- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup cold butter, cubed
- 8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
- 1 package (14 ounces) caramels, halved
- 1 cup apple cider, divided
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Press half the mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with half the apples, half the caramels and 1 cup oat mixture. Repeat layers. Pour 1/2 cup cider over top.
- Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes. Drizzle with remaining cider; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until apples are tender. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Reviews for Contest-Winning Caramel Apple Crisp
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"It was good, but I honestly expected better since it was contest winning. Not sure I would go thru the effort to make again."
"I don't often leave reviews but I was compelled to leave one for this recipe. I really don't know why this won anything. There was nothing "crisp" about this, more accurately it would be apple oatmeal mush. The flavor was "ok" but it sure doesn't do my apples or the caramel justice and it was a lot of work. I actually think that if you halved it, had one layer (apples on the bottom, crumb on top) and no added apple cider it might be better. The layering just makes it too much. Sorry, I'm not trying to be mean, just honest. I will not make again."
"I made this last week, and our family thought that it was good. I took the "thinly sliced" to heart and used my mandolin slicer. My slices were about 3/32 of an inch thick. I used Granny Smith and Gala apples; to get 8 cups took about 11 of them total. I used the Kraft Caramel Bits which I weighed out to get 14 ounces. I had no trouble with them "not melting." I accidentally bought apple juice instead of apple cider, and it worked fine. I used my food processor to cut the butter into the dry ingredients to try to save a little time and effort. This cut up the oats and it probably would have had a better texture if I had done it by hand. I put 1/2 this mixture into the bottom of the pan as per directions. The remaining mixture is somewhere between three and four cups. I used half of the remaining mixture on top of the first layer of apples instead of 1 cup, and it worked well. (There seemed to be some discussion on this earlier on in the reviews.) As some people mentioned that they thought it was a little bland, I did pump up the spices (since our family likes these sorts of flavors a lot). I used a tablespoon of cinnamon, a quarter of a teaspoon of cloves, and one teaspoon of allspice. I did not have any problem with it being dry."
"This was a terrible waste of money. Caramels did not melt and were hard to even chew. I would not recommend making this recipe."
"I served this to a group of ladies - they loved it. I found it very good, but a little dry."