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Caramel Apple Crisp
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Tart apples are tossed with homemade caramel sauce and topped with a mix of flour, oats, walnuts, and cinnamon for a delicious make ahead Thanksgiving dessert. This caramel apple crisp is stress free and sure to please!

For the Caramel Sauce:
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
For the Filling:
  • 2 lbs. (about 6 medium) Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 Lemon, juiced and zested
  • ½ Cup Caramel Sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
For the Topping:
  • ½ Cup Rolled Oats*
  • ¼ Cup Toasted Walnuts
  • ¾ Cup Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • Cinnamon, for sprinkling
  • Caramel Sauce
For the Caramel Sauce:
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepot over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar melts.
  2. Once the mixture is liquid, allow it to cook over medium heat until it is amber in color. Allow the amber color to deepen a bit and when it looks like the color of caramel, stir in the butter. Be careful, as the mixture will spatter.
  3. Once the butter is completely melted, remove the caramel from the heat and carefully stir in the heavy cream until the mixture is smooth. Set aside.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375º.
For the Filling:
  1. Combine the apples, lemon juice and zest, caramel sauce, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Transfer to a buttered 8x8-inch baking dish and set aside while you make the topping.
For the Topping:
  1. In a mini food processor, pulse the oats with the walnuts until coarsely chopped. Combine in a bowl with the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well to combine.
  2. Stir in the beaten egg until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples and pour the melted butter overtop. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon.
  3. Bake the apple crisp for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and then apples are tender. As soon as you take the apple crisp out of the oven, drizzle the top with caramel sauce.
  4. Allow the apple crisp to cool completely and then cover and refrigerate. You can make this up to 3 days ahead and serve it cold, at room temperature, or warm! It’s delicious with ice cream or whipped cream for topping and additional caramel sauce, of course!
Recipe Notes

*If you are gluten-free or making this for gluten-free guests, be sure your oats are certified gluten-free! Quaker oats are NOT gluten-free. Bob's Red Mill makes certified gluten-free oats!