Skillet Apple Crisp

Skillet Apple Crisp | Cookie Monster Cooking

For the last two weeks or so, I’ve been buying a ridiculous amount of apples each week at the grocery store.  I seem to have this problem quite often – usually when the seasons change and another fruit is back in business.  And right now, I can’t stop buying apples.

We have no problem going through all these apples, especially as one sliced up with some peanut butter is a very favorite snack of mine.  But I decided I should probably do a few things that are slightly more interesting.  Seeing as how I highly doubt you’d like to see a post on how to slice up an apple and slather it with some peanut butter : )

Skillet Apple Crisp | Cookie Monster Cooking

So, instead I give you this skillet apple crisp.  And please, if you only make one apple crisp this season make this version.  I may have stood there and had a few spoonfuls right after it came out of the oven.  Without any vanilla bean ice cream on top.  Which never happens – so let that tell you just how good this is.

The apples are cooked perfectly and not at all mushy.  The apple flavor is intensified even further by the use of apple cider.  And the topping?  An awesome thick layer filled with oats, crunchy pecans and plenty of fall spices.

Skillet Apple Crisp | Cookie Monster Cooking

And even though I had a few bites of this without ice cream, don’t do it.  This crisp deserves to be topped with a big ol’ scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream.  Served in an extra big bowl of course.

Skillet Apple Crisp
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
For the topping:
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup pecans, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
For the filling:
  • 3 pounds (about 7 medium) golden delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½ inch slices*
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
For serving:
  1. To make the topping - preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a medium bowl, add the flour, pecans, oats, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix to combine, making sure to break up any clumps of brown sugar. Add in the melted butter and mix until evenly moistened and crumbly. Set aside.
  2. To make the filling - in a large bowl, add the apple slices, sugar, vanilla bean seeds and cinnamon. Toss to combine and set aside. Set a 12-inch oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add in the apple cider and bring to a simmer. Cook until the liquid is reduced to ½ cup, about 5 minutes. Carefully pour the cider into a small bowl or liquid measuring cup. Stir in the lemon juice and set aside.
  3. Add the 2 tablespoons butter to the skillet. Melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add in the apple slices mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 12 to 14 minutes, until the apples are softened (but not fully cooked). Remove from the heat and pour in the cider mixture. Stir to combine.**
  4. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling in the skillet. Place the skillet on a large baking sheet and transfer to the oven. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the topping is a deep golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
While golden delicious apples are preferred, other sweet and crisp apples can be substituted (like honeycrisp or braeburn). Do not use granny smith apples for this recipe.

*If you do not have an oven-safe skillet, prepare the filling and then transfer it to a 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the topping as directed and then bake for 5 additional minutes.

Slightly adapted from America’s Test Kitchen.


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  1. Adding apple cider to the filling is pure genius. Why oh why have I never thought of that! Thanks for the inspiration… now I need to go home and make this :)

  2. I see a lot of apple recipes :) I hope I’ll be able to make some apple desserts soon too! This looks so comforting. And an opportunity to eat some ice cream in the fall…

  3. Oh man I love apple crisp – it is def one of those recipes you can’t miss making/enjoying/scarfing down in the Autumn. Ashley this looks out of this world! Pinning it IMMEDIATELY. :D

  4. Apples with peanut butter are one of my favorites for snack time! This apple crisp looks like a milllllion bucks!!!!! top it with Vanilla ice cream and its just the most perfect thing ever! lovedddd this! :)

  5. Yay for fall and yay for apples!!!!

  6. Apple crisp is one of my favorite fall desserts! Great idea to use apple cider in the filling!

  7. Don’t think I have had apple crisp with vanilla bean in it before – this sounds GREAT!

  8. I am so excited for fall and apple season. We’re planning on going apple picking this weekend and I am just dreaming about all of the ways I will use those delicious fruits. This will be number one, for sure. It looks fabulous!

  9. I love apple crisp! Vanilla ice cream is a must for me here, preferably with vanilla beans. Love the skillet version Ashley! Delicious. :)

  10. I love apple season…my favorite time of year. I will certainly be making this crisp as soon as I get my first pound of fall’s bounty! Thank you for sharing!

  11. My husband took the day off on Monday and we went out for lunch. He ordered the apple pie for dessert and it turned out to be this monster slice! I think your crisp is far better. It looks wonderful and has comfort and warmth written all over it.

  12. Looks like a very comforting and delicious breakfast for a chilly Autumn morning!

  13. This is gorgeous!!

  14. This is one of my all-time favorite fall desserts! Absolutely LOVE this, Ashley. Beautiful photos, too!

  15. ‘Crumbles’ are a favourite in our house so this gorgeous crisp would go down a storm! It looks delicious Ashley and I am loving the skillet. May need to buy one of those :-)

  16. I agree, the apples are too good to pass up right now.
    Especially when you can make so many delicious recipes like this. I would have a hard time choosing between this and the french toast you made though. I can have both in the same day, right? ;)
    Oh, and apples + peanut butter will never, ever get old.

  17. I’ve always wanted to make a skillet crisp, and apple is the perfect way to go. Love this!

  18. I am totally in the apple frame of mind too! I just can’t get enough! This crisp is calling out my name, thank you!

  19. I can’t stop buying apples either! They look so amazing this time of the year. I’m now looking for recipes to use them all up, and this one couldn’t sound any better! It looks wonderful and I’m loving the ice cream and big bowl part ;-) Pinning! x

  20. I love, Love, LOVE apple crisp! This looks divine, and its so great that you can bake it in a skillet. I’m so glad it’s apple season!

  21. I have never tried apple crisp in a skillet, or any dessert in a skillet for that matter. It looks so pretty and rustic! I love apple crisp – and you’re right, it’s not the same without ice cream. This looks delicious!

  22. Love apple crisp and this look amazing! I totally agree that vanilla ice cream is a must. :)

  23. I am pinning this recipe to try later this week! We have some apples that are not quite as delicious as we’d hoped, and I have a feeling that using them in this crisp would be the perfect remedy. And I love that this recipe uses apple cider — yum! Thanks for the inspiration!

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