This post was first published on Real Housemoms where I am a contributor.
Crockpot Apple Crisp:
Crockpot “Crunchy Pecan” Apple Crisp is a tasty and a delectable take on a traditional apple crisp. It uses a secret ingredient to make it quick and easy, and the slow cooker does all the work. You only need 4 ingredients to make this work! Then top it with vanilla ice cream for a totally delectable treat.
Make this apple crisp dessert when you are in the mood for an apple dessert but want to elevate the flavor with added flare. Throw this easy apple crisp in the crockpot and forget about it until it is ready to be served.
The sweet aromas of this crockpot dessert will permeate your house all day, making your mouth water. This is one of those recipes to keep in your back pocket. Yum!
Fall Desserts are Here!
Crisps, cobblers, crumbles, streusels, buckles, you name it, I’m in. Fall is approaching and can’t you almost smell the fresh cider and the sprinkle of cinnamon?
Can’t you just visualize acres of orchard with crispy, bright apples for the picking?
Nothing says Fall like apples and there’s no better way to put those apples to use then to make some Fall inspired favorites. And this one is sweet, rich, delicious, and EAZY PEAZY!
Want more fall dessert recipes? Try Dutch Apple Pie or Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Cookies!
What is the Difference Between an Apple Crisp and an Apple Cobbler?
Ok, so let’s clear up a few things before we get to the recipe. Namely the difference between a crisp and a cobbler.
Apple crisps and apple cobblers are in fact different. The difference is in the topping. They are both desserts with a sweet apple filling, accompanied with a yummy covering on top.
However, a crisp typically has oats in the topping, whereas a cobbler uses either a biscuit type topping or cake batter.
A crisp covers all the fruit filing and bakes up crispy, which is very fitting for the name.
A cobbler has the topping placed in round dollops allowing some of the fruit filling to be exposed and the overall look is reminiscent of a cobblestone road.
So, now you know the difference.
And you know why this is an apple crisp, not an apple cobbler
How to Make Crock Pot Apple Crisp
What you need:
- Canned apple pie filling
- A Yellow Cake Mix
- Great Grains Crunchy Pecan Cereal
What you do:
- Put the pie filling in the bottom of the crock pot
- Top with the rest all mixed together
- Let it cook!
It doesn’t get any easier than that!
How Can You Make An Apple Crisp In the Oven?
Apple crisp and apple cobblers are both fun and easy desserts. And while the slow cooker is my favorite way to make it, you can make this recipe in the oven as well.
Basic Steps to Make an Apple Crisp
- Preheat oven to 350
- Place apple pie filling in the bottom of a baking dish
- Make topping—combine cereal, cake mix, and butter
- Evenly distribute topping over apples
- Bake for 30 minutes or until desired doneness is achieved.
Serve apple crisp or cobbler with warm with ice cream or whipped cream, or if you’re a purest, serve it alone. I actually really like apple crisp cold too.
What Kind of Apples Do You Use for Apple Crisp?
For this recipe we use a canned apple pie filling. But you can make your own.
The only time consuming part is peeling and coring the apple, but if you have an apple core peeler, you can significantly reduce the time prep.
There are so many types of apples out there. Some are sweeter, while some are more tart, some are softer while some are more crisp, the list goes on and on.
So, what is the best apple to use when making a crisp? When making an apple dessert, look for apples that are more crisp so they can handle better the heat of baking and also look for apples that have some tartness in their flavor.
Tarter apples make a good companionship with the sweetness of the topping and added sweetness in the filling in an apple cobbler or crisp. We are adding sugar, so we don’t want it to be too sweet!
I personally like the tartness and crispiness of a granny smith apple in baking, but there are other great options out there too.
Some Apples Great for Crisps:
- Granny Smith
- Honey Crisp
For this recipe you don’t even have to worry about that though because it is super simple, and you use a canned pie filling. So pick your favorite apple pie filling. I like Lucky Leaf, and use that. But should you choose to make your own, pick a nice tart apple.
Crockpot Crunchy Pecan Apple Crisp: Simple and Delicious
As Fall approaches and you’re looking for a sweet and flavorful Fall favorite, try my Crockpot Crunchy Pecan Apple Cobbler. It’s simple and whoever you are sharing this sweet with will sure be asking for seconds.
You can make some substitutions. Like you can make your own apple pie filling, rather than using a canned version. If you do this, make preparation for this easy dessert even easier by getting yourself an apple peeler, slicer, and corer all in one.
Check out Kitchen Basics Professional Grade Heavy Duty Apple Peeler, Slicer, and Corer on Amazon. It’s definitely a time saver.
Other Apple Desserts
Crock Pot Crunchy Pecan Apple Cobbler
- 21 ounce can apple pie filling
- 1 yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 cup Great Grains Crunchy Pecan cereal
- Place apple pie filling in a crock pot.
- Mix cake mix, melted butter, and cereal together in a large bowl. Mixture will be crumbly.
- Add cake mixture on top of the apple pie filling in the crock pot.
- Put lid on, and cook on low for 2-3 hours (2 hours was enough in mine, just watch it).
- Serve warm, topped with ice cream if desired.
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