Apple Crisp {Baked in a Cast Iron Skillet}

Let’s be real here for a minute.

Apple Crisp is good stuff. It’s easy to make. It screams Fall. You only need a handful of ingredients and 15 minutes of hands on time.

The problem? Everyone knows this.

Everyone looks at your apple crisp and they think, hmm, she’s a slacker. She made a crisp instead of a pie. She took the easy route.

Basically, what I’m saying is, everyone is a jerk. A stupid jerk that thinks apple crisps are inferior to stupid apple pies.

So, I like to play a little trick on those stupid jerks. I like to bake my apple crisp in a cast iron skillet.

No, I have no idea why this instantly transforms the humble apple crisp into something fancier and unforgettable. I don’t care about the why. I just care about the fact that it works.

I used my big mama 12 inch cast iron skillet for this, but a 9 or 10 inch would have been better. Honestly, though, it’s about impossible to mess this recipe up. Adjust and tinker with it as needed. Maybe add some ice cream on top? Drizzle with some caramel sauce? Or just be like me and call this simple recipe perfection.

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Apple Crisp


For the filling:
6 apples, (I used a mix of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp)
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of salt
For the topping:
1 cup oats
2 tablespoons flour
5 tablespoons cold butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
dash of salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Wash, peel, and thinly slice the apples.
Place a 9-12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. (The size doesn't really matter, but your filling will be thicker or thinner depending on size, and bake time will need adjusted accordingly.) Add the butter to the pan and melt. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt until combined.
Add the apples to the pan and stir to coat. Cook over medium heat until just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat.
Add all of the topping ingredients to a medium sized bowl and work them together with a pastry cutter. Alternately, add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and process them for 30-60 seconds.
Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, depending on the size of your pan, or until the apples are tender and cooked through.

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33 Responses to “Apple Crisp {Baked in a Cast Iron Skillet}”

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 28, 2012 @ 8:04 pm (#

    Oh my heavens. This apple crisp is missing from my life. And it’s baked in a cast-iron skillet which both means it’s awesomer than regular apple crisp and more delicious. Fact.


  2. Glory/ Glorious Treats October 28, 2012 @ 8:08 pm (#

    Oh how badly I would like this RIGHT NOW… with vanilla ice cream! I think I have some apples in my fridge that may have a hot skillet in their future. =)


  3. sally @ sallys Baking Addiction October 28, 2012 @ 8:36 pm (#

    apple crisp is my most favoritest dessert in the worlddddd Karly! Nothing beats it. Especially warm with melted cold vanilla ice cream. And maybe caramel drizzled on top? I’m dying. I want some right now! I need a cast iron skillet!


  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks October 28, 2012 @ 8:40 pm (#

    Crisps/crumbles aren’t inferior to pies — they’re SUPERIOR!

    Crumble topping, oats, brown sugar, little nuggets of glory you don’t get with pie!

    Ive been using my 10″ cast iron like 2-3x a week lately. Have to try this!


    • Karly replied: — October 28th, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

      @Averie @ Averie Cooks,

      I love my skillet, but man, do I ever hate cleaning it. So heavy and you can’t put it in the dishwasher. :(


      • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — October 28th, 2012 @ 9:07 pm


        Mine is ENAMELED cast iron le creueset and I dont know what I’ve done without it all my life – I just got it and it’s amazing. Nothing sticks. Not even gooey skillet cookies, or pasta/egg bakes, or any other tortures Ive already put it thru!


        • Karly replied: — October 29th, 2012 @ 9:44 am

          @Averie @ Averie Cooks,

          Well, aren’t you fancy?!

          Can you put that in the dishwasher? I have a couple of Le Creuset baking dishes and LOVE them. They come clean so easily and nothing sticks!


      • Mike Kelley replied: — October 27th, 2015 @ 8:37 am

        It’s no big problem to clean. I fill the bottom of my skillet with water and bring it to a boil. I then scrape the bottom and sides with a 2-3″ putty knife and toss the water out. Then I wipe the skillet with a paper towel before re-oiling it for another day.


        • Karly replied: — October 27th, 2015 @ 7:57 pm

          Thanks for the tips!


  5. Jocelyn October 29, 2012 @ 5:09 am (#

    Crumble desserts are way better than pie…all that glorious brown sugar and oats! Now I’m wishing I had picked up another bag of apples because I really need to try out this skillet version:-)


  6. Joanne October 29, 2012 @ 6:15 am (#

    The only people who shirk at apple crisps are people who’ve never grappled with pie crust…so they shouldn’t be speaking at all. I, for one, would never turn down a crisp! LOVE.


  7. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie October 29, 2012 @ 6:31 am (#

    I never knew there were people that thought crisp was inferior to pie – no dessert for them!


    • Karly replied: — October 29th, 2012 @ 9:42 am

      @Jennifer @ Not Your Momma’s Cookie,

      Well, it’s totally possible that those people don’t exist. I just imagine that people judge me when I make crisp instead of pie, because I know how much easier it is. This could totally be my crazy speaking.


  8. Cookbook Queen October 29, 2012 @ 8:49 am (#


    I love that we are twins today!!! :)

    And anyone who prefers a crisp to a pie is a dumb jerk. FOR REAL.


  9. Nicole @ Lapetitebaker October 29, 2012 @ 9:35 am (#

    I need to get a cast iron skillet for realsies now. This apple crisp is loads better then a apple pie, you don’t have to mess with making a crust. A huge plus in my book.


  10. danielle October 29, 2012 @ 6:08 pm (#

    I don’t “clean” mine, but just wipe it out with salt and water, then let it dry on the stove. Works pretty well.

    That being said I love apple crisp. If I wasn’t afraid the power would go out and leave me stranded I’d make a tiny one. Just for me.


  11. ellen tinder October 29, 2012 @ 6:09 pm (#

    could red delicious apples be used for this, have huge bage of them and don’t really know what to do with them.


    • Karly replied: — October 29th, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

      @ellen tinder,

      Absolutely! If they’re really sweet you might consider cutting back on the sugar. You can always taste and adjust as needed. :)


  12. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen October 29, 2012 @ 6:11 pm (#

    Thankfully I have 2 cast iron skillets, because the other one is always on the stove not getting cleaned! Every time I clean it, I realize that it really wasn’t that bad, but it’s never enough to encourage me the next time! Sigh.

    The crisp looks divine!


  13. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust October 29, 2012 @ 7:43 pm (#

    As much as I love crust, ahem, crumble is my favorite part of an apple pie. So this? IS AWESOME.


  14. Pat October 29, 2012 @ 9:43 pm (#

    I love my castiron skillets!


  15. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 29, 2012 @ 9:48 pm (#

    I LOVE my cast iron skillet – it’s so versatile! Can’t wait to try this :)


  16. Ashley @PeaceLoveYumminess November 1, 2012 @ 8:28 am (#

    I am always looking for new recipes using my skillet. LOVE THIS! Pinning it now!


  17. Liz February 22, 2013 @ 10:49 am (#

    Thank you so much for the wonderful apple crisp recipe. It’s simple and perfect and I loved using my cast iron. I made it for breakfast this morning and the family loved it.


  18. Christy September 13, 2013 @ 10:48 am (#

    I have this in the oven as I type this, and oh my, it smells good! My husband and I picked a truck load of apples recently and i have been making apple butter, and pies, and cobblers and applesauce….and now I have this great Apple Crisp in a skillet baking away in the oven….I love the idea of using a cast iron skillet! Can’t wait to spoon it out and put some ice cream on it tonight. Hubby is going to love this. (By the way, I just found your recipes and I signed up for the newsletter)


  19. Donna September 16, 2014 @ 8:23 am (#

    I am making this today for an event I have tonight, I want to bring it warm. OMG! Sounds so yummy. I am using a 12 inch skillet…how long do you think it should bake? I think I will double the topping…lots of crumble…right??



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