Caramel Apple Crisp

Odds are you’ve had an apple crisp before, but you wouldn’t believe what a difference it makes when you add caramel to the mix, which has so much more complexity than granulated sugar. This Caramel Apple Crisp is one of my all-time favorite desserts and it’s very simple to make.

Caramel Apple Crisp in a White Scalloped Crate and Barrel Ramekin with a Scoop Of Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce Drizzled In A Cross Pattern

Apple pie? Not my favorite.

Apple crisp? GIVE ME, GIVE ME, GIVE ME.

Especially this apple crisp.

Apple crisp is usually sweetened with granulated white sugar or brown sugar, but neither of those can compare to the complexity of caramel.

Caramel sauce adds the sweetness we need, PLUS a whole lot of flavor.

So yes, there’s a reason I shared that post for Homemade Caramel Sauce last week, because I’m hoping it will set you up to try this recipe too.

It’s off-the-chain delicious.

(Whatever the heck that means. It just sounds correct in this situation).

A Metal Spoon Taking A Scoop Of Caramel Apple Crisp Out Of A White Ramekin

While you can get apples year round, it’s nice to enjoy truly fresh apples in the fall.

Everyone has their favorite apple to bake with, but I still love Granny Smith, which is funny because I absolutely refuse to eat those apples raw.

Too tart!

But when you have a really sweet dessert like this one, the tartness is great, and Granny Smith Apples actually have a very distinct flavor to them that I love.

Here’s a video for how to make the apple crisp:

Crumbly Oat Crisp Topping for Apple Crisp In A White Ridged Dish

When the apple crisp comes out of the oven, it’s best to enjoy immediately, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (never optional) and a good drizzle of homemade caramel sauce.

In all seriousness though, this is a dessert best enjoyed a la mode. if you cannot have dairy, I’ve tried many of the coconut milk and nut milk vanilla ice creams and there are some great options.

Homemade Caramel Sauce Dripping Over The Edges of a White Ramekin Filled With Caramel Apple Crisp And Served A La Mode

And again, if you don’t know how to make homemade caramel, it’s very doable, I promise. I’ve got a full post on How to Make Caramel Sauce and it covers all the tips and tricks for doing it. No thermometer necessary.

If you want to try a different fruit, I love this Blackberry Lavender Crumble. For more apple, try this Caramel Apple Pound Cake and this Apple Pie Panini. Also try some Homemade Apple Sauce or Baked Apple Chips.

If you try this recipe, I’d love to know! Leave a comment, rate it, and share your photo on social media with a tag to @fifteenspatulas so I can check out your creation. Enjoy!

Apple Crisp Recipe Tips:

  • Can you freeze apple crisp? Yes! Make sure it’s sealed in an airtight container, then re-bake it in a 350 oven for about 30 minutes, or until the fruit is bubbling and the top is golden.
  • Can apple crisp be refrigerated before baking? Yes, you can assemble the apple crisp ahead of time. It will keep in the fridge for a maximum of 12 hours before you need to bake it.
  • How to make apple crisp without oats: It’s simply a matter of leaving the oats out.
  • How to reheat apple crisp: In general, you want to reheat it in the oven. 350F for 20-30 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling and the top is crisp again.
  • Which apples are best for apple crisp? My favorite is Granny Smith, because of its tart flavor and good texture for baking. Golden Delicious is another good option.

Caramel Apple Crisp

 Odds are you've had an apple crisp before, but you wouldn't believe what a difference it makes when you add caramel to the mix, which has so much more complexity than granulated sugar.

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    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 6 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed
    • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats


    For serving

    • Vanilla Ice Cream
    • Extra caramel sauce for drizzling


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Start with the topping. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the butter cubes and break them down into the mixture by using the tips of your fingers to rub the butter and dry ingredients together. Stir in the rolled oats, then put the entire bowl into the freezer or refrigerator while you work on the apples.
    3. Peel, core, and cut the apples into small chunks. Toss well with the caramel sauce and salt. Split this mixture between four 6-oz ramekins, then sprinkle the oat topping evenly all over the top. Bake for 40-50 minutes until the fruit is bubbling and the crisp is golden brown.
    4. Serve with ice cream and extra caramel.


    Recipe Notes


    Nutrition Information Serves 4 servings     adjust servings
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 465kcal Calories from fat 167
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 19g29%
    Saturated Fat 11g55%
    Transfat 1g
    Cholesterol 46mg15%
    Sodium 370mg15%
    Carbohydrate 72g24%
    Dietary Fiber 8g32%
    Sugars 31g
    Protein 4g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

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    {Post updated from the archives with new writing, photos, and video. Originally published September 2015}

    More Apple Dessert Recipes:

    Caramel Apple Pound Cake

    Apple Pie Panini