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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mini Apple Crisp Baked Apples

The perfect individual sized dessert, these mini apple crisp baked apples are the perfect mix of baked apples and crisp topping. Serve it with a scoop of ice cream for a perfect dessert!

apple half baked with crisp topping inside and topped with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle of caramel

    Are they a baked apple or apple crisp? These fun desserts are a little bit of both. Tasty baked apples topped with crunchy brown sugar and oat topping. They are perfect individually sized treats that might just become your favorite fall dessert.

       Baked apples have a bit of an inside joke with my husband and his friends. For a cookout many moons ago, he picked up a bag of apples to make a treat for everyone.

        He carefully wrapped the apples in foil and put them over a fire. Yep. Whole wrapped apples wrapped in foil.

bowl of crisp topping with whole apples around it

         He could have cored them and put some butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in them, but he didn't. He could have sliced them and given them a similar treatment in a skillet, but again he didn't.

        In all fairness, this was long before he met me. I'm sure he would have known better otherwise.

         To say the results were underwhelming seems to be an understatement. The guys still love to laugh about it to this day.

apples halved and cored getting filled with crisp mixture in pan

     Apparently that was just the start of a while conversation of ideas related to the apples. A conversation that may or may not have been fueled by an adult beverage or two.

     Either way, it is always a source of entertainment and belly laughs when it comes up. I would like to say that inspired him to perfect the art of actually making an edible baked apple, but it hasn't.

      So baked apples are my department and honestly I'm ok with it staying that way! These baked apple halves are the perfect size to indulge a bit without going overboard.

apple crisp baked apples fresh from the oven with golden brown sugar and oatmealfilling

      I go crazy buying apples when the season finally comes around.  There is nothing like coming home with a bag of freshly picked apples.

     We all love them, so sometimes I have to be protective of my treasure.  Otherwise we can gobble them up in no time.

      So I set a few aside for recipe creation and quickly hid a few in the back of the crisper drawer. My lunchbox was quite happy I did too. Those beauties really were a highlight of lunch while they lasted!

      They have such a beautiful flavor, I didn't want to go crazy hiding it with other ingredients. Instead I just cut them in half, scooped out the core and stuffed them with the ingredients you'd find in a typical apple crisp.

apple crisp baked apple with bite on fork and scoop of vanilla ice cream

        After all they are a classic for a reason. The results were amazing! The apples were fork tender, but not mushy.

        The topping was sweet and golden and crunchy. They were fabulous on their own, but a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce certainly didn't hurt them.

      Little Dude is always an excellent helper in the kitchen. He put together the topping and helped the apple scraps find their way to the compost bin.

       Then he helped fill the apples. We both anxiously waited for the timer to buzz. The house smelled so good and we could not wait to sink our teeth into one.

        They were worth the wait! My husband had been napping on the couch and rose from the dead as soon as he heard the rattle of plates.
      He knew he had better make his way to the table asap! We all agreed that this is definitely the proper way to bake an apple!

close up of an apple half transformed into a mini apple crisp baked apple with a drizzle of caramel sauce

      I hope you have been enjoying all the apple recipes so far this week. Which ones have been your favorites so far? I'd love to know if you've made any #appleweek recipes you loved, from this year or years past.

What kind of apples are good for baking?

Some apples work better for baking then others.  There are varieties that are more likely to hold their shape through the baking and others that are more likely to turn to mush.

Luckily the mush will likely be delicious, but not idea for pretty presentation!  So here are a few varieties that hold up and present well:

Jonagold apples are great for baking.  They are one of my favorite apples to get at our local orchard.  

They work perfect for recipes like this because they are fabulous on their own and bake well.  They don't store as well though, so enjoy them during the peak of the season.

Jonagolds are a mix between Jonathan and golden delicious.  Jonathan's themselves are a great baking apple and tend to be just a tad bit more tart than the Jonagold. Both are crisp, delicious and great for cooking with. 

Braeburn apples are another flavorful apple in their own right, so they are perfect for a recipe like this where the apples are the star of the show. 

Pink Ladies are a fabulous option.  They have that mix of sweet and tart and hold their shape wonderfully. 

Honeycrisp apples are basically the be all end all of apples.  They are wonderful in almost any situation, especially if that situation involves some oatmeal streusel and a scoop of ice cream. 

Granny Smith apples are sort of the classic baking apple.  They are naturally tart, so the finished product doesn't end up too sweet. 

The skins on granny Smith apples do tend to be a little tougher than the rest, but it certainly isn't a deal breaker.  You may want to reserve them for something like a pie though, so you can remove the peel. 

More apple varieties to try in baking: Fuji, crispin, golden delicious, and winesnap.

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Yield: 8 Servings
Mini Apple Crisp Baked Apples

Mini Apple Crisp Baked Apples

Are they a baked apple or apple crisp? These fun desserts are a little bit of both. Tasty baked apples topped with crunchy brown sugar and oat topping. They are perfect individually sized treats that might just become your favorite fall dessert.
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 50 MTotal time: 65 M


  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large baking apples
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. In a large oven proof skillet, melt butter.
  2. Pour melted butter into a medium mixing bowl and add brown sugar, flour, rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt.
  3. Mix ingredients until combined.
  4. Wash apples and cut in half through the stem. Use a spoon, small knife or melon baller to remove the core.
  5. Place apples, skin side down in the skillet. It should already be greased from melting the butter.
  6. Stuff the apples with the filling mixture, pressing lightly to keep it in place. Pour the water around the apples.
  7. Cover tightly and bake at 375 F for 20 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for 30-40 minutes more or until the apples reach your desired consistency. They should be fork tender but not mushy.
  8. Serve with ice cream and a drizzle of caramel if desired.
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Are they a baked apple or apple crisp? These fun desserts are a little bit of both. Tasty baked apples topped with crunchy brown sugar and oat topping. They are perfect individually sized treats that might just become your favorite fall dessert.


  1. Mini Apple Awesomeness right there! These look absolutely delightful. I get that warm cozy feeling just looking at them! xo

    1. They are definitely worth making. Sooooo good! My lil sis made them for some friends last weekend to rave reviews as well :-)

  2. I love the idea of giving the apples a crisp topping like this, look tasty. And I can see why the story about your husband is the source of many laughs!

    1. Ha! He's learned a little bit in the last 10 years since I came around... mostly that I should be in charge of the baked apples ;-)

  3. Wow that is the perfect fall dessert and it looks so good!!! I bet it makes the house smell good too.

    1. They do smell amazing while they bake, that is for sure! Thanks, Julie!

  4. These look amazing! I can't wait to try these!

  5. Those looks delicious Carlee! What a great way to serve the apples!

    1. They are pretty simple and oh so good! Thanks, Karen!

  6. OH, I love this idea. What a great presentation.

  7. What a fun and delish recipe! So glad you shared it at our Apple Recipes For Celebrate Blog Party!

  8. Your Mini Apple Crisp Baked Apples look fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  9. Carlee, these are lovely. And just how I like to make baked apples! Your husband's way? Not so much. :D That was hilarious! Thank you for hosting #Celebrate365.

    1. Ha! He has learned a bit in the last decade since he met me.... but still won't make a baked apple =)

  10. These are so adorable - and relatively healthy compared to most desserts out there! I can't wait to make some for myself!

  11. I love how this would control my portion size for me!! This is such a great little dessert to make this Fall!

    1. The hardest part would be not going back for a second!

  12. These look so good! I love how easy and tasty it is :)

    1. Easy and tasty is always a good combination!

  13. Toni | Boulder LocavoreOctober 4, 2018 at 10:00 PM

    This looks so delish!!

  14. I've never had a baked apple! These look absolutely fantastic and make me question why I've not tried them.
    By the way... fabulous story about your husbands earlier attempts! Sounds like something my husband might have tried!!

    1. It's a good thing they have us (and we should probably remind them of that!)

  15. To me, this is one of those to die for recipes. Your pictures made it even more so. I am going to make these. Thank you for sharing.

    1. They are so good and fun to make and eat too. We are definitely having them a few more times before fall is over!

  16. Oh this looks heavenly, Carlee! Sign me up immediately. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party! Have a great week!

    1. Come on over and I'll make them for you any time!

  17. Carlee,
    I am drooling over here. These look amazing. Congrats, you are being featured on Happiness Is Homemade this Saturday.
    Have a great weekend.


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