Apple Cranberry Crisp

BY : PUBLISHED : November 3rd, 2012 UPDATED: November 19th, 2021

This is hands down the best apple cranberry crisp recipe you’ll try! It is a great twist on the class apple crisp dessert. This recipe will easily become your go-to favorite dessert recipe (and definitely a crowd pleaser). It is a perfect homestyle comfort food that’s good for the soul, especially on a cold fall day. The Apple Cranberry Crisp is perfect for those who don’t like their desserts super sweet. The tartness of the cranberries compliments the sweetness of the other ingredients.

finished apple cranberry crisp with a piece put on a white plate

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When I think of all the cozy things the fall and winter season brings, this Apple Cranberry Crisp always pops up. A bubbly, sweet, and delicious apple crisp is such a comforting dessert and always a crowd-pleaser. It’s the simplest and most delicious treat you can make with very few ingredients.

Don’t be afraid to make this recipe year round! Want to know one thing that doesn’t care what the outside temperature is? .. this apple cranberry crisp recipe! It’s a delicious dessert that’s served great with coconut whipped cream!

The Ingredients and Substitutes

  • Flour: ¾ cup of all-purpose (can substitute almond or your favorite flour)
  • Brown sugar: ¼ cup packed. You can use light or dark brown sugar.
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Sugar: 2 tablespoons + ½ cup of granulated sugar, (divided)
  • Vegan Butter: ½ cup of cold vegan butter, (cut into small cubes)
  • Rolled Oats: 1 cup uncooked
  • Lemon Juice: 2 tablespoons (can use fresh squeezed or concentrate)
  • Cinnamon: ¼ teaspoon (ground)
  • Dried Cranberries: 1 cup 
  • Apples: use 6 apples, (peeled and chopped)

How to Make Apple Cranberry Crisp?

Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!

  • Start making this delicious dessert by preheating the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Next, in a large bowl, use a pastry cutter or knife to cut the flour, brown sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons of sugar into the vegan margarine, until it becomes coarse. 
  • Then add the oats and mix together by hand into pebble sized pieces. Put the bowl in the freezer.
  • While the mixture is in the freezer, you will mix the lemon juice, cinnamon, dried cranberries, and remaining sugar in a separate bowl with the chopped apples.
  • You will then pour the apple mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle the frozen topping thoroughly across the top. Finally, place in the oven and bake for 55-65 minutes
  • Once the top is golden brown and the apples are tender, you will allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • When chopping your apples, make sure to slice them thinly so they become fully tender. No one wants a crunchy apple in their apple cranberry crisp.
  • It is best served freshly baked and warm. It will be okay for a couple of days, but the topping can start to soften up if left in the fridge too long.
  • Any apple will do for this recipe, but a popular choice would be granny smith apples to prevent an overly sweet dessert. 

Optional Add-Ins 

Even though this recipe calls for apples and cranberries, you can do it with many different fruits. If you have other fruit on hand like peaches or apricots, consider adding those into this dish. If you are not a fan of cranberries, consider trying other berries. If it is summer time, go to your local berry farm and pick some fresh blueberries or blackberries to substitute or add into this recipe!

finished apple cranberry crisp with a piece put on a white plate

What Should I Serve on Top?

The best way to serve this is with coconut whipped cream. For an added bonus, make some homemade caramel sauce and drizzle it on top!

FAQs

What is the best type of apple to use when baking? There are many great apples to choose from, but Granny Smith, Cortland, and Honeycrisp are a few to try. You can even do a mixture of apples!

Does it matter what size I chop the apples? It is best to cut the apples into small, consistent pieces so that they have a consistent texture once cooked. Aim for 1/4 inch slices when cutting the apples.

Can I make this dessert ahead of time? This crisp freezes well for up to 3 months. Prepare as directed and freeze in a oven safe pan. Thaw the night before and bake as directed.

Should I peel the apples? When it comes to peeling apples or not peeling apples for this recipe, follow your heart. It’s personal preference so if the skins don’t bother you, keep them on to save yourself time.

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

finished apple cranberry crisp with a piece put on a white plate

Apple Cranberry Crisp

Jake
This is hands down the best apple cranberry crisp recipe you’ll try! It is a great twist on the class apple crisp dessert. This recipe will easily become your go-to favorite dessert recipe (and definitely a crowd pleaser).
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 506 kcal
METHOD Oven
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons ½ cup of granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup of cold vegan butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 6 apples, peeled and chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl, use a pastry cutter or knife to cut the flour, brown sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons of sugar into the margarine, until it becomes coarse. Add the oats and mix together by hand into pebble sized pieces. Put the bowl in the freezer.
  • Mix the lemon juice, cinnamon, dried cranberries, and remaining sugar in a bowl with the chopped apples.
  • Pour the apple mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle the frozen topping thoroughly across the top. Place in the oven and bake for 55-65 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 506kcalCarbohydrates: 93gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 3gSodium: 316mgPotassium: 292mgFiber: 8gSugar: 61gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 2mg
Keyword apple, apples, cranberry, crisp, dessert, fall, fall crisp, falll, fruit, margarine, plant-based, sugar, taste explosion, vegan, vegan crips, vegan crumble, vegan dessert, vegetarian
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