Crockpot Apple Crisp

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Crockpot Apple Crisp Crockpot Apple Crisp is a recipe so good, you’ll want to make lots for family and friends. It’s so easy that you can make this Apple Crisp in your sleep. Crockpot Apple Crisp is an amazing dessert for any occasion. You will be the star of your family get-together if you take this crockpot dessert!

World’s Best Crockpot Apple Crisp

You’ve got to try this crustless crockpot apple crisp pie! It tastes like the warm apple pie filling without the crust and cooked in your slow cooker all day too which makes it so easy!

crockpot apple crisp recipe

This crockpot apple crisp pie is just what you need! If you’re like me and love a warm apple dessert but don’t want to cook, your slow cooker is the answer. It just does the work for me! Find this and other dessert crockpot recipes here.

Crock Pot Apple Crisp

Everyone loves fresh apple recipes right?? Well I do for many reasons but my favorite part is the inside of an apple pie, I mean who really cares about the crust. We made this fast with our air fryer apple crisp recipe but not everyone has that new appliance so we went with the “old fashioned” next. 😉

Most will admit they could kinda’ care less about the outside. I also love my slow cooker especially during the summertime. When I don’t want to turn on my oven but still want dessert after dinner. I can’t say enough about this dish y’all.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
  3. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉

crockpot

What can I do with lots of apples?

  • One year when we visited Julian, a California apple farm we came home with 10 pounds of fruit. Then we moved to Idaho a few years later and picked 65 pounds!!

Needless to say we went crazy with all the apple recipes like this pressure cooker apple pie filling recipe, apple monkey bread and many batches of this!!

Riley's Apple Farm

I admit I have several crockpot sizes.  For this apple crisp recipe I used my 6 quart slow cooker. If you wanted to double it you could use an 8 qt. as well.

Is apple crisp and apple crumble the same?

  • Apple crumble in the UK is apples baked with a topping of flour, butter and sugar. In the US, it’s basically the same thing. However, the topping is made primarily with rolled oats rather than flour.

It’s almost always made with cinnamon and sometimes nuts are added to it as well.

peeling apples

First: Remove apple skins. If you leave some on it won’t be as soft in the end. Use an apple peeler or a sharp knife as seen over a paper towel or cutting board. Discard

Then: Slice 4 sides off and slice into thinner pieces after that.

  • If peeling apples ahead of time you might want to spritz with lemon juice so they don’t brown.

What apples are best for apple crisp?

  • It’s best to go with a crisp, tart variety that stands up well to baking. Granny Smith is always what I choose but Honey crisp might work well if you couldn’t find those.

How do you slice apples for apple crisp?

  • The thicker the slices the firmer they will be when after you cook it. You can see the size we use here. Too thin will cause them to soften too much and become a bit mushy.
slicing apples

This healthy easy baked apples dessert is great for Christmas morning, on the weekend, or for dessert year round really.

  • You can easily throw this in when you get up early and have it ready when everyone wakes up this year! Cooking times will remain about the same no matter what size pot you use. 

Can you double slow cooker apple crisp?

I would not. If you have too too many pieces of fruit inside some will get overdone and others will still be a bit harder. You would need an awfully large pot too to do this. I use my 8 quart typically for a batch like this, it feeds 6 – 8 people easily.

How to Make Crock Pot Apple Crisp

The most challenging part of making a crisp in a crock pot is getting the topping crispy.

Fortunately, I learned a thing or two from this Slow Cooker Triple Berry Crisp and have you covered.

Your topping will be golden, glorious, and worthy of the name “crisp” indeed!


The Ingredients

  • Apples. You can use a single variety of sweet, crisp apples (Honeycrisp is my go-to) or a mix. Just make sure that the apples are a good variety for baking, or your crisp will turn out watery.

THE BEST APPLES FOR BAKING

For baking, you’ll want to find an apple that’s firm and flavorful.

  • The best types of apples for baking are Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Gala, Melrose, Haralson, Jonathons or Jonagolds, and Cortland.
  • Avoid apples like McIntosh, Red Delicious, or Golden Delicious which are too soft for baking (however, they’re perfect for Slow Cooker Apple Butter and Crockpot Applesauce).
Crock pot apple crisp in a bowl with ice cream
  • Pure Maple Syrup. Provides rich, caramel-like natural sweetness that pairs wonderfully with the apples and spices.
  • Cornstarch. Helps thicken the apple mixture to ooey-gooey perfection.
  • Lemon Zest + Juice. Adds a tasty pop of freshness while also keeping the apples from turning brown.
  • Spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are the warm, cozy spices this apple crisp needs to truly shine.
  • Oats. Oats are what make a crisp a crisp, not a crumble or a cobbler. They also give this recipe a certain homeyness and are key to the topping’s crispy texture.
  • Flour. To create big, yummy clumps of topping (YES, you want this), this slow cooker apple crisp is made with flour, in addition to the oats. To make this slow cooker apple crisp healthy (or at least healthier!), I used white whole wheat flour for the whole grain boost.
Crock pot apple crisp with ice cream

SUBSTITUTION TIP

For a slow cooker apple cobbler with flour exclusively, you can play around with swapping diced apples for the peaches in this Crock Pot Peach Cobbler.

You’ll have a spin on crockpot apple dump cake, but made with real, simple ingredients like fresh fruit and no cake mix.

  • Butter. Not only does butter make our topping extra rich and delicious, but it also helps it get brown and crispy.
  • Sugar. Brown sugar and granulated sugar add scrumptious sweetness to the crisp topping.

The Directions

Chopped fruit on a cutting board
  1. Peel and cut the apples.
Chopped apples in a crock pot
  1. Add them to the slow cooker.
A dessert being made in a slow cooker
  1. Add the remaining filling ingredients.
Apple pieces in a slow cooker
  1. Stir and spread everything into an even layer.
Oats and flour in a bowl
  1. For the topping, stir the dry ingredients together.
Ingredients for apple crisp topping
  1. Stir in the melted butter.
Crisp topping scattered over filling
  1. Sprinkle the mixture over the filling.
A towel over a slow cooker
  1. Lay a towel over the top of the slow cooker, then place the lid on top.
  2. Cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or on low for 5 to 7 hours. Serve with toppings and ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate apple crisp in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Gently rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. Freeze apple crisp in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

MEAL PREP TIP

Did you know crisp topping is freezer-friendly? Mix up the topping and freeze it in a ziptop bag. Anytime you are craving crisp, scatter it over your fruit and bake.

Is it better to cook apple crisp in the oven or slow cooker?

  • Slow Cooker Apple Crisp is perfect for at-home cooks with busy schedules.
  • The slow cooker can be left unattended while cooking the apple crisp, which frees up your time to do other things. Cooking apple crisp in an oven requires monitoring, so it cooks evenly, and the topping doesn’t burn.
  • Both cooking methods taste great, so why not opt for less stress by using the crockpot?

Can I use fresh apples instead?

To make things simple, we’re using canned apple pie filling for this recipe. Apple pie filling in a can has a great thick texture and flavor.

If you choose to substitute fresh apples, you’ll want to slice and peel them before adding them to the slow cooker.

Here are the ingredients for from scratch apple pie filling:

  • 6 apples, thinly sliced and peeled
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons flour (to help thicken the sauce)

Toss the apples in the sugar, cinnamon and flour. Add to the slow cooker and continue with the recipe.

What should I use for the topping?

Streusel toppings are typically made with flour, sugar, butter (or margarine), baking powder or soda, salt, and sometimes spices like cinnamon. I find that the oats we use in this slow cooker apple crisp, paired with the flour and ground pecans, is crumbly and cooks perfectly.

How to make slow cooker apple crisp

  • Apple pie filling: Any brand, be sure not to grab sugar-free unless you are needing sugar-free.
  • Brown sugar: Light brown sugar works best
  • Oatmeal: Rolled oats, not quick-cooking.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour
  • Chopped pecans: I buy these already chopped, this saves a step! This is what gives the topping a “crunch”.
  • Butter: Salted butter, melted
  • Seasonings: Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, salt

What is the difference between apple pie and apple crisp?

Apple pie is made with a pastry crust while apple crisp is made with a streusel topping.

How long does it cook?

Apple crumble cooks approximately two and a half on high in the crock pot.

Can you cook it without an apple pie filling?

  • You can use any fruit filling for the recipe such as cherry, berry or strawberry.
  • Other options would be whole cranberry sauce, canned sliced peaches, or even pineapple chunks, and I’ve even seen a recipe with frozen blueberries mixed in. They all sound delicious, so get creative if you’re interested in trying a variation without apples.
apple crisp in bowl with ice cream on top.

The slow cooker apple crisp is a delicious dessert that won’t heat up your kitchen on those warm summer days. It’s also great for the winter months when you don’t want to worry about turning on the oven and heating up the whole house.

This recipe makes enough so that you can enjoy it as an evening snack after dinner or have some leftovers for breakfast in the morning!

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