Caramel Apple Pie with Cookie Crust

The pie has a soft, sugar cookie crust, apple pie filling, sweet crumble, and layers of dulce de leche.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple pie, caramel, pie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Lyuba Brooke


  • Cookie Crust:
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp. apple pie spice
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • Apple Pie Filling:
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 2.5 lbs gala apples
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 Tbsp. apple pie spice
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Streusel Topping:[/b]
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • Tbsp unsalted melted butter
  • Additional Topping:
  • 6-7 oz Dulce de leche divided in two


  1. Apple Pie Filling:
  2. Apple pie filling can be done ahead of time. You can make it a couple of days before or a few hours before you need it.
  3. Peel, core and dice the apples.
  4. In a medium pot, over medium heat, melt butter. Add diced apples and stir well.
  5. Sprinkle flour over apples and stir well.
  6. Add brown sugar, apple pie spice, and vanilla, stir and cover with a lid.
  7. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft.
  8. Set aside until ready to use.
  9. Cookie crust:
  10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pie dish with butter or non-stick baking spray.
  11. Beat butter and sugars for a couple of minutes, until light and fluffy.
  12. Beat in egg until incorporated.
  13. Add vanilla extract, flour, apple pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Beat on low until mixed and then finish mixing with a rubber spatula until smooth.
  14. Spread cookie dough all over the bottom and up the sides of the pie dish by patting it gently.
  15. Pre-bake the cookie crust for 10 minutes. If some of the cookie dough settled down on the sides of the pie dish, you can gently push it back up with your hands (be careful, it will be hot).
  16. Drizzle about 3 oz of dulce the leche over the cookie crust.
  17. Spread apple pie filling in the cookie crust. Press it down gently.
  18. Streusel Topping:
  19. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, white granulated sugar, apple pie spice, and flour. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated evenly.
  20. Pour in melted butter and carefully fold it in with a large fork. You will want to be careful so you don’t over-mix. Streusel should look like large crumbs and not paste.
  21. Spread streusel topping over the apple pie filling.
  22. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  23. Take the pie out of the oven and drizzle remaining dulce de leche over the top.
  24. Let the pie rest for about 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

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