Brown Butter Caramel Apple Pie

Brown Butter Caramel Apple Pie for Pi Day!

Hey. It’s Pi Day! It’s not “pie” day, but I made it pie day by putting pi on pie. Now it’s a party.

I don’t usually do posts for these crazy food holidays just because I’m never aware of them in advance. You know, like when it’s National Chocolate Cheesecake FroYo with Sprinkles, Oreos, Cookie Dough and Hot Fudge Day and you would have totally been all over that if you had known. (That is definitely what I get at Yogurt Mountain, btw.) But Pi day is simpler and doesn’t require you to do a Google search for “official” food holidays. It’s all just silly sometimes. Pi is 3.14 and today is 3/14 and that is all.

But enough about Pi. We’re really here for pie, so lets get to it!

Brown Butter Caramel Apple Pie for Pi Day!

This is the easiest apple pie ever. And there is brown butter in it. This pie starts with a package of Pillsbury pie crusts, which is partially why it’s so simple. Sometimes you just don’t have time to make the homemade version, but you should definitely go for it if you do.

Then you chop up some apples, or slice them if you like them sliced, and stir them together with brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and a stick of butter that has been browned and cooled. Just to be clear, the butter should still be liquid. It doesn’t need to solidify or anything. Before the top pie crust goes on, drizzle all of it with some caramel, pop it in the oven and go freak out with your mom about her friend’s cousin’s performance on American Idol.

(He sang Sweet Home Alabama and said Roll Tide Roll in one of the choruses. It was the most excited I’ve been about American Idol in 38521 years.)

Brown Butter Caramel Apple Pie for Pi Day!

I know a lot of people are still bummed about the time change, but oh my gosh it is still light outside when I get home from work and I love that. Took some photos during the middle of the week and everything–what a miracle! Ha.

Anyway, if you’ve got some time over the weekend, you should definitely give this pie a shot. It’s simple and comes together quickly.

Brown Butter Caramel Apple Pie


  • 1/2 cup butter, browned & cooled
  • One package Pillsbury Pie Crusts (two rolls in a pack)
  • 3 large green apples, chopped
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Caramel sauce (homemade or store bought)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and lightly mist a pie pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Place the pie crusts on your counter or table to thaw.
  3. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour in a bowl and whisk them together.
  4. Peel and chop (or slice) apples and drizzle with lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
  5. Add brown sugar mixture to the apples and toss to coat. Add brown butter and stir well.
  6. Place one pie crust in the pie plate and trim the edges. Pour the apple mixture into the pie crust and spread out with a spoon.
  7. Drizzle with caramel sauce.
  8. At this point, I drew the Pi symbol on my second pie crust by lightly pressing a knife into the pie dough, and then I cut it out.
  9. Lay the second pie crust over the apple mixture and trim the edges. Decorated the edges if you'd like. I used my fingers, but you could also use a fork.
  10. Bake the pie for about 10 minutes, or until the top crust turns a light golden-brown. Take the pie out of the oven and carefully cover it with foil. Don't cover it too tight, just enough to keep it from falling off. Make sure all of the crust is covered to prevent over-browning.
  11. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove pie from the oven and let it cool.
  12. Best served warm with a scoop of ice cream!

Recipe from bethcakes. All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without permission. If you would like to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

Friday, pie day. That should be a thing.

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