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Apple Cranberry Crisp Recipe with Crispy Walnut Topping

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This easy apple cranberry crisp recipe is a perfect fall dessert, filled with apples, fresh tart cranberries and a topped with a crispy walnut and oat topping. A quick dessert that everyone will love!

Apple Cranberry Crisp with Crispy Walnut Topping on a white plate with a spoon
This apple cranberry crisp makes a perfect comfy fall dessert. It doesn’t scream pumpkin spice at you. The combination of sweet apples, tart cranberries and crunchy walnut topping is perfect.

I love using cranberries in more than just cranberry sauce! I love finding ways to use them in as many ways as I can, and this apple and cranberry crisp is one of my favorites!

Other fresh cranberry recipes you need to try:

Whats the difference between a crisp, cobbler, and crumble? Easy old fashioned “dump” desserts can be so confusing with all their names, can’t they?

  • Crisps have a streusel topping with oats.
  • Crumbles have a brown sugar based streusel topping with chopped fruit inside.
  • Cobblers have biscuit type toppings.

So I guess this dessert counts as a crispy crumble?

leftover Apple Cranberry Crisp with Crispy Walnut Topping in pan

How to make apple crisp with cranberries

This is a really easy dessert recipe to make! For the full instructions, make sure to scroll down to the recipe card below. Here is a brief overview:

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl combine the apples, cranberries, sugar, flour, vanilla, orange juice, and zest. Toss to combine.
  4. Transfer this mixture to the prepared baking dish and distribute evenly.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients for the crisp topping with a fork (or your fingers) util it forms course crumbles and the butter is evenly distributed.
  6. Sprinkle the crisp topping over the apple/cranberry mixture.
  7. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the juices are thick and bubbling.
  8. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
  9. Enjoy!
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How to serve this dessert

This is great hot out of the oven, room temperature, or cold from the refrigerator!

Try serving it warm with a bowl of ice cream, on top of some yogurt, or even just a big plate of it.

Four adults did a pretty good number on it, and there was just enough for two more servings when we got home. I definitely love this flavor combination, and it is so easy to throw together, I might just go make another batch right now!

How to store leftovers

This crisp makes a lot, which is good, because leftovers are just as amazing! Store and leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheating Leftovers

Leftovers can be reheated in a 350 degree oven for 15- 20 minutes. You can also microwave leftovers for 30-45 seconds, but the topping won’t be as crispy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best apples for apple crisp? Choose an apple that has a firm flesh that doesn’t break down when cooking. Pink Lady Apples, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, or JonaGold are good choices.

Can you make this crisp ahead of time? Yes! This crisp can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Follow the recipe completely, and allow to cool completely before storing in the refrigerator. Then reheat in the oven before serving.

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Yield: 12 Servings

Apple Cranberry Crisp with Crispy Walnut Topping

Apple Cranberry Crisp with Crispy Walnut Topping on a white plate with a spoon

This easy apple crisp with fresh tart cranberries and a crispy walnut topping is a perfect fall dessert.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

Apple Cranberry Crisp:

  • 2.5 pounds sweet/firm apples, peeled, cored and diced into 1/2" pieces (I always like to get a combination of varieties of apples).
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 TBSP flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest
  • 1 TBSP fresh orange juice

Crisp topping:

  • 6 TBSP butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Butter a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the apples, cranberries, sugar, flour, vanilla and orange zest and juice.
  4. Transfer to the baking dish.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine together the ingredients for the crisp topping with a fork or your fingers until it forms course crumbles and the butter is mostly evenly distributed.
  6. Sprinkle the crisp topping over the apple/cranberry mixture.
  7. Bake 55-60 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the juices are thick and bubbling.
  8. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 4gSugar: 31gProtein: 3g

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