Brown Bag Apple Pie

Preheat the oven to 350F


  • 1 1/2 c Flour
  • 1/2 c Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Cold Milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp Sugar

Dump everything in the pie pan, mix it up with your fingers, and press into place. A perfect job for the kids.


  • 4-5 Pink Lady apples, cored, peeled, and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp Flour (Optional to thicken juices)

Mix dry ingredients, then add apples and toss together. Dump into crust.


  • 3/4 c Flour
  • 1/2 c Butter, softened
  • 1/2 c Sugar

Cut together to make crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over the pie and gently press into place. Chase away the kids who keep trying to sneak nibbles of crumbs.

Lay a brown paper grocery bag on its side on a cookie sheet. Carefully slide the pie into the bag (so the opening is to the side, not at the top). Close the bag, fold over the end once, and staple closed. Bake 1hr 45min. Let the pie cool until warm and serve. Enjoy!

This recipe is so easy and so much fun to make. The kids love to help and dig their fingers into the crust dough! Afterward, any drippings were contained in the paper bag, so the cookie sheet doesn’t need to be cleaned. The dough didn’t need rolling out, so there is no flour-covered counter to clean. You can use other apple varieties, of course, but I prefer Pink Lady. They stay firm when baked and have a slight cinnamon flavor. I ran across this recipe on a slip of paper many, many years ago when Pink Lady apples were first available at our store, but have since adapted it to our tastes. This year, my grandmother asked my mother, “Do we really need an apple pie at Thanksgiving dinner this year?” and my mother replied, “You’re only saying that because you haven’t had Nancy’s pie before.” I love my mom!

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