This maple apple crisp cups dessert is the ultimate in homestyle desserts. The apples make their own serving dish, healthy oats mixed with butter and maple syrup makes this dessert simple, but spectacular!
Healthy and yet indulgent apple crisp dessert!
Maple Apple Crisp Cups
It’s apple season finally, and if you (like me) love the juiciness and crunchiness of this versatile and super healthy fruit, you know you’re going to grab some on your next trip to the supermarket.
And guess what? Being super versatile that it is, you can also try out tons of different recipes revolving around ‘the apple’, especially with the festive season fast approaching.
And that’s exactly why I tried making these maple apple crisp cups recently, and was amazed at how utterly delicious they turned out! They made such an excellent dessert to dig into on a cold winter night- the crunch of the crisp, the soft apples and the light cinnamon taste! YUM!
Read on to discover how I made it, and how you too, can replicate the recipe in your kitchen.
And if you’re confused about crisps and are possibly comparing it with other baked desserts (like a crumble or a pandowdy), I wrote a post called Baked Fruit Desserts: What’s a Crumble, Pandowdy, Crisp Etc? that’s outlining the difference between each to help you out.
So What Ingredients Will I Need?
To make these apple crisp cups, I took 2 apples. I know, just two!
And this apple dessert recipe will definitely feed two people, but if you wanted to split it, and add ice cream, you can for sure feed four people dessert!
So, while almost any kind of apples will work for this recipe, you’ll need to be a bit specific when it comes to the shape- the rounder and stouter the apples, the better.
You’ll also need some
- maple syrup
- quick oats
- and cinnamon.
Let’s Get Our Maple Apple Crisp Cups On!
Making this is easy too!
I cut off the top 1/3rd portion of the apple and scooped out the core (discard the core portion).
Then I scooped off some more flesh from the inside to make it hollow. (Reserve the scooped portion of the apple.) While hollowing it out, you’ll need to be a bit careful with this part to make sure you don’t go too thin and end up making holes in the sides or the bottom of the apple.
You might also want to brush the exposed parts of the apple with some lemon juice at this point to prevent browning of the apple.
Now, dice up the scooped parts and the top of the apple (minus the stem) into small pieces. Mix it together with the dry ingredients and finally with some butter and maple syrup (for some additional sweetness).
Place the apples in a baking pan, and then pile up this apple crisp mixture into the hollowed apples as much as you can, and let the rest fall on the sides of the pan.
Let this bake, and once it is out, drizzle a simple sugar cinnamon glaze on it- you can make it by simply lightly combining some sugar, milk and a dash of cinnamon powder.
Your baking time largely depends on how you like your apples to be- if you prefer them super soft, you could bake them for as much as 40 minutes. If you prefer your apples to be warmed but still tender with some body, cook them less.
But if you look at the recipe card below, it explains everything in more detail.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
These maple apple crisp cups taste heavenly as is- right when they’re out of the oven- soft and with a bit of crunch, warm from the oven.
You can also top them with some fresh whipped cream, or if you’re thinking of serving this cold, you can go for a scoop of good old vanilla ice cream along the side of the crisp.
Loved this recipe? Got some more apples? You might also want to try out this delicious recipe I made called Crazy Easy Spiced Caramel Apple Crisp that is similar but totally different (haha) than the recipe we’re making today.
And if you’re in the mood of trying out a dessert with different fruit, my Easy Peach and Blueberry Crisp Recipe is one that packs in peaches and blueberries!
- 2 apples
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- dash lemon juice
- Butter (optional)
- 1/4 c icing sugar
- 1 tsp milk
- dash cinnamon
- Wash and dry the apples. With a sharp knife, carefully cut 1/3 of the apple off the top. (Reserve the top part for later).
- Remove the core of the apple and discard. Be careful not to poke any holes in the bottom of the apple. **see notes below
- Begin scooping out the excess apple making a 'cup'. Leave about a 1/4" of apple attached to the 'wall' or the peel so that the apple still holds its shape. Reserve the apple 'meat' that you take from out of the apple.
- In a bowl, chop up all the apple bits including the portions of apple in the top portion that has the stem, that you removed. Use all parts of the apple except the stem and the core. Add this to a bowl.
- Add the oats, flour, cinnamon and maple syrup. Give it all a good mix.
- Transfer the apples to a baking dish. Pack the apples with the oat mixture as much as possible, and any remaining apple mixture can be placed in the dish around the apples.
- Bake for 30 - 40 minutes depending on how firm/soft you want the apple cups to be.
- While the apples are baking, make the drizzle by mixing the icing sugar and cinnamon together and adding the milk. Add the milk in small amounts so that it's the perfect drizzling consistency.
- When the apples are done, pull them from the oven and let them sit. At this point you can place a pat of butter over the top of both apples to melt. This step is optional.
- Spoon the sweet drizzle over the tops of the apples. Any reserved drizzle can also go over the apple mixture in the baking dish. Serve and enjoy!
Using a spoon to scoop out a lot of the apple was the easiest for me. That way it wasn't so easy to poke a hole in the apple walls, and you could get a fair amount of apple removed while still keeping the structure.
If you're going to serve this dessert cold, drizzling a bit of cream over the top is a lovely addition.
Look in the body of the post for other serving ideas and instructions on how to stretch this two apple dessert to four servings!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 9gSugar: 40gProtein: 6g
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.