Recipe Spotlight

The Top Cook’s Country Apple Recipe of All Time Is . . .

Our readers have spoken, and they have a strong opinion about which of our apple recipes is best. 

Published Sept. 25, 2023.

Are apples America’s favorite fruit? Maybe . . . but what we know for sure is that our Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Pie is the favorite apple recipe of Cook’s Country readers—it has been saved more than any other apple recipe by our online members. 

What makes this recipe so special? A lot. Our version of this classic treat from Pennsylvania Dutch country was inspired by the pie Bryan Roof sampled on his visit to the exquisite (and sadly now-shuttered) Philadelphia bakery Magpie, which was helmed by Holly Ricciardi. 

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Dutch apple pie is a single-crust affair made with a filling of thinly sliced apples, cinnamon, cream, and sometimes raisins. It has a caramelly, brown sugar–based crumb topping and—like many pies—is often enjoyed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. 

What makes our version of this pie so popular? For one, the sour cream in the buttery crust makes the dough easy to work with and adds a layer of richness. And instead of cream in the pie, we use melted vanilla ice cream to add creamy decadence. (Don’t let that stop you from still topping your slice with a scoop of ice cream.) You can watch our test cook make the recipe in the video below.


But don’t take our word for it, take a look at what some of our digital subscribers had to say:

“My husband, daughter, and extended family said this was the best apple pie they've ever had, and they're not wrong.” -Debra D. 

“Hands down the best apple pie I've ever tasted. It literally brought a tear to my eye. Throw out all your other apple pie recipes and hold this one in the highest regard!” - Thom M. 

“. . . the recipe developers at America's Test Kitchen did not let me down! The pie was perfect. My family all agreed that it was the best apple pie ever.” -Deirdre B. 

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Other favorite apple recipes of Cook’s Country readers include our Apple Slab Pie (which is made in a rimmed baking sheet and feeds a hungry crowd), the elegant Caramel Apple Cake, the rustic-yet-stunning Cranberry-Ginger Apple Tart, and the timeless classic that is Apple Turnovers

When life gives you apples, get cooking!

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