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Candy Apple Pie Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

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Remember those days when you walked through the gates of the county fair and the first thing you got was a big, sticky candy apple? I know that they were one of my favorite treats. I'd walk around eating that sticky apple, getting it stuck in my hair and shirt, before finally finishing it off. My face and hands ended up covered in shiny red sugar. Boy were they good!

I haven't gotten one in many years because I'm a little scared that the candy coating will pull out my dental work. Luckily, this pie is the perfect replacement. Many years ago I tried it at a party and couldn't believe it! It was the best apple pie I had ever eaten. It tasted exactly like a candy apple, just without the stickiness.

I have to admit that I've never been a huge fan of traditional apple pie. It's good, but it's never been a dessert that I go out of my way for. This candy apple pie, however, is definitely on my list of favorites, and one that I make quite often.

It's unique, tasty, easy to make, and always a hit with everyone. Try it and you'll be amazed at how much it tastes like that candy apple you used to get at the fair.

Fresh out of the oven, it's hard to wait for this candy apple pie to cool.  Yummy!

Fresh out of the oven, it's hard to wait for this candy apple pie to cool. Yummy!

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

55 min

1 hour 10 min

Serves 8

Ingredients for the candy apple pie.

Ingredients for the candy apple pie.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (6 to 8 medium) apples, sliced
  • 2/3 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon imperial candies
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, keep the 2 tablespoons separate
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 (9-inch) deep dish pie shells, keep frozen

Notes About the Ingredients

  • My favorite apples to use in this pie are Cortland, Stayman and Granny Smiths.
  • You can make your own pie shells for this recipe, but it is much easier to use the store-bought deep dish ones. They can be found in the freezer section. If you do make your own, they need to rolled out and frozen before used.
  • Cinnamon candies are not always easy to find. I usually buy them in bulk when I come across them. They are available in the baking section of larger grocery stores, but in small quantities. They are known as "Red Hots", "Cinnamon Imperials" or "Cinnamon Hearts".
  • The walnuts are optional, but add a nice texture to the pie.

Instructions

  1. Place a baking sheet into the oven. Preheat the oven and baking sheet to 375°F.
  2. Peel and slice the apples and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add the nuts, cinnamon candies, 1/3 cup of sugar and the flour to the apples. Mix gently.
  4. Remove one pie crust from the freezer and fill with the apple mixture.
  5. In a small bowl, break up the other frozen pie shell into small pieces. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and mix gently.
  6. Cover the apples with the sugar coated pie crust.
  7. Place on preheated baking sheet and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until cinnamon candies melt and bubble through the top. Start checking around 50 minutes just to make sure it doesn't burn.
  8. Place on a cooling rack. Cool completely before serving.
Ingredients mixed and ready for the pie shell.

Ingredients mixed and ready for the pie shell.

Ingredients in frozen pie shell and waiting for topping.

Ingredients in frozen pie shell and waiting for topping.

Tear up the second frozen shell and toss it in sugar. Now your topping is ready for the pie.

Tear up the second frozen shell and toss it in sugar. Now your topping is ready for the pie.

Cover filling with pie crumbles. Now it's ready for the oven!

Cover filling with pie crumbles. Now it's ready for the oven!

Candy apple pie ready to be served!  You can see how the cinnamon red hots have melted and bubbled up through the top.

Candy apple pie ready to be served! You can see how the cinnamon red hots have melted and bubbled up through the top.

Apples that are good for baking

Variety

Fuji

Granny Smith

Jonagold

Rome Beauty

Cortland

Stayman

Winesap

Serving Suggestions

One of the things that makes this pie so special is the color. The cinnamon candies melt and turn the apples and sauce into a lovely rich red color. The color and taste remind me a little bit of the spiced apples I used to make with my Aunt.

Paired with a cup of coffee or tea, this pie goes well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. It is the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert table.

Candy apple pie is one of those unique pies that people never seem to forget, and always seem to request.

Here's a piece of delicious candy apple pie just for you!

Here's a piece of delicious candy apple pie just for you!

History of the Candy Apple

The original candy apple was invented in 1908 by candy maker William Kolb. He was experimenting with a hard cinnamon candy for the upcoming Christmas season. He dipped apples in the mixture and put them on display. They were a hit then, and they still are today.

Source: concordfoods.com

Candy apple pie tastes just like a candy apple from the fair!

Candy apple pie tastes just like a candy apple from the fair!

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

A. Gross on November 23, 2018:

yee,s the pie looks great.

however, i wish people would write reviews AFTER they try it. we know it looks good. but is it? it's kind of annoying trying to find someone who made it. i don't think any of the reviews had.....maybe there should be two columns: one for true REVIEWs and the other for Comments? This happens in every recipe btw. Really not good!

Tom Lohr from Magdalena, NM on December 09, 2017:

I was looking for a new and exciting pie recipe. This is it! Thanks for providing a refreshingly new take on the old apple pie recipe. I can't wait to try a slice.

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on May 24, 2016:

I adore this pie, well I will be honest I love sweets period! Wish I didn't! Hehe! It is yummy, now I want one!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 09, 2015:

Hmmm that sounds like an interesting variation. Add a little zing to the apple pie filling and marshmallow never hurt anything! Let me know how it turns out.

RTalloni on October 07, 2015:

Back to check this out again because I need to make 200 hundred individual desserts for a group of kids in mid-December. I'm wondering about using the flour tortilla method with apple filling topped with the cinnamon candies. Maybe thick apple sauce with a melted marshmallow on top and dropping cinnamon candies for decoration while each is still hot. Pinterest has many elaborate fun dessert ideas for kids but 200… will try to let you know how it goes.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 01, 2015:

Thanks Paul! This is a really good pie and people are always surprised when I bring it to a gathering. It's something that most people have never tried before. Let me know how it turns out!

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on October 01, 2015:

Oh my, this looks so good. I'm adding it to my "have to make" list. I've never made this type of pie.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 11, 2015:

Hi poetryman6969. Thanks for the vote! I think you should give it a try. It's a pretty easy pie to make and it's always impressive to guests!

poetryman6969 on May 10, 2015:

Voted up.

The instructions seem so clear and simple that even I could do it!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 03, 2015:

Thank you peachpurple. I appreciate your kind comments about my recipe and the photos.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 02, 2015:

looks yummy i must say, your picture makes the whole recipe tempting

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 02, 2015:

Hi Daisy - This is still one of my favorite pie recipes and I make it for a number of the holidays. It gets rave reviews so you won't regret making it and your guests will love it too! Thanks so much for reading and commenting and sharing. I really appreciate it! Happy New Year.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on January 02, 2015:

Glimmer,

Thanks for the wonderful recipe idea. I'm putting this on my "to bake" list.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 24, 2014:

Hi Adventuretravels - It does smell good when it's cooked! And I guess a little candy is good, but I also worry about my teeth. Thanks for reading and your kind comments.

Pollyanna Jones - I like apple crumble too. I thinks apple desserts are so tasty this time of year. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and I appreciate the nice comments.

Pollyanna Jones from United Kingdom on November 23, 2014:

That looks very tasty! Reminds me of what we get over here in the UK; apple crumble. We just put chopped apple with cinnamon and sugar (maybe some raisins) in a dish, then sprinkle a mix of flour, sugar, cinnamon, and butter on the top. I'll have to try this one.

Giovanna from UK on November 23, 2014:

It looks so delicious I can smell it from here. Mmmmmm Mery Christmas!!

Candy though I do worry about our teeth :) Still as a treat it would go down very well indeed! Lovely photos.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 13, 2014:

I appreciate it smine27. This is really a good pie and I will be making it for Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on November 09, 2014:

Wow this looks absolutely amazing! Definitely a must-make pie for this season.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 24, 2014:

Thanks so much missolive! I always love pins and I'm glad you came back to check out the recipe again!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on June 24, 2014:

Came back to pin this on my 'Sweet' board on Pinterest. Voted 5 stars.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 15, 2014:

Hi truthfornow - Glad you enjoyed the hub. Those candy apples are so good, but so dangerous for people with fillings. Thanks for commenting.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on March 14, 2014:

Wow. This looks so good. I love the fact that you can get the candy apple taste without having to eat a candy apple. Like yourself, I am too afraid to eat them because of the stickiness that gets everywhere and breaking off my teeth.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 14, 2014:

Thanks so much Deb! I always love this pie. Since it's pie day I should probably make one, or at least a type of pie! I appreciate the share!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on March 14, 2014:

Wow. This looks delish. I am sharing it in honor of Pie Day (3.14).

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 23, 2014:

Thanks DDE - I appreciate your kind comments. Enjoy the pie.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 21, 2014:

Candy Apple Pie Recipe deserves to be the chosen hub with such a delightful treat.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 21, 2014:

Hi dearabbysmom - Hope you enjoy this pie! It is one of my favorites. Thanks for reading and commenting.

dearabbysmom from Indiana on February 20, 2014:

This recipe combines two of my favorite things: apple pie and red hots! Why did I never think of doing this? I know what pie I'm baking next...thank you for sharing!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 13, 2013:

Hi Hezekiah - It is definitely a nice pie for a special occasion or the holidays. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 13, 2013:

Thank you so much Terry Granderson. I'm glad you like the recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 13, 2013:

Thanks dp2web. I hope the pie turns out nicely. Let me know if you like it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 13, 2013:

Wow thanks DzyMsLizzy. Thanks for all of the support. I have to say that every time I see your name, I get that Beatles song in my head. Thanks for reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 13, 2013:

Many thanks Careermommy.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 13, 2013:

Vocalcoach, thanks! It means a lot when people remark about my photos as I've been working on improving them. With this pie I even like the calories :-).

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 13, 2013:

Thanks Sunshine! I appreciate it and all of your support. It means a lot.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 13, 2013:

I appreciate it Free2writ3. It was a fun one to write.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 13, 2013:

Thanks for all of the votes Happyboomernurse! I'm glad you liked the recipe. I'll be making one of these for Christmas this year.

Hezekiah from Japan on December 12, 2013:

Looks delicious and perfect for the end of the year.

TG from Los Angeles, California on December 12, 2013:

Looks very YUM!!!

dp2web from New Delhi on December 12, 2013:

Wow its looks delicious..!! I will definitely try it today..!! Thanks for sharing the reciepe..!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Thanks bluebird. I love your avatar. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and hope you make it soon.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Thanks Heather! Enjoy the holidays and keep making cool things.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Thank you so much Kathryn - I really appreciate it. Have a nice holiday.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

I'm glad you'll be giving the recipe a try CraftytotheCore. You won't be disappointed. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Thanks Victoria Lynn - It was such a nice surprise to get the accolade.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Vellur - Thanks so much. I appreciate it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Thanks moonlake. The red hots really make an apple pie special. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Hi VVanNess - Glad you enjoyed this recipe. It was a fun one to write.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

I'm glad you'll be trying it thebiologyofleah. You'll like it. Thanks for you all of your kind comments about the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Thank you ziyena. Red hots can be a bit spicy, but cooking them in this pie water them down just a tad. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Many thanks vespawoolf! I liked writing this one a lot so it was nice to get this special recognition.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

That's so nice of you to say Bill. Thanks very much. I'm glad people enjoy my hubs.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on December 11, 2013:

Congrats on HOTD with this one! It looks awesome, and easy! I'm not much on pie crust; I struggle with top crust placement, so this is a perfect "out" for me.

It sounds absolutely delicious, and is another of your offerings I must bookmark, share and pin! Voted up ++

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on December 11, 2013:

Wow, this is a unique and tasty looking recipe. I like apple pie and candy apples so this seems like the perfect combination.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 11, 2013:

I love everything about this recipe - except the calories :) I'll find a way to work those off, because I intend to make this for Christmas dinner. Congratulations for HOTD! And to repeat Linda...great photos!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 11, 2013:

Way to go Glimmer with HOTD! Great photos! Well deserved!

Free2writ3 from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania on December 11, 2013:

Wow!...very excellent hub. the pictures looks so yummy!. Thank you...

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 11, 2013:

Wow! Your photos look mouth watering delicious!

Congrats on the Hub of the Day accolade for this beautifully laid out, and well organized hub.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

bluebird on December 11, 2013:

Grr-eat hub! I'm drooling at the pictures! I need a sweet fix and fast!

Will definitely give this a try, sounds pretty simple and easy.

Good job and congratulations on a job well done!

Heather from Arizona on December 11, 2013:

I haven't had a chance to try this yet but wanted to come back and say congratulations on HotD. Repinning to my craft board.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on December 11, 2013:

I have already seen and commented on this, and wanted to drop by and say congrats to winning HOTD! It is a very unusual and visually appealing hub, so I can see why you won the honors. Have a great day!

~ Kathryn

CraftytotheCore on December 11, 2013:

Congratulations on the Hub of the Day! This sounds delicious and your photos are fabulous. I love candied apples. I will definitely have to try this some day.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on December 11, 2013:

Neat hub. Love the photos! Congrats on HOTD!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 11, 2013:

Great recipe, yummy and delicious. Congratulations on HOTD.

moonlake from America on December 11, 2013:

I love apple pies made with red hots they are so good. Yours is beautiful. The photos are great. Congrats on HOTD, well deserved.

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on December 11, 2013:

Yummy! Yummy! What an amazing recipe! :) I love you're pictures. You've given me some great ideas for how to improve my own recipes. Thank you!! Voted up, useful and interesting!

Leah Kennedy-Jangraw from Massachusetts on December 11, 2013:

Very well deserved HOTD- not only does this look like a great recipe, which I will definitely be trying in the near future, but the format is great. I love that you started out with a personal story, incorporated your own pictures, and included additional information that is useful as well. Great how-to for a recipe article!

ziyena from the United States on December 11, 2013:

I don't know if my stomach could handle the red hots, but I must say ... AWESOME hub. The editors got it right. Keep up the fantastic work. UP UP UP

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 11, 2013:

Congratulations on a well-deserved HOTD! I loved this recipe the first time I laid eyes on it!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 11, 2013:

I love it when recognition is given to good writers who also are friends of mine. Congratulations on the HOTD....couldn't happen to a nicer person.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Stone Circle - Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the pie as much as we do. It is too bad computers don't have smell o vision. This makes the whole house smell great. Have a nice day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Wow - Thanks so much for your nice comments tillsontitan. Thanks also for all of the support, votes etc.... I appreciate it and hope you get a chance to make this pie. You'll love it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Thanks so much Jill! This was a fun one to write. My garden is asleep now so I like to look at recipe hubs instead of gardening ones. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Suzette - Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know how you liked it. It really is a good pie and people really do enjoy it when I make it. Have a great day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Thanks Rebecca! I appreciate all of your support. I think that is why my family likes this pie so much, it really is unique. Have a great day and great holidays.

StoneCircle on December 11, 2013:

Add this one over to my real recipe book and pinned it. Will be eating it this evening. Congrats on HOD. Looks beautiful and if laptops had a way to let you smell this, I bet it would be divine.

Mary Craig from New York on December 11, 2013:

It is no wonder this hub won HOTD...all of the ingredients for a great hub (and a great pie) are here. You started the hub with a great introduction, you included excellent directions and your pictures are, if you'll pardon the expression, "picture perfect".

I have a feeling there'll be a lot of candy apple pie's on Christmas tables this year.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and pinned.

Jill Spencer from United States on December 11, 2013:

Congrats on your HOTD! The powers that be picked a good one!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on December 11, 2013:

Congratulations on HOTD! Great recipe hub. I have made this pie and it is delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. This is a great one for fall and the holiday season!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Thanks sallybea! I was so excited when I saw this award this morning. If you like cinnamon, then you'll like the candies. On their own, they can be strong, but these are good.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 11, 2013:

Great job! What a unique pie. I love the way you introduced it. Congrats!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on December 11, 2013:

Glimmer Twin Fan

Congratulations on your well deserved HOTD - a really beautiful hub with some gorgeous images.

I had never heard of cinnamon candies before - so had to Google them. This recipe sounds delicious - I am definitely going to hunt for some of those candies.

Best wishes

Sally

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 05, 2013:

Thanks vespa! I know what you mean about candy apples. All my old fillings would fall right out. Hope you give it a try and thanks for reading and commenting.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 03, 2013:

What a unique and interesting recipe! I also have fond memories of eating candied apples as a child, but they're just too hard on the teeth these days. I'll have to look into buying some red hot candies so I can make this myself. Thank you!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 19, 2013:

Hi AliciaC - Glad you enjoyed the hub. This is really a good pie, especially to take somewhere. A lot of people have never heard of it and really love it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 18, 2013:

This is a very interesting recipe. I've never seen one like it before. The photos are gorgeous, too! The pie looks so enticing.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 14, 2013:

Thanks so much EatCookReview - I know I am biased, but this pie would be good anywhere in the world. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

Chantele and Julie from Wales on November 14, 2013:

Oh this looks so good! Pie isn't very popular in the UK, but this sounds amazing

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 08, 2013:

Enjoy!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on November 07, 2013:

I may even make this for the holidays. No one in my family has made anything like it before!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 07, 2013:

Hi Kathryn - I'm glad you are going to give this a try. Let me know how it turns out. It is definitely a crowd pleaser and not something that everyone has had before. I appreciate the votes and pin. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on November 07, 2013:

This looks very tasty, and different from any pie I have ever made. I like the photos you have provided for it. Mouth-watering!

Thanks for sharing this with us. I look forward to trying this sometime.

Voted up and pinning.

Have a great day!

~ Kathryn

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 06, 2013:

Hi epbooks. Glad you liked the recipe and hope you give it a try. My family likes it when I write recipe hubs because they get to eat the results! Thanks so much for commenting and reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 06, 2013:

Thanks so much Thelma and sorry it took me a while to respond. I appreciate the support and hope you like the pie. I just told my family that this is the dessert I'll be bringing to Thanksgiving.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on November 05, 2013:

I am going to have to try this. I think everyone that sees this hub is going to drool just a bit!!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on November 04, 2013:

Awesome! My mouth is watering now. I will definitely try this soon. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned for later use.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 02, 2013:

I appreciate the nice comments Heather! I like candy apples better too. Stop by and let me know how it turns out for you. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 02, 2013:

Thank you so much cuttler.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 02, 2013:

Thanks pstraubie! I appreciate all of the support and yes, your house will smell awesome when you back this! Have a nice weekend.

Heather from Arizona on November 01, 2013:

This looks gorgeous! I prefer candy apples over caramel apples, so this pie is right up my alley. Pinning to try before Thanksgiving :)