The Costco Pie That’s Actually Two Desserts in One

updated Nov 9, 2022
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Costco shoppers expect to get a lot for their money. A set of tires includes balancing and rotation, gift cards come at a hefty discount, and two jars of the best pasta sauce cost the same price as one at a regular grocery. At this time of year when food and festivities push budgets to the breaking point, I’ve uncovered a deal that turned out to be a two-for-one dessert. And I can’t wait to serve it this holiday season. It’s Costco’s bakery apple pie!

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What’s So Great About Costco’s Apple Pie?

Costco’s apple pie is one of the best grocery store apple pies I’ve tasted. The filling is packed with hearty bites of fresh apple in a not-too-sweet syrup flecked with warm cinnamon.

As a crust-lover, the pastry is actually the most eye-opening part of the pie. Weighing in at more than four pounds, this pie is extra-large. Its size makes it nearly impossible for the center crust to become as crispy as the outer edge — and that’s a good thing. As I dug into the center of my slice with its slightly soft and tender pastry, I realized that this pie was actually a pie and a cobbler in one!

What’s the Best Way to Eat Costco’s Pie Crust?

Instead of approaching this oversized dessert as I normally would, I now serve this sweet a bit differently: Pie fans are served portions from the perimeter, which guarantees a better pastry-to-filling ratio and a crispier crust. Guests who prefer the tender topping of a cobbler are served a scoop from the center. No matter which section of Costco’s apple pie ends up on your plate, the pastry is topped with a sugary finish that makes each slice sparkle. And of course, there’s nothing like warm apple pie topped with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.

A Few Tips for Serving Costco’s Apple Pie

  • Serve it warm. Reheat the pie at 375°F for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • The trick for a crispier crust. Preheat a baking sheet while the oven comes to temperature to encourage bottom crust browning.
  • Save some for later. Wrap individual slices of pie in aluminum foil and freeze. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat at 375°F until heated through.

Find it in stores: Costco’s Apple Pie, $14.99 for 75 ounces

Have you tried Costco’s apple pie? Tell use how you serve this two-for-one dessert.