Recipe Box: How To Make Paper Bag Apple Pie

🍂 Yummy Dessert for Autumn — or Any Time of Year!

By Brigette Schroeder, publisher of Macaroni Kid Yorkville - Geneva - St. Charles, Ill. September 22, 2021

Apples are ready for picking, which means it is time to start making my favorite pie: Paper Bag Apple Pie! 

I love to cook, but baking is not one of my fortes. So, when I discovered this recipe years ago, it became one of my few — very few! — baking specialties. 

I hope your family will love this recipe as much as mine does! Turn it into a fun family tradition by visiting an orchard to pick apples and then coming home to bake this incredibly easy and delicious pie.

I have been making this recipe for paper bag apple pie for more than 30 years now, and it turns out perfect every time  — no baking skills required!  

Why a paper bag? It keeps the apple pie filling soft and juicy and the top crunchy. It truly is no fail!

Paper Bag Apple Pie


  • 1½ cups flour                                                       
  • ½ cup vegetable oil                 
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar                            
  • 2 Tablespoons cold milk                            
  • 1 teaspoon salt                            


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg                            
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon                            
  • 4 cups sliced apples (about 4 large or 5 medium)


  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine         

Make the crust: In a large bowl, combine crust ingredients until well blended. Pat into the bottom and sides of a pie pan. Do not roll out.

Make the filling: In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, and spices. Toss lightly with sliced apples. Pour into prepared unbaked pie shell.

Make the topping: Mix the remaining 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and butter with fingers until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of the pie.

Place pie in a brown paper bag (a grocery paper bag on its side works well!) and fold and staple to seal.

Bake at 350˚F for 1 hour and 30 mins. No peeking! 

When done, carefully remove from the bag and let cool before serving.