Crisps are wonderful desserts when you want something healthy, easy, and crowd pleasing! And who doesn’t want that? This apple cranberry crisp is full of fresh apples and fresh cranberries and then topped with a simple oatmeal mixture.
How did the holidays treat you? I hope you had time with family and friends and tried out all sorts of yummy new recipes.
Or maybe other people don’t try out yummy new recipes as often as I do? That’s okay, because I am here to share those recipes with you and help you skip all the testing and reworking I do. 🙂
As for our holidays, they were an interesting mixture of wonderful and terrible which looped back to not-so-bad. Cryptic, yes? No worries…I’ll expand!
On one hand we had lovely visits and parties: a neighborhood party, going up to Vermont to see family, and having other family to our home. And that was wonderful! On the other, we had the terrible luck of having someone turn into our lane on the highway coming home. Sideways (or nearly) and right in front of us.
That was a tough night and the car is totaled, but we are all okay with nothing more than a few bruises. We didn’t even crush the presents we were bringing home! Let’s give a shoutout to crumple zones, airbags, and seatbelts. Now we’re in the not-so-bad part – looking for a car, filing reports, talking to insurance, snuggling our pets, and craving comfort food.
Luckily, comfort food doesn’t have to be all creamy and full of calories. Instead you can make a fruit filled, not too sweet, oatmeal topped apple cranberry crisp! Perfect for those ‘we just got in a car accident and need something simple and sweet days’ or any other days you want a quick dessert. No car accidents needed!
How do you make apple cranberry crisp?
To make an apple cranberry crisp, top sliced apples and fresh cranberries with an oatmeal topping then bake in the oven until the topping is browned and the fruit is soft and bubbly. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
- Mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, and spices. Work in the butter until crumbly.
- Peel and slice the apples. Wash the cranberries.
- Fill a baking dish the fruit and top with the oatmeal topping.
- Bake in a 350F oven until the topping is browned and the fruit is bubbling.
Make the oatmeal topping
All you need to make the topping is a bowl, a measuring cup, and your hands. Totally simple! And to make it even easier, I use equal amounts of flour, oats, and brown sugar along with half that in butter.
For the amount of crisp I’m making here I would use 1/2 cup of flour, oats, and brown sugar and 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of butter.
Mix together the dry ingredients with a spoon. Then add the soft butter and work it in with your fingers. Set the topping aside and done!
Tip: If you put the topping the fridge while you prep the fruit the butter has some time to chill and will make a crispier crisp.
Tip: Gluten-free flour mixes can end up creating a granular, overly sweet tasting topping. If you want a gluten free topping, use the topping in my blueberry peach crisp. It is a little more complicated, but has a great flavor.
Prep the Fruit
Since this is an apple cranberry crisp, you will need to peel and chop the apples.
You can use an apple peeler, a vegetable peeler, or a paring knife, but o matter what: peel the apples. The peel of apples is too thick to work well in a crisp. Then do a quick chop into evenly sized pieces (or there about) with an apple corer or your handy paring knife again.
Then wash the berries and combine the apple and cranberries with some cinnamon and cornstarch in your baking dish.
Tip: Use a few different types of apples in the crisp mixed together to provide a mix of flavors and firmness.
Bake the Crisp
Once everything is prepped and the oven is hot, sprinkle the topping over the crisp and put it in the oven.
I find crisps take about an hour 350F, though I like to check about 10 minutes before just in case they’re done early. Once your topping is all browned and the fruit is all bubbly, you are all set!
And the best thing? You barely need to wait if you don’t want to! Scoop some hot crisp into a bowl, top with ice cream or whipped cream if you wish (though if it’s super hot ice cream is key!), and dig in. Yum!
What apples are best for an apple crisp?
Really, the ones you have in the fridge right now would be fine so long as they are crisp and fresh.
If you are looking for recommendations, I would choose a couple different crisp and firm apples along with a soft apple.
Crisp and firm apples: Jonah Gold, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith (note: this one is VERY tart and you may need to add more sugar), Rome Beauty, and Gala are a few of the firm apples you might find at the store.
Soft apples: McIntosh and Cortland are great soft apples.
You will need 6-7 apples for this crisp. Use 1-2 soft apples and 5-6 crisp apples.
Do you know what is my favorite part of fruit crisps, like this apple cranberry crisp? You can put the kids to work! 🙂 Crisps were the first dessert my daughter could make by herself.
You don’t need any special equipment. You can make more or less crisp depending on how much fruit you have, and the topping uses simple ratios which are really easy to remember.
There is a certain amount of chopping and peeling, so make sure they are ready for that or give them a hand (or buy precut fruit!), and then let them go to bake. Start here and you may have all manner of baked goods in your future with little work on your part. Bonus!
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– Happy Baking, Annemarie
For an easy and healthy dessert, bake my favorite apple cranberry crisp with fresh cranberries and oatmeal topping! Easier than a pie and great for holidays and parties.
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp table salt
- 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup, 2 oz) butter, softened
- 2 1/2 lbs (6-7 medium) apples
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Measure the flour, oats, and brown sugar into a medium bowl. Add the spices and salt and stir to combine.
Add the soft butter and work the topping with your fingers until the butter is mixed in and the topping is crumbly.
Put the topping into the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Pull out either a 9x9 square baking dish or a 9x13 oval baking dish.
Peel, core, and chop the apples. Toss the apples with the cranberries in a bowl.
Add the cornstarch and cinnamon and mix well. Pour the filling into the baking dish.
Crumble the oatmeal topping over the filling.
Bake the crisp for 50-60 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the fruit is bubbling.
Serve warm or at room temperature. Top with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.
- Oats: Though I prefer the chew and texture of old-fashioned oats, you can use quick oats in a pinch.
- Sweetness: As there is no sugar in the filling, you may want some ice cream on hand for those who prefer a sweeter crisp.
- Apples: While you can use all of the same type of apple, it's nice to use a few varieties to provide a range of textures and flavor.
- Spices: Feel free to change up the spices to your taste. You can just use cinnamon or use apple pie spice or add other warm spices you enjoy.
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