The best baked apple cranberry crisp is a homemade fall dessert that’s perfect to serve for a crowd.  With an oatmeal topping and fragrant spiced fruit, this baked crisp is an easy, mostly healthy recipe your family will love at Thanksgiving.  A 9x13 pan of this crisp won’t last long!

Prep Time: 50 minutes
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The Best Baked Apple Cranberry Crisp

This post was originally published on August 30, 2017.

One of my favorite autumn desserts is this apple cranberry crisp.  For years, we’ve made it a priority to make this wonderful crisp each fall.  The crunchy topping combined with the sweet apples, tangy cranberries, and lovely spices make this a wonderful dessert for all of your senses.  It definitely fills your house with a tantalizing aroma!

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Calories in Apple Cranberry Crisp

This apple cranberry crisp is 315 calories per serving.  It’s made with real food ingredients and contains healthy fiber, protein, and vitamin C.  Plus, it’s lower in cholesterol and sodium.

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Can you freeze apple cranberry crisp?

Yes, you can!

  • Let it cool completely, then freeze in a zip-top freezer bag or airtight container for up to a month.
  • Thaw it overnight in the fridge, or thaw in the microwave if you’re in a hurry.

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How to Make Apple Cranberry Crisp

Measure out all the ingredients.  Things are looking yummy already!

ingredients for apple and cranberry crisp

Combine all the crumble ingredients in a small bowl until clumpy.

crumble for apple and cranberry crisp

Toss together the apples, cranberries, sugar, flour, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla, and spices until blended.

fruit mixture for apple and cranberry crisp

Spread the fruit mixture in a buttered glass baking dish or a metal 9 by 13-inch pan, then top with the crumble.

unbaked apple and cranberry crisp

Bake at 375 F for 45-60 minutes, until the crisp is browned and bubbly around the edges.

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Pro Tips

  • Use two or more types of apples for different flavors and textures.
  • Submerge the apple chunks in a bowl of cold water with a tablespoon of lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
  • Make sure to use fresh spices for the best flavor and aroma.
  • A glass casserole dish will cook the crisp more slowly than a metal one.  Watch the crisp more closely if you’re baking it in a metal dish.
  • Serve the crisp warm with vanilla ice cream.
  • Reheat the crisp in a 350 F oven for about 15 minutes.

Ready for a new family favorite?

Looking for more tempting apple desserts?  These ones are worth making this fall.

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The Best Baked Apple Cranberry Crisp


  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 50 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The best baked apple cranberry crisp is a homemade fall dessert that’s perfect to serve for a crowd.  With an oatmeal topping and fragrant spiced fruit, this baked crisp is an easy, mostly healthy recipe your family will love at Thanksgiving.  A 9×13 pan of this crisp won’t last long!


Ingredients

For the Topping

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, softened (86g)
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour (80g)
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats (54g)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed (138g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Fruit

  • 1 1/2 pounds Golden Delicious apples (about 3 apples) (680g)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 2 apples) (680g)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 3/4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (340g)
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (99g)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (22g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

Preparing the Topping (10 minutes)

  1. Combine the softened butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg until well mixed and clumpy.

Making the Fruit Mixture (35 minutes)

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.  Butter a 9 1/2″ by 14″ glass oval baking dish about 2 1/2 inches deep.  Alternatively, you can use a 9×13 casserole dish.
  2. Peel and core the apples.  Cut each apple into eighths, then cut the slices into bite-sized chunks.  Put the apple chunks in a bowl of cold water mixed with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
  3. Rinse the cranberries in a colander and discard any bad ones.
  4. Stir together the apples, cranberries, orange zest, flour, sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, orange juice, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.

Assembling & Baking the Crisp (5 minutes + 45 minutes baking)

  1. Spread the fruit mixture evenly in the prepared pan, then sprinkle the topping over the fruit.
  2. Bake for 45-60 minutes.  The fruit juices will be thick and bubbly around the edges, and the topping should be lightly browned.  Serve warm.

Notes

  • A glass casserole dish will cook the crisp slower than a metal one.
  • This crisp tastes wonderful when served warm with vanilla ice cream.
  • It also reheats very well and can be served the next day.

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