My Mom’s Apple Pie Recipe


I love to bake and I am excited to share with you my mom’s apple pie recipe. Lately, I have started making what I call fancy pies!

I knew I wanted to make a fun crust so I made this one a little different from the berry pie I made. When I made my first “fancy pie”, I found a lovely rose and leaf pie crust on Pinterest. I modified it and this is what I came out with. It was fairly easy to make but did take more time than I expected. 

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How to Make Mom’s Apple Pie Recipe

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As I mentioned, this pie takes a bit of time to make. But given how beautiful it is, the effort is well worth it.

It’s not hard to make, it just takes time or about an hour to make all of the roses.

How to Make the Roses

To start, make the crust and roll it very thin. Using a 1 1/2″ or 2″ round cutter, cut circles using three to four pie crusts.

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To make the flowers, place four of the circles as pictured below.

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Gently roll up the four circles.

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Cut the rolled pie crust circles in half.

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Using your fingers, pinch the non-fluted end together.

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Gently pull apart the petals to resemble a rose and set the roses aside as they are made.

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Cut one crust with small leaf-shaped cookie cutters. With the back side of a knife blade, add indentations of the leaf veins.

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 Place one of the crusts in your pie pan.

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Prepare the apples according to the recipe.

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Add the decorative pie crust pieces as desired. I used the leaves around the outside edge and put the roses in the center.

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Yield: one pie

Mom's Apple Pie Recipe

Apple Pie Recipe

This pie tastes as good as it looks!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Pie Crust:
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter
  • 10 tablespoons margarine
  • 8 - 10 tablespoons cold water
  • Apple Pie Filling
  • 6 - 7 cups granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (feel free to combine types of apples)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch


    1. In a large bowl, sift the flour and salt.
    2. Cut the chilled butter and margarine into 1-tablespoon pieces and add to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter to mix the flour and shortening together.
    3. Work the dough until pieces of butter are about the size of large peas. Add the ice water little by little until the dough just barely begins to hold together. The dough is ready when you pinch the dough and it holds together in your fingers. Be careful not to add too much water.
    4. Wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
    5. To make the pie crust with a Food Processor, add flour and salt into the machine. Cut the chilled butter and margarine into 1-tablespoon pieces and add to the flour mixture. Process a few seconds until the dough resembles large peas. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, processing very briefly. The whole process would take 20 to 30 seconds.

    To make the pie crust for the bottom of the pie pan and pastry cutouts:

    1. If pastry has been chilled for a long time, let it sit at room
      temperature for at least 15 minutes before rolling.
    2. Lightly flour a pastry board, marble counter, or kitchen
      counter. Divide the pastry in half. Pat each piece of pastry into a flat round.
    3. Lightly flour the rolling pin. Roll pastry in one direction only, turning pastry continually to prevent it from sticking to the surface. Place in pie pan.
    4. Repeat with the next ball of dough, rolling the pastry out into a large round. Cut pastry into desired shapes with cookie cutter, Iron Orchid form or other cutter.
    5. Refrigerate the cut pastry until ready to assemble for baking.

    Prepare the apples

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Melt 3TBL butter in a frying pan. Add apples and cook 3 -4 minutes.
    3. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg.
    4. Add sugar and cornstarch a cook three minutes longer. Spoon mixture into prepared crust and top with flower-shaped crusts.

    Bake for approximately 25 - 35 minutes (depending on your oven. Enjoy!

Of course, you can make this pie with packaged crust. But I make homemade pie crust when making my mom’s apple pie recipe. It takes more time to make the decorative crust but I promise it is worth it.

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Once the pie is baked and tasted, you will see that this is the best apple pie recipe!

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More Fancy Pies

I love to make versions of my mom’s apple pie and here are just a few!

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  1. Leslie,
    This is such a beautiful pie! I’ll have to give it a try. I love making desserts that make a statement, and I believe this one does!! Thank you for all your wonderful ideas.

  2. This is beautiful but would be impossible to do with gluten free flour. My husband has celiac and I have never found a pie crust recipe that that will withstand much handling. Any suggestions?

  3. Before going into the oven, brush your crust with a wash…egg,water,milk…it will give it that golden crust…make it really pop!

  4. This is gorgeous. I can’t wait to make this. Thank you for sharing your beautiful style!! I do have a question- on the front cover of your book. On top of the two shelves you have the half circle decorations. Where did you get those? Thank you

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