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American Cheese Apple Pie with Crumb Topping
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 25 mins
This homemade American Cheese Apple Pie with a Crumb Topping is a perfect blend of salty and sweet. Sweet, fresh apples are paired with cinnamon and sugar, and the flavors are enhanced by creamy, salty cheese.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese apple pie
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Michelle
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 10 Tbsp butter, cold and cubed
  • 2/3 cup Cooper® Sharp White Pasteurized Process American Cheese, shredded
  • 4-5 Tbsp water, cold
  • 6-7 large apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup Cooper® Sharp White Pasteurized Process American Cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp butter, cold and cubed
Crumb Topping
  • 8 Tbsp butter, cold and cubed
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Cooper® Sharp White Pasteurized Process American Cheese, shredded
  1. In a large bowl using a fork or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Add in shredded Cooper® Sharp White Cheese, mixing until just combined.
  3. Next, add in water, 1 Tbsp at a time, stirring after each addition. It’s ready when the dough begins to come together (you’re looking for dough that sticks together when touched, but isn’t wet).
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and form the dough into a ball or a disc, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and set aside your deep dish 9” or 10” pie plate.
  2. In a large bowl, mix apples with lemon juice, granulated sugar, spices, vanilla extract and flour. Set aside. (You will use the cheese and butter later during the assembly process.)
Crumb Topping
  1. Mix brown sugar and flour together. With a fork or pastry cutter, cut butter into the mixture until the crumbs form. Sprinkle in cheese, mixing gently until combined.
  1. On a floured surface, roll out pie dough into a large circle. Carefully transfer the dough to your pie plate. (I like to transfer by loosely wrapping the dough around a rolling pin and then unrolling it over the pie plate.)
  2. Gently press dough into the pie plate and remove any excess dough overhand (leaving about 1/2” of overhang). Tuck the 1/2” of dough underneath the edge of the crust, and crimp the edges.
  3. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of shredded cheese over the bottom of the crust.
  4. Pour half of the apple filling over the top. Place the cold butter cubes on top of the apples, as evenly dispersed as possible. Pour the remaining apple filling on top.
  5. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the top of the pie.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven to 375 degrees, cover the crust of the pie with a pie shield, and continue to bake for a remaining 40-45 minutes, until the crumb topping is golden brown and the filling is beginning to bubble.
  7. Allow the pie to cool before serving (the longer the pie cools, the thicker the pie filling will be).
  8. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.