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Cinnamon Burst Apple Crisp

Today, I’m grateful for: America.

Disclaimer: this is not an open call for your political views. Comments are moderated, but still, play nice, please.

I’m not going to beat around the bush here. I didn’t vote for President Obama. And I was, surprisingly, emotional when they called the race. I didn’t expect it to feel like such a loss– after all, “nothing’s changed,” I thought. But, as it turns out, I was pretty attached to Mitt Romney, and it hurt.

Even so, when I knelt in prayer this morning to thank my Heavenly Father for my blessings, I found myself truly grateful to be an American and for a system that (more or less) allows us to elect our political leaders.

I’m super grateful that I can teach my daughter about God and His role in bringing about this great country. No matter what happens to the pledge of allegiance or to the orientation of the family, I have the freedom to teach what I believe is right and true within the walls of my own home.

To take it a step further: I am grateful that, even though the political climate is a little heated right now, I don’t have to worry about troops of kidnapped 12-year-olds gunning down my family for our views.

Not everyone enjoys that freedom. But we do.

I know today has been a little painful, for both sides (nobody likes to be called ugly names, even if their candidate won the election). But let’s try to pull it together, shall we?

We live in an amazing country. We are a wonderful people. And we have great opportunities ahead of us, if we’ll only keep our eyes open for them.

Be kind to each other. Especially online, where it feels easier to say nasty things, because we are emboldened by the anonymity of a keyboard and the click of a mouse. Even if you don’t speak them aloud, the words you type still make a difference in our country, so make them uplifting!

As a peace offering, here’s an uber-American dessert for both the Reds and the Blues: Cinnamon Burst Apple Crisp. I’m pretty sure that it’s been scientifically and sociologically proven that cinnamon chips make people happier and more cooperative.

I don’t really have an academic source for that. I’m just sayin’… maybe it’s worth a try?

Seriously though– this is my very favorite apple crisp recipe. I swiped it from good ol’ kraftrecipes.com six years ago, and I’ve never looked back. It’s absolutely delicious!

Cinnamon Burst Apple Crisp


    For the Crisp Topping
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
  • 3 Honey Grahams, finely crushed (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
  • For the Apple Filling:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, sliced (about 6 cups)


  1. Place all of the crisp topping ingredients except for the cinnamon chips and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon into a zip top bag.
  2. Microwave the bag for 30 seconds (sit the bag upright, so that it's not laying on it side-- don't want any butter oozing out!).
  3. Remove from the microwave and seal the bag. Smush everything inside until a nice crumble forms.
  4. Place all of the peeled and sliced apples into another zip top bag with the brown sugar, flour, and remaining 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Seal and toss apples to coat.
  5. Pour the apples into a greased and parchment lined 8 inch square baking dish. Pour the crumble on top and spread evenly. Top with cinnamon chips.
  6. Bake at 375º for 35-40 minutes until apples are tender.
  7. Serve with ice cream!

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

23 comments on “Cinnamon Burst Apple Crisp”

  1. Beautifully put. The bottom line is we’re still Americans and that’s what matters. Also, this apple crisp looks so good I want to crawl through my computer and eat it.

  2. what are cinnamon chips? Are they the little red hot candies we used to eat or something else?

    • No! They’re like chocolate or butterscotch chips, but cinnamon flavored. I found a recipe for home made cinnamon chips. I haven’t tried it yet:

      3 tablespoons sugar
      1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
      2 teaspoons shortening (I would use butter instead)
      2 teaspoons corn syrup

      In a large bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, shortening and corn syrup with a fork until crumbly and evenly blended. Spread onto a foil-lined baking sheet.

      Bake at 250 degrees F for 30-40 minutes or until melted and bubbly. Cool completely; break into small pieces.

  3. This look like a perfect recipe for today!
    Thank you for your timely post. We really can make a difference. Be a good neighbor. Love your spouse and your kids, teach them to be kind and respectful. Help others. Smile. We do live in a wonderful country.

  4. I have a bag of cinnamon chips in my cupboard right now that were just searching for a purpose in their life. I shall use them in this! Delicious! I too was surprisingly emotional last night. I didn’t expect that. I really appreciate your words in this post. Thanks for keeping it real:)!

  5. I’m proud to be an American and thankful for the freedom to raise my kids according to my beliefs :) And this crisp…couldn’t look any more delicious. Love the idea of cinnamon chips and graham crackers in the topping – can’t wait to try this!!

  6. A great all-American dessert :) Sounds delish. Thanks for sharing!

  7. First I’ll say that your apple crisp pictures are making me so hungry! Looks so appetizing! Second, I’ll say, that every four years I get a little choked up watching the country come together and participate in democracy and celebrate our freedoms. My candidate of choice hasn’t always won, but there is something so thrilling about the whole process. It’ makes me proud.

  8. I am so thankful for the freedom to raise my children with Godly beliefs and values. We are truly blessed even in times like these. Great dessert and pictures:-)

  9. I love your pictures Ashton! They’re simply beautiful and the staging in them is spot-on! Plus, who doesn’t like apple crisp? It’s da bomb.

  10. Thanks for this, Ahton! I was thinking the same thing for the last 2 days. And yet, I was just as upset by all of the people on facebook telling me {republicans} to get over it and move on and be happy with my country and all that… blah blah… so i gave myself one day to be ticked. one day to mourn like it was a miscarriage of something that we will never meet. it was oddly emotional. but yes, i agree – positive energy is what this country needs now, and i thank you for that. ;)

  11. Ashton – that was SO beautifully said!
    While we re very upset by the outcome – we are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful county
    and this apple crisp is a great way to celebrate that!

  12. ashton my dearest. did you make this crisp just for ME? I think you did. apple crisp is my favorite dessert (next to apple pie!). I haven’t made apple crisp yet this season, but I plan to make it for thanksgiving dessert!!! And yes, I am SO thankful for our right of voice. We are very lucky to have the vote.

  13. Well said Ashton! I completely agree with you–we are blessed with a lot of freedom in this country. I think I might make this Apple Crisp for Thanksgiving dessert :)

  14. I also woke up sad on Wednesday morning, but I guess I can spend the next 4 years mad, or focus on things that bring me joy. It can be hard, but I know I’ll get over it soon-. It’s incredible to be an American.

  15. I know, the meanness on FB and Twitter made me sick. I mean, we’re all Americans – shouldn’t that be the point, regardless of who won or lost? You put this beautifully. Oh, and I love the crisp too. Duh. ;)

  16. Very well said, Ashton. And the Apple Crisp looks divine!

  17. Well said Ashton! Wonderful all-American recipe too. Looks delish!

  18. Very well said. No matter our beliefs, we are all truly blessed to live in a country that allows us great freedom. And this apple crisp? Perfect! Your staging is getting so good–I need you to come give me some lessons!

  19. I just made this recipe and it smells delicious!! My question is…did you cover your dish while baking? I didn’t and the cinnamon chips are totally browning and turning VERY dark around the edge of the dish. Any ideas??

  20. Has anyone tried making this in a crock pot? I think this would be a great replacement dish for the 4th instead of apple pie. Thanks!

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