Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie

A Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie that’s both rich and flavorful. Take a moment and think – a crumbled, sugar cookie topping, spread over a sweet and juicy, layer homemade apple pie filling, that sits atop a tangy cream cheese filling and a thin, buttery sugar cookie crust. WHAT THA’ WHAT?!

If I’m not mistaken, I do believe this is my first post for the New Year, 2018. So, Happy Belated New Year (9 days in…)! Better late than never right?!

First off, I’m breaking my own self-imposed restriction by making a pie in January. As you may or MAY NOT know, pies are heavy (or HEAVIER) in-demand during the holidays (November and December) and hence I was quite busy both making at DEVOURING copious amounts of pie. Both of my own hand and from others! I had therefor imposed a 30 day ban on myself, from eating pie, in order to give my poor body some reprieve.

I made it NINE DAYS! LOL!

What can I say… I’m a statistic for having broken one of my New Year resolutions, but I have a good excuse why!

Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie

The Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie recipe is based on Averie’s wonderful creativity over at AverieCooks.com, with some slight modifications – notably of which, making our own applie pie filling rather than using a canned filling. Well, do you want to be a PIE BAKER, and make it ALL (or, MOST) from scratch or do ya?!

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Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie – Making the apple pie filling

Other than being a very much, unique pie recipe, I’m not sure why I felt compelled to break my solemn vow to the New Year Resolution Gods.

Maybe it was because I had made so many delicious and well-received, Cranberry Apple Crumbles during the holidays, that another crumble seemed logical? Or maybe even the notion of making something combining both cheesecake and an apple crumble peaked my interest? whatever the reason, when I came upon Averie’s recipe, I just knew I had to make it, and sooner rather than later! Bye bye New Year Resolution! See ya in 2019!

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Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie – Making the sugar cookie crust

Not gonna lie, I do appreciate pie recipes with relatively short ingredient lists OR that use fairly common ingredients. In other words, ingredients that are typically used in a variety of other pies. Averie’s recipe is just such a recipe, using sugar, flour, butter, vanilla, cinnamon…you get the gist.

Using commonly used pie ingredients insures that I will most likely have most of the required ingredients on-hand, saving both TIME and MONEY! Both good things to save on eh?

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Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie – spreading the cream cheese mix

For the MOST part, I followed along with the Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie recipe with the exception for the apple pie filling. Instead of purchasing a can of this, I elected to venture out and try making this myself! We are, of course… PIONEERING PIE MAKERS are we not?!

For this, since I have never personally done this, I settled on a simple ‘Homemade Apple Pie Filling‘ recipe by Dorothy over at Crazy for Crust.

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Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie – spreading the homemade apple pie filling

Again, another recipe using commonly used pie ingredients, that I was able to whip out and have sitting and waiting for the rest of the ‘pie project’ to catch up!

I’m not going to post the recipe or steps here, as that would be disingenuous to the work and effort put in by both Averie at AverieCooks.com and Dorothy at CrazyForCrust.com to share these recipes. So, please click on the links and venture there to grab the recipes, but be sure to return!!

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Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie – finished pie

I will close in just saying this, however. Maybe its the fact that I’m on a ‘CRUMBLE’ tear right now, but the sugar cookie crumble recipe on this dish is one of the best crumbles I’ve had to date! Not kidding! It has such a different but delicious taste, that I can’t help but to think how this would taste on other crumble dishes? Definitely something I look forward to experimenting with.

Tools used to create this dish

pastry blender
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Bladed Dough Blender and Cutter

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hand mixer
VonShef Hand Mixer With Chrome Beater, Dough Hook, 5 Speed and Turbo Button

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Pie Dish
Pyrex Bakeware 9-1/2-Inch Scalloped Pie Plate

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Mixing bowls
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

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How To Make A Cranberry Apple Crumble

Cranberry Apple Crumble – A simple and relatively quick, dessert dish made with fresh, vibrant red cranberries, deep green, Granny Smith apples with a crunchy, sweet homemade crumble. Serve it up warm and top with a hefty scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and it’s GO TIME!

cranberry apple crumble recipe

With Thanksgiving just gone, and the kitchen all but emptied of all that great food and dessert, I started to get that ‘itch’ that something needed to get baked, and STAT!

I Had wanted to make SOMETHING with fresh cranberries in it, since before Thanksgiving and never got around to it, so whatever I was going to do, HAD to involve cranberries. But it also had to include apples, because I felt like having apples. No other particular reason. LOL!

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Immediately I began to scour my favorite GO-TO source for both great recipes and great food photos – Pinterest. And managed, with little effort, to come across a number of cranberry apple pie recipes.

How I decided to do a crumble topped pie rather than my typical double crust pie, I cannot tell you. What I can tell you however, is that it was a great choice! I had only made a crumble topped pie once and I absolutely loved it! I loved making the crumble and I loved how it came out. So, it didn’t take long to find a cranberry apple crumble recipe, because let me tell you….judging by the number of recipes I found, it apparently was a popular dish!

The recipe I ended up settling on, was based on the recipe by Sharon, the Certified Pastry Aficionado!

Sharon’s recipe caught my attention for a number of reasons:

  • Her instructions were right on point. I followed to the ‘T’ and the result was one of the more delicious pies I have ever made. And only had to have one go at it, which was a plus as well
  • For some reason, ingredients that involve both white and brown sugar are enticing to me. I can’t explain why, but it seems like the recipes I have done, that involved both sugars, often gave the dish a different yet amazingly unique flavor.
  • The photos of her Cranberry Apple Crumble were perfect. They gave me just enough close-up shots, of the filling and that amazing crumble topping, to really get the mouth watering and anxious to taste!

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As I mentioned above, I had never had anything with fresh cranberries, so this was going to be a treat on soooooo many levels. I didn’t know what to expect on my first bite, so the excitement was more than I could contain, after I pulled that hot, bubbling, dish from the oven.

Don’t judge! But I had no idea cranberries were so TART?! My experience with cranberries was ‘cranberry sauce’ and we all know how sweet that is. Definitely didn’t prepare me for the tartness of the cranberries. But that, coupled with the tenders chunks of sweetened apples was….I can’t even describe! It was good.

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And take that, and mix it in with a crunchy, sweet crumble that reminded me more of crumbled cookies on top than anything and this was a dish that was going places! Definitely a recipe I fully intended to tuck away in my ‘bag’ of special recipes for those special occasions!

Not to duplicate efforts, and wanting to make sure I pass along my thanks for an amazing recipe, here is the recipe for the Cranberry Apple Crumble from Certified Pastry Aficionado

Enjoy!