Sour Cream Apple Pie


Absolutely delicious sour cream apple pie with a brown sugar, flour, and butter streusel topping.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

You know that when your friend’s smile fills the room as he speaks of his wife’s “sour cream apple pie with a brown sugar crumb topping” that it has to be good. My father and I couldn’t wait to try it!

My oh my this one really is good, and easy to make too.

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In this recipe you toss apple slices with a mixture of sour cream, sugar, and egg, then pack it in a pie shell. About half way through baking you top with a brown sugar flour butter streusel topping.

The brown sugar helps make a crunchy crust on the top, balancing the creamy tart apples below!

Big thanks to our friends Jean and George for sharing this one with us.

For more information on which apple varieties are best for baking, check out our Guide to Apples.

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Sour Cream Apple Pie Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8

As you slice the apples, put them in a bowl and toss them with a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. The acidity of the lemon juice or vinegar will help keep the apples from discoloring while you work and will intensify the apple flavor in the pie.



  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 1/2 cup if you like your apple pies a little less sweet)
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups peeled, sliced tart apples (about 1 1/4 pounds of slices, cut 1/4-inch to a 1/2-inch thick)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • One 9" unbaked pie shell, frozen or chilled in the freezer for at least 30 minutes (see sour cream pie crust recipe, use a single crust recipe)


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 a stick), chilled, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix together all ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Chill until needed in the recipe.


1 Make the streusel topping: Place the streusel topping ingredients in a medium bowl and mix with a fork or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Chill in the refrigerator until the topping is needed half-way through the baking.

2 Preheat oven to 400°F with a rack in the middle and another rack below it. Place a large rimmed baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any of the drippings from the pie.

3 Mix sour cream with sugar, flour, salt, vanilla, egg, and coat apple slices with it: In a large bowl put the sour cream, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla, and egg. Use a wooden spoon and beat by hand until smooth. Fold in the apples and stir until all of the apples are coated with the sour cream filling mixture.

4 Put the filling into a frozen pie shell. For the first stage of baking, bake the pie for 25 minutes at 400°F.

5 After the first 25 minutes, remove the pie from the oven and sprinkle the top with the brown sugar butter flour topping mixture. You may also want to put a pie protector or foil around the outer crust edges to keep them from getting too browned. Bake for another 20 minutes at 400°F.

6 Cool: Let the pie cool on a rack for one hour before cutting and serving.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Toni

    Delicious pie!! I made it for Thanksgiving, using the Sour Cream pie crust recipe, and added cinnamon to the filling. My family absolutely loved this pie!


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  2. Teri

    Best apple pie I have ever tasted! I made it with a friend of mine as something to do while visiting with her, and now I am hooked for life! We just added more vanilla because the strength of vanilla seems to be decreasing as time passes. Yummmm!


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  3. Jody

    Will be trying this pie for sure. Last summer I bought a sour cream apple pie down at Fountain of a Youth, and it was made in a crumb crust, would I be able to use one?

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  4. Abby

    Made this pie for YEARS and it’s legit amazing. Halved the sugar in the filling and it’s perfect.


  5. Liz Geier

    I don’t see where to use the lemon juice/ cider vinegar. Do I mix with apple slices first?

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