Pan Fried Apple Crisp


Pan-fried apple crisp is an excellent dessert that is low cost, tastes good, and takes little effort to make. Additionally, it can be eaten with a spoon or by hand. It’s like the perfect DQ Blizzard of desserts. You gotta try this! It’s all our favorite fall flavors packed into one bite. This scrumptious dessert combines apples and cinnamon with cinnamon, sugar, and butter for the crisp topping…making for a perfect combination. I promise this will become a regular dessert favorite – so don’t forget the ice cream!

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Fried Apple Crisp

Fried Apple Crisp is made with tart apples, yummy granola, pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon. This dish will make your house smell like an apple orchard on an autumn day, and warm you up from the inside out!

fried apple crisp with a scoop of ice cream

What’s Special About This Recipe?

I have a confession to make. When I set out to create Fried Apple Crisp, I thought of ways I could avoid dragging out my apple-peeler-corer-slicer. (ad) I don’t like to peel things…especially potatoes, carrots, or apples. So, let’s get straight to the fun part and leave the peeling for another day!

How do you ask? By frying those apples with their skins on!

fried apple crisp in a skillet

I gotta admit…this batch of Fried Apple Crisp was the best I’ve ever tasted. It was even better than what you might expect. Frying the apples in my cast iron skillet (ad), then finishing them off in the oven, was a crazy good idea.

Did I mention the topping? Yummy granola, pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon (mixed with butter) are a match made in heaven. It caused the house to smell like an apple orchard for hours! As I write this, I’m still smelling wafts of cinnamon-spice flying through the air.

fried apple crisp with ice cream

How to Make Fried Apples

To make Fried Apple Crisp, you’ll need Honey Crisp apples, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, granola, cinnamon, pecans…and the ability to resist temptation. 🙂

Start by slicing the apples, and be sure to leave their skins on. Honey Crisp apples are perfect for this dish because they’re tart and have soft skin after cooking.

honey crisp apples in a skillet

Add apples to a cast iron skillet, (ad) then sprinkle with cinnamon, and stir. Add pats of butter, vanilla, and brown sugar.

Begin the frying process over medium heat, and watch these babies turn into dessert!

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How to Make Granola Topping

After the apples are tender (about 15 minutes), it’s time to make the topping. Granola is the perfect choice because it has everything you need in one bag.

I used granola that didn’t have much sugar added, but if you use one that has a lot of sugar in it, you may want to omit the brown sugar in the topping.

Simply add your favorite granola to a separate bowl, pour in chopped pecans, then add a little flour and brown sugar. With your hands, mix in softened butter until the mixture is crumbly.

By now, the apples will need a little more moisture, so add a cup of water and stir well. It’s time to add the crumbly topping, so go for it! Cover the entire skillet with that crumbly goodness and bake in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.

You’re gonna love how amazing Fried Apple Crisp turns out!

Serving Suggestions

Serve Fried Apple Crisp with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream sprinkled with cinnamon, or swirl whipped cream on top.

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Materials You’ll Need:

  • 12-inch cast-iron skillet
  • Large bowl
  • Knife
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Utensils for stirring
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Debi Morgan's trusty apple crisp recipe requires frying and is made with cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla and butter.

Debi Morgan’s trusty apple crisp recipe requires frying and is made with cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and butter. (Courtesy of Quiche My Grits)


Fried Apples

  • 4 large honey crisp apples
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 6 pats of butter
  • 1 cup of water
The crisp portion of Debi Morgan's recipe is made with granola, chopped pecans, cinnamon, brown sugar, flour and butter.

The crisp portion of Debi Morgan’s recipe is made with granola, chopped pecans, cinnamon, brown sugar, flour, and butter. (Courtesy of Quiche My Grits)

Crisp Topping

  • 2 cups of oat granola (low sugar or honey-based)
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • ½ stick of softened butter


Fried Apples

  1. Slice your unpeeled honey crisp apples and place the slices in your cast iron skillet.
  2. Sprinkle your cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla onto the apple slices and mix them.
  3. Add 6 pats (small slices) of butter and fry the apples over medium heat for 15 minutes or until the contents become soft. Make sure to stir the apples while frying.
  4. Once done frying, pour your cup of water into the skillet and mix it with the apple slices.
  5. Let the apples simmer while you make your crisp topping. Make sure you keep tabs on your skillet to avoid burning your apple slices.
When done, the apple crisp can be served with vanilla ice cream.

When done, the apple crisp can be served with vanilla ice cream. 

Crisp Topping

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Get a large mixing bowl and pour in your granola, chopped pecans, cinnamon, brown sugar, and flour.
  3. Add your softened butter and mix the contents until its texture becomes “crumbly.”
  4. Sprinkle your crisp topping over the apple slices while it’s still in the skillet.
  5. Bake the dish for 15 minutes or until it becomes golden brown.
  6. Serve with ice cream if desired.


These easy, rustic Mini Skillet Apple Crisps are warm and cozy thanks to the baked apples, brown sugar crumble topping, and scoops of vanilla ice cream. Made with fresh apples and simple pantry ingredients, it’s the ultimate fall treat!

Apple crisps topped with vanilla ice cream in mini cast iron skillets with a spoon and napkin on the side

How cute are these personal skillet apple crisps? These mini apple crisps are so beautiful for entertaining this fall!


  1. Place peeled, cored, and thinly sliced apples into a large mixing bowl. Add to the apples the cinnamon, brown sugar, ground ginger, lemon juice, and flour. Toss well to coat. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor fitted with a steel (Pan Fried Apple Crisp)blade, place the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and mix briefly until thoroughly combined. Add in the cut pieces of butter until it forms a coarse paste.
  3. Melt a pat of butter into four mini cast iron skillets. Add a layer of the apple mixture into each skillet and top each with the crisp topping. Bake in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes until apples are tender. (Cover the tops with foil if the topping starts to burn.)
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly (3 min. tops) and top each apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Take advantage of fall’s abundance of freshly picked apples! Gorgeous Honeycrisp apples are the star of this dessert! But, you can also (Pan Fried Apple Crisp)use Granny Smith and other varieties for this crisp.

Peel, core, and slice the apples thinly. I like to use my apple slicer (makes it so much easier!).

Place the apple slices into a mixing bowl and toss with the cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, lemon juice, and flour.

These mini cast iron skillets are just the right size! Place a pat of butter into each mini skillet and quickly melt.

Rustic, yet elegant, these Mini Skillet Apple Crisps have autumn written all over them, with warm apple slices and a sweet and crunchy, golden-brown topping!

Top these beauties off with scoops of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate apple crisp! This dessert is melt-in-your-mouth delicious!Pan Fried Apple Crisp

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  • If you don’t have the mini cast iron skillets, you can always use one medium-sized cast iron skillet with all of the ingredients.
  • Make sure your apples are at room temperature to ensure they bake evenly.
  • Use an apple slicer to make your life easier! If you have an apple peeler, even better!
  • Cover the tops of the mini skillets with a piece of foil if the tops start to get too brown while baking.
  • Store the entire mini skillet in the refrigerator overnight for leftovers (if you have any!). Reheat in the oven at a warm temperature.

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