Potluck Apple Crisp Recipe
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Potluck Apple Crisp Recipe

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Delicious with ice cream or plain for breakfast, this dessert serves a crowd. It's perfect for picnics and family gatherings.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 3 quarts sliced peeled apples (about 12 medium)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Ice cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 374 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; cook and stir over medium heat just until apples are tender. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  3. Pat half of flour mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spread apples over top; crumble remaining flour mixture over apples.
  4. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream if desired. Yield: About 16 servings.
Originally published as Apple Crisp in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p33

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cherylyoung User ID: 5912806 256885
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2016

"Very good. When I make it again & I will, I'll make more of the crust ingredients. Would like a thicker crust."

ljakes User ID: 6519155 233284
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"VERY GOOD. Followed recipe exactly."

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 202137
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"This is delicious! I used 1/2C applesauce instead of the oil and I added some cloves and allspice to spice it up some more. Yum!! Thanks for sharing!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 17316
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"mmmmm divine. The way you cook the apples first makes a huge difference in the finished product - tender apples and a crispy crust, not a burnt crust."

datzme57 User ID: 1891935 47146
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2012

"I'm sure you've received answers to your question, but for my 2-cents worth, I've tried both the Red Delicious and the Granny Smith.  I chose the loose individual apples over the bargain bagged apples because I've found the individuals are more crunchy and not like styrofoam like the bagged bargin applies.  I really think the crunch is the factor, not so much the tartness of the apple."

ehipwell User ID: 2005233 44802
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"So easy and made with ingredients that are usually on hand anyway. I had too many apples and wanted to do something with them, and glad I did! Next time I think I'd cut down on the brown sugar. This would also be great with some fresh cherries added in with the apples. Next time!"

Anita881ksn User ID: 793432 20817
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"I brought this Apple Crisp to a family Thanksgiving dinner and everyone thought it was fantastic. Will definitely make again and again.

A. C. Whitman, Ma"

CiCismom User ID: 6293756 15156
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"I made this recipe with whole wheat flour and it was yummy. Took it to work and I was very popular!"

BrendainPa User ID: 861741 19091
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"WATCH your baking time! I left mine in for 30 min. since a few of the apples weren't as tender...bottom crust burnt. I didn't realize a few minutes could make such a difference. The top was delicious;we just scraped it off the crust. I think maybe 350 would work better too."

hendelk User ID: 5807381 18716
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"This apple crisp recipe was spectacular!!!! Best I've ever made! I've been searching for an apple crisp recipe that the topping actually stays crunchy and my search is over! I made it exactly as the recipe says, but I bet this would be good with pears or peaches as well!"

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