Contest-Winning Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe
- 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
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Press half of the mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer half of each of the following: apples, caramels and remaining oat mixture. Repeat layers. Drizzle 1/2 cup cider over top.
- 2. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes. Drizzle with remaining cider; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until apples are tender. Yield: 12 servings.
1 serving equals 564 calories, 20 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 213 mg sodium, 94 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 7 g protein.
Reviews for Contest-Winning Caramel Apple Crisp
"If you are expecting apple crisp, this is not it. Caramels do get hard especially when you top with ice cream. Sweetness takes over traditional apple crisp flavors. Dry....not the gooey apple crisp we were expecting."
"First time I made it was good, but the caramel was a little hard, especially for my folks. The flavor was very good, so made again, using caramel ice cream topping, and everyone enjoyed it so much more."
"Thought the recipe was great, though a tad too sweet. I also made a few additions along the way, so my rating doesn't exactly reflect on the word-for-word recipe.. It was a bit of work, but most of my favorite apple pie/dowdy/crumble recipes are, so I thought it was worth it.I read the "8 cups" as 8 apples, so I used about 9 semi-tart apples (8 didn't seem like enough, I wonder why!), and threw a bag of cranberries & orange zest in there too, for a nice fall combo. I also chopped and toasted 1 cup of walnuts and added it to the crumble mixture. I think the layering is a nice idea. The juices from the apples & cranberries soaked into the bottom layer, which made it very soft and tasty.I didn't like how the caramels melted either, so next time (and there WILL be a next time), I'll probably just make a thick sauce to drizzle on top of the apples. I would also add a couple different spices into the mix as well, perhaps some cloves and allspice.I didn't have a problem with dryness (maybe that was because of the cranberries?). The final product was sweet-yet-tart, gooey, and delicious, though I very much made this recipe my own."
"If this won, I would hate to see what lost. Very dry and tasteless. I would never make this again. Waste of allot of ingredients. It was a bunch of dry mush."
"This has a really good flavor, but I was afraid it would be dry, so after I baked it the last 15-20 mins., following the recipe, I added another 1/2 cup or so of apple cider and baked 10 more minutes. I now understand why the recipe says to eat when warm, as the caramel doesn't melt very well. Next time I will melt the caramels in a double boiler with 2/3 cup evaporated milk, and drizzle 1/2 on each layer."
"I am not much of a baker so maybe I did something wrong with this recipe. I do however, make lots of baked oatmeal recipes both for breakfast and for dessert because of the lack of sodium they have. This just tasted like a baked oatmeal for breakfast to me and to my husband. Couldn't get enough whip cream on it to make it not seem dry. Once again, I didn't skip anything in the recipe but maybe I did something wrong."
"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."
"Great dessert. Worth the effort of unwrapping all those caramels"
"Turned out Fantastic!!!"
"I made this recipe recently for a picnic. I left before the dessert came out but was told it was great!! Cannot wait to make it again and actually try it!"
"I made this with the caramel bits, more cider, and more cinnamon. Had to bake it 20 minutes longer because of high altitude.Disappointing results -- none of us could taste much of the caramel. I think I'll stick with my apple-cranberry crisp."
"Kind of hard work but it's definately worth it. This is one the best desserts I've ever had!"
"Reading other reviews about the caramel not melting, I used the caramel dip you can find in the produce section of the grocery store. I don't know if it was this or just what, but I felt like I was eating oatmeal with some apple thrown in. I didn't care for this."
"This was very good. I also added more cider and I baked it about 15 minutes longer so the apples were soft. I used the caramel bits but next time I think I will try caramel ice cream topping and see how it works. This is a keeper."
"ok...I'm not a chef or baker (ask my family!)...BUT..this was absolutely the Best apple crisp ever !!! and actually pretty easy to make. Followed the directions to the tee and came out GREAT !! :)"
"I made this out of my "best loved recipes" cook book. It seemed like it would be amazing but....The caramel's did not melt enough or distribute like they should and I think there was too much crumb mixture with kind of a gritty texture. I think I will stick to my caramel apple pie recipe. If I did make this again I would use liquified caramel and spread it evenly and I would use 3/4 of the crisp mix it called for and add more cinnamon and some other spices because it did not have enough flavor in my opinion. Overall it's an average crisp I suppose but I have definetly made and tasted way better."
"This is so good! I made it almost exactly to the recipe. The only thing I changed was the caramel (only because it seemed there was some negative feedback about it not melting good). So what I did was unwrap all the caramels and put them in a microwave safe bowl, added 1 (5oz) can evaporated milk, and microwaved until melted and smooth. This made it easy to pour over each layer. Everything measured out perfectly and it was a huge hit! I will for sure be making this again."
"I just made this last night and the whole family loved it! This is the best apple crisp we've ever had.Thank you for sharing it!"
"I've made this several times now. It is our son's favorite Apple Crisp. I also use the caramel bits found in the baking aisle. It is yummy!"
"Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!"
"The instructions don't make sense. If you layer with one half of crumb mixture, then half of apples and caramels. Then it says to add 1 cup of the mixture again and then top it with apples and caramels. There's not much crumb mixture to put on 2nd layer of apples. So far the caramels are not melting."
"I've reviewed this recipe before, so I'll just add that I like using the caramel bits. I think it distributes the caramel better having it in smaller pieces. I still think this is the best crisp ever, and one of my favorite Fall desserts!"
"This recipe is a keeper for me. It excels all other apple crisp recipes, in my opinion. I used a whole package of caramel bits instead of regular caramels to save time and work. Results were amazing!"
"This is delicious; I used the sheets of caramel that you can use to make caramel apples, and it worked great (I used three sheets). I also used an extra 1/2 cup of apple cider, so I did not have a problem with it being too dry. Will definitely make it again!"
"Making it again today but with a little less sugar. Absolutely delicious!"
"The taste was okay, but wasn't impressed with the texture. It was gritty, the brown sugar didn't melt."
"The first time I made this it was delicious!The next time it was too dry. Maybe I didn't cut the caramels small enough. This is our son's favorite crisp recipe. Can you use the caramel bits or caramel ice cream topping?"
"I made this for my boys on a cool fall day and it was a hit! So easy and fun to make with kids also."
"My family didn't like the caramel, maybe because mine didn't fully melt so we would get mouthfuls of caramel. Some reviewers mentioned caramel bits which I couldn't find at the stores near me. The apple crisp was tasty, even between bites of caramel."
"Took it to our end of the year camping weekend with great friends and it was a big hit"
"This was the best crisp I have ever eaten!"
"We love apple crisp. This recipe is fabulous especially with the caramel!"
"Wonderful recipe. The only problem I had was that the caramels did not fully melt. I will try the Kraft caramel bits next time."
"This recipe is replacing the old family recipe that I have used for 30 years! The caramel is the secret ingredient that makes it so wonderful. I used a bag of Kraft Caramel Bits. It beats unwrapping and cutting up all of those squares!"
"Crisps are definitely not my favorite kind of dessert. I prefer something richer and fancier, but I LOVED this crisp. It was so good! It will definitely become a Fall tradition."
"This has become a fall favorite with my family and many friends have requested the recipe. The only thing I change is I 1/4 the caramel's for a more even distribution in the crisp."
"This is a perfect fall recipe when apples are abundant. Definitely try a couple of different baking apples. I wouldn't say it took 20 minutes to prep though...unwrapping and cutting caramels, add some extra time."
"great for potlucks, everyone wanted recipe!"
"Our favorite apple crisp...sweet, crunchy and DELICIOUS!!"
"DELICIOUS!! Awesome recipe."