Rustic Cardamom Vanilla Apple Pie
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Rustic Cardamom Vanilla Apple Pie

Last updated on February 23, 2019 by Liza Hawkins

Rustic Cardamom Vanilla Apple Pie

Macy’s approached me last week about being included in their mBlog Recipe Showcase, in which I talk about one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. And as an added bonus, one of you have the opportunity to win a fabulous gift (more on that at the bottom of the post), perfect for using during one of you own holiday meals.

We are now less than one week away from Thanksgiving making its annual appearance in homes across the country. My family celebrates with the traditional fare: Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, and a slew of other goodies.

Even though I’d love to host Thanksgiving at our house, I can’t. I’ve got about four other people in line in front of me to take over as host once my parents decide they’ve had enough of the hosting business.

That’s okay though. We’ve evolved to a sort of “pot luck” style Thanksgiving, where all the big stuff is cooked on site at my parents’ farm, and most of the sides are brought à la carte by hungry family members. One year, before I had my kids, my sister and I baked 10 pies after scouring recipes from some of our beloved chefs. Yes, we were nuts. BUT, they were delicious, and without a couple of cute loud and obnoxious kids nipping my ankles, it was actually quite fun!

Rustic Cardamom Vanilla Apple Pie

I tend to be a Thanksgiving traditionalist, so no matter what, pumpkin pie is definitely on my plate. During the year of 10 pies, I made an apple pie with a twist – cardamom and vanilla. Warmed with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream, it was one to remember.

Rustic Cardamom Vanilla Apple Pie
Yield: 6

Rustic Cardamom Vanilla Apple Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 package refrigerated pie dough (2 dough rounds)
  • 4 Granny Smith apples (or another tart variety)
  • 4 Fuji apples (or another sweet variety)
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Peel the apples and slice them thin, then toss them in a large bowl with the lemon zest and juice, cinnamon, cardamom, sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Set aside to rest while you prepare the pie plate.
  • Place one of the pie dough rounds into a 9″ pie plate, and then set it atop a baking sheet covered in foil. Spoon the apple mixture into the pie dough, and then dot with the butter. The apples will cook down while they’re in the oven, so don’t worry about it initially looking too full.
  • Take the second pie dough round and place it on top. Create three small holes on top to vent, and use a fork to crimp the edges of the pie. Baste the top lightly with milk.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the juices start to bubble up. Remove from the oven and sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

    And now for that giveaway I promised….



    Macy’s would like to give one of my readers a choice of one of the following Martha Stewart Professional Cookware items!

    If you are interested in winning one of these ultra fabulous Martha Stewart Cookware items, you must:

    1. Leave a comment on this post that includes your favorite Thanksgiving dessert
    2. Have a shipping address in the United States
    I’ll be using to pick a winner next Wednesday – the day before Thanksgiving!

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    Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

    26 Comments on “Rustic Cardamom Vanilla Apple Pie

    1. The cardamon sounds like a fantastic twist. You can’t have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. The last 5 years it’s been a Gluten Free pie crust and my family is okay with that!

    2. That looks yummy printed it off to try it…
      My favorite memories of thanksgiving desert were the pies made from home canned mince meat at my Great Grandmother’s house. That unique flavor was brings back great memories.

    3. Our family doesn’t have a traditional Thanksgiving Dessert and we are ones to always try something new…but honestly I just love the traditional Apple Pie and Pumpkin pie (which is what I am making this year!). I have never attempted to make an apple pie, but I think I am going to give yours a try. Thanks for the opp to win something too!

    4. My Mother always makes an amazing chocolate and pear tort for thanksgiving. I am not sure many people would consider it traditional thanksgiving food – but it is for me!

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    5. Am I too late? I love dark chocolate cheesecake for a special treat at thanksgiving, but this year I’m featuring lavender almond biscotti with candied orange peel. Yum!

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