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Unbelievably Tasty Texas Pepper Jelly Apple Pie Recipes

There’s nothing like apple pie for dessert, is there?

Actually, yes, there is.

That statement should actually read, “There’s nothing like Texas Rib Candy™ Apple Pie for dessert, is there?”.

Here are 5 apple pie recipes using a variety of our products, including Rib Candy. These simple recipes not only show the versatility of our ingredients it allows you options. We bet one of these will allow you to make the best apple pie that you and your family have EVER TASTED in your ENTIRE LIVES. If we win this bet, be sure to let us know over on our social media pages.

Before we get started let’s cover a few basic pie questions.

One question we get asked often about our pie recipes is …

Should you cook apples before making apple pie?

No. They cook in their own juices in the oven. There is no need to precook the apples.

… and what about the apple slice thickness?

Is it better to cube or slice apples for apple pie?

This is really up to you. If you prefer crunchier apples in your finished pie, chop the apples into about 1-inch chunks (2.5 cm) in size. The larger pieces of apples will also produce a thicker filling for the pie. If you like a softer filling, slice the apples on a mandolin on a thin measurement.

Tip from Wiki-How: Some people prefer using a mixture of thinly sliced apples along with apple chunks. This ensures that some of the apples break down while others stay firm during baking.

How many apples are needed for apple pie?

This is actually a great question. The number of apples will depend on the kind, the cut, and the pie pan size. We suggest having a minimum of 10 apples on hand for your pie. If you have too many, which is impossible, it just gives you something to eat after your pie is all gone.

Let’s get started on the list of pie recipes!

First up…

1) Texas Pepper Jelly’s Sweet Rib Candy Apple Pie

This apple pie is actually our favorite, which is why we put it first. It is a typical pie like grandma used to make, just with our sweet Apple Rib Candy™ to add some extra flavor.

Ingredients for the Best Apple Pie:

Apple Sweet Rib Candy bottle

  • 10 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
  • 2/3 cup sugar (you can use Splenda)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Texas Pepper Jelly’s Apple Sweet Rib Candy
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  • 5 tiny pats of butter
  • double-crust pie crust

What to do:

Preheat your oven to 425° F.

Put the apples and the sugar in a large bowl and let stand in the fridge for 1 hour.

Mix together all of the ingredients except the butter and pie crust.

Pour the mixture into the pie crust-covered pie pan. Dot with the butter: a pat at 12:00, 6:00, 9:00, 3:00, and right in the middle. No, this is not overly obsessive; it’s RIGHT.

Cover with the second crust and crimp the edges.

Cut a pretty pattern into the top. Be sure there’s a hole in the middle. If you’ve got a pie-bird, stick it into that middle hole. The pie bird helps to keep your pie filling from overflowing, but you can always put a baking sheet on the rack below your pie just in case.

Bake for 20 minutes at 425° F, then reduce heat to 325° F and bake an additional half-hour. When the crust appears nicely browned, stick a knife into the pie to see if the apples are done. We like our apples to be soft requiring a slight push to get the knife in an apple slice because we like a little crunch to the apple.

Sometimes with an apple pie, you have to adjust your bake time.

If the pie is not done, let the pie bake at 325° F for another 8 minutes, and keep checking until the apples are to your liking.

Let it cool enough so no one burns their tongue.

Slice and eat. It’s totally awesome.

The next option…

2) Beginning of the week: Monday Munchies Apple Pie

Now that you know our favorite recipe. This apple pie is our go-to pie recipe for those mundane Mondays.

We like to cut a pretty design into the top crust to help with the Monday blues. It’ll be a work of art, this pie. And the three different apples give it great flavor! Perfect dessert for a Monday.

Trust us, your quality control team will be pleased and assure you that this apple pie is worth making.

You may be asking…

What apples are best for apple pie?

As you will see in this recipe we have a variety of apples. If you choose a different apple that’s okay. An apple pie doesn’t require any particular kind of apple, just use apples that aren’t too ripe!

Also, you’ll want to be sure to soak the apples in the sugar beforehand. Refrigerate them, too. This will help reduce the liquid when baking.

Just remember, the recipe you choose is based on the apples the culinary team made the pie with. So the sweetness or tartness can differ based on your option of apple.

Ingredients: Individual jar of Texas Pepper Jelly Apple Habanero Jelly with white background

  • Three Granny Smith apples
  • Three Gala apples
  • Three Red Delicious apples
  • 3/4 cup Splenda
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Apple Habanero Pepper Jelly
  • Dots of butter (not margarine)
  • double pie crust

How to make this apple pie?

Put one pie crust in your deep pie pan.

Peel all the apples, and cut them into thick slices. Mix the apple varieties together and put it all in the pie pan.

Over the top of the apples, pour the Splenda, cinnamon, Texas Pepper Jelly Apple Habanero, and lemon juice. Do not stir.

Dot the apples with butter, and cover with the top crust. Crimp the edges. Cut a pretty picture into the top crust; you’ll get to look at it for a few minutes, anyway.

Cover the edges of your pie with foil so it doesn’t get too dark.

Bake at 425° F for twenty minutes; remove the foil and lower the oven temperature to 350° F . Bake for another half-hour until the crust is browned and apples are tender. Take a picture of your pie before your family finds it and dives into it.

Your entire house will smell divine.

Since this pie won’t last long we have another one you can try midweek. Everyone will want to know what’s cookin’ Wednesday when you bake this next fabulous recipe.

3) Spicy Apple Pie

You may already be on the tired side midweek, so we have a really simple spicy apple pie recipe for this time of the week.

We think Texas Pepper Jelly’s Spicy Apple Pie is pretty easy to make and is super tasty! You can use sweet apples for this recipe or any of them for that matter, but we prefer tart.


  • Double pie crust (make it yourself, or use refrigerated pie crust. Your family will be concentrating on what’s INSIDE the crust, with this recipe!)
  • 8 large tart apples, peeled and sliced thin (Granny Smith and Gala are two we like to use.)
  • 1 cup sugar (or Splenda)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 4 tsp. butter
  • Dash salt (use real salt)
  • 1/2 cup Apple Habanero Pepper Jelly

What to do:

Stretch one of the pie crusts over a deep-dish pie pan. In a large bowl, mix together everything else, and dump it into the pie pan. Cover with top crust, and crimp the edges. If you have the time, let your apples and other ingredients rest in the fridge for an hour to help make the pie filling thicker.

Bake at 425° F for twenty minutes; then lower the temperature to 325° F and bake for another half-hour. Remove the pie and check the tenderness of the apples with a toothpick. If apples are not tender, return to the oven for another fifteen minutes.

If the crust is getting too dark, cover it with a piece of foil.

Serve hot, cold, or at room temperature. It’s Spicy Apple Pie, and any way you serve it will be perfect.

If you have some vanilla ice cream, go a la mode. Some people like a slab of cheese with their baked pie. However you like yours, you’ll LOVE this one and the next recipe as well!

4) Father’s Day Apple Pie

Hint: Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June, so it’s time to order your cookout supplies if you haven’t already done so.

You’ll definitely want to make your dad a very tasty dessert and a baked apple pie is the best option.

There’s nothing like the aroma of baking apple pie to make everyone in your house feel at home, and Texas Pepper Jelly’s Father’s Day apple pie will be the best, most delicious pie you’ve ever tasted. And dad will be extra happy, too!

Ingredients: Texsa Pepper Jelly bottle of Rib Candy Apple Cinnamon sweet

  • 10 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3/4 cup sugar (or splenda)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Tiny dash of salt
  • 5 square pats of butter
  • 1/4 cup Texas Pepper Jelly’s Apple Cinnamon Rib Candy
  • Top and bottom pie crust (store-bought works)

What to do:

Preheat your oven to 425° F. Put the bottom crust in the pie pan. Fill it with the sliced apples. Sprinkle the sugar, salt, and cinnamon over the top of the apples. Don’t mix.

Pour the Rib Candy over the sugary sprinkles. Put the butter pats on top of it all: four near the edges and one in the middle. Again, don’t mix.

Cover with top crust, and decorate it as you want. We like to keep it simple sometimes and just cut slits into the top crust, but do what makes you smile.

Place a cooking sheet on the oven rack below the pie for overflow. Bake at 425° F for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven heat to 350° F and bake for about 50 more minutes. (Check every five minutes or so after that)

Since you didn’t refrigerate the filling before baking, let the pie “set up” for about a half-hour before serving.

This may become Dad’s favorite dessert so be prepared to make it often.

Finally, we have our pie for when apples are in season…autumn.

5) Spicy Texas Autumn Apple Pie

Autumn will come. Just like the other seasons, it has its time.

Autumn brings many things. One of the best gifts is apples! There are so many things to do with apples, and a spicy Texas apple pie is one of those.

We like to use Granny Smith apples for pie, but if there are a few other kinds of apples in the bowl, we’ll use one or two of those, too. One of our problems is keeping back enough apples to make a pie – around here people eat them like piranha and the bowl is emptied before we’ve thrown away the bag they came in!

If you have about 8-9 fresh apples then here is Texas Pepper Jelly’s take on another great apple pie recipe.

Ingredients: Individual jar of Texas Pepper Jelly Apple Habanero Jelly with white background

  • 8 apples, sliced thinly – any kind, but we like to use Granny Smith apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • dash salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Apple Habanero Pepper Jelly
  • six teaspoons of butter, separated into individual pats
  • pie crust

What to do:

Preheat your oven to 425° F.

In a large bowl, put all of the ingredients except the butter and pie crust. Mix thoroughly. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1-hour.

Put the bottom crust in a 9″ pie tin (or deep dish), and cover with the ingredients from the bowl.

On top of the apple mixture, put the butter pats. Dot them all over the apples. Cover with the top crust, and crimp the edges tightly.

With a toothpick, poke holes in the pie crust. Get creative if you want. Baking is an art, remember.

Put the pie into the oven and set your timer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, leave the pie in the oven and lower the temperature to 350° F. Set your timer again, this time for 30 minutes.

After thirty minutes, check the apples for done-ness every five minutes or so. The apples should be soft before you remove the pie from the oven.

When the pie is done, remove it and set it on top of your stove or a cooling rack. Your house already smells great, but once you remove the pie from the oven, your house will smell absolutely wonderful.

Don’t ever forget to let your pie cool. It will be way to hot to eat immediately, and it won’t setup properly if you cut it too soon.

There is no apple pie half as good as Spicy Texas Autumn Apple Pie.

If you don’t have time to bake a pie but are looking for that apple pie taste try our bonus dip recipe!

Bonus: Our Apple Pie Recipe Turned Into A Spicy Apple Dip

For those really lazy days, but you want the great taste of grandma’s apple pie, make this! It is so good. with pretty much any kind of pieces of bread or veggies! We like to dip those pie-crust breadsticks in it, and spread it liberally on bagels!


  • 3 cups of peeled, small diced Granny Smith apples
  • 1/4 cup Apple Habanero Pepper Jelly
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or bottled)
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in a tablespoon of warm water

Simple steps for making dip:

Mix everything, quite thoroughly, in a bowl, and let it “set” for about an hour, in the refrigerator.

Stir well before serving. This stuff is delicious.

We hope you enjoy one of these recipes, but secretly we hope you enjoy all of them! Happy baking, Texas Pepper Jelly fans.

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