Ah, Thanksgiving. A time of being thankful while also indulging in a variety of goodies from turkey and gravy to stuffing and apple pie. The apple is a mainstay of the Thanksgiving Day menu, but you don’t have to stick with the same boring apple pie you make every year. Here are some creative apple recipes you can make and serve at your family’s Thanksgiving Day dinner.

Maple Glazed Apple Pie

There’s nothing better than combining the two best flavors of fall – apples and maple syrup – into one home-baked pie. For this maple glazed apple pie, you will need:

  • Pastry for double-crust pie (nine inches)
  • 6 cups thinly-sliced peeled apples, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed gingersnaps
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Line a pie pan with the bottom crust, placing half of the apples inside the crust; set aside.
  2. Combine both sugars, gingersnaps, cinnamon, butter and nuts in a bowl, sprinkling half over the apples in the crust.
  3. Top with sugar mixture and remaining apples.
  4. Roll out other pastry to fit on top of the pie.
  5. Cut some slits in the top and then place over apples; seal and cover with foil.
  6. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.
  7. Bring syrup to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring constantly.
  8. Take pie from oven and remove foil
  9. Brush the hot syrup over the pie and into the vents.
  10. Put pie back in oven uncovered to bake 20 minutes longer.
  11. Serve warm.

Candy Apple Pie

Sweet as candy, this pie is sure to be a people please at your Thanksgiving table.

You will need:

  • 6 cups sliced peeled apples (tart)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Dough for double-crust pie
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Toss apples with lime juice and place in a large bowl.
  3. Combine sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon in another bowl, then add to apples; toss lightly.
  4. Roll one half dough to a 1/8-inch-thick circle; transferring to a nine-inch pie plate. Do this on a lightly-floured surface.
  5. Add filling and dot with butter. Roll the remaining dough to a 1/8-inch-thick circle, then place over the filling.
  6. Trim and seal the edges, and flute them as desired. Put slits in the top.
  7. Bake until apples are tender and crust is golden brown, about 40-45 minutes.
  8. For the topping, melt butter in a saucepan, stirring in brown sugar and cream.
  9. Bring to a boil but stir constantly.
  10. Remove from the heat and add in the pecans.
  11. Pour over the top of the crust and bake until bubbly, just a few minutes longer.
  12. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

German Apple Pie

This tasty take on the American version will have everyone asking for it each year.

You will need:

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Two to three tbsp ice water


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 cups sliced and peeled apples (tart)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. Combine flour and salt in a small bowl, cutting in the shortening until it’s crumbly. Add the vanilla.
  2. Gradually add water, then toss with a fork until it forms a ball.
  3. Place pastry in pie plate, trimming to a half inch beyond edge of the plate. Flute the edges.
  4. For the filling, you will have to mix the flour, sugar, and cinnamon, sprinkling three tablespoons into the crust.
  5. Layer with half the apples, sprinkling with half of the leftover sugar mixture.
  6. Repeat layers, then pour cream over all of them.
  7. Bake at 450° for about 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°.
  8. Bake for one hour or until the apples have become tender.
  9. Place on a wire rack to cool.
  10. Store in the refrigerator if not ready to serve.
  11. Serve with whipped cream.

Stock up on Apples at Robinette’s For All Your Thanksgiving Recipes!

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery has all the apples you need to make your tasty Thanksgiving recipes. Come in and see us to grab plenty of apples as well as any other yummy baked goods you may want to serve at your holiday gatherings. You will find us at 3142 4 Mile Rd NE in Grand Rapids, or you can call us at (800) 400-8100.