Apple Doozie (Dessert Pizza)


Y’all know I tend to be just a teensy bit on the talkative side, right? Well I got to talking so much down in this post that I felt obliged to keep the intro short and sweet so as not to wear your eyes out, so I’ll just tell you about this pizza.

This is a recipe I whipped up because I LOVE the apple dessert pizzas that all of the pizza chains have. I got to thinking that it would have to be a quick and easy recipe for them to make them on such a large scale. After taking a few minutes to wrap my head around it and dream up the ingredients, I went shopping and made this little baby. Bingo. Bull’s Eye. JackPot. We just passed “GO” AND Collected $200!

My only suggestion is that you NOT make this in the evening after the kids have gone to bed because then it will be just you and your husband and this big old apple pizza…and if you eat a slice it will keep calling you back for more and I am not responsible if you and he eat nearly the whole thing. No sireee, coz we’d never do such a thing at our house! ~looks innocent~

You’re gonna need: a Pizza crust, apple pie filling, cinnamon, quick oats, flour, brown sugar, and margarine (you only need half a stick of margarine).

To make the glaze on top, you’ll also need Confectioner’s sugar, milk, and vanilla.

Most pizza crusts I buy come in two packs so this is a great time to mosey on over and make Taco Pizza, then serve this for dessert. Good eatin!

*If using fresh apples, see instructions at bottom of post.

First off, open that can of pie filling.

You’ll notice most of the apples are in slices in there so we want to dice them up a bit so they’ll spread better.

What I do is take a long bladed knife and stick it down in the center, then pull it to the side.

Repeat this over and over and you dice up the apples in the can with no mess.

Now take out one of those pizza crusts and put it on a baking sheet.

Spread the pie filling over the top of the crust.

In a small bowl, place brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and oats.

Stir to combine.

Cut up 1/2 stick of margarine (or butter) and place in the bowl.

Using a long tined fork, cut that into the dry mixture until it looks like…

This is one of Katy Rose’s “golden forks” ~giggle~ Story about those is here…


Okay so this is really well cut in. I never cut mine in this much because I don’t have the patience for it. I called in the hubster to do this part of the job because my hands were bothering me (I’m getting old here) and he is very umm…dedicated.

So you can cut the butter in until it looks like this or you can just cut it in until you get tired of fooling with it. Pizza will still be good. ~shrugs~ I’m easy to please.

Take that topping and sprinkle it all over your pie filling and crust.

This bowl I’m using is a Pyrex one in a pattern called “Gooseberry Pink”. The style of bowl is called “Cinderella”. Cinderella bowls had two handles on them , one slightly larger than the other, and they were raised on the sides so that the handles could be used as pouring spouts. If you scroll up and look at the top view photos of the bowl you’ll see what I mean.

Sprinkle that over the top real good.

This is me with jewelry! I say that with wonder because I am not one of those people who ever looks “put together” based on their own efforts. Anytime you see me accessorized and looking like I’m wearing a planned outfit, that means one of two things: 1. Someone else dressed me. 2. I saw an outfit put together in a catalog or a store window and happened to have enough in my closet at home to duplicate it.

I seriously have no fashion sense at all, its just not one of those things I’m good at. This outfit is one I wore in a photo shoot for a magazine you’ll see in December, so in other words, it was put together for me. Fortunately, its hanging in my closet so I can just copycat it anytime I want! lol There was a photo stylist who put together my outfits for all of the photos in my book, right down to the jewelry I wore – which is another thing, I don’t really have much decorative jewelry. I’ll buy one pair of cheap hoop earrings and wear them until I lose them, then I’ll go buy another pair.

I generally have two necklaces that I wear. One is a gold heart locket my parents gave me sixteen years ago and another is a little silver necklace I bought myself when I finished my book. It was custom made and features a little silver heart with the word “Grateful” stamped on it, for my grateful heart. It also has two tags with each of my kid’s names on one, and a tiny pearl. I cherish both of these necklaces so they outrank fashion jewelry any day. If you ever see me wearing a necklace and it’s not one of these – then you can safely bet that someone else put together my outfit for that day!

I’m seriously useless when it comes to fashion, and I’m okay with that. Give me a pair of blue jeans and a comfy cotton top, toss on some tennis shoes or loafers if I’m feelin’ fancy, and get on with the day! When it comes time to do anything public, folks come in to make sure I don’t embarrass all of y’all :) .

I love people who are good at stuff like that and I just keep on letting them be good at it, in return I like to feed them :).

~back to our pyrex bowl.. ~

I had someone ask on the facebook page if there was anything in particular I was looking for in terms of Pyrex the other day. You know the first thing that came to mind wasn’t Pyrex, but it was from that era. ~sighs and hangs her head~ When we moved, I somehow managed to lose two of my milk glass vintage coffee mugs that I really enjoyed drinking out of. One was Davy Crockett, from the fifties, and one was a Strawberry Shortcake one from the eighties. I’ve looked for well over a year now so I reckon its time to put them on my list and start scouting antique places again. Surprisingly, I don’t shop for antiques where I live. There is a massive antique mall here but whenever I walk in the folks who work there look at me like I’ve just forced them to swallow a bug (I don’t think I’m special, I’ve seen them do that to just about everyone). So I have my best luck on Ebay and at the once a month flea market in Nashville – which I only manage to get to a few times a year at best.

Oh! We were talking about a recipe here at one point, weren’t we?

Pile in the back of the truck and I’ll drive us on back to the kitchen…

Here is our apple pizza all ready to bake

Place it in a 350 degree oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned.

to make our glaze, place one cup of confectioner’s sugar in a bowl and..

Add about two tablespoons of milk.

You can add more if you need to but start with this, you’ll be surprised at how far it goes once you start stirring.

I am using a child’s medicine cup to measure this out. Often you’ll find them with tablespoon measurements printed on them and I just love these!

Stir that up good and add your vanilla

Stir again

Use your spoon to drizzle the icing over the top.

Im kind of a grid criss cross drizzlin’ kinda gal.

Makes sense t’me. Does it t’you?

(I couldn’t resist. If you are an Alabama resident who has been flipping channels in the past few months, you know what I’m talking about! Now giggle a bit. C’mon, it was funny! Admit it! hehehee If you wanna know what on earth I’m talking about, google “Tim James commercial”.

Note: this is not a political statement, we don’t talk politics at the Southern Plate Table! )

Let pizza cool for about five minutes or so before eating

(just enough so you don’t burn the tar out of your mouth when you take a bite)

Right about now you are looking at this and thinking “I wonder if that tastes as good as I think it is would?”.

Let me set your mind at ease and tell you that the answer is “No”. It taste even better! MAKE THIS NOW! AYYEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

(that was my Apple Doozie war cry)

Apple Doozie (Dessert Pizza)
  • 1 pizza crust
  • 1 can apple pie filling*
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ c flour
  • ½ stick margarine (1/4 of a cup)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup Confectioner's sugar (glaze)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (glaze)
  • 1 teaspoon vanila (glaze)
  1. Place pizza crust on baking sheet and preheat oven to 350. Open pie filling and dice it up a bit while it is inside the can. Spread over pizza crust.
  2. In small bowl, place flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Cut margarine into slices and place in bowl. Using a long tined fork, cut margarine into mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of pie filling in pizza and bake at 350 for twenty five minutes, or until lightly golden. Top with glaze, below.
  3. Place all glaze ingredients in small bowl, stir until smooth. Can add a smidge more milk if mixture is too thick, more sugar if it is too thin. Drizzle over Apple Pizza with spoon.
  4. *To use fresh apples. Peel and chop two to three cups apples. Saute' in two tablespoons butter until tender. Add a few tablespoons sugar if you like but keep them a bit tart because the topping adds a lot of sweetness. Continue with recipe.

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    • jill says

      CHEDDAR CHEESE ON TOP. WOW IS WHAT I SAY ABOUT THIS RECIPE, MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH LIKED IT. I will definitely make this again accept I will use already baked pizza crust next time. Nice fall recipe.

  1. amy says

    I made your Apple Doozie last night for my family for dessert….DEEEELISH!!
    I just found your website yesterday after reading the article in Southern Living….it is FANTASTIC! You cook like I cook! Good southern food that everybody loves with an easier/quicker way to do it and not sacrifice on taste! I am looking forward to trying more recipes… Yesterday after looking at your website, the store didn’t have a big pizza crust, so I bought the package of 3 small ones(the” personal pan pizza” size)….used the same amount of ingredients and it turned out just great! I cut each one into 4 pieces and we all had a piece of one for dessert last night, and each had one piece of the 2nd one for breakfast this morning(so good with a cup of coffee)….and the other I’m sure will be eaten for an after school snack this afternoon with a big glass of milk! This is great for dessert, snacktime and added to a breakfast/brunch menu….it was a big hit. Thanks so much for producing such a great website and sharing such great recipes! You seem like a good mama, a good daughter and a wife your husband is proud of…..from one girl who loves to make people happy with good food to another….here’s to you!

  2. says

    I made this last week, but I used refrigerated pizza crust because it was cheaper, plus I had a coupon. I pre-baked the crust first according to the package directions, but only for about 7 minutes. I made two of them, and they turned out delicious! My family loved it, and I’ll definitely be making it again. It’s so easy. It even tasted great cold straight out of the fridge. Thanks for another terrific recipe, Christy. :)

  3. Donna says

    Made this with cherry pie filling, and OMGosh…was it GREAT! I love the idea of making them with the small crusts. Wow…what a wonderful and QUICK tasty treat. NOT, overly caloric I’d think too…no cream, no fat…YUM! Thanks Christy…

  4. Jan says

    I ate an apple pizza in apple country in Wisconsin and have been looking for a recipe ever since! Theirs also had sliced almonds in it and caramel drizzled over it. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  5. says

    People look for many different types of antique objects. Some belonging to the more popular items to collect are pottery and tiongkok, furniture, and glassware. But anything that’s over one-hundred years old is known an antique meaning that most situations can be collected. While anything may be collected as an old-fashioned, it does not always mean that we have a market in which to resell the idea for profit. If there isn’t any demand for the merchandise, the chances that you will observe a profit from that are slim. However in case you are less interested in creating a profit and more interested in your own enjoyment, then anything claims to be an antique. People collect things such as books, keys, coin, cars and toys among all kinds of other things. The key should be to know your market. If you are looking at collecting toys you should know what kinds with toys are worth paying for and which ones tend to be rare. You also need to learn how to tell this difference between imitation toys and the genuine article. An imitation Barbie doll won’t be able to generate the maximum amount of of a profit like a genuine doll would.

  6. Marianne says

    I have that bowl but it’s in green!! It was my Aunt’s it was a set, but I have no idea where the others went.. guess another cousin got them, or maybe she gave us each one. I do know I love mine and use it all the time. I will be making this Doozy next week when my son comes to visit, he will eat a whole pie by himself at the pizza place, LOL. Maybe I’ll share the recipe with him, but he’s probably already seen it cause he reads your blogs also, LOL,. Thanks for all you do!!!!

  7. Kolene says

    I make this with the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix for the pizza crust. I use caramel ice cream topping to drizzle over the top of the apples instead of a frosting drizzle.
    This is a favorite with two of my grandchildren!!

  8. Terri go Dawgs says

    Betcha a dolla that I’ll be saying that Apple Doozie war cry when I make & eat this bad boy. MMMMMMM looks delish. Maybe I can get Honey pie hubby and Amanda Panda to do that war cry too. I’ll keep ya posted, for sure. XO

  9. Dorie says

    Yesterday I made your Apple Doozie except since I didn’t have a pizza crust, I used a Pillsbury ready-made crust. I spread about 2 T. of graham cracker crumbs on the crust first and then added the apple/oat/brown sugar mixture. Tweaked it a bit more by adding some pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon, etc. Baked it on a pizza stone then, about 50 minutes total. Deelish!!

  10. Cindi says

    Apple Doozy looks good. I am planning to make it this coming week. Just a tip on the antique shopping. Check out Madison Station Antiques on Main Street and Champagne Lane on Highway 72 in Athens. Both places have extremely nice folks working there.

  11. Hannah says

    Oh my this is a must bake, going to the store in a few minutes. Guess what’s for dessert?
    Christy I have talked so much about your recipes and website that my daughter and daughters in laws are wanting copies of recipes. Merry Christmas early girls, I just bought you Christy’s cookbook. One for each household and now they can love your recipes as much as I do..

  12. Teresa Peavy says

    We LOVE you and your recipes at my house! This is perfect for a treat to make my dad who is a sweet lover like myself!

    One question, in your recipes, when you list flour does that mean all purpose or self rising?

    Thanks for sharing your talents!


  13. Gloria says

    This looks like something we would love…..I’ll try it soon….Now would you try to develop the recipe for Apple Bran Muffins that Cracker Barrel prepares….I love these but haven’t found a recipe as good as their recipe. Always enjoy your post….Gloria

  14. Valerie says

    This ain’t nothing but one big ole YUM! I had to get pizza crusts cause my hubby has been after me to make a breakfast pizza. Finally scored on that recipe and I knew I had a crust left and I had eyed this recipe for some time. So I made it…and nom nom nom…it is good and so simple. Those that have suggested caramel…I figure that would be good too. The only think I was missing was a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Thank you Christy for another great recipe!

  15. Lori says

    Wow this looks and sounds great! Will have to try it soon! Oh which kind of oats!!
    Now could you make the other one that the pizza places make? The cinnamon one??? Hubby likes that one and I like the apple one. Thought I could make one and do half apple and the other have cinnamon. Thanks!!

  16. Susan says

    Hey Christy – I’m a Northerner transplanted to South Carolina and I’m glad I found your site! This Apple Doozie sounds like something I will definitely be making when it finally cools off here.
    Had to laugh over your comment about the local antique store – I feel the same way whenever I venture into one! I enjoy the stories that accompany your recipes – every recipe has a story, after all.

  17. MARSHA G says

    Christy I love your recipes and site. I do have a question though. I have noticed you just about always use margarine. Most Southerners use butter. I know I do and it a matter of preference. My doctor once told me that in order to say season some corn it takes lees butter to get a good flavor than it does margarine so therefore the pat of butter is easier on your veins than the half stick of margarine. Like I said I know it’s to each his own it just surprises me a Southern cook mostly using margarine. Still love your recipes and site. Hope you are up and walking soon. Such a blessing you were not hurt worse on such a bad accident.

    • says

      Hey Marsha, great to hear from you! It’s a financial thing. Butter is three times (or more) the price of margarine and all my family could afford growing up. I’m grateful we had it. If I have a bigger budget sometimes I get butter. If its a tighter week, margarine :). I’m blessed to be able to choose when I do. So many families are faced with needing the extra three dollars to try to keep hunger at bay. I guess that’s always close to my heart due to personal experience. So when you think of me as a Southerner, it might help you to understand me if you consider my people weren’t the big house southerners, they were the ones in the field. :)

  18. MARSHA g. says

    Oh Christy I totally understand about budget as I have a 17 year old going to a private school on a scholarship. I am so blessed she is there but due to the fact she drives 500 miles a week I too have to cut corners as I am disabled. Talk about how you were raised I too was poor in money but oh my GOSH so RICH in LOVE! We were at the church every time the doors were open and on Sunday we had dinner on the grounds. What a great life it was. Daddy was a deacon. We didn’t act up in church or momma would take us outside whip our hiney and we would come back in set down on the pew sniffing and snibbling and everyone in the church knew we just got a whipping. We deserved it though. I have thought many times about cranking the old apple peeler when all the women in the neighborhood got together to make apple butter in a huge black iron kettle over a wood fire outside and we would stir that big old pot all day with a wooden paddle that had a long handle and so us kids would get burned stirring. Boy we couldn’t wait until it was done just hoping that there wasn’t enough to fill all the jars so we could have some with home churned butter on a cold biscuit left over from the breakfast we had shared before starting the days events. I was raised in West Virginia but before people say I am a Yankie no I’m not West Virginia fought for the south it was Virginia that fought for the north. LOL! I have so many beautiful memories of my childhood pinto beans cooking on a pot belly stove and momma would make dumplins’ in them to stretch the beans to feed us all but talk about yummy they were so good with fresh green onions from the garden and if we were really lucky daddy made us some what we called poor mans gravy (milk, flour, bacon grease, salt and pepper) with chunks of fried bologna in it. Those were the days!!! I know this is so long but just so many wonderful memories. I always say my memories are my mind movies. I truly feel that even if for some reason God feels fit that we can no longer communicate that are mind movies will be buried inside of us even if we are the only one viewing them they are there and still beautiful.

  19. MARSHA g. says

    Oh Christy I was so in to talking about memories I forgot to tell you I am so happy you are doing better and have the inner strength that you do thanks to your faith and all the prayers. Also please forgive all the mistakes I made in my first post I was having a DUHHHHHHH………. Day! I bought your magazine is it going to be one we can subscribe to or is it just a special edition. I would love for it to be monthly I read it from cover to cover the first day I got it. YEP you are so right family didn’t get much out of me that day I couldn’t lay it down until I was finished and still had to go back and take a few extra peeks.

  20. Nancy Thatcher says

    Christy, I just found your site a couple of weeks ago but I have already saved sooo many recipes to my files. I just purchased your book in the kindle edition for my iPad and I also preordered the new casserole one coming in October! I am not a southern gal but I just love all your quotes and memories you share here. I am clear up here in Washington…the state, not the snake pit! Prayers, love and blessings for your continued healing and thank you for your wonderful posts.

  21. Charlie says

    We had the apple doozie last night. We really liked it warm out of the oven but not so much an hour or so later. The filling was delicious but the pizza crust got hard and way too chewy. I was going to throw it out this morning but tried a little piece, the filling has soaked into the crust overnight and softened it considerably so we can finish it off today. I think I’ll try this again using maybe a crescent dough crust.


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