Cinnamon Burst Apple Crisp
Here’s a recipe for a warm, gooey, comforting crisp full of hearty oats, juicy apples, and cinnamon morsels.
Here’s a question I get a lot: “how do you control yourself around so much dessert all the time?”
Here’s my secret: I don’t.
Nope. I am a total glutton for anything sweet. You’d think I’d maybe get sick of all the sugar, or (at the very least) become a little desensitized. My family totally has, but I don’t think I ever will. I could eat dessert every meal of the day, honestly.
So when I make a dessert that has both oatmeal and apples in it?? Well, I give myself a pat on the back. Because that’s practically health food in my book!
I don’t reallllllllllllllly consider this health food. Not technically, anyway. But, I mean, there are apples in there. I’m just saying. 😜
This apple crisp is essentially the same basic recipe I’ve been using for years. It’s more amazing than most basic apple crisp recipes because there’s a little something extra in the topping: crushed up graham crackers. Seriously, it makes all the difference! They add a little bit of extra crunch and a little bit of honey flavor that’s just barely there, but really puts this recipe over the top at the same time.
So I’ve taken that beloved recipe and cranked it up a notch. Because today we’re adding cinnamon morsels.
Have you ever baked with cinnamon morsels? They’re just like chocolate chips, but cinnamon. I buy them at Target or Walmart right beside the chocolate chips in the baking aisle.
I love using them in bread and cinnamon rolls and occasionally in fudge. But they really shine in this recipe, because they melt down and seep into every bit of this crisp– into the crispy topping and all around the apples. It’s apple crisp heaven!
- 1/2 cup 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
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup cinnamon chips
For the Apple Filling:
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced (about 6 cups)
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Grease an 8-inch or 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Mix together the oats, graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, pecans, and cinnamon.
Drizzle the melted butter over the mixture and stir until a crumble forms (I like to use my hands for this). Stir in the cinnamon chips, and set aside.
In another bowl, mix together the 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp flour, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Add the apple slices and toss to coat.
Layer the apple slices in the prepared baking dish. Top with the crumble topping.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown on top and bubbling along the edges. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving warm.
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