Apple Cranberry Crisp

Apple Cranberry Crisp
Staff Writer
Apple Cranberry Crisp

Carly Goldsmith

Apple season is here! For me, there is no better dish to celebrate the glory of apples than a warm apple crisp. Its sweet, homey flavors are so familiar and comforting —  it just begs to be eaten on a chilly autumn night. This twist on a classic recipe brings in the tartness of cranberries for an extra punch of flavor. It's great with raisins too, or pears. For a more decadent treat, serve alongside whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 

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  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and diced, plus more for baking
  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream or ice cream, for serving (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Butter a baking dish.

In a large bowl, mix the apples with the cranberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, ½ cup sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well to evenly coat the apples and pour into the buttered baking dish.

In the bowl of an electric mixer*, combine the flour, remaining sugar, brown sugar, oatmeal, salt, and butter. Mix on low speed until the ingredients are incorporated and the butter is in pea-sized clumps. Scatter evenly over the apples.

Bake for approximately 1 hour, until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm, with whipped cream or ice cream if desired. 

Apple Shopping Tip

When buying apples, they should be firm, free of bruises, and heavy for their size.

Apple Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.