Caramel Apple Crisp

Looking for a Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe? This Caramel Apple Crisp will give you the flavors of fall. Tart granny smith apples diced and paired with spices that will make your home smell incredible. Topped with oat mixture and baked to bubbly golden brown perfection. Get more crisp recipes!

white bowl of caramel apple crisp with vanilla ice cream

I will teach you how to make Caramel Apple Crisp that sets you up for success each and every time. An easy but satisfying dessert to serve up this fall and winter.

Caramel Apple Crisp

I love a good crisp recipe, and one of my favorites is this caramel apple mixture. I think apples and caramel complement each other perfectly. You add in the oat crumble topping and it throws it over the top in the flavor department.

What apple is best for apple crisp?

When making a crisp you want to reach for apples that are crispy in texture. Granny Smith's or Honeycrisps are my go-to options. Granny Smith apples offer a more tart flavor, while Honeycrisps are sweet. Or if you are feeling lucky, do a mix to add a whole new dimension of flavor and texture to your apple crisp.

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Do you cover apple crisp while baking?

No, I do not cover my apple crisp while it bakes. I assemble my crisp and pop it right in the oven. Leaving it uncovered you will allow the oats to get a golden brown texture, and offer a nice texture when you bite into it.

How to make caramel apple crisp

You simply start by prepping your apples and spreading them evenly in the bottom of your greased pan.  Create your flour and sugar mixture that you sprinkle over the apples, followed by pouring water all over apples. Then assemble your oat topping and evenly spread. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, which is around 45 minutes.

Then you need to begin to work on the caramel sauce. This sauce doesn't take much to make, and will really transform the flavor of this apple crisp recipe. Once the sauce is done and has thickened you can pour over the crisp and enjoy. Add a scoop of ice cream for more sweetness to the recipe.

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How do you store apple crisp?

Apple crisp will store the best when stored in the fridge. You can store it covered in the fridge for 3-4 days. Use your best judgment in terms of when the crisp has gone bad. If you prefer warm crisp, simply place in microwave for a quick reheat. It will taste like it is fresh from the oven that way!

Can you freeze apple crisp?

You can freeze apple crisp. Simply allow your crisp to fully cool, and then double wrap with aluminum foil or transfer to an airtight freezer-friendly container. Then store in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge the night before you plan to serve this. That way it has time to slowly thaw out.

If you are in a hurry to thaw, toss in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Cover the crisp with aluminum foil and heat until the crisp is fully warmed.

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Get more apple dessert recipes this fall

  • Apple Fritter Cake | This Apple fritter cake is a moist homemade cake with tender cinnamon and sugar-coated apples. It's topped with a delicious vanilla drizzle.
  • Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust | This apple pie with cheddar cheese crust is perfect for the holidays! The filling is buttery, sweet, and packed full of spices! For another layer of flavor, the crust is filled with a sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Apple Cider Snaps | These apple cider snaps have crispy edges and a soft center. They’re like a ginger snap mixed with a molasses cookie made with a homemade apple cider molasses.
  • Caramel Apple Dump Cake | An easy caramel apple dump cake recipe with fresh apples, caramel, and a cake mix.
white bowl of caramel apple crisp with vanilla ice cream

Caramel Apple Crisp

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 470 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Apple Crisp

  • 7-8 medium-sized granny smith apples
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup heavy cream room temperature

Instructions

Apple Crisp

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with non-stick baking spray.
  • Start by peeling all of the apples. Quarter the apples and cut the cores out. Cut them into thin slices with a pairing knife. I used an apple slicer and then cut each of the slices in half.
  • Spread the sliced apples along the bottom of the baking pan.
  • In a medium sized bowl, add the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour, and cinnamon. Stir together until combined and sprinkle on top of the apples.
  • Pour the water all over the apples.
  • Using the same bowl, add the oats, 1 cup of flour, brown sugar, baking powder. and baking soda. Stir to combine.
  • Add the butter to the dry ingredients. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the butter into the mixture to create crumbles.
  • Sprinkle the topping evenly on the top of the apples.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

Caramel Sauce

  • Add the granulated sugar to a medium saucepan and place over medium heat, constantly stirring the sugar.
  • After about 3-5 minutes the sugar will start to become clumpy and crumbly, turn darker in color, and then it will melt into a liquid and turn a brown color. Keep stirring the sugar until the sugar is completely melted. This should take about 10 minutes from start to finish. Remove from the heat.
  • Immediately place the butter in the saucepan and stir until well combined.
  • Slowly pour the heavy cream in the saucepan while constantly stirring. Continue to stir until the caramel comes together. The mixture will still be thin at this point.
  • Pour the caramel in a jar and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes, until desired thickness has been reached.
  • Pour all over the apple crisp and enjoy!
  • Store in the fridge. Microwave for 20 to 40 seconds to warm the caramel before using.
  • Serve the apple crisp in a bowl, drizzle with the caramel, and top with vanilla ice cream.

Notes

For the caramel sauce, ALWAYS start by making sure the butter and heavy cream are 100% at room temperature. This recipe will NOT come together if either the butter or cream are even slightly cold.

Nutrition

Calories: 470kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 3gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 36mgPotassium: 189mgFiber: 4gSugar: 62gVitamin A: 614IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

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