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Apple Cranberry Crisp

This Apple Cranberry Crisp recipe is just as nice for a weeknight as it is for the holidays. It’s far easier to make than apple pie but just as satisfying. In just 30 minutes, you’ll be enjoying this delicious dessert full of fresh apples and dried cranberries and crowned with a tasty oat and sugar topping.

Winter, autumn, and I are not good friends. The fall and winter months just make me cold and uncomfortable. This time of year makes my joints hurt and my brain dull and sluggish. But mostly it makes me miss all the wonderful fresh fruits and veggies that are around in the summer and spring. 

A serving of apple cranberry crisp in a crystal dish.

Still, there are delicious things to be enjoyed all year round. So while I trudge through my least favorite seasons, I’m trying to make the most of those things that are available. 

Even in the very depths of winter, there are always apples. I think apples are some of the most consistently available produce. Plus, they’re at their best in the fall and keep well for a very long time.

I recently found some really pretty apples at the store and brought them home with me. I combined them with some dried cranberries and came up with this tasty Apple Cranberry Crisp. It’s so easy you can whip it up any night of the week for your hungry household.

❤️ Why I Love This Recipe


  • Easy enough for weeknights but elegant enough for a party.
  • Kids love the familiar flavors.
  • Great for holiday meals.
  • Uses inexpensive, easy obtainable ingredients.

🛒 Ingredient Notes


  • Cooking Apples (Any apple that doesn’t just turn to mush while cooking. Try Granny Smiths, Honeycrisps, or Golden Delicious in this recipe.)
  • Sugar (Taste your apples and if they’re a bit tart, use the full amount of sugar; if they’re sweet, use less.)
  • Oats (You want rolled or “old fashioned” breakfast oatmeal. Do not use instant or steel cut oats for this recipe.)

The complete ingredient list with detailed measurements is included in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

🔪 How to Make Apple Cranberry Crisp


Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare the Apples

Sliced apples in a measuring cup.

Core and slice the apples. 

Sliced apples and cranberries in a baking dish.

Coat a square (8″x8″) baking dish with cooking spray. Place the cored, sliced apples and the cranberries in the dish and sprinkle with the lemon juice and sugar.

Mix the Topping

Topping ingredients in a mixing bowl.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and melted butter. Mix with a fork until well combined.

Oat and sugar topping on apples in a baking dish.

Sprinkle the topping over the apples and cranberries in the baking dish.

Bake the Crisp

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the apples are tender.

A serving of apple cranberry crisp in a crystal dish.

❗ Recipe Tips


  • The apples can be cut either into chunks or thin slices. Just make sure all your pieces are similar sizes so that they all cook in the same amount of time.
  • Test for doneness with a fork or knife. You should feel little to no resistance from the apples if they’re done all the way through.
  • Let the crisp rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  • Serve hot or warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or my favorite – just a drizzle of Half and Half.

❓ Questions About Apple Cranberry Crisp


What’s the difference between a crumble and a crisp?

There are so many different kinds of warm fruit desserts, it’s hard to keep it all straight! The main difference is that crisps have oats in the topping and crumbles don’t. A crisp is hot fruit topped with a combination of oats, flour, butter, and sugar, sometimes nuts, too. A crumble is pretty much the same just without oats in its topping.

Can I double this recipe for a large get together?

This recipe easily doubles or triples. Make sure to increase the size of your baking dish to accommodate a larger recipe.

Can I make this ahead?

To make your apple cranberry crisp ahead of time, go ahead and add everything to the baking dish except the topping. Make the topping and put it in a separate container. Store both in the fridge. When you’re ready to bake the crisp, remove both the fruit and topping from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Then top your crisp and bake it!

How do I store the leftovers?

Store any leftovers, well covered, in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the oven or microwave. Note that the topping won’t be as crispy after reheating.

Lana Stuart.

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A serving of apple cranberry crisp in a crystal dish.

Apple-Cranberry Crisp

A perfect fruit crisp for any time of year using always available apples and dried cranberries.
4.34 from 3 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 474kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 3-4 cooking apples cored and sliced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar depending on tartness of apples may use up to 4 tablespoons
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Coat a square baking dish with cooking spray. Place the apples and cranberries in the dish and sprinkle with the lemon juice and sugar. Adjust the amount of sugar according to the sweetness of the apples.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and melted butter. Mix with a fork until well combined. Sprinkle over apples.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the apples are tender.
  • Serve hot or warm with ice cream, whipped cream, or Half and Half.

Notes

Ingredients —
  • Choose cooking apples such as Granny Smiths, Honeycrisps, or Golden Delicious in this recipe.
  • Taste your apples and if they’re a bit tart, use the full amount of sugar; if they’re sweet, use less.
  • You’ll need rolled or “old fashioned” breakfast oats. Do not use instant or steel cut oats for this recipe.
Tips —
  • The apples can be cut either into chunks or thin slices. Just make sure all your pieces are similar sizes so that they all cook in the same amount of time.
  • Test for doneness with a fork or knife. You should feel little to no resistance from the apples if they’re done all the way through.
  • Let the crisp rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  • Serve hot or warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or a drizzle of cream.
This recipe easily doubles or triples. Make sure to increase the size of your baking dish to accommodate a larger recipe.
To make ahead, add everything to the baking dish except the topping. Make the topping and put it in a separate container. Store both in the fridge. When you’re ready to bake the crisp, remove both the fruit and topping from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Then top your crisp and bake it!
Store any leftovers, well covered, in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the oven or microwave. Note that the topping won’t be as crispy after reheating.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 474kcal | Carbohydrates 81g | Protein 5g | Fat 17g | Saturated Fat 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat 6g | Trans Fat 1g | Cholesterol 40mg | Sodium 420mg | Fiber 9g | Sugar 50g

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on March 8, 2013. It has been updated with additional information.

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16 Comments

  1. 3 stars
    When do you add the cranberries? They are not in the instruction section. Thanks

    1. Add them with the sliced apples. It was in the step-by-step photos and detailed instructions but I’d inadvertently left it out of the recipe card. I’ve corrected that.

  2. Thanks for the shout out! Love your crisp–pinned and stumbled!

  3. Mama B @ My Edible Journey says:

    Fruit crumbles are one of my favourite breakfasts, but I seldom make them, since the kids don’t like cooked fruit. I’d make this for myself, though. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Cookin Canuck says:

    I, too, am so ready for spring. Bird chirping, sun shining, flowers blooming…sigh. This crumble looks wonderful, Lana!

  5. Nancy@acommunaltable says:

    I love crisps, crumbles, etc., etc. Warmed in the oven and topped with just a little ice cream or half and half … yum! Since it’s about 75 degrees here and sunny, winter seems to be on permanent vacation already!!

    1. I love them, too, Nancy. This one was sort of my farewell to winter. And thank goodness it’s almost gone. I’m so tired of being cold!

  6. I really am going to miss squash, cranberries, and other wintery fruits and vegetables!! This looks like a fabulous way to say goodbye to winter :)

    1. Yes, we’ll have to wait a while for all those Fall goodies to come around again. But, we’ll have lovely fresh strawberries, asparagus, and the like to enjoy until then!

  7. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife says:

    I have that baking dish too, but in black! love this recipe!

    1. Oh, I bet the black is gorgeous!

  8. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen says:

    Yum this looks delicious, I love apple crumble!

    1. Me too, Rosie. And the cranberries add a lot of flavor as well.

  9. Hey I have that same baking pan, so pretty isn’t it? I love this crumble Lana, would be amazing with ice cream!

    1. I love that baking dish, too, Amanda. It also makes a pretty photo :-)

  10. Diane {Created by Diane} says:

    looks so yummy!