Caramel Apple Crisp
This Caramel Apple Crisp is an easy, cozy fall dessert that’s ready in no time. Packed with tender apples, a rich caramel sauce, and a buttery, brown sugar topping, this recipe makes the best sweet treat, especially when served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!
I’ve mentioned this before, but fruit desserts are my all-time favorite. Yep, it beats anything with with chocolate, including cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream.
I’m a sucker for pies, cobblers, crisps, and crumbles. In fact, I always requested peach pie for my birthdays growing up, instead of cake. The frosting just didn’t do it for me, and I much preferred a buttery, crispy topping and tender fruit.
And once fall come around, you can bet that I’m craving all of the crisps and cobblers that I can get my hands on. Especially apple anything.
Which is why I just couldn’t pass up the chance to share one of my favorite fall desserts — apple crisp! Nothing screams fall more than apple crisp, am I right?
What’s even better than regular apple crisp is caramel apple crisp. Throw in some caramel sauce and you’ve taken your regular dessert to a whole new level. After all, Caramel Apple Crisp is where it’s at, friends!
What Makes This Caramel Apple Crisp So Great
- It’s full of cozy fall flavors like apple, cinnamon and caramel. Perfect for crisp autumn weather!
- The topping is so good! It’s golden brown, crunchy, buttery, and full of rich flavor.
- It’s a snap to make – assemble the apple mixture, assemble the topping, put one on top of the other and bake!
Ingredients in Caramel Apple Crisp
The Caramel Apple Crisp topping is definitely the best of the best. Filled with oats, Rice Krispies cereal (for extra crunch), brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter, the ‘crisp’ part of caramel apple crisp has never looked or tasted better. Mmm mmm good!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this homemade apple crisp:
- Granny Smith apples
- Light brown sugar
- Granulated sugar
- Ground cinnamon and nutmeg
- Caramel sauce
- Old-fashioned oats
- Rice Krispies cereal
- All-purpose flour
- Unsalted butter
How to Make Caramel Apple Crisp
I love how easy it is to make this apple crisp dessert. The whole thing comes together in about 45 minutes and can be eaten right away!
- In a medium bowl, combine the sliced apples, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss to coat the apples.
- Pour the fruit mixture into an 8×8-inch baking dish. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of caramel sauce.
- To make the topping, in a separate bowl combine the oats, cereal, flour, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon.
- Stir to mix well until crumbly then sprinkle the topping over the apples.
- Bake until the fruit is tender and the topping is golden brown.
Add a big scoop (or three) of vanilla ice cream on top, and you’ve got yourself the most perfectly warm, flavorful and crispy dessert for the fall.
Recipe Variations to Try
- Try using different varieties of apples for this recipe — or use the prepackaged sliced apples! All you have to do is remove the skins!
- If you like fall fruits, substitute two of the apples for two large pears! Bosc pears are likely to be your best bet as they are more firm than other pears, like Anjou or Bartlett.
- Add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt on top of a drizzle of caramel when serving to give a slight savoriness to this dish!
Can This Recipe Be Doubled?
Yes, you can double this caramel apple crisp recipe and bake it in a 9×13-inch baking dish. The bake time should remain the same.
Can I Use Instant Oats?
No, instant oats are more finely milled than old-fashioned oats, which would result in a dry crisp topping.
Tips for Making Baked Apple Crisp
- You can use apple pie spice in place of the cinnamon and nutmeg, just use the same total quantity (1 and 1/4 teaspoons).
- When mixing the apples with the sugars and spices, be sure to toss well. The spices will want to fall through the apples and wind up at the bottom of your bowl, so keep tossing to get them all incorporated!
- If the top ends up getting too brown before the apples are fully cooked, cover the top of the dish with aluminum foil until the crisp is done. This will help prevent additional browning.
If you’re looking for a deliciously sweet way to use up those fresh apples, this Caramel Apple Crisp will hit the spot. Full of cozy fall flavors and so easy to make, you’ll be whipping up this dessert all year long!
Looking for More Fall Desserts?
I have so many fall recipes on my site, but here are some of my favorite desserts:
- Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Dump Cake
- Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cobbler
- Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
- No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle
- Pumpkin Pie Pudding
Caramel Apple Crisp
- 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons caramel sauce, plus more for topping, if desired
- ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
- ¼ cup Rice Krispies cereal
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray an 8x8 square baking dish with cooking spray. Alternatively, you can use four 5-inch mini cast iron skillets. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the sliced apples, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss to coat.
- Pour fruit mixture in prepared baking dish. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of caramel sauce.
- To make the topping, in a separate bowl, combine the oats, cereal, flour, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Stir to mix well until crumbly. Sprinkle topping over apples.
- Bake 35-40 minutes or until fruit is tender and topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
- If you like a lot of crisp topping, feel free to double to amount.
- Adapted from my Blueberry Peach Crisp
This looks amazing, Gayle! I recently made a Pear Crisp, which I couldn’t keep my fingers out of! At this time of year, there’s just nothing better than a fruit crisp.
Plus, since I’m a terrible baker, the crisp is actually a homemade dessert that I can’t screw up. 🙂 Your version looks absolutely delicious!
I love that about crisps too…you can just throw everything together and it doesn’t matter if it’s pretty! Thanks, Blair!
Gayle! Love this! Caramel + apple + skillet?! Dessert dreams right there, my friend! And I can only imagine the smell of this. Pinned, of course. Thanks for another yummy recipe. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂
Thanks for the sweet comment and pin, Dawn!
I’m a big fruit crisp fan, too! I’m also a huge caramel fan.. as evidenced by my latest post 😉 Who can resist the combo of caramel and apples?! I want a whole pan of this apple crisp, Gayle!
Caramel and apples make the best combo! Thanks, Keri!
Apple crisp is my WEAKNESS this time of year!! I’m not even kidding, I’ll eat the whole pan if I’m allowed to. LOL. This looks SO ridiculously amazing with all that caramel, Gayle! Obsessed over here.
Mine, too! Thanks, Sarah!
This is not just comfort food….it’s cozy food, at its finest! One of my favorites! I love this, Gayle!!
Agreed! Thanks, Annie!
We share similar dessert cravings, Gayle, because I much prefer a fruit dessert over other varieties as well!! And this Caramel Apple Crisp is screaming my name!!! I absolutely love the combination of apples and caramel, so this absolutely needs to happen in my house soon!!! Pinned! Cheers!
Yay for fruit desserts! Thanks, Cheyanne!
I love apple crisp, but the addition of caramel here sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try this one! Pinned!
Thanks, Mira! Caramel makes this crisp extra special.
I love fruit desserts too, they are just so tasty! This apple crisp sounds amazing especially with all the caramel!!
Thanks, Manali! Fruit desserts are the best!
I love crisps, cobblers, and crumbles too and I can’t get enough apples right now! This looks so delicious especially with that gooey caramel!
This dessert is heaven in a pan, honest! Who wouldn’t love caramel apples and the crispiness when you bite into one is the perfect sequel! Thank you for sharing such an amazing recipe, Gayle! Please keep posting more!xx
Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by!
Oh, wow! This apple crisp is calling my name! Looking absolutely delicious. ????
Thanks for the sweet comment, Valya!