Caramel, apples, and crisp topping are what this dessert is all about. Every bite just SCREAMS FALL and you won’t help but fall in love with this simple caramel apple crisp recipe.
Caramel apples are a Fall favorite and have been for years but apple crisp is much easier on the teeth. Every bite is warm and comforting, perfect for any chilly weather. With Fall being the season for fresh from the tree apples you can use apples from the local orchards or grocery stores and still get a fresh fruit taste.
What is caramel apple crisp?
It’s a fun and tasty twist on the more traditional apple crisp dessert we already know and love. With a few caramel bits in every bite, you’ll feel like the only thing missing is a comfy sweater and falling leaves outside. Everything is better with caramel added to it, and this dessert is no exception! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you are feeling extra indulgent, but either way, you will love this decadent dessert!
Ingredients for Caramel Apple Crumble
-Oats: We need 3 cups of old-fashioned oats for the crisp topping. Other oats like quick-cook could be used but they won’t be “as crisp” when cooked as they’ll be a softer texture when finished.
-Flour: We need 2 cups of all-purpose flour for helping to get the juicy apples to thicken as they cook otherwise our dish might turn out soupy.
-Brown sugar: We need a sweetness added 1 ½ cups of packed brown sugar is perfect because it adds a nice depth of flavor as well.
-Cinnamon: To spice up our apple crisp we want 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
-Butter: We need 1 cup of sliced cold butter, this is two sticks.
-Apples: We want to use 6 thinly sliced and peeled apples so that there is plenty for our dish. Baking apples work best.
-Caramel bits: To give us that caramel flavor in every bite we need an 11 ounce package of Kraft Caramel Bits. You can find these in grocery stores near the chocolate chips.
-Apple juice: You will need 1 cup of apple juice for this recipe and it will be divided throughout the steps.
How to Make Caramel Apple Crisp
Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture is crumbly.
Take half of your spiced brown sugar mixture and press it into the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish.
Layer half of the thinly sliced apples on top and then add half of the Kraft Caramel Bits. Top it with 1 cup of remaining oat mixture.
Repeat the layers again.
Drizzle ½ cup of apple juice over the top of the layered apple dessert.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Drizzle the remaining ½ cup of apple juice over the top of the baking dish and return it to the oven. Bake for another 20 minutes.
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup cold butter sliced
- 6 thinly sliced and peeled apples
- 1 package 11 oz. Kraft® Caramel Bits
- 1 cup apple juice divided
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture is crumbly.
- Press half of the mixture into a greased 9” x 13” pan. Layer half of the apples, half of the Kraft® Caramel Bits and 1 cup of the remaining oat mixture. Repeat layers.
- Drizzle ½ cup of apple juice over the top.
- Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Drizzle the remaining ½ cup of apple juice over the top and bake for 20 minutes longer.
What are the best apples for apple crisp?
Baking apples are preferred because they hold the best flavors and textures after being baked. Examples of apples that would do well include (but are not limited to) Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, or even Jonagold. As some apples are more tart than others you may find that you prefer sweeter varieties and are welcomed to do so. You can even mix and match to create a unique flavor as well.
How to reheat apple crisp
If you find yourself with cold leftovers the next day, feel free to warm them up in the oven for a “fresh from oven” warmth and taste. To do this simply place the baking dish in the oven and cook at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes. If you have a glass baking dish or one that shouldn’t go from cold to hot (fridge to oven) then allow it some time to warm on the counter before baking to avoid such temperature extremes.
More Caramel Apple Flavored Fall Favorites to Enjoy
- EASY CARAMEL APPLE TART
- SPICED CARAMEL APPLE CIDER
- CARAMEL APPLE NACHOS
- CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLE PIE
- CARAMEL APPLE POKE CAKE
- CARAMEL APPLE BARK
- CARAMEL APPLE BREAD
- CHOCOLATE CARAMEL APPLES
- CINNAMON CARAMEL APPLE DIP
- CARAMEL APPLE SMOOTHIES
- CARAMEL APPLE SNICKERDOODLES
- SALTED CARAMEL APPLE DIP
- CARAMEL APPLE COOKIES
- CARAMEL PECAN APPLE PIE
This easy caramel apple crisp dessert is a perfect treat for Fall weather. With fresh apples, caramel bits, and a crispy oat topping, you know it’s going to be good!