Sweet Tooth Friday: Caramel Apple Crisp

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on September 8, 2011

I love apple season. The very idea of it has me craving everything apple. Just like October makes me crave everything pumpkin. Mmmmm, I can just taste a pumpkin spic latte right now.

Oh yea, I’m currently dreaming up recipes for pumpkin spice coffee creamer.

Today is not about pumpkins. It’s about apples and one of my all time favorite apple-season treats: apple crisp.

Caramel Apple Crisp

Traditional apple crisp is of course divine in its own right, but I wanted to create something a little unique. So, what goes best with apples? Caramel of course!

Caramel Apple Crisp

Introducing Caramel Apple Crisp. A recipe that will soon become a family favorite.

Caramel Apple Crisp

Caramel Apple Crisp


    Apple Crisp
  • 4-1/2 cups peeled, cored and sliced Granny Smith apples (about 5 medium apples)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Caramel sauce (store bought or the recipe below)
  • Caramel Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cups milk (I used skim)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (optional - if you want chocolate caramel sauce)


    Apple Crisp
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly grease a medium casserole dish.
  2. In a small bowl mix apples with the water and lemon juice. Let stand for a few minutes, then drain off any extra liquid.
  3. Spread the apples evenly in the bottom of the prepared prepared dish. Drizzle the honey over the apples, and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ground cloves.
  4. In a bowl use your hands to mix the brown sugar, flour, oats, and butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Spread over the apple mixture. (Note: this makes a lot of crumb topping. It can easily be cut in half if you don't want as much.)
  5. Drizzle caramel sauce over the crumb topping, as much or as little as you want.
  6. Bake 30-40 minutes, until the apples are tender and topping is lightly browned. Serve with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce drizzled on top.
  7. Caramel Sauce
  8. In a small saucepan mix butter, brown sugar, milk, and salt over medium low heat. While whisking constantly, cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the sauce has thickened . Add the vanilla and cook, while whisking, for another minute to thicken further. If you are making chocolate caramel sauce, add in the cocoa powder and whisk until combined. Turn off heat and pour sauce into a jar. Refrigerate until cold.
  9. Caramel Sauce is adapted from The Pioneer Woman

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1 Elaine September 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering like crazy. I love apples, cinnamon and sugar in just about any form. This looks SO delicious. I will have to make, and soon! :-)

2 Allison @ Alli 'n Son September 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

I hope you do! Stop back and let me know how it turns out.

3 Kim September 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thanks for hosting! Your apple crisp looks amazing. I, too, am salivating for the flavors of Fall! :)

I linked up a recipe for Pumpkin Granola! Have a great weekend!

4 Allison @ Alli 'n Son September 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

Oh pumpkin granola! I’m so on the mood for pumpkin.

5 Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos September 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm

YUM! This looks wonderful! Caramel is the perfect partner for apple crisp!

6 Bibi September 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I love fall…..apples and pumpkins. Caramel in apple crisp and apple pie is the absolute must for me….your recipe is a winner.

Thank you for hosting!

7 Carlene September 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Looks delish… Can’t wait to make this…

8 Aimee @ ShugarySweets September 9, 2011 at 6:08 am

Alli, that looks great! I love apple crisp. Thanks for hosting again, you throw a great linky party!

9 Allison @ Alli 'n Son September 12, 2011 at 9:21 am

Thanks Aimee! And thanks for being a loyal linker-upper! That’s a word, right?

10 Christina September 9, 2011 at 6:52 am

Your Caramel Apple Crisp looks super yum! Reminds me of fall :)
Thanks for hosting!

11 Kitchen Belleicious September 9, 2011 at 6:55 am

I have been wanting to make a crispy since we got new apples in and this looks just like what I wanted to do. Love the caramel interwined throughout! Awesome

12 Allison @ Alli 'n Son September 12, 2011 at 9:22 am

Enjoy it! Let me know what you think if you have a chance to make it.

13 Katie @ This Chick Cooks September 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

yum! I’m so glad it’s getting to be fall and apple season :) That crisp is looky really yummy!

14 Melissa September 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

My favorite part of fall is the apples! This recipe looks delicious!

15 Paula September 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

Love apple crisp! This looks so inviting. When I do make crisp, I always make a few, they freeze so well.

16 Allison @ Alli 'n Son September 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

I’ve never frozen apple crisp. Can you freeze apple dumplings too?

17 Erin @ Making Memories September 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

This looks AMAZING!!!!!

18 viv(re) September 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I love apple crisp, I can’t imagine the added yumminess of caramel! this is definitely going on my to-do list.

19 Allison @ Alli 'n Son September 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

Stop back and let me know what you think. I love feedback.

20 laxsupermom September 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Yum! That looks so good – I seriously want to lick my screen. The caramel is the perfect color. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this recipe swap.

21 Catalina September 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Wow! I just can’t stop staring on your gorgeous photos! It looks so good and tasty! I love both apples and caramel and putting the two together is just brilliant idea!

22 Allison @ Alli 'n Son September 12, 2011 at 9:27 am

Thank you Catalina! I love that my photos showcase how delicious the recipes are.

23 Mrs. Jen B September 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Yuuuuum! Love warm, cinnamon-y apple desserts as fall weather comes on! Thanks for sharing this and for hosting.

24 Christina @ This Woman Cooks! September 9, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I’m all about apples in September too. Can’t wait to start baking with them!!

25 The Better Baker September 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Fabulous! Awesome! Can’t wait to try this!

26 kyleen September 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Your crisp looks delicious! I’m feeling really apple-y too and now I want to eat some apple pie.

27 June September 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Looks divine~ could you please clarify how much milk in the caramel sauce?
Look forward to looking around more on your blog

28 suzette September 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Is it just me or is there a weird symbol beside cups milk? Could you clarify?

29 Miz Helen September 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Lots of wonderful goodies! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

30 Teri @ The Freshman Cook September 17, 2011 at 12:15 am

The caramel apple Crisp looks amazing. Apple crisp has always been my favorite. I linked to you from Full Plate Thursday. Thanks

31 Shirley October 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I’ve had many a cobbler, but never a crisp. I have to try this!

32 Laura November 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Is medium a 8×8, 9×9, or 9×13?

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