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A white bowl of apple crisp, topped with whipped cream and a bronze spoon in it on a bamboo cutting board with apples and a white and red dishtowel.
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Easy Skillet Apple Crisp

Skillet Apple Crisp is hard to resist! Perfectly cooked apples and a crunchy brown sugar oatmeal topping come together in this easy and flavorful recipe that is always a hit. This apple crumble topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream will become your favorite fall dessert!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 432kcal


For the Crisp Topping:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter melted

For the Filling:

  • 2 pounds Golden Delicious apples about 4 medium, peeled, cored, halved, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar or maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter


  • Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
  • In a medium bowl combine flour, oats, granulated sugar, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Add melted butter and stir until mixture is fully combined and thoroughly moistened. Set aside.
  • To make the filling: In a large bowl toss apple wedges and sugar (or maple syrup) together. Set aside.
  • Set a 9-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat, pour in the apple cider and bring it to a simmer. Cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Transfer cider to a small bowl, stir in the lemon juice and set aside.
  • In the now-empty skillet heat 1 tbsp butter over medium heat. When the foaming begins to stop, add apple mixture and cook, stirring frequently until apples begin to soften and become translucent about 12 to 14 minutes. The apples should not fully be cooked! Remove pan from heat and gently stir in cider mixture until apples are coated.
  • Sprinkle topping evenly over the apples.
  • Transfer skillet to a baking sheet in the middle position of the oven and bake until apples are tender and the topping is deep golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.


Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.3mg