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 crumble.
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. 🙂
Whether you are looking for sweet or savory, I have LOTS of tested holiday recipes! And here is my latest one! (Though you can totally make this mid January just because. No holiday needed.)
How to make this
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.
1. Make the 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 I need 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.
2. Prep the Fruit
Since this is an apple dessert, you will need to peel and chop the apples.
You can use an apple peeler, a vegetable peeler, or a paring knife, but no 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 filling mixed together to provide a mix of flavors and firmness.
3. Bake the Crisp
Once everything is prepped and the oven is hot, sprinkle the topping over the fruit and put it all in the oven.
I find crisps take about an hour at 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 some cold ice cream is key!), and dig in. Yum!
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 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 the filling. Use 1-2 soft apples and 5-6 firm apples.
Get the Kids Involved
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!
If you try my recipe for Apple Cranberry Crisp, I would love to hear from you in the comments with your experience and rating! And I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.
– Happy Baking, Annemarie
Apple Cranberry Crisp with Oatmeal Topping
- 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
Apple Cranberry Filling
- 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.
Apple Cranberry Crisp
- 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.
- Gluten Free: Use the gf crumble topping from my blueberry crisp.
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