Apple Date Crisp Recipe
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Apple Date Crisp Recipe

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My mother loves to make this old-fashioned dessert, and my father, brother and I love to eat it. Each serving is chock-full of apple slices, crunchy nuts and chewy dates. When the weather is cold, I love to warm up with this dessert. -Karin Cousineau, Burlington, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 8 cups sliced peeled tart apples
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • Additional apple slices, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 445 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 86 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, combine apples and dates. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Add nuts; sprinkle over apples.
  2. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until the apples are tender. Serve warm. Garnish with apple slices if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Apple Date Crisp in Taste of Home December/January 1996, p35

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Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"Delicious. Not too sweet. Apple flavor really shines through. I substituted rolled oats for nuts due to allergy concerns, and for spices combined a teaspoon mixture of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Family voted it best apple crisp recipe ever."

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2009

"This is so good it ought to be illegal. My new fave dessert.


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