Individual Apple Crisp


Individual apple crisp is a simple, delicious dessert and a nice change from the classic cobbler. Ingredients: Filling: 6 apples, peeled and sliced Brown sugar 1/2 c Sugar Dash salt 1/3 c Flour 1 tb Cinnamon Have you ever seen individual apple crisp treats ? Well, today is your lucky day! You’re about to discover just how easy, simple, and downright delightful it can be to have your own treat without a lot of excess fuss.

Individual Apple Crisps

Serve these mini apple crisps in individual ramekins for a comforting dessert that’s perfect for family and guests alike. 

Recipe Summary


4 Servings


Ingredient Checklist

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large tart-sweet apples (such as Braeburn, Gala or McIntosh), peeled, cored, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, walnuts, 2 Tbsp. of sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Pour butter over dry ingredients and mix with a fork, breaking up any large chunks. Set aside.
  • Step 2In a separate bowl, combine apple cubes with remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar and lemon juice, tossing to coat. Divide among four small oven-safe ramekins and top each with 1/4 of walnut mixture.
  • Step 3Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake until fruit is soft and topping is browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm with scoops of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:

324 calories; fat 15g; saturated fat 8g; protein 3g; carbohydrates 47g; fiber 2g; cholesterol 31mg; sodium 44mg.

Single Serving Apple Crisp

Single serving apple crisp is a quick apple dessert recipe that you won’t need to share! Just 10 minutes of prep will give you a warm and comforting fall treat.

individual apple crisp in a red pie plate with apple, cinnamon stick, and ice cream

I absolutely live for quick and easy desserts, and this time of year I know everyone is starting to crave quick apple desserts too!

To add to my collection of single serving desserts I created this mini apple crisp that is one seriously easy recipe with lots of flavor and fun. If you can slice an apple you can make this quick apple dessert!

The apples get sliced super thin so they get nice and soft in the oven. Then they get topped with what is basically a spiced oatmeal cookie topping

an individual apple crisp on a wood table with a striped napkin

It all gets warm and bubbly in the oven, and that cinnamon aroma fills the house giving you all the fall feels! Seriously, if there’s anyone in your house who might smell this you should probably go ahead and make two or plan to share because the smell of apple crisp cooking will bring everyone running to the kitchen!

Individual apple crisp ingredients

ingredients for single serving apple crisp
  • Apple
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Oatmeal
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice

How to make single serving apple crisp

  1. Peel and thinly slice the apple.
  2. In a small bowl, combine apple slices with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Transfer the apple slices to an 8-12 ounce ramekin or pie plate (I used a 5 inch pie plate) and spread in an even layer.
  4. In the same bowl you mixed the apples, combine oatsbrown sugar, flourbuttercinnamonnutmeg, and allspice using a fork or your hands.
  5. Scatter the topping over the apples.
  6. Bake 35 minutes at 375ºF or until bubbly, brown, and the apples are soft.
individual apple crisp on a wood table with a striped napkin

Top tips and questions

What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?

An apple crisp has a nice crunchy layer baked on top of the apple filling. An apple crumble topping would be softer and likely not include oatmeal or nuts.

What size baking dish should I use for mini apple crisp?

If you only have small ramekins (less than 8 ounces), split this recipe between two of them (I still give you permission to eat both!).

a fork grabbing some single serving apple crisp from a red pie plate

Can I make this individual apple crisp in the microwave?

Yes, make sure your baking dish is microwave safe and you can microwave this for 3 ½ minutes.

What kind of apples should I use for apple crisp?

It is my opinion that you can’t really go wrong picking an apple for a crisp, but you probably want to pick something that won’t get too mushy. I tested with recipe with Gala apples, but FujiGranny Smith, or Honeycrisp would be a delicious swap.

Should I peel the apple for apple crisp?

peeled my apple because I prefer the texture, but it is ok to leave your apple unpeeled if you prefer.

a fork grabbing some apple crisp out of a mini pie plate

Can I use less sugar?

If you prefer a less sweet dessert you can cut down the sugar a bit in this recipe. I would recommend cutting down the sugar that gets mixed with the apples first, and if it’s still too sweet you could cut down the sugar in crisp topping. If you cut it down too much the topping won’t have that same great cookie texture, so proceed with caution.

How much is a pinch?

I recommend adding a pinch each of nutmeg and allspice. That’s because this is a small scale dessert and you probably don’t have a measuring spoon for 1/16th of a teaspoon. 

To measure a pinch, simply use a clean finger and thumb to pinch a small amount of spice out of the jar and add it to your recipe. Just grab whatever naturally fits between those fingers, you don’t need to try grab too little or too much.

Tips for customizing

  • Split this recipe between two small ramekins to make it an apple crisp for two
  • Top with a scoop of high quality vanilla or caramel ice cream
  • Use vegan butter and sugar to make this vegan
  • Use gluten free oats and flour to make this gluten-free
  • Add 1 tablespoon of chopped pecans to the topping
  • Drizzle the finished crisp with warm caramel sauce
  • Swap the apple for a thinly sliced pear to make pear crisp
  • Add more cinnamonnutmeg, or allspice if you prefer more spices

Mini Apple Crisps | Deliciously Sweet!

Hello again! It’s Alicia from The Baker Upstairs, and I’m so excited to share another delicious dessert with you today. These mini apple crisps are the perfect single-size dessert, and they taste totally amazing! They’re the perfect treat to add to your fall baking list.

When I was a child, we had several large apple trees in our backyard, and I was always fascinated by watching the apples grow. I would eagerly look for the sweet-smelling blossoms in the spring, then watch the little apples grow into big apples through the summer. In the fall, my mom harvested the apples and made them into dozens of jars of homemade applesauce. My job (which I loathed) was to pick up all of the rotten fallen apples from around the trees, and I think my mom paid me something like ten cents per bucket of apples that I picked up. As much as I hated picking up all of those apples, I loved that during apple season, my mom would often make a simple apple crisp for dessert.

I fondly remember many cold fall nights spent happily eating apple crisp. My mom’s recipe was very simple, and really showcased the sweet apple flavor, with the addition of cinnamon and a buttery crisp oatmeal topping. These mini apple crisps are a homage to one of my favorite desserts from childhood, and even though they aren’t made with home-grown apples (I wish!) they bring back that delicious flavor combination I remember. Best of all, they are so easy to make that you can enjoy them any time!

Mini Apple Crisps

The full recipe is at the bottom of this post, but here’s what you’ll need:

  • apples
  • flour
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • oats
  • butter
These mini apple crisps are the perfect individual-sized dessert! They take just a few minutes to put together, and bake into a deliciously sweet treat!

One of my favorite things about these mini apple crisps is that you can have them in the oven in just minutes! They have only seven simple ingredients, and you can do all the mixing by hand. Start by tossing the apples with the sugar, flour, and cinnamon, then filling up your ramekins with the apple mixture. I used a combination of granny smith and honey crisp apples, but pretty much any apple will work well. If you don’t have ramekins on hand, you could use small oven-safe bowls or mugs, or you could also double the recipe and bake it in a 9 x 9 baking dish.

These mini apple crisps are the perfect individual-sized dessert! They take just a few minutes to put together, and bake into a deliciously sweet treat!

Next you will mix up the topping, then sprinkle it evenly over the apple filling in the ramekins. You can use a pastry blender or two knives to blend in the butter, or you can do it the easy way (like me!) and just smush it with your fingers. There’s something so satisfying about mixing things with your hands, right?

These mini apple crisps are the perfect individual-sized dessert! They take just a few minutes to put together, and bake into a deliciously sweet treat!

Transfer the ramekins to a baking sheet, then bake them for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Since the ramekins will be hot, it’s best let them cool a little before serving.

These mini apple crisps are the perfect individual-sized dessert! They take just a few minutes to put together, and bake into a deliciously sweet treat!

My family loves to top our apple crisps with fresh whipped cream and caramel ice cream topping, but they are totally delicious on their own, too! I love the crisp, buttery topping, in contrast with the sweet and tender apples. Since there’s almost a full apple in each serving, they really let the apple flavor shine, and it’s delicious in combination with the cinnamon and brown sugar.

These mini apple crisps are the perfect individual-sized dessert! They take just a few minutes to put together, and bake into a deliciously sweet treat!

Desserts are always so much cuter when they are mini-sized! These mini apple crisps are one of my favorite desserts to make each fall, and so fun to serve at a dinner party. I think everyone loves having their own mini dessert to enjoy!

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