This super easy Crock Pot Apple Crisp uses apples, oats, and pantry ingredients to make a delicious crock pot dessert perfect for a holiday or everyday dinner. You can also call it an apple crumble.
Apples—apples of your choice
Topping ingredients—rolled oats, flour, brown sugar (light or dark), butter, cinnamon and nutmeg
- 👨🍳How to Make Crock Pot Apple Crisp
- ♨️How to cook apple crisp in the oven
- ↕️How to make this a "for two" or "family size " recipe
- 🍎What are the best apples to use
- 📖Related Recipes
- What is the Difference? Cobblers, Crumbles, and Crisps
- 🍴How to serve apple crisp
- How to Store Apple Crisp
- Step-by-Step Photo Instructions
- 📖 Recipe
Featured Comment from Catherine:
"…our dessert was Fabulous tonight… We Loved this apple crock pot dessert."
The whole house will be filled with the great smell of apples and cinnamon. Think of it as a simple apple pie with cinnamon, a crumble topping with oats but no crust. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do.
Peel and slice the apples, mix the simple topping, then dump in the crock pot and cook. The simple topping will work into the raw apple slices, making it into a pie filling.
This simple old-fashioned dessert is perfect for entertaining the family. Nothing is better than warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. Home cooking goodness has never been so simple.
👨🍳How to Make Crock Pot Apple Crisp
- Peel and slice four medium apples
- Mix topping.
- Put apples in a 3 to 4-quart crock pot and cover with the topping.
- Cook on high for 2 hours, then rotate the lid to vent humidity for 1 more hour.
This is a summary of the steps and ingredients. See the recipe card or the step-by-step photo instructions below for complete instructions.
♨️How to cook apple crisp in the oven
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Use an 8 by 8 or 6 by 9 baking dish for this size recipe. For a double recipe, use a 9 by 13 cake-size pan. Coat the pan with butter or cooking spray.
- Spread the apple slices over the dish and sprinkle the crisp topping evenly over the apples.
- Bake for about 45 minutes until golden brown.
↕️How to make this a "for two" or "family size " recipe
This is a very easy recipe to cut in half or double to fit your needs
The full recipe makes six servings in a 3 to 4 quart crock pot. Perfect for our "for two" household since we love leftovers. A half recipe will make 3 servings in a 2-quart mini crock pot. A double recipe makes 12 servings in a 6 to 7 quart full-size crock pot.
- Use the recipe card and adjust the number of servings to half or double.
- Use the amount of ingredients in the ingredient list, not the instructions—those do not adjust.
- The half recipe will fit in a 2-quart mini crock pot.
- A double recipe fits in a 6-quart or larger crock pot.
- Cook until the edges are bubbling and the top is brown.
🍎What are the best apples to use
Apples that are firmer and tarter are the best choice here. So, if you are buying apples just for this recipe, some good choices are Granny Smith, Gala, Jonathon, Ida Red, Honey Crisp, and Cortland.
Red Delicious Apples are probably the only common poor choice due to the texture when cooked.
Adjust the sugar for the sweetness of the apples.
Soft apples may release more fluid, and the results may be runny.
What is the Difference? Cobblers, Crumbles, and Crisps
Cobblers are easy; they have a biscuit or cake topping. I have a very nice Smaller Crock Pot Apple Cobbler, which uses a cake mix for the topping.
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.
The recipe name should tell you what you're getting, so in my world, this is crisp. But call it a crumble if you want.
🍴How to serve apple crisp
While it is excellent cold, it is best served warm, especially when combined with vanilla ice cream.
Some will like to drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with walnuts or pecans.
How to Store Apple Crisp
Keep your apple crisp covered loosely with foil or plastic wrap. You can generally keep it at room temperature for up to two days. If refrigerated, your pie will keep for 3-4 days.
Apple crisp may be frozen for 4 months. Cool completely and cut into slices. Seal airtight with two layers of plastic wrap and/or foil.
Reheat apple crisp in the oven or briefly in a microwave.
There is a lot of moisture released with the apples cooking. To have a crisp topping, the moisture needs to be removed.
Many recipes try to absorb that humidity with paper towels or a cloth towel over the top of the crock pot under the lid. I have some safety concerns about that, and it doesn't work well.
For me, venting the humidity near the end of cooking works better without fussiness or safety concerns.
If you don't address the moisture adequately, the topping will not be crisp.
This recipe calls for flour. You may easily use a gluten-free flour substitute if you need to be on a gluten-free diet. And you can eliminate the diary with a butter substitute for a vegan version.
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Step-by-Step Photo Instructions
Start with the apples of your choice.
You will need four medium apples to make four cups of apple slices—peel and slice.
Mix ½ cup each of flour, light brown sugar, and rolled oats in a medium bowl. Add ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, then mix well. Add four tablespoons of softened butter and cut into the topping with a fork until combined thoroughly. It will be crumbly looking.
Give a smaller 3-4 quart crock pot a heavy spray of PAM.
Add 4 cups of apple slices.
Smooth the apples, then pour the topping mixture evenly over the apples.
Cook for 2 hours on high covered, rotate the lid to allow moisture to vent, and cook one more hour on high for 3 hours total.
Allow to cool a little before serving so the apples will set up some. Great with ice cream.
Crock Pot Apple Crisp
- 4 apples - medium
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Start with the apples of your choice. You will need four medium apples to make four cups of apple slices—peel and slice.
- Mix ½ cup each of flour, light brown sugar, and rolled oats in a medium bowl. Add ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, then mix well. Add four tablespoons of softened butter and cut into the topping with a fork until combined thoroughly. It will be crumbly looking.
- Give a smaller 3 to 4 quart crock pot a heavy spray of PAM.
- Add 4 cups of apple slices.
- Smooth the apples, then pour the topping mixture evenly over the apples.
- Cook for 2 hours on high covered, rotate the lid to allow moisture to vent, and cook one more hour on high for 3 hours total.
- Allow to cool a little before serving so the apples will set up some. Great with ice cream.
Your Own Private Notes
- Use the apples of your choice. A firmer tarter apple is probably a better choice. The only apples I would not use are red delicious apples due to texture issues when cooked.
- This recipe is for 3 to 4 quart crock pot. A half recipe fits in a 2 quart mini crock pot and a double recipe fits a 6-7 quart crock pot.
- Oven instructions are in the post.
- Vent the crock pot top by rotating the top for the last hour of cooking. This will help the top crisp up better.
To adjust the recipe size:
You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.
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Originally published October 3, 2015. Updated with expanded options, refreshed photos, and a table of contents to help navigation.