Delicious and Easy: Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie Recipe

Do you ever crave something tart, sweet, and spicy all rolled into one? Look no further than this Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie recipe. This pie is the perfect dessert for anyone who loves to add a kick of heat to their sweets. With a buttery crust and cinnamon apples covered in spicy fireball candy syrup, this dessert is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.

But what sets this recipe apart from other apple pie recipes? It’s the addition of Red Hots candies! These hot cinnamon candies take the traditional apple pie recipe to the next level, turning it into a delicious and unique masterpiece.

As someone who loves to experiment with desserts, I can assure you that this recipe is worth trying. The combination of tart Granny Smith apples and sweet Red Delicious apples gives this pie a tangy flavor that mellows out the spiciness of the Red Hots.

So, are you ready to taste the sweet heat of this Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie? Get your apron on and preheat your oven, because I’m about to take you on a culinary adventure that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie
Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie

Are you ready for a slice of heaven? Look no further, because this Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie is exactly what you need in your life! This recipe is so much more than just your average apple pie. It’s the perfect balance of tangy apples covered in spicy fireball cinnamon candy syrup, baked to perfection in a butter crust.

But why will you love this recipe? Well, let me tell you. First off, it’s the perfect dessert for any occasion. Whether it’s a family dinner, Thanksgiving, or just a sweet treat at the end of a long day, this pie is sure to impress. The sweet and spicy flavors combined with the warm, flaky crust is guaranteed to leave your taste buds begging for more.

Not only is this pie delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make from scratch. With just a few simple ingredients like Granny Smith Apples, red hots cinnamon candies and pie crusts, you can whip up a homemade pie that will rival any bakery. Plus, by making it at home, you know exactly what’s going into it and can customize it to your liking.

And let’s not forget about its versatility. This pie can be served warm or cold with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat. Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, try using the filling in other desserts like apple tarts or slab pies.

In short, this Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie recipe is the ultimate crowd-pleaser that will leave everyone satisfied and craving more. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try and watch as it becomes one of your go-to dessert recipes!

Ingredient List

 Slice into this delicious cinnamon red hot apple pie!
Slice into this delicious cinnamon red hot apple pie!

Before we begin, let’s make sure we have everything we need. This recipe calls for specific ingredients that will give your Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie a delicious twist. Here are the components you’ll need:

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

For the Filling:

  • 3 cups sliced Granny Smith apples
  • 4 cups sliced Red Delicious apples
  • 3 oz cinnamon candies
  • 1/3 cup red hots candies
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Topping:

  • 8 to 10 cinnamon apple rings, chopped (optional)

The Recipe How-To

 A slice of heaven with every bite!
A slice of heaven with every bite!

Now that we have gone through the ingredient list, it’s time to dive in and start cooking our Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie. Don’t be intimidated by the lengthy list of ingredients, this recipe is simple and easy to follow.

Step 1: Make the Pie Crust

First, we need to create a crust apple for our delicious pie. Mix 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Cut 2 sticks of cold butter into small cubes and use your fingers to incorporate them into the flour mixture until it appears as “peas.” Add ice water (1/2 cup) gradually while stirring with a fork until the dough comes together.

Divide the dough into two halves: one for the bottom crust and one for the top crust. Roll out each dough ball in a disk shape (12′) using a rolling pin on a floured countertop. Place the bottom crust on a pie dish and set aside.

Step 2: Prepare the Apple Filling

Preheat the oven up to 375°F. Peel, core and slice apples into thin pieces. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 stick of butter then add cinnamon apples (3 cups). Stir and cook until the apples are tender. Once it has cooked, stir in Honey(1/4 cup), Lemon juice(2 tablespoons), Sugar red hot(1/2 cup) and Hot candies (Red Hot Candies 3/fourth cups) until well blended.

Step 3: Bake Your Pie

Next up, pour apple filling evenly onto the bottom pie crust then sprinkle some red hot cinnamon on top. Carefully cover with other crust disk with vents or slits cut on it spacing them apart (1/2″) then crimp it around your bottom crust edge. Brush your top crust with milk(Cold raw milk 2 tablespoons) then sprinkle sugar red hot when finished.

Place your pie plate onto baking sheet then bake Red Hot Cinnamon Apple Pie at preheated oven for about 50 minutes or until you see desired red hot syrup baked from the vent around Hot Cinnamon Apple Pie edges.

Congratulations! You have made a beautiful and delicious Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie! Enjoy its tangy apples covered with spicy fireball candy syrup accompanied by vanilla ice cream scoops which will complement exceptionally well.

Substitutions and Variations

 Sweet and spicy, this apple pie will awaken your taste buds.
Sweet and spicy, this apple pie will awaken your taste buds.

If you’re looking to mix things up a bit and put your own spin on this cinnamon red hot apple pie recipe, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try.

Instead of Granny Smith apples, you could use Red Delicious or Honeycrisp for a different flavor profile. You could also experiment with using different spices in the filling, such as nutmeg or allspice, for a more complex taste.

For those who want a more pronounced cinnamon flavor, you can add more ground cinnamon to the filling, or even incorporate additional cinnamon candies into the recipe. If you’re feeling daring, try using hot cinnamon candies for an extra spicy kick!

If you don’t have access to red hots or cinnamon candies, try substituting with regular sugar and adding extra ground cinnamon to create a similar taste. You could also make a candied apple pie by adding syrupy baked butter crust with slices of fresh apples.

For a fun variation on the classic apple pie presentation, try making a slab pie or mini pies out of the recipe. Alternatively, you can also cut the apples into rings instead of slices to create a unique twist on the classic dessert.

These substitutions and variations are just a few ways to make this already fantastic apple pie recipe truly your own. Get creative and let your taste buds guide you in your culinary adventure!

Serving and Pairing

 Indulge in the perfect combination of tart apples and fiery cinnamon red hots.
Indulge in the perfect combination of tart apples and fiery cinnamon red hots.

When it comes to serving this delicious cinnamon red hot apple pie, I recommend having a glass of cold milk nearby to help tame the spicy sweetness. The cold milk provides a perfect balance for the spicy heat from the pie, creating a harmonious symphony of flavors in your mouth.

Another great pairing for this pie is vanilla ice cream. The cold and creamy ice cream complements the spiciness and tanginess of the apples, making your taste buds dance with joy. A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of a warm slice of cinnamon red hot apple pie will melt in your mouth, leaving you feeling satisfied and content.

If you’re feeling extra creative, an ideal serving suggestion would be to add thinly sliced Granny Smith apples and Red Delicious apples around the edges of the pie dish. This not only adds an element of beauty to your pie, but also enhances its flavor profile by introducing additional textures and flavors.

This flavorful pie also pairs well with a rich dessert wine or a hot cup of coffee. If you are hosting guests, consider providing a sampling platter of various desserts and wines, allowing them to explore different taste experiences and find their own perfect pairings.

In conclusion, the cinnamon red hot apple pie is a versatile dessert that pairs perfectly with many complementary flavors. Be creative and experiment with different pairings to find what best suits your taste buds.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This pie will fill your kitchen with the aroma of cinnamon and apples.
This pie will fill your kitchen with the aroma of cinnamon and apples.

Picture it: the sweet aroma of cinnamon and tart apples wafting from your oven to your nose. You’ve just made a delicious cinnamon red hot apple pie, and now you want to know how to store it for later. Fear not, intrepid baker! I am here to guide you through the process.

If you’re making this pie ahead of time, let it cool completely before wrapping it carefully with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. The pie will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

What if, though, you’re looking to store individual slices? Place each slice in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. For longer-term storage, place slices in the freezer; they’ll stay good for up to 6 months. To reheat them, microwave for 2 minutes or place them in the oven at 350°F until they’re heated through.

Leftovers can be reheated by gently warming them over medium heat in a large saucepan. Be sure to stir regularly so that the cinnamon apple filling doesn’t stick or burn.

If you’ve got a big crowd coming over and want to make the pie ahead of time but bake it straight from the oven when they come over, this is what you do: roll out and assemble your pie as usual but brush the pie crust bottom with beaten egg whites before adding the filling; this will prevent a soggy bottom crust. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze immediately. When ready to bake, place frozen pie directly into preheated oven at 375°F for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown on top.

With these helpful tips and tricks, you can ensure that your cinnamon red hot apple pie stays fresh and delicious until the last slice is eaten.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Have a slice and warm your insides!
Have a slice and warm your insides!

When it comes to baking a cinnamon red hot apple pie, not only is the recipe full of rich flavors of tangy apples covered in spicy fireball cinnamon candy syrup, but also the texture of the pie crust itself plays an important role. To ensure you end up with the perfect pie, let me share a few tips to help you achieve just that.

First and foremost, don’t be shy when it comes to adding in those cinnamon red hots candies. As tempting as it might be to dial back on such a potent ingredient, trust me when I say that it is what gives this dessert its iconic flavor.

Speaking of candies, try microwaving them for two minutes with hot water before incorporating them into the filling. This will help them dissolve smoothly and evenly, leaving your pie with a delectable consistency.

Another key ingredient that requires some prep work is the apples. It’s essential to peel core and slice them correctly, so they cook evenly without turning into mush or retaining too much crispness. I prefer Granny Smith apples for their firmness and balanced tartness, while others may opt for Red Delicious apples for more sweetness.

As for the crust, butter is always better! Fortify your dough with butter for an extra flaky texture and savory taste. Also, consider rolling out your bottom crust a little thicker than the top to prevent any soggy bottoms.

Lastly, don’t forget to preheat your oven to 375 degrees F before baking your masterpiece – this ensures even cooking from all angles.

By following these tips and tricks, you’ll have yourself a professional-grade bakery-ready cinnamon red hot apple pie. So grab a cold glass of milk or vanilla ice cream scoop and savor every delicious bite!


Now that we know how to prepare this amazing Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie, let’s go over some frequently asked questions that might arise while making the recipe or planning to serve it. These frequently asked questions cover everything you need to know, from ingredients substitutions to make-ahead options, so you can easily master this recipe without any issues. Let’s dive into item (9) FAQ of the Recipe article section.

Can you use red apples for apple pie?

When it comes to apples, the Red Delicious variety may not be the most thrilling for snacking on its own. However, it proves to be a reliable choice when it comes to making pies. Its juicy and crispy flesh offers a subtle sweet taste. Although, it tends to break down faster when baked. Hence, we suggest combining it with a firmer apple from the list to ensure the pie holds up when cooked. This information was last updated on Nov 3, 2022.

Whats the trick to a great apple pie?

As a culinary explorer, I have come across several tips and recommendations for baking the perfect apple pie. It is important to keep your ingredients, especially the butter, cold to ensure a flaky crust. Stick to using an all-butter crust recipe for maximum flavor and texture.

To ensure the crust is tender while still holding its shape, make a butter-flour paste and use a spatula to fold in the liquid. Some recipes may suggest adding vodka to the dough, but it is not necessary to achieve a delicious result.

Choosing tart apples is key to avoiding a pie that is too sweet. Go easy on the seasoning – a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg goes a long way. To ensure the apples are tender but not mushy, it is best to par-cook them before adding them to the crust.

By following these tips and recommendations, you can whip up a delectable apple pie that will have everyone wanting a second slice.

Should I Prebake the bottom crust for apple pie?

Achieving a perfectly baked pie crust that is crispy, golden brown, and complements the filling can be a bit tricky. However, there is a foolproof technique to ensure exceptional results. The secret is to prebake the crust before adding the filling. In other words, bake the bottom crust on its own before completing the pie. This method guarantees a delectable crust that is just as delightful as the filling.

What apples should not be used for apple pie?

When it comes to baking with apples, not all varieties are created equal. While Gala, Fuji, and Red Delicious are great for eating on their own, they don’t stand up well to being cooked in the oven. This means that if you want to make a pie, tart or cake with apples, you’ll need to use a different kind of apple that won’t turn into a soggy mess.

Bottom Line

So, there you have it – my guide to making the perfect cinnamon red hot apple pie recipe. This recipe is the perfect way to elevate a traditional dessert staple and give it a new, exciting twist that’s sure to delight your taste buds.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s versatile too. You can play around with the types of apples used or even swap out the cinnamon candies for another type of candy altogether to create your own unique take on this classic dessert.

I hope that you’ve found my tips and recommendations useful and that you’re excited to give this recipe a try for yourself. Trust me, once you’ve tasted how sweet, tangy, and spicy this apple pie can be all at once, you’ll never want to go back to plain old apple pie again.

Now, let’s get to cooking!

Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie

Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie Recipe

Many years ago, a co-worker of mine used to go apple picking annually and would then bring some apples to me so I could make a pie for him. I got tired of making my same old apple pie and asked him if I could experiment a little bit. He agreed, and this is what I came up with. He was pleasantly surprised (and so was I).
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 93.5 kcal


  • pastry for double-crust pie
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon red-hot candies
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 granny smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Roll out half of pie crust pastry and place into a 9-inch pie plate, trimming edges even with pie plate.
  • In small saucepan over low heat, heat lemon juice and cinnamon candies until candies melt. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in honey and cinnamon. Arrange apples in crust and pour the honey mixture over apples; dot with butter.
  • Roll out remaining dough. Moisten edges of bottom crust with a little water, then lift top crust onto filled pie plate. Trim pastry edge, leaving a 1-1/2 inch overhang. Fold top edge under bottom crust; flute edge as desired. Cut slits or design in top crust to allow steam to escape while baking. Brush top crust with milk.
  • Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake for 1 hour or until crust is golden brown. Cool and serve.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 124gCalories: 93.5kcalCarbohydrates: 21.6gProtein: 0.3gFat: 1.6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 12.2mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 18.8g
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