Rosemary-Caramel Apple Pie, holiday pie recipes
Matt Taylor-Gross

We don’t need to say (but we will anyway): Apple pie is an American classic. It needs nothing more than cool whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

But needs is a subjective term. And after you’ve eaten your share of the classic, it can be nice to give apple pie a twist. From a rosemary-caramel–topped version to one with a cornmeal crust, these are our favorite ways to spice up basic apple pie. Just don’t forget the ice cream.

Top Your Apples with Rosemary Caramel


Make Your Crust with Cornmeal


Apple-Rosemary Lattice Pie

A rosemary-laced cornmeal crust adds a fragrant, savory dimension to classic apple pie. Get the recipe for Apple-Rosemary Lattice Pie »

The Half-Cake, Half-Pie

Jacques Pepin’s French Classic


Maman’s Apple Tart

This dessert comes from the chef Jacques Pépin, who learned how to make it from his mother. Get the recipe for Maman’s Apple Tart »

Put Your Apple Pie in a Skillet


Apple Pandowdy

At Boston’s Durgin-Park, squares of buttery crust are pressed into a simmering apple filling partway through cooking to soak up the spiced sauce in this old-school dessert. Get the recipe for Apple Pandowdy »

Everything’s Better with a Little Salt


Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

How to Make Pie Dough