Apple Crisp With Canned Fried Apples


This recipe for Apple Crisp with Canned Fried Apples is an old-fashioned apple crisp made with buttery crumble topping and canned fried apples. There is no added sugar to this recipe; the sweetness comes from the apples themselves which are served on top of the crisp. I know it sounds weird, but it works very well. The contrast in texture and flavor is delicious.

Apple Crisp- Easy Recipe!

If you are looking to bake up a tasty and delicious apple crisp, you have come to the right place. This apple crisp is easy and requires common pantry staples and some freshly peeled, and cored apples. Recipe was adapted from Gold Medal Flour website.

This apple crisp is so easy that kids can even help to prepare it. It bakes up to a golden-brown perfection and pairs so well with vanilla ice cream, or whipped topping with a tad more cinnamon on top.

I love baking this recipe any time of year because apples are usually inexpensive, and his recipe relies heavily on pantry staples. In fact, the only refrigerated ingredient you will need is 1/3 cup of unsalted butter or margarine (I prefer butter).

Difference Between Apple Crisp & Crumble

Both apple crisp and apple crumble feature a topping baked over spice fresh or canned apples. However, unlike an apple crisp, apple crumble does not feature an oat or nut “crisp” topping.

Easy Apple Crisp Ingredients

Fresh ingredients:

  • apples (Macintosh, Granny Smith, Fuji, etc).
  • unsalted butter or margarine, softened
  • whipped topping *optional

Pantry staples:

  • light brown sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • old fashioned oats
  • cinnamon, divided
  • nutmeg

Do you need to peel the apples?

Peeling apples for apple crisp is a matter of preference. For us, there is nothing worse than biting into a baked good like apple pie only to taste bitter, plasticky peels. The peels curl up when cooking and create an unpleasant texture, and choking hazard.

Best Apples for Crisp

Personally, my favorite apple is Macintosh apples for baking. However, Granny Smith, Fuji, Gravenstein, and Jonah Gold apples are also good contenders because they have the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavoring.

Best Oats for Apple Crisp

When it comes to making apple crisp, you will need half a cup of oats, but not all oats are created equally when it comes to baking. For this recipe, I recommend using old fashioned oats. You can also use quick cooking oats, but old fashioned oats are by far the best.

Making Apple Crisp

This recipe is made in an 8×8 pan. You will want to grease the pan to make it easier to remove the crisp from the pan.

Peel, core, and slice apples thinly to 1/4″ thickness. Toss them with cinnamon and nutmeg spices.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, oats, softened butter, and cinnamon. Form a crumble with your hands as you work the butter into the flour and sugar. It will form large small beads.

Sprinkle buttery crisp crumbles over the spiced apples and bake for 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork.

Serve warm with some whipped topping, or golden vanilla ice cream.

Gold Medal Apple Crisp with whipped topping and a spoon. A Flour bag in in the background on a gray table.

How to Store Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is best stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. This will allow your crisp to stay good for up to 5 days. To serve, reheat in the microwave until warmed throughout.

Easy Apple Crumble

Fried apples get turned into a crowd-pleasing dessert in this delicious Easy Apple Crumble! Super easy, delicious, and perfect for Fall!

What is more satisfying than warm apples and cinnamon? Add an outstanding crumble studded with chopped pecans or even better my cinnamon sugar pecans.

Add some scoops of vanilla ice cream and you are seriously in Heaven! You really can’t go wrong with this dessert, you will fall in love.

This recipe is one of our Fall favorites and we make it every year. It is just too good and absolutely easy! The addition of the fried apples really sends it over the top!

I love easy recipes and this Easy Apple Crumble is just that! With minimal ingredients and prep work, this comes together quickly and without much effort.

Place it in the oven and let it bake up and sit back and enjoy the smell, trust me the smell of apples baking is one of the best things ever.


  • Minimal ingredients helps this come together and bake up quickly.
  • Double this batch using a 9″x13″ baking pan.
  • You can use any of your favorite variety of baking apples.


Granny smith apples 
Unsalted butter
Light brown sugar
Ground cinnamon
All-purpose flour
Fine sea salt


  1. Core the apples and cut them into fourths. Cut the fourths into thirds lengthwise. Set aside.
  2. Place the butter into a large skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter, add in the brown sugar and cinnamon, stir to combine. 
  3. Add in the apples, stir to coat in the butter mixture and let cook, stirring occasionally until the apples are just fork tender, about 10 minutes. 
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 
  5. Place the brown sugar, flour, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Mix to combine. 
  6. Dice up the butter in small pieces, add it to the flour mixture, and using your fingers (you can also use a pastry cutter) roll the butter into the flour until it forms a small pebble/sand consistency. Add in the chopped pecans and stir to combine.
  7. Place the apples in an 8 or 9-inch oven safe dish. 
  8. Top with the crumble mixture. 
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on the top and the apples are bubbly. Let cool slightly, serve with ice cream and more chopped pecans for garnish if desired.


Our favorite apples for pretty much any baking are Granny Smith, like I said before it is a great tart apple that works well with the sweetness of the dessert itself.

Some other apples that can be used include: Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Braeburn, Gala, Fuji, and Macintosh. You can also use a mixture of apples as well.


The topping on the desserts is what really sets them apart, a crisp usually uses oats where a crumble uses more of a streusel topping with sugar and flour, and butter. 

A crisp can also have nuts in it, where we do put nuts in our Easy Apple Crumble, but we do it for the texture and flavor rather than to hold it together.


If there are any leftovers this should be refrigerated. You can store it in a baking dish wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container where it should last up to 3 days.

This Apple Crumble can also be frozen if you are not eating right away or have leftovers. If you are baking to freeze then make sure that your dish is freezer safe.

Wrap tightly in foil and place in freezer, if you have leftovers I recommend scooping them into an airtight bag or container and place in the freezer.

This should keep in the freezer for up to 3-4 months. To reheat let thaw in the refrigerator and scoop out into individual dishes and heat in the microwave.


  • You can use any good baking apple of your choosing, for this recipe we used Granny Smith. See my notes above for other apple suggestions.
  • This recipe can be frozen, see my tips above.
  • We like to top this with pecans, but other nuts can be substituted as well or omitted altogether.
  • We made this in a pie plate but another good option would be a cast-iron skillet or any 8″ or 9″ baking dish.
  • This can be doubled, to do this double the whole recipe and bake in a 9″x13″ baking dish.
  • Top with ice cream, caramel sauce, butterscotch sauce, etc.

 Apple Crumble Dessert From Home-Canned Apples In Syrup

Last fall I was blessed with several large boxes of apples from my aunt’s apple tree. I wanted to make sure they didn’t go to waste.

So I canned apples in syrup, applesauce, apple butter and apple ciderdehydrated apples and made and canned apple pie filling


Now I get to enjoy the fruits of my labor (oh my, I said ‘Fruits” of my labor. See what I did there??)

My favorite thing to make with these preserved apples is apple crumble dessert using the apple slices in light syrup. It’s delicious and comes together quickly for a delicious dessert when company surprises you with a visit. 

Bada-boom, bada-bing and dessert is being served! Looks and tastes like you toiled away in the kitchen for hours. (shhhh…)

Simple Ingredients

First I pull out my ingredients:  a pint of home-canned apples in syrup,  all-purpose flour, quick-cooking oats (I usually blend about 1/2 quick cooking and 1/2 old fashioned oats),  brown sugar, cloves, ground nutmeg (I often substitute cinnamon) a pinch of salt, vanilla extract, softened butter and chopped nuts. I prefer pecans since we have some amazing pecan trees right here on our property.

Now for the hard and complicated directions (because you know I love complicated recipes here at the Homestead)  😉

Easy Assembly

In a medium bowl mix the dry ingredients, cut in softened butter and put bowl aside. Drain the canned apples, reserving the syrup and pour drained apples in an approximately 6×6 casserole dish. Sprinkle 1/2 of the oat mixture over the apples and fold to coat.

Pour the reserved syrup over the apples and top with the remaining oat mixture. I like to dot the top of the crumble with small pats of butter. But that’s just my preference & not really part of the recipe. 

Then I pop the casserole dish into a 350-degree oven for 30 – 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

No really, that’s it! Hey, if a recipe isn’t delicious, easy, quick AND adaptable it doesn’t hang around long in my kitchen. This one’s a keeper!

Perfection! And making this home-made dessert is good for the budget since it’s using home-canned apples and standard pantry ingredients. 

If you’ve canned apples in syrup and you’re wondering what you can make that’s delicious and quick – give it a try.

Apple Crumble Dessert from Pint Jars Using Home-Canned Apples

You’ve canned those fresh apples, now here’s a delicious recipe to use them in!  This apple crumble comes together quickly using a pint of your home-canned apples in syrup.

 Course Dessert

 Cuisine American

 Keyword apple pie, crumble, dessert

 Prep Time 5 minutes

 Cook Time 35 minutes

 Servings 4


  • 1 Pint Home-Canned Apples in Syrup
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 3/8 t (pinch) Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter softened
  • 1/2 Cup Coarsely Chopped Nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (or cinnamon), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and pinch of salt. Mix to blend thoroughly. Cut in 3 Tablespoons softened butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in nuts, if using.
  2. Drain apples, reserving juice. Place drained apples into approximately 6″ x 6″ baking dish. Mix about 1/2 of the topping into apples and pour the juice over the apples. Crumble balance of the topping over the apples to cover completely.
  3. Bake @ 350 for 30 to 35 minutes until top is lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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