Apple Crisp Using Canned Apples


This recipe for Apple Crisp Using Canned Apples is a great way to eat healthily and still feel like you are having a treat. The first time I made this recipe, my family thought I had bought apple crisp from the bakery. It is that good! You can make this dessert in any season, but apples don’t get more nostalgic than autumn. Toss a hand full of these crisp ingredients into a pot, cook to perfection and you’ll have the whole house smelling of the magic of fall.

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One of my favorite recipes to make during the fall season is Apple Crisp. I love it with a passion, y’all! This one is a bit different from your usual apple crisp. There is no oatmeal in this one. Mainly because my husband isn’t a fan of the brown sugar/oatmeal topping so I had to figure something else out. And you know what? I ended up loving it better this way!

a serving of apple crisp on a white plate with a green apple in the background and pecans in the foreground


This recipe works with pretty much all pie fillings. I have made it with cherry, peach and blueberry. They all tasted wonderful with this topping. I just leave out the cinnamon for the other pie fillings except for the peach pie filling. With the cherry pie filling, it’s nice to add a touch of almond extract to boost the flavor!

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Instead of the canned apple pie filling, you’ll need about 5 cups fresh apples (peeled and sliced), ½ cup sugar, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Combine these ingredients and place them into a baking dish. Then follow up with the topping recipe as written below.


  • apple pie filling
  • ground cinnamon
  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • salted butter
  • chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Pour both cans of apple pie filling into an 8×8 baking dish. sprinkle ground cinnamon on top of the apple filling.  

cinnamon sprinkled on apple pie filling

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar and cubed butter. Using a fork or pastry cutter, mix all ingredients until combined well. Making sure to “cut” the butter into the mixture.  

pecan butter crumble topping on apple pie filling

Honestly, sometimes this is just easiest to use your hands. Get in there and smoosh the butter together with the flour/sugar mixture until it is crumbly. It should look like little butter pebbles when it’s ready. Stir in pecans. Spread the topping mixture over the apple pie filling. Put in the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes. It should be light golden brown and bubbly.  

finished Baked Apple Crisp in a white baking dish

Spoon onto plates or into bowls and top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream or caramel or all three!  

Go-To Apple Crisp

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats 
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • Pinch kosher salt 
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) salted butter, melted 
  • Two 20-ounce cans of apple pie filling 
  • Vanilla ice cream or nondairy whipped topping, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. To make the topping, mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, pecans, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir while drizzling in the melted butter, then set aside.
  3. Pour the apple pie filling into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Spoon the topping evenly over the top.
  4. Bake until golden and crisp, 40 to 45 minutes.
  5. Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

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Shortcut Apple Crisp (The Secret Is Apple Pie Filling)

No one ever believes me when I say it took me only a few minutes to make this delicious apple crisp.

Shh! Don't tell anyone my apple crisp secret...
Shh! Don’t tell anyone my apple crisp secret…

No-Fuss Apple Crisp That Satisfies

I always watch for apple pie filling to go on sale at my local grocery store and stock up on it for really fast desserts. This shortcut apple crisp recipe comes together so quickly and easily—and no one will ever believe it took you only a few minutes to make! Not only that, but once you pop this into the oven your whole house is going to smell like a trip to Grandma’s house.

So let them think you’ve slaved away on this one and use that extra time for yourself. You deserve it!

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields
5 min1 hour1 hour 5 min9 x 13 apple crisp


  • 3 cans of apple pie filling
  • 2 1/4 cup oatmeal (I used quick oats)
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, melted butter, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix well.
  2. Pour approximately two-thirds of this mixture into a 9 x 13-inch pan and pat down.
  3. Pour 3 cans of apple pie filling on top and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
  4. Take the remaining one-third of the crisp mixture and crumble it evenly over the pie filling.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour. The top of the crisp should be golden brown.

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