Cast Iron Apple Crisp


Cast Iron Apple Crisp recipe is great for using up the apples you picked in your garden this summer. This Cast Iron Apple Crisp recipe is easy to make and will make your kitchen smell amazing! The Cast Iron Apple Crisp recipe combines homemade apple sauce with a flakey top and crunchy oatmeal bottom! This Cast Iron Apple Crisp recipe is great served warm by itself or with ice cream.


This old-fashioned dessert recipe will warm your heart on a cool fall day. Well, any time of year, really! Apples cooked in cinnamon, brown sugar and butter topped with a crispy, chewy oatmeal topping come together so easily for this classic family favourite. Enjoy it warm from the oven topped with whipped cream or ice cream.

Apple crisp in cast iron skillet with wooden spoon. Apple in a white bowl.

If you’re looking for a baked apple dessert, this is the best! An easy crispy, crumble topping covers delicious apples in this cast iron skillet dessert recipe and we are in love with it


  • basic ingredients and no fancy equipment needed. Use a cast iron skillet or 8×8-inch baking dish
  • it’s an easy recipe that is quick to make.
  • delicious flavours with a crunchy top that’s irresistible!


  • Apples – there are so many varieties of apples that would be delicious in this recipe. I used Honey Crisp apples as they are our favourite apples for snacking on and they held up beautifully in this apple crisp. You can also use Cortland, Empire and Gala apples. I would recommend staying away from McIntosh apples or Red Delicious as they can get mushy.
  • Rolled Oats – use old-fashioned oats for this recipe. In a pinch, you could substitute quick oats.
  • Pecan or Walnuts – adding in toasted pecans or walnuts to the topping is optional. They add another layer or flavour and crunch to the texture. You can chopped them a little or leave them whole.
  • Butter – cold butter is used for the topping. Chop it into cubes to make it easier to blend for the topping.


How do you make apple crispy from scratch?

If you’re using walnuts or pecans in the topping, toast them in the oven on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven for 4 to 5 minutes until lightly browned. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Next, whisk in the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.

Gently, stir in the apples and cook over low-medium heat for seven minutes, stirring occasionally. The mixture should be bubbling as it cooks.

By now, your kitchen will smell absolutely delicious!

In a large mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, all-purpose flour and salt ( walnuts or pecans)

Cut in the cold butter by hand or using a pastry blender.

Next, sprinkle the topping over the apple mixture in the skillet.

Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes.

Enjoy warm, straight from the oven. Top with ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.


Apple Crisp can be covered and refrigerated for up to three days.

Although you can freeze an apple crisp, I would recommend baking it in an 8×8-inch baking pan if you plan on freezing it. Simply cover the container with plastic wrap, then foil and freeze for two to three months.


What is a good apple to make apple crisp with?

Cortland, Empire, Granny Smith and Honey Crisp apples will all hold their shape and cook beautifully.

Can I leave apple crisp out overnight?

Apple Crisp is best stored covered in the refrigerator. If you want to warm it up, you can put it into the microwave or warm up in a low oven at 350°F for about 15 minutes.

Apple Crisp {Baked in a Cast Iron Skillet}

Let’s be real here for a minute.

Apple Crisp is good stuff. It’s easy to make. It screams Fall. You only need a handful of ingredients and 15 minutes of hands on time.

The problem? Everyone knows this.

Everyone looks at your apple crisp and they think, hmm, she’s a slacker. She made a crisp instead of a pie. She took the easy route.

Basically, what I’m saying is, everyone is a jerk. A stupid jerk that thinks apple crisps are inferior to stupid apple pies.

So, I like to play a little trick on those stupid jerks. I like to bake my apple crisp in a cast iron skillet.

No, I have no idea why this instantly transforms the humble apple crisp into something fancier and unforgettable. I don’t care about the why. I just care about the fact that it works.

I used my big mama 12 inch cast iron skillet for this, but a 9 or 10 inch would have been better. Honestly, though, it’s about impossible to mess this recipe up. Adjust and tinker with it as needed. Maybe add some ice cream on top? Drizzle with some caramel sauce? Or just be like me and call this simple recipe perfection.


A cast iron skillet turns the lazy man’s crisp into something special.

PREP: 10 minutes

COOK: 45 minutes

TOTAL: 55 minutes

serves: 10 servings


For the filling:

  • ▢6 apples (I used a mix of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp)
  • ▢3 tablespoons butter
  • ▢1/4 cup brown sugar
  • ▢3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ▢Dash of salt

For the topping:

  • ▢1 cup oats
  • ▢2 tablespoons flour
  • ▢5 tablespoons cold butter
  • ▢1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ▢Dash of salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash, peel, and thinly slice the apples.
  • Place a 9-12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. (The size doesn’t really matter, but your filling will be thicker or thinner depending on size, and bake time will need adjusted accordingly.) Add the butter to the pan and melt. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt until combined.
  • Add the apples to the pan and stir to coat. Cook over medium heat until just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat.
  • Add all of the topping ingredients to a medium sized bowl and work them together with a pastry cutter. Alternately, add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and process them for 30-60 seconds.
  • Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, depending on the size of your pan, or until the apples are tender and cooked through.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 222kcal (11%)| Carbohydrates: 34g (11%)| Protein: 1g (2%)| Fat: 9g (14%)| Saturated Fat: 5g (31%)| Cholesterol: 24mg (8%)| Sodium: 85mg (4%)| Potassium: 163mg (5%)| Fiber: 3g (13%)| Sugar: 23g (26%)| Vitamin A: 340IU (7%)| Vitamin C: 5mg (6%)| Calcium: 26mg (3%)| Iron: 0.6mg (3%)

Apple Crisp in a Cast Iron Skillet

My cast iron skillet is definitely the most versatile pan I own. I just love how I can create a wide variety of cast iron skillet recipes with just this one pan. Today, I’m sharing my cast iron skillet apple crisp recipe. This recipe is perfect for the cast iron skillet because you can start it on the stove and finish it in the oven. Let’s get started!

Apple Crisp in a Cast Iron Skillet

As a homeschooling mom, I did an apple unit with my little ones in the month of September. Nothing screams “FALL” more than apples. After we read the book “How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World,” we got started on this apple crisp.

Now, you can make an apple pie in your cast iron skillet just as well as you can make a crisp, but a crisp is more kid friendly and fool-proof. I was making this on a busy weekday afternoon and I didn’t want to fuss with a crust. Plus, the cast iron skillet just makes it seem fancier!

This skillet apple crisp recipe calls for ingredients you likely have on hand. I used six apples. We chose Gala and Honeycrisp apples because those are our favorites, but you could use any variety. Granny Smith apples are especially delicious in an apple crisp.

I started by peeling the apples and then slicing them. I’m making a cast iron apple crisp with oats by combining 1 cup of oats with 1/3 cup brown sugar, two tablespoons of flour, and 5 tablespoons of cold butter. I used my fingers to cut the butter in. You could use a pastry cutter or even zip everything in your food processor. Making your apple crisp in a cast iron skillet is absolutely delicious!

I heated my 10 inch cast iron skillet on the stove at a medium-low heat. I melted in two tablespoons of butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Once all of that was combined, I added in the sliced apples and sautéed them for a few minutes just until the apples began to get soft.

I then turned off the heat and added the crisp topping.

The apple crisp baked in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes and came out absolutely delicious! Vanilla ice cream or whipped topping makes a great addition to the crisp, but you can eat it by itself like we did and it’s just as delicious!

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