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A classic apple crisp gets a makeover with lots of caramel sauce. Serve with ice cream for the perfect fall treat!

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I feel like I do the same thing every year.  I try to stretch out summer as long as possible.  And don’t get me wrong – I LOVE fall.  Fall and spring are by far my favorite seasons.  But I love long, summer evenings.  I love being able to sit out on the back porch any time of day.  I love playing in the grass with my kids and savoring the sunshine.  And I know that a lot of these I can also get in the fall.  But the one reason I try to put off fall as long as possible is because I know that winter is right around the corner.  And I’m not a winter person.

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But after seeing all of the fall inspired dishes and dessert popping up, I just couldn’t resist anymore.  I am ready to jump into fall now!!  Apples, pumpkin and squash – here I come!

It’s only natural that I start with apples.  My kids have been eating them like crazy lately.  Abbi likes to pretend that she is Snow White (and after taking a few bites she will “faint” onto the couch – such a drama queen!)  And Easton likes to pretend he is a big boy and will carry an apple around for hours – taking little bites of it here and there.  So needless to say, we have been stocked up on the apples lately.  And thank goodness they are coming into season!

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I love a good, traditional apple crisp.  In fact, my mom made one just a few nights ago that we all gobbled up in record time.  But I wanted to dress mine up a little bit – add a little bit of glitz and glam.  And I can’t think of a better companion to apples than caramel.  In fact, I would have been happy with just the apples and the caramel, but throw in a crisp topping – I’m totally game!  This was a great way makeover a traditional apple crisp.  If you are a caramel and an apple lover – this is the crisp for you!

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Caramel Apple Crisp
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A classic apple crisp gets a makeover with lots of caramel sauce. Serve with ice cream for the perfect fall treat!
Serves: 12-16 servings
  • 8 cups peeled and sliced tart apples
  • 33 caramels, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup quick cooking oats
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup cold butter, cubed
  1. Heat the oven to 375F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Place the apples in the baking dish.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, melt 25 of the caramels with 2 tablespoons of milk. Pour the caramel over the apples.
  3. In a bowl, mix togethr the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 45-50 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes.
  4. In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the remaining 8 caramels with 2 teaspoons of milk. Cook in 15 second increments, stirring often, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over the crisp. Serve with ice cream, if desired.
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  6. adapted from Taste of Home Church Supper Desserts

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40 Responses to Caramel Apple Crisp

  1. Oh man, the addition of the caramel puts this crisp over the top! I just went apple picking this weekend and am looking for new apple recipes to try…this might be one of them!!

  2. Deborah! I was just thinking about my mom’s apple crisp yesterday. I recently made apple/caramel cupcakes which had me reminisce about my favorite fall dessert. My mom never added caramel to hers before but I’m goign to make a light suggestion the next time I’m home with her. 😉

    This crisp looks wonderful! And Granny Smiths are our apple of choice when it comes to crisps and pies. 🙂

  3. I’m ready!
    I love that you are not stingy with the caramel!!

  4. This looks so incredibly divine!

  5. Cassie says:

    I adore apple crispsp. The caramel in this one is brilliant, I love this, Deborah!

  6. That touch of caramel is the best!
    I’ll me making some tonight.

  7. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    This is such a great recipe for fall! Apples and caramel is one of my favorite combinations. Love how you incorporated this into an apple crisp!

  8. I love caramel appled anything…especially when it’s in a big mound like this and I don’t actually have to bite into a big apple but can scoop it all up by the spoonful. Delish!

  9. Your daughter is SO cute. That’s hilarious. And can I pretty please have a double helping of this? 🙂

  10. I love caramel and apples, great idea to add caramel to apple crisp!

  11. Chels R. says:

    Mmm, this looks incredible! And thank you for peeling the apples! It is a pet peeve of mine to have any kind of apple dessert with the peel/skin on. It grosses me out, lol!

  12. What a wonderful idea. So simple! It combines all my favorite flavors of fall 🙂

  13. carrian says:

    I can seriously taste that. Oh my gosh! I bet it’s so amazing!!

  14. Mmm, caramel and apples? Sign me up!

  15. teresa says:

    i’m having a hard time typing, as my keyboard is covered in drool. YUUUUUUUUM!

  16. Amazing! This recipe makes me want to call in sick to work, curl up on the couch with a blanket, and devour this like there’s no tomorrow.

  17. Betty says:

    I can almost taste this just looking at it!!
    Looks fantastic!!

  18. My man loooooves caramel apples. He will go gaga for this Caramel Apple Crisp. It’s the perfect fall dessert!

  19. Oh man…this look incredible!! So perfect for fall! 🙂

  20. Laura says:

    The addition of caramel is brillant. I can’t wait to try this after we go apple picking!

  21. So excited for fall baking! Love this!

  22. grace says:

    the caramel-apple combination is all over the place lately, and i’m loving it! your crisp looks particularly juicy while also looking appropriately crispy. well done. 🙂

  23. That is looking so good! This is one of my favourite apple treats!

  24. i love apple crisp but have never had CARAMEL apple crisp! sounds like a great addition!

  25. teresa says:

    deborah, we just made this tonight and it was INCREDIBLE! i would pay good money to eat a dessert like this in a restaurant. excellent recipe!

  26. Kimberly H says:

    Made this today and it was wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe! Added it to my files to make for years to come.

  27. Weird thing is I have never made an apple crisp before! This looks fantastic!

  28. Kari says:

    Will this work fine if I use regular oats instead of quick cooking?

  29. Amy Baldauf says:

    Could you use a jarred caramel sauce like Mrs. Richardson’s instead of melting the caramels and adding milk?

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  31. Kelly says:

    Does this reheat well? I would like to take it to a work function. Thanks.

  32. Pam Melville says:

    I didn’t have any caramels but had caramel ice cream topping and it is also delicious . I usually do everything from scratch and I am sure the real caramels are better but in a pinch this is delicious.

  33. Adrienne B says:

    Would Gala apples work well for this? I have a ton of them.

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