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Ok, this is an apple pie, but not the apple pie you usually think of when you think of an apple pie. Let me explain. I wanted something different but just as decadent. I came up with this Apple Chess Pie with Streusel Top. The inside is creamy and rich, much the same texture as a chess pie, if you’re familiar with them. I didn’t want to stop there, I wanted this apple pie to be over the top. I added a crunchy streusel topping to offset the creamy layer. Adding the streusel was the right decision.

Apple Chess Pie


Apple Chess Pie with Streusel Top

Big Daddy just isn’t a big dessert eater. He asked for a piece before I photographed this pie. I typically don’t like to cut (or eat) a dish until I’m ready to photograph it and know I have the pictures I need for the post. I reluctantly said yes replying, “You’re not going to like it. I’ll just tell you now, you’re not going to like it.” Well, maybe he raved about it to prove me wrong, but he loved it. {Remember that commercial with Mikey and the cereal? “He liked it, He really liked it!” I love commercials} I heard that ringing through my head and he was going on and on about how it was the perfect dessert. {Just when you think you know someone, boom! they go and change!}

Serve this with a big scoop of really good vanilla ice cream!

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slice of apple chess pie on a white plate.

Apple Chess Pie with Streusel Top

Original recipe by Paula Jones at Call Me PMc
Author: Paula
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
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  • 2/3 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 large apple diced small. I use a Gala apple
  • 1 pie crust homemade or store-bought


  • 1/2 cup butter cold and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake crust 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butte and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs to butter mixture one at a time, beating until combined. Scrap down sides of bowl.
  • Add vanilla, mix until conbined.
  • With mixer turned to low, mix in flour mixture. Beat on low until just combined.
  • Fold in apples by hand. Batter will be thick, much like cookie dough.
  • Pour dough into prepared crust and spread evenly.
  • Mix streusel: Combine sugars with cinnamon, salt and flour. Cut in butter and mix until pea-sized. I find it easier to combine using my hands to mix.
  • Sprinkle streusel over pie and place in oven.
  • Bake 50 to 60 minutes until brown on top and center is set.
  • Good served warm or cold.


Calories: 814kcal | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 76g | Vitamin A: 910IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars

    Absolutely delicious! I did however have a problem because filling & streusel did not fit into a regular size pie pan. I didn’t see any instructions stating a deep dish pan was required so I will try that next time.

5 from 3 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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