 16, 2008 3:52 AM
    That Girl

    I love the addition of cranberries!

  44. postedOct 16, 2008 4:17 AM

    looks so healthy and delicious! YUM πŸ™‚

  45. postedOct 16, 2008 5:29 AM

    WOW! I’m so glad I found you!!! Great pictures!

  46. postedOct 16, 2008 6:15 AM
    the southern hostess

    Mmmm…looks so good and autumn-y.

  47. postedOct 16, 2008 8:47 AM

    what a tremendous idea for a pie crust!!! i like dried cranberries in my oatmeal cookies, and the addition of apples can never be wrong. this one’s a keeper, to be sure. πŸ™‚

  48. postedOct 16, 2008 10:14 AM

    Ahhh, I adore apple-picking :0) Such a fantastic fall treat, yet again!!

  49. postedOct 16, 2008 12:57 PM
    Katherine Aucoin

    Your pie looks amazing. I can feel the crucnh throught your photos!

  50. postedOct 16, 2008 1:01 PM

    That is so beautiful and delicious looking. A great idea for the crust.

  51. postedOct 16, 2008 2:51 PM

    Oh my goodness, that looks amazing! What a great idea. (And beautiful pics!)

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  52. postedOct 16, 2008 3:01 PM

    What a gorgeous pie!


  53. postedOct 16, 2008 3:03 PM

    That looks so delicious! I love the idea of using an oatmeal crust. Somehow it seems healthier and heartier than a regular pastry crust. πŸ™‚

  54. postedOct 16, 2008 4:39 PM

    I’m loving your collection of apple recipes… what really lures me in with this one is the oatmeal crust.

    That fruit looks fab!

  55. postedOct 16, 2008 5:06 PM

    WOW – looks delicious and that crust looks so good!! I’m loving your fall recipes πŸ™‚

    Rosie x

  56. postedOct 16, 2008 5:41 PM

    oh that is to die for…..I hope my looks that pretty??

  57. postedOct 16, 2008 6:11 PM

    The oatmeal cookie crust is what really grabs me! I have enjoyed your website for quite a while….how did it take me so long to visit your blog!!

  58. postedOct 16, 2008 8:03 PM

    What a great combo, I love the colors.

  59. postedOct 16, 2008 8:50 PM

    That’s an inspired pie… It sounds so good!

  60. postedOct 16, 2008 10:30 PM

    The crust on this looks amazing. All of your photos make it all the more inviting. This would be decadent with a scoop of ice cream alongside!

  61. postedOct 16, 2008 11:23 PM

    Does this crust stay crisp or does it get soggy after a day or two?

  62. postedOct 17, 2008 12:05 AM

    Anonymous- good question! We actually ate this all up in one day (with other people eating too, of course!) I don’t think it would tend to get soggy after a day or two though. The apple filling wasn’t overly wet or anything. Good luck!

  63. postedOct 17, 2008 12:45 AM
    Big Boys Oven

    those apples look so refreshing and yummy! so well captured!

  64. postedOct 17, 2008 1:45 AM

    Apples and oatmeal and cranberries equal yummy!

  65. postedOct 17, 2008 2:53 AM

    yum! I hate making pie crusts, but refuse to by the store stuff, so this one sucks me right in!!!

  66. postedOct 17, 2008 3:53 AM

    mmmm that looks good. the crust looks amazing!!!!

  67. postedOct 17, 2008 3:58 AM

    I can’t believe how beautiful the oatmeal crust looks and it sounds so delicious!

  68. postedOct 18, 2008 1:57 AM

    The oatmeal cookie crust sounds amazing and it would work so well with an apple pie type of filling!

  69. postedOct 19, 2008 12:49 AM
    Cookie baker Lynn

    Yum, this looks fabulous! I love the no-stress pie crust.

  70. postedOct 19, 2008 5:49 PM

    That’s a brilliant idea for a pie crust!

  71. postedOct 21, 2008 3:56 AM

    Looks so good! I really like the crust – unlike anything I’ve tried before.

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  73. postedNov 4, 2008 8:50 PM
    adrianne w

    I made this last night and did not like it. The seasoning was good but I don’t think putting Granny Smith’s in was a good idea. Maybe I’ll try it again. The crust was great.

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