I am not usually the most enthusiastic when it comes to desserts, but this time of year brings along with it one of my apple-cranberry-crisp-delectabelle-recipefavorite sweets…apples! And no, I am not referring to the next generation iPhone mania that is sweeping the nation today. I am talking about natures candy…good old fashioned, sweet, delicious apples in all of their glorious varieties.

And as far as this girl is concerned, there isn’t a dessert that compares to a warm apple crisp in the fall, just as the weather brings a little chill to our bones. So, whatever type of apple you fancy, here is a wonderful, soul warming recipe to serve up to your loved ones and keep them warm and toasty!

Warm Apple Cranberry Crisp

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 8-12

Warm Apple Cranberry Crisp


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and diced, plus more for baking
  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream or ice cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the apples with the cranberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, ½ cup sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well to evenly coat the apples and pour into the buttered baking dish.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer*, combine the flour, remaining sugar, brown sugar, oatmeal, salt, and butter. Mix on low speed until the ingredients are incorporated and the butter is in pea-sized clumps. Scatter evenly over the apples.
  5. Bake for approximately 1 hour, until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm, with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
  6. Note: If you don't have an electric mixer, you can mix the ingredients with your hands in a large bowl, quickly so as not to melt the butter. Also, try using individual baking dishes for a nice flourish if you are entertaining a crowd!

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