‘Tis the season for apples, yes? This delicious Spiced Caramel Apple Crisp dessert has sweet apples, warm, comforting spices, and a homemade crunchy topping that will bring you back to grandma’s kitchen. Make sure to have ice cream on hand!
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CRAZY EASY SPICED CARAMEL APPLE CRISP
You can have this caramel apple crisp dessert done and out of the oven in no time. The longest thing will be peeling and coring the apples but once you get that done, you’re on the fast track to caramel apple crisp heaven!
The Ingredients You’ll Need Are:
Apples – The variety you choose is up to you. Personally, I like an apple that is a bit more sour than sweet because the topping has sugar and caramel, so it’s a nice flavor contrast. That being said, use what you have in the fridge or if you’re looking for something more specific, this handy infographic can help you decide.
Spices – I used cinnamon and nutmeg for this apple recipe. If you like cloves, add just a pinch if you’d like, or, if you have apple pie spice, that’s perfect to use as well.
Flour – All-purpose flour is great. Whole wheat flour can be used for extra fiber and a tad bit of nuttiness if you prefer.
Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed or bottled, either will do.
Sugar – I prefer brown sugar because of the deeper, molasses flavor, but white sugar will do if that’s what you have on hand.
Butter – Butter will produce a richer, more flavorful dessert, but if you have margarine on hand, that will work.
Rolled Oats – Old fashioned are perfect.
Caramel Sauce – I purchased Ghiradelli Caramel Sauce, which I have to say, is AMAZING! If you don’t want to purchase it, you can always make your own caramel sauce ahead of time.
** A note about the apples: I say use whatever variety you have on hand but I wanted you to know there are small differences in texture that you might encounter in some types of apples. Some apples break down or get softer than others in the oven, but really, even if the apples are on the softer side, or still have a firmer (but not crunchy) texture, it all passes over the taste buds and will be amazing!!
How to Make this Delicious Apple Crisp
It’s really simple. In fact, once the apples are cut and cored, you could even involve your little ones in this recipe to help! (They especially love mushing the butter into the oats)!
- So of course, you’ll want to core and cube the apples after peeling them. Place them in a bowl and drizzle a little lemon juice over them if you don’t want them browning, but really, it’s not imperative.
- Also if your apples are a bit on the tart side, you can also add an extra tablespoon of sugar. Sprinkle the flour over the top of the apples and set aside for now.
Now the TOPPING part of the Spiced Caramel Apple Crisp:
- In a different bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix them well.
- Add the cold, cubed butter and using two knives, or a pastry cutter, or (the best tools) your hands, cut the butter into the oat mixture. You want it to resemble the size of peas, approximately.
- Grease or spray with non-stick cooking spray, (or line with parchment) an 8 x 8 baking dish. Transfer the apples to the bottom of the baking dish.
- Sprinkle the oat mixture over top evenly and pop the dish in the oven.
- Bake for 25 – 35 minutes or until it’s nicely golden brown on top.
- Take it out to let it cool a bit before serving!
Incidentally, if you’re not 100% sure about the differences between different baked fruit desserts like crisps, crumbles, cobblers, pandowdy’s, and buckles, take a peek at this short cool article that gets you in the know!
How To Serve This Apple Dessert
When this easy apple crisp cools to the temp you want to serve it (keep in mind, it’s pretty darn awesome cold, as well!), that’s when the CARAMEL SAUCE comes to the party!
Plate up a portion of the warm dessert and add a dollop of whipped cream or delicious vanilla ice cream. Then, when you drizzle that heavenly caramel topping over the entire thing, it will take it to the next delicious level!!
So you can see how easy this recipe is to make, and when people at the potluck office party get a taste of your epic Spiced Caramel Apple Crisp – they won’t forget it!
Incidentally, seeing that it’s an apple’s time to shine right now, if you’re looking for another apple recipe, try my Apple Pecan Croissant with Butterscotch Sauce or if you’re hankering for apples in the morning, I have this KICK BUTT awesome recipe for Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats done in the slow cooker!
If you wanted to keep the peel on the apples for extra fiber and nutrition, I completely encourage you to do so. I wrote the recipe up to remove the peel because some people don’t care for the texture.
Using white sugar is totally fine. I prefer to use brown sugar because it has a depth of flavor because of the added molasses. (Brown sugar is simply white sugar with added molasses.)
Lemon juice helps the apples to prevent oxidation when they come in contact with oxygen. It’s not necessary to use it and it doesn’t change the flavor of the recipe. It’s only to keep the apples from browning before you bake them.
So there you go, apples for breakfast and a super-easy caramel apple crisp dessert to end your day! Thanks so much for stopping by The Salty Pot today, and I really hope you have a fantastic day!!
Spiced Apple Caramel Crisp
This spiced apple caramel crisp embodies everything about the fall season. Fresh crisp apples, warm comforting spices, and just wait till you smell it cooking in the oven!
- 5 apples, (peeled, cored and cubed)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp tbsp lemon juice
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tbsp flour
- as desired caramel sauce
- . Preheat oven to 375
- In a bowl, mix the apples, lemon juice, 1 tbsp flour, and optional 1 tbsp sugar.
- Transfer to a parchment-lined 2-quart baking dish.
- In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, oats, spices, and flour. Mix well.
- Cut the butter into cubes and with a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingers, cut the butter into the oat mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle the oat mixture overtop the apples.
- Bake for approximately 25 – 35 minutes, watching for the top to become golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes. The filling is very hot!
- To serve, scoop some of the apple crisp into a bowl and drizzle with as much caramel sauce as you desire. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 398Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 6gSugar: 42gProtein: 3g
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.
Rosalyn J Fox says
Why the parchment paper? I want to serve this at least 6 hours after removing from the oven. Will that be ok?
Hi Rosalyn 🙂 The parchment is basically for easy cleanup. Serving a few hours after the oven will be fine. I’d let it cool right down and then refrigerate until ready to serve, then warm it slightly in the microwave (per portion) and add some ice cream! Delish! Thank you for commenting and asking your question 🙂
So, how many cups of chopped apples? The recipe says 5 apples, but since they vary in size it’s hard to know if it would be 2 cups or 5 cups.
Hi Annette – I would say 5 regular-sized apples, where when you have cored and cut them, it will result in about 4-5 cups of apples. Even if it measured to 6 cups, that’s ok too. Thanks for asking 🙂
Assuming the cinnamon and nutmeg are added to the crisp portion. It is unspecified in the directions.
Hi Dede, yes you’re right and I amended the directions 🙂 Thanks!
Dwight Panton says
Spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon are spices. Read again and you’ll see where it tells you to add spices.