This Apple Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crust is an amazing apple pie recipe with the most delicious crust I’ve ever tasted.
Of all of the fall pie recipes on my website, this Apple Cranberry Pie is one of my all-time favorites. Apple pie is good all on its own, but add cranberries to create some interest and pair it with this fabulous oatmeal cookie crust, and you will love every bite!
Oatmeal Cookie Crust:
Have you ever heard of a pie having an oatmeal cookie crust? Oatmeal cookies in an apple cranberry pie? What could be better! This pie has a substantial base of an oatmeal cookie crust. It’s the best tasting crust ever!! And it’s such an easy crust too because you just press it into the pie plate. This is a good pie to make for people who are “crust challenged!”
We went apple picking recently, and we brought home a boatload of apples. 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 make the best apple cranberry pie.
What are the best apples to use for apple pie?
It’s best to use a variety of apples when baking apple pie- maybe three different kinds. The best ones to use are Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Rome, Jonagold and Braeburn. They all have different textures and sweetness, so combining them works out great.
Apples and Cranberries!
Apple pie is an everyday classic. I prefer to add a handful of cranberries once in a while… just because they add a splash of color and a little tartness to to counteract all that sweet stuff. You can certainly use all apples to make this pie (but it won’t be nearly as pretty!)
The apples and cranberries are tossed with lemon juice and zest, as well as spices, a bit of flour, and a small amount of sour cream. More delicious oatmeal cookie crumbs are sprinkled on top.
The baked product turns out one amazing Apple Cranberry 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 feeling a little wild and crazy. I would liken this to a really good apple crisp, rather than a classic apple pie.
If you like this pie, you might also enjoy my Cinnamon Apple Pie Cake and this Apple Butter Pie. Upside Down Apple Pecan Pie, Classic Double Crust Apple Pie, and Pear Crumb Pie are also delicious pie recipes!
Apple Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crust
- 3 cups old fashioned (rolled) oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
- 6 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 7 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples (see Recipe Notes below)
- 1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sour cream
PREPARE THE CRUST:
- Combine all of the crust ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, and mix well. Reserve about a cup of the crust mix for the topping and set aside. Press the rest of the crust mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom and sides of a 9 or 10-inch pie pan (or 9-inch deep dish), forming a thick crust.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
PREPARE THE FILLING:
- Place the sliced apples and cranberries in a large bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle with spices; toss until well coated. Add the lemon zest. Sprinkle in the flour and mix again. Gradually add the brown sugar and sour cream as you mix. Don't worry if the apple slices break a little while being mixed and tossed. Distribute the filling into the unbaked crust. Sprinkle the reserved crust crumbs over the top and pat neatly into place.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the apples are soft and the crust is nicely browned on the edges. Note: If the top appears to be browning too quickly during baking, cover loosely with foil (check after about 30 minutes).
- Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.
- *It's best to use a mixture of apple varieties for apple pie. These are the best kinds to use for pie: Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Rome, Jonagold and Braeburn.
- *If you use a smaller pie pan, 7 cups of apples might be slightly too many apples- use your judgment... they should mound nicely.
- *Depending on how thick you'd like the crust, you may have some crust mix left over. Use any remaining crust crumbs in little ramekins to make a couple of extra "apple crisps!"
- *This is doubly good with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Do you think this could be made with coconut flour instead of all purpose flour too make it gluten free?
Hi Julie, I’m not super familiar with coconut flour, so I’m not sure!
One of my favorite snacks growing up was an oatmeal cookie and an apple together. I just ran across this recipe. It has my name all over it! I can’t wait to make it. Thankfully, I have everything I need on hand. I’ll post later how absolutely wonderful it turns out. Thanks
We are so excited to make and eat this pie! I’m doubling this With the plan to freeze one of them for Christmas and wondered whether to bake it all the way or partially or not ast all before freezing. What do you think?
I think you should make it fully and then freeze it.
I came across your website looking for something different to plain old fashioned apple pie and found this recipe. THANK YOU! This was great and easy…I love the combination of cranberries, apples and oatmeal. I used greek yogurt in place of sour cream as someone suggested and came out just fine.
This recipe made me a fan of your site 🙂
I can’t wait to try out more of your dessert recipes!
Glad you found something you enjoyed!
I made this last nite it came out great and I love the oatmeal pie crust. I love apples and cranberries, my only concern was that it wasn’t sweet but tart. How can I get it to be sweeter with out ruining it? Please advise.
The Granny Smith variety tends to be a little more tart. Try another variety for more sweetness: Braeburn, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Jonathon, Golden Russet
Just made this & it’s in the oven! Smells like heaven! Can’t wait to taste it, thank you so much!!!
Made this today for Thanksgiving tomorrow. This pie smells A~MA~ZING! Its hard to keep from cutting into now to sample it!
Carly- I think blueberries would make a nice substitute for the cranberries!
This looks sooo good! I Cannot wait to try it! One question…could this be adapted so that blueberries could be used?