Salted Caramel Apple Crisp

I know that it’s currently hotter than it actually was most of the summer, but I can’t wait any longer to start sharing some fall-ish recipes.

It’s like the minute September hits, my taste buds automatically need apple and pumpkin and spice. Even if summer produce is still in season, mentally I prefer anything and everything fall.

I love this crisp. Not only because it has the words salted caramel in it, but because its so easy and super delicious. Now I just adore making pies as I’ve made pretty clear around here. (I even confessed my dream of opening my own pie shop someday,) but the fact that this baby is crust-less, therefore making it that much easier to throw together is a huge perk.

The apples are tossed with some sugar and spices and they are cooked with a few other ingredients to make the mixture warm and caramelized. The mixture gets tossed into a dish and topped with a super crispy crumble topping.

After baking, I drizzled some caramel sauce on top, mostly because I always have it around and I thought it would be pretty. Of course it was an amazing touch, but feel free to skip the caramel drizzle if you are pressed on time. Vanilla Ice Cream though, is hardly optional and I consider it a must to serve this with.

Are we Ok with fall recipes happening folks? Because I for one can’t get enough!

Salted Caramel Apple Crisp

Yield: 8 servings


For the filling:

  • 6 -7 cups tart apples, peeled and sliced (I prefer Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter

For the topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Caramel Sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. In a large pot over medium-high heat, (I used a 5qt dutch oven but anything large works,) combine all the filling ingredients. Toss well to evenly mix the ingredients and stir a bit while the butter melts.
  2. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until apples are a little soft and the liquid has turned golden.
  3. Turn filling into an 8x8 inch pan or 9 inch pie dish and set aside while you prep the topping.

For the Topping:

  1. Stir the flour, sugar and cinnamon together in a medium-sized bowl. Stir in the melted butter until large crumbs form.
  2. Sprinkle the crumble over the apples and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden and crispy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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  1. Somehow when fall recipes start popping into my brain I jump straight to pumpkin. Which may be why I resist baking pumpkin recipes for so long because it’s still hitting the 80s here! It;d be much easier to transition my seasonal baking if I did the obvious thing and did apple first. Especially this crisp. Caramel = swoon!

  2. apple crisp is one of my all time favorite desserts – add salted caramel and I just might be in heaven!! Yum! And although it was 90 degrees here yesterday and won’t cool down until November probably – the light has changed and school has started – it’s FALL.

  3. Be still my heart…apple crisp is my FAVORITE, which is one reason I try not to make it too often (I’ll eat it all…). But I need to make this! Salted caramel + apples = <3 <3 <3

  4. I love love love crisps. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good homemade pie, but to be honest pies are too much of a fuss to me, so crisp is the way to go! This one looks so flavorful and decadent with that drizzle of caramel on top, the perfect Fall dessert!

    xo, Elisa

  5. Okay FINE, we can get this whole fall thing started. :P But only if you promise there is salted caramel involved. This looks AMAZING!

  6. I just popped this bad boy into the oven and I can’t begin to tell you how hard it was to get it that far. I wanted to eat ALL the filling before it hit the pie tin! I’m 8 months pregnant so finding the energy to make much of anything is a task but when I saw this yesterday (on Pinterest) I just knew this was on my to do list!! So glad I did. They are going to chow down on this at Church Supper tonight!
    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  7. this sounds delicious! Would like to make it for Thanksgiving instead of a pie. Have you ever made it or prepped it the night before? Thanks!

    1. You can totally make the filling and make the topping and then bake it day of. I haven’t tried making the whole thing in advance but I imagine that would be fine too!

  8. Hi! I made this about a month ago for a family reunion and it was a huge hit! So amazing!

    I am going to make it again as a quick extra dessert for Thanksgiving tomorrow and I was hoping to not have to run to the dreaded grocery store. My heavy cream expired a few days ago… could I use regular milk in place of the heavy cream or do I realllllly need that heavy cream (and make that dreaded trip to the chaotic-day-before-Thanksgiving-grocery trip?)

  9. This looks amazing! I’m planning on bringing it to my sister’s house this Thankspgiving. I was planning on baking it in the morning. When should I add the caramel sauce? Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Just made this for dessert tonight. I forgot the caramel sauce, but it was still fantastic. I added pecans to the topping, and they were delicious. Thanks for the recipe! It’s a keeper!

  11. Audra, I made this yesterday and it is so delicious! I left out the cream, by the way, and it worked just fine. I consider myself a chef, not a baker – precise measuring is not my thing – so I appreciate an uncomplicated dessert that allows me to just throw stuff in a pot! This was so easy to make. My guest commented on how she could taste the tartness of the Granny Smith apples and appreciated that the crisp wasn’t overly sweet – I agree! I also used salted caramel sauce instead of regular caramel as a topping, so it was salty, sweet, and tart all in one, and it was perfection! Thank you for this recipe. I’ll be making it again, for sure.

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