If you’re looking for one of the best apple desserts for Thanksgiving or Fall, try my Easy Dutch Oven Apple Crisp Recipe! This easy apple crisp is made with diced granny smith apples, honeycrisp apples, topped with a delicious buttery cinnamon sugar oat crumble, and oven baked to golden perfection.
Easy Dutch Oven Apple Crisp Recipe + Video
If I had to choose a favorite apple dessert for Fall, this Easy Dutch Oven Apple Crisp would be it!
My Easy Dutch Oven Apple Crisp is made with a delicious combination of my two favorite baking apples including granny smith apples and honey crisp apples, and features the most delicious buttery cinnamon sugar oat topping.
Serve it up warm alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and it’s pretty much the best apple crisp you’ll ever eat!
If you want to learn how to make easy Dutch oven apple crisp, then keep reading below and check out my step-by-step video tutorial over here.
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Easy Dutch Oven Apple Crisp
If you’ve never had the pleasure of making an oven apple crisp, let me tell ya – you’re missing out!
Dutch Oven Apple Crisp creates the most delicious dessert with perfectly soft and tender apples and a crisp and golden topping.
It’s the perfect comfort food to enjoy on a cozy Fall or Winter evening at home, or an easy crowd-pleaser to make for gatherings with friends and family.
Not only does a baked apple crisp taste absolutely incredible but this apple crisp is also incredibly easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.
I’ve found these types of pots always bake my apple crisp to perfection, so I’d highly recommend trying it!
Oven Baked Apple Crisp FAQ’s
What’s the best apple to use for apple crisp?
For this apple crisp I like to use a blend of granny smith apples and honeycrisp apples for a nice balance of sweet/tart, but here’s a full list of my favorite apples for baking and what they’re good for:
- Granny Smith – My #1 choice for apple desserts is the delicious granny smith apple. The tart flavor is the perfect balancer in sweet desserts and the shape holds up very well when baked.
- Honeycrisp – Another favorite for baking is honeycrisp. Just as the name implies, it has a crisp, juicy texture, and a sweet flavor that has a slight hint of honey to it. Delicious to eat fresh and they bake up wonderfully.
- Braeburn – A slightly sweeter version of a granny smith apple with a beautiful red, pink, yellow, and green outside that makes for beautiful presentation.
- Jonagold or Golden Delicious – When you want a sweet apple for a dish, I definitely recommend Jonagold or Golden Delicious apples. They’re crisp, juicy, sweet, and hold up their shape nicely when baked.
Do I need to peel the apples?
This is completely personal preference, but I personally always peel my apples.
I find the peel gets chewy when left on in baked apple desserts, which is why I always remove them.
I like to use this apple peeler/slicer to make it quicker.
That said, feel free to leave the peel on if you don’t mind the taste/texture.
How do you cut apples for apple crisp?
I know a lot of people slice their apples for apple crisp, but I prefer dicing them into bite-sized chunks.
I like how soft and tender they get when cut this way, and I find them easier to eat.
Of course, feel free to slice or dice however you want, just make sure you cut them in uniform sized pieces to ensure they all cook evenly.
Can I use white sugar instead of brown in apple crisp?
Yes, if you prefer you can substitute white granulated sugar for the light brown sugar in the apple crisp topping.
I like the molasses flavor that is in light brown sugar, which is why I prefer using it in apple crisp, but if you only have regular sugar on hand, it will still taste delicious.
What can you use in place of brown sugar in apple crisp?
You can use regular granulated sugar, or if you prefer a natural sugar I’d recommend using maple syrup or honey.
In fact, maple syrup would probably taste divine!
How long does apple crisp need to bake in the oven?
All ovens differ so the exact baking time will of course vary, but in general apple crisp needs at least 45 minutes to 1 hour to bake in the oven.
This baking time ensures all of the apples get perfectly tender and soft, and that your topping will be nice and crisp.
As always, I recommend baking on the lowest time first, and then adding additional time as needed.
Should you cover apple crisp when baking?
No. This Dutch oven apple crisp should be baked uncovered for the best results.
This helps ensure your apples get nice and tender and the top gets perfectly crispy and golden.
Why is my apple crisp not crispy?
If your apple crisp isn’t crispy, you likely didn’t measure your ingredients correctly or didn’t bake it long enough.
Make sure you follow the precise measurements listed in the recipe card below, and bake until the apple crisp is a golden brown.
You can even place it under a broiler for a few seconds after baking, if you prefer it even more golden/crispy.
Apple Crisp Storage Instructions
Does apple crisp need to be refrigerated?
No. You can store leftover baked apple crisp covered tightly or in an airtight container on the countertop for up to 3 days.
That said, the apple crisp topping begins to get soggy after a few days, so it is best enjoyed fresh or the next day after making it.
Can you freeze apple crisp?
Yes, apple crisp is a great dessert to freeze and enjoy later. Simply prepare as directed, cool completely, and store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Once ready to eat, let it thaw overnight, and reheat in the oven at 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until warm.
How to Make Apple Crisp in a Dutch Oven or Cast Iron (Step by Step Photos)
Kitchen Tools Needed:
- Enameled Dutch Oven or Deep Cast Iron
- Apple Peeler/Slicer
- Sharp Paring Knife
- Pastry Cutter
- Glass Mixing Bowls
- Rubber Spatula
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Cooling Rack
Peel and dice apples into bite-sized chunks. I recommend using this apple peeler to speed up the process.
Combine with cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and flour in a large bowl and stir together until evenly combined.
Use a pastry cutter to cut the cold butter into the mixture until they are pea-sized lumps.
Next, pour the apples in your dutch oven or cast iron and sprinkle the crisp topping evenly on top.
Bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes or until it is golden brown and crispy.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
Easy Dutch Oven Apple Crisp Recipe (Cast Iron Apple Crisp)Print
Easy Dutch Oven Apple Crisp Recipe + Video
Easy Dutch Oven Apple Crisp is made with diced apples, a delicious buttery cinnamon sugar oat topping, and oven baked to golden perfection.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven, Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 5 medium/large apples peeled and diced (I used 3 Granny Smith and 2 Honeycrisp)
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup self-rising flour
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cold
- Vanilla Ice Cream or
- Whipped Cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a Dutch oven pot or casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Next, peel and dice apples into bite sized pieces. Place diced apples in a large mixing bowl and combine with lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until evenly coated and pour into sprayed dutch oven.
- Using the same bowl as before, stir together oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and flour and mix until evenly combined.
- Next add in the cold butter and use a pastry cutter to fold it in the mixture until the butter is pea-sized lumps and the mixture is evenly combined. Sprinkle the crisp topping evenly over the apples.
- Bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes or until it is golden brown and crispy.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
Store leftover baked apple crisp covered tightly or in an airtight container on the countertop for up to 3 days.
To freeze, prepare as directed, cool completely, and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Once ready to eat, let it thaw overnight, and reheat in the oven at 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until warm.
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I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe for my Easy Dutch Oven Apple Crisp! Do you love baked apple crisp too? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for stopping by! – Cara
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