Caramel Apple Crisp

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Caramel Apple Crisp . . . tart apples and caramel with a crunchy oat crust, topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with more caramel. A perfect fall dessert!

When fall rolls around and apples are aplenty, I love making desserts like apple crisp, apple pie, and caramel apples. Yum!

Caramel Apple Crisp with vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzleLife was hectic last week, and I needed to take a little break from blogging, but I am back to share this recipe for caramel apple crisp. It seems so very crazy to me that Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK! How the heck did that happen?

With all the sickness at our house, it feels like we just skipped over November. Hopefully we got it all out of our systems and we can spend the holidays healthy.

 Caramel Apple Crisp with a spoon

I had planned on doing a bunch of amazing Thanksgiving recipes, but alas, it has not happened. I’m just hoping that I can get my food assignments done for Thanksgiving day! I did make a really yummy treat last night though, so I wanted to share it.

My family loves apple crisp, but I wanted to try something a little different. We love caramel apples (who doesn’t?), so I figured apple crisp with caramel would be a hit.

Caramel Apple Crisp on a plate

I tweaked a recipe I found in an old cookbook, and we thought it turned out amazing. It is perfect for fall, and I actually think it would be a great addition to a Thanksgiving dessert line-up. Just make sure you have vanilla ice cream. 🙂

We’ve had it with homemade caramel,  and it totally rocks. But we’ve also had it with store bought caramels, and it is still a-mazing!

caramel apple crisp recipe collage

How to make Caramel Apple Crisp:

-Peel and slice your apple, then toss them with flour, sugar, and cinnamon.

-Melt your caramels and milk and drizzle them over the apple mixture. (or use homemade caramel sauce)

-Make a buttery oat topping, spread it over the top, and bake at 350° for about 45 minutes. That’s it!

What kind of apples are best for apple crisp?

– I like using Granny Smith apples, but Jonathan, Honeycrisp, and Braeburn apples also work really well. Golden Delicious apples can be used in a pinch.

Caramel Apple Crisp

Yield: 8 servings

Caramel Apple Crisp

Caramel Apple Crisp
Decadent apple crisp with melted caramels and a yummy oat topping.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • Filling:
  • 8 cups sliced apples (5-6 large apples, we like Granny Smith or Honey Crisp)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 14oz caramels (2 1/4 cups)
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • Topping:
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup butter, soft
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


Peel and thinly slice the apples. Toss with the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Pour into a greased 9x13" pan; set aside.

Mix caramels and milk in a glass bowl. Microwave until melted, stirring occasionally. Drizzle about half of the caramel sauce over the apples.

Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl till crumbly and spread evenly over apples and caramel.

Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes, or till topping is golden brown and apples are tender. Serve with vanilla ice cream and the remaining caramel sauce.


-If I have homemade caramel sauce on hand, I use it in place of the caramels and 6 Tbsp of milk.


Looking for a few more perfect fall desserts? Give these a try:

Sour Cream Apple Bars
Apple Pie Pizza
Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake
Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting



  1. Made this tonight and wow wow wow! Such a great recipe! Can’t wait to eat more tomorrow!

  2. Why just for the Autumn (fall)? With availability of apples year round this dish would be delicious any time of year. Does anyone have a recipe for caramel sauce from scratch.

  3. Christopher says:

    Followed your instructions precisely, wouldn’t change one detail. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. I tried out your recipe for a party and it was a hit! I used some yummy Granny Smith apples only and it was just the right combo of sweet and tangy. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. That photo looks amazing! Ooooh, you just made me so hungry!

  6. this looks amazing!! i could really go for some right now!! lol

  7. That looks soooooo yummy! I almost licked my computer screen!

  8. I love how you made linky lists for your recipe index so I can see the pictures all at once!

  9. Christy, says:

    just curious why granny or delicious are the best apples to use, all we have are fuji and I won’t be heading to the store but plan to make this soon.

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