Christmas Apple Pie


Hi folks.

Welcome to day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by yours truly, and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Pies and Pastries”. Make sure you visit all the participating bloggers today to see what special dish they whipped up for you.

Today is the final day of #ChristmasWeek. While it has been a ton of work to post every day I am going to miss doing this. It’s been so much fun sharing Christmas ideas with you all. I’ve also really enjoyed working with all the wonderful bloggers who were involved. There is nothing like blogger bonding. I adore these ladies and am so proud to count them among my friends. To me that’s what holidays are all about. Celebrating with people you love and adore. There’s nothing better than that.

I made apple pie in true Lunatic Christmas style. A normal pie would be too well, normal for me. So I turned to Family Feedbag for pie inspiration. Amy’s site never lets me down for pie ideas. The woman is a pie wizard. A pie guru. A pie genius. Seriously make sure you stop by and see how she decorates her pies. You will be blown away by her creativity.

For the pie recipe I turned to the one and only Paula Deen for inspiration. I wanted to try a new recipe. I tend to make my own often but wanted to step outside my normal and try something new. So the recipe for the dough and the filling is inspired by Paula, the queen of cooking and baking. This woman’s recipes rarely fail me. When I’m tired and not feeling my own creative juices flowing Paula is the one I turn to for help. She brings it every time. The woman is a dynamo. I am determined I will meet her one day. It’s likely I’ll pass out when she says “y’all”. Just warning you now in case any of you are standing in the line of fire as I hit the ground.


So there’s a fun twist to today’s #ChristmasWeek post. We’re giving stuff away. Not just any stuff. Cool stuff. Stuff you get to pick yourself. How freaking awesomely fantastic is that! Are you ready for it? Are you sure? Okay you might want to sit down now.

Freund Container & Supply has generously donated $100 gift certificates for each #ChristmasWeek blogger to give away!

Giveaway is now CLOSED! Congratulation to Ann, our Freund Winner!

Freund Container & Supply is the largest distributor of glass bottles, containers and wholesale packaging supplies online. Freund offers over 5000 items in stock every day, 98% same day shipping and low-price guarantees. Take a look at Freund’s wide selection of jars, tins, bottles and vials for all your crafting and food related needs!

Be sure to visit today’s blog posts from each of the other #ChristmasWeek bloggers!

***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by Freund Container & Supply. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not been compensated as part of this giveaway.***


5.0 from 5 reviews
Christmas Apple Pie for Day 5 of #ChristmasWeek & Freund Giveaway
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A festive apple pie perfect for Christmas!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
For the Dough:
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla salt
  • 2 sticks of butter, cold and cubed
  • ¼ - ½ cup ice water (I used ½)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
For the Wash for the top of the Pie:
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • cinnamon to taste
  • nutmeg to taste
  • sparkly sugar
For the Filling:
  • 8 apples - peeled and sliced (I used 6 granny smith and 2 gala)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter – chilled and sliced
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a food processor or stand mixer (my method of choice) combine the flour, salt, sugar and mix.
  3. Add the butter.
  4. Slowly add the ice water a little at a time to get the desired consistency you want.
  5. Mix just until dough comes together. Do not overwork the dough, it makes tough crust.
  6. Remove the dough from your mixer. Separate into two pieces. Wrap in plastic wrap and pop in the fridge for about 1 hour.
  7. In a large mixing bowl combine cinnamon, nutmeg, sugars and the flour and give it a quick mix. Then add the apples, then toss them to coat with dry ingredients. Set aside.
  8. Remove dough from fridge and roll out first one. Lay in a pie plate you've sprayed with non stick spray. Cut off excess from edges.
  9. Pour apple mixture into the pie plate over top the first piece of dough.
  10. Roll out second piece of dough. Cut out a tree. Lay that piece of dough over top of the pie plate. Crimp your edges.
  11. Place pie in the preheated oven for about 50-55 minutes.
  12. Remove and let cool, if you can. I usually demolish it before it gets a chance to cool.
  13. If you've allowed it to cool you can dress it up by rolling little pieces of coloured pie dough or fondant over top for the ornaments, star and prezzies.
  14. Serve with a big old "I'm a pie geek and I like it" smile!


You can make your own vanilla salt or just use regular salt. I have a weakness for all things vanilla.

Normally I would not use fondant on pie since fondant belongs on cake but I wanted the colour to pop and doing it with the pie dough just was not doing it for me. The colours were not vibrant enough. I figured no one really eats fondant any way so people would just pop them off. It’s just there for the “purty” factor, not for taste. Geez us food bloggers are a weird bunch aren’t we. Who dresses up pie with fondant. Clearly I need my head examined. But first I want to add some fondant to my roast beast m’kay.

I hope you enjoyed Christmas Week as much as I did. It was a whirlwind but so worth it. I’ll be having a recap tomorrow for anyone who found us late. So make sure you tune it. I’ll also be sharing my Mixed experience with you all this weekend. Look forward to sharing the chaos and antics with you.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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    I’m not entering the giveaway, but I did want to say, thank you darling…for allowing me to be a part of this! Happy day #5!

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    How cute is that pie!!!! I love that tree. :) Happy Day #5! It’s been a great week working with you all. :)

  3. 4

    Kim, this is a gorgeous apple pie. Loving the Christmas decorations and the cut-out (a good way to save a few calories too :) )

  4. 6

    Great pie! I want a slice of it with my morning coffee… :)
    What would I buy? Glass jars! In many shapes and forms, they have quite interesting once. Wish me luck! :)

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    This looks so cute!

  6. 10

    What a yummy, Christmas-y apple pie! It’s so cute!

    And I would probably buy more containers for making vanillaaaa extract! :P

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    Hey, I love your different take on the classic apple pie! It’s very Christmasy.
    If I won, I would buy glass jars for crafty purposes. Maybe those little canning jars to bake some pies iN them.

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      Thank you. Full credit to Amy of Family Feedbag for inspiring me.

      Love baking pies in jars. I did apple ones and cherry. They freeze nicely too so you can pop one out at a time for dessert.

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    Amazing container supplier! Would love these cobalt blue wire bail glasses bottles

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    I’ve been needing some air sealed jars so i’d buy up a whole lot of them

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    I’d be buying a lot of glass bottles, probably the amber ones, for my homemade vanilla. I’d also get some of the French square bottles.

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    I’d like to see Shepherd’s pie or cottage pie in mason jars!

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    I would love using the Amber Round Glass Bottles for making vanilla extract. Great for presents too!

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  32. 63

    Sweet!!! Apple pie with a Christmas makeover :)

    Choc Chip Uru

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    …and last, but certainly no least, I now follow Freund on Pinterest! Thanks to both of you for an amazing giveaway and a GREAT week of sweet treats!

  38. 75

    I want the amber boston round bottles with dropper, like your apple pie.

  39. 77

    Well, I think it’s very, very purty!! Thanks so much for being such a fabulous host, this week =)

    • 78

      Awe thanks so much Heather. Thanks for being so dedicated and making such awesome goodies. It’s been so much fun.

  40. 79

    Thanks for including me this week – it was lots of fun! What a gorgeous pie, love the festive touch!

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      Thanks so much for joining us Erin. It was such a pleasure to have you involved.

      Thanks, this was so fun to make.

  41. 81

    Great way to wrap up your Christmas week posting with a post on one of the major food groups! Pie is a food group, isn’t it? It certainly is in my household! Good stuff. Great giveaway. But really, I’m only here for the pie. ;-)

  42. 83

    This pie is so cute, love the cutout! I stalk you every way possible, you know that!

  43. 85

    You did it, dude (just had to call you dude!)! Thanks so much for including me…even though it was a crazy week, I was so glad I joined in. I hope you have some naps planned for the weekend. You deserve a little R and R.

    PS…your pie looks fantastic. Looks like you put some of our swag to good use :)

    • 86

      Thanks dude. I am so thrilled you joined us. Could not have done it without your goodies.

      Thanks. I had fun playing with the swag. It’s addictive.

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    I love the glass syrup containers!!

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    I would get the plastic snap lock containers!!

  47. 93

    vanilla salt is totally new to me but apple pie is an old favorite. Best of luck with this series – it’s clever.

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    Dianne Shaw says:

    I’d like you to make any sort of jam in your mason jars

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    Dianne Shaw says:

    I like the snap lock containers

  52. 103

    What a gorgeous pie–I love the Christmas tree cutout! Thank you so much for inviting me to this awesome week of blogging, Kim. What an experience! We’ll have to get some rest and do it again! :D

    • 104

      Thanks so much Cathy. I am so honoured you joined us. I would love to have you work with us again. It was so much fun.

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    I need bottles for making vanilla.

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  55. 109

    Incredible pie, darling! I love the little cutout. Precious :)

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    Rita Reedy says:

    Totally in love with your gorgeous pie! Mine for Thanksgiving wasn’t nearly as pretty, but it was a hit, too. <3

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    Id use it for my Canadian maple syrup!!

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    Facebook stalking you ;)

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    Smores in jars would be heavenly!

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    Thanks so much for inviting me to join in this fabulous week of treats. I think I gained ten pounds just reading all of the posts!

    You know, I had never thought to decorate a pie until you introduced me to coloring dough and now you have gone a step further with fondant. I love it!!

    I can also vouch for Ann’s canning frenzy. She gave me a gift of her bounty. She is such a dear. Now I have to jump on board and get my canning persona out of hibernation.

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      I am so happy you joined us Kristen. It’s been so much fun. Loved seeing what everyone came up with. And I hear you. Christmas is not helping the waistband.

      I get a little crazy in the kitchen. It’s like an obsession to come up with weird ideas for baking. Lol.

      I think I need to sample Ann’s goodies. I was stunned when she told me all the stuff she canned. So impressive.

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    I’d love to see fudge in your jars! Mmmmm fudge :)

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    I’d buy the Amber Swing Top Bail Wire Glass Bottles for homemade vanilla extract.

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    If I won, I’d go for the wire-bale air seal jars, probably in different sizes. I like them for storing baking supplies.

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