German Apple Pie With Sour Cream Recipe

Last Updated on March 24, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Gluten-Free German Apple Pie with Sour Cream has quickly become one of our very favorite fall desserts. Get the simple recipe right here.

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is my daughter’s specialty. She made this apple pie last year and everyone raved about it so she is making it again for Christmas. It’s quickly turned into one of our favorite family desserts. Since apples are plentiful in Vermont year-round, I love making apple desserts.

Gluten Free German Apple Pie With Sour Cream Recipe

German Apple Pie With Sour Cream

Vermont is a big apple-producing state and we are known for delicious Macintosh apples. Every year, we go apple picking and bring home a few bushels of apples to bake with.

This is one of our favorite recipes. It is creamy and delicious and definitely a family favorite. This is really the best sour cream apple pie recipe. 

Before we knew that my daughter was gluten intolerant, we made this German Apple pie recipe with traditional all-purpose flour. After we realized that she couldn’t eat gluten any longer, we substituted an all-purpose 1 for 1 gluten-free baking mix like this one.

It works wonderfully and there are no complicated conversions to deal with. These parchment liners make rolling dough so much easier.

Gluten-Free German Apple Pie with Sour Cream has quickly become one of our very favorite fall desserts. Get the simple recipe right here.

German apple pie variations

This German Apple Pie with Sour Cream is also called a Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie depending on who you talk to. It’s basically a Sour Cream Apple Pie with Streusel Topping.

That means that it has a traditional pie crust on the bottom but instead of a pie crust on top, it uses a streusel topping.

One of the keys to the success of this German Apple pie is using a very tart, firm apple like the Granny Smith Apple. Other types of apples may become too soft if you use them.

If you cannot find a Granny Smith Apple, you can try substituting a Cripps Pink variety or a Braeburn apple instead. They are both fairly tart and firm.

rolling pin near a bowl with dough

What type of pie plate should I use?

To avoid the filling spilling over the sides of the pie dish during baking, I recommend you make this in a deep-dish pie plate. A 9.5-inch pie plate should work perfectly.

Watch the edges of the pie crust as it bakes to avoid them burning. You may want to use a pie crust shield during the last portion of the baking time.

German Apple Pie pro tip

If you want to make a German apple pie crustless, you can leave the pie crust out completely and simply add the filling to a greased baking dish. The result will be more similar to apple crisp than apple pie but it will still be delicious.

To store leftovers, keep them in the refrigerator for up to three days. Be sure that you cover the pie plate with plastic wrap to keep it fresh.

You can warm it for a few seconds in the microwave if you want to.

A bag of apples sitting on the ground

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Yield: 8

German Apple Pie With Sour Cream

Gluten Free German Apple Pie With Sour Cream Recipe

Gluten-Free German Apple Pie with Sour Cream has quickly become one of our very favorite fall desserts. Get the simple recipe right here.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes



  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 12 ounces sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 small eggs
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 6 large Granny Smith apples

Streusel topping:

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/8 cup flour
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 3/4 stick of cold butter
  • 1/4 cup walnuts


  1. Mix the first four ingredients for the Streusel in a medium bowl. 
  2. Cut the butter into small dime size pieces and add sugar.
  3. Mix using a pastry cutter.
  4. Add walnuts.
  5. Mix.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Prepare a bottom pie crust for one pie.
  8. In large bowl mix the first 3 ingredients of filling.
  9. Add sour cream and vanilla.
  10. Mix well.
  11. In a small separate container, beat eggs and flour until smooth.
  12. Add to the rest of the ingredients.
  13. Peel and core the apples.
  14. Cut in half length wise and slice thin.
  15. Add to the batter.
  16. Cover all slices well.
  17. Take apple slices and fill pie plate to the top.
  18. Fill holes with remaining batter.
  19. Cover entire top with Streusel.
  20. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 2 hours (yes 2 hours) and 15 minutes on bottom rack at 375.
  21. Let stand for an hour at room temperature.
  22. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 424Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 5gSugar: 48gProtein: 4g

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4 thoughts on “German Apple Pie With Sour Cream Recipe”

  1. I'm gonna gain a LOT of weight just coming over here and reading these recipes!

    I'd drop in for a piece of pie if it wasn't such a long drive from Texas! Maybe you could just email me some?

    Happy Holidays...and thanks for sharing!

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