Celebrate fall and apples with this ultra simple crock pot apple crisp. Easy to follow step by step photo instructions to get it right the first time, every time.
Editor’s note: Originally published October 3, 2015, with greatly expanded text and information along with re-edited photos.
There are many variations of this around, but they are not really “cooking for two” friendly. So I combined several recipes and cut down the amount to make it friendly for the smaller crock pot. While it is not just two servings, you will want at least some leftovers.
In keeping with my keep it simple theme:
- Peal and cut up the apples.
- Add a simple topping and cook.
Home cooking goodness has never been so simple.
Very nice. A high 4 or low 5.
Expert Tips: Notes on Crock Pot Apple Crisp
Use the apples you have. Adjust the sugar for the sweetness of the apples. There is more topping than some may wish ( I liked it) so a bigger dish and more apples with the same amount of topping would do nicely.
Cobblers, Crumbles, vs. Crisps
Cobblers are easy; they have a biscuit or cake topping. I have a very nice Smaller Crock Pot Apple Cobbler.
Crumbles and crisps are commonly used interchangeably. The differentiating factor is crisps have oats in the topping and crumble do not. This seems to be not widely accepted.
I think the recipe name should tell you what you’re getting so in my world this is a crisp. But call it a crumble if you want.
What Apples to use?
I’m not very picky about my apples. There are many good apples for cooking and a few not so good, but I believe you use what you have. I had Fiji today. Delicious Apples are probably the only common poor choice.
But apples that are firmer and tarter are good a choice here. So if you are buying apples just for this recipe, then some good choices are Cortland, Granny Smith, and Ida Red.
Crock Pot Size
This recipe is for smaller crock pots in the 3 to 4 quart range. If you are using a 2-quart pot, decrease by 50%. I would double the recipe for the bigger standard crock pots of 6-8 quart. I would not double the amount in a smaller crock pot.
What is the deal with the rotation of the top of the crock pot?
These is a lot of mosisture released with the apples cooking. Venting the humidity near the end of cooking will help to make the crisp crisper so to speak.
Start with apples of your choice. You will need four medium which will make four cups of apple slices. Peel and slice.
Mix 1/2 cup each of flour, light brown sugar and rolled oats. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Add four tablespoons softened butter and mix until combined completely. It will be crumbly looking.
Give a smaller crock pot a heavy spray of PAM. I used my 3 1/2 quart pot. Add 4 cups of apple slices.
Smooth out apples then apply topping evenly over the apples.
Cook for 2 hours on high covered then rotate the lid to allow moisture to vent and cook one more hour on high for a total of 3 hours.
Allow to cool a little before serving so the apples will set up some. Great with ice cream.
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Originally published October 3, 2015