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Oat Apple Crisp

A package of yellow cake mix sets this tasty crisp apart from others. Serve it a la mode for an extra special treat. —Ruby Hodge, Richland Center, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (about 7 medium)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Vanilla ice cream


  • Place apples in a greased 2-1/2 qt. shallow baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt; sprinkle over apples. Drizzle with water. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oats, butter, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Sprinkle over apples.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 394 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 76g carbohydrate (56g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Valeria
    Nov 26, 2020

    I love this recipe i highly recommend it. i had to double it and used 17 medium apple and 15oz of cake mix but still turn out amazing i also use a 7*5 and a 13*9 glass bakeware and baked at 350 for a hour loved it

  • MAH1103
    Sep 24, 2020

    I've made this recipe 3 times. I followed the recipe and instructions exactly. It's come out perfect and delicious every time. I do agree with other reviews saying to adjust the sugar according to the apples you use. The sweetness/tartness of the end result does depend on how sweet/tart the apples are you use. The sweetness/tartness of mine has been slightly different each time. As far as the cake mix's pretty easy to measure out 9 oz. from a regular size box of cake mix. I don't understand the 1 star reviews because people made the mistake of not checking the ounces on the cake mix package. Because you made a mistake doesn't make the recipe bad. BTW if you have Jiffy brand yellow cake mix available in your area they make a 9 oz box of yellow cake mix. I can't find it where I live so I measure from a regular cake mix box.

  • Susan
    Apr 30, 2020

    I used a 8.6 ounce jiffy corn bread mix in place of the cake mix, added 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, 2 more tablespoons of butter, and 1/4 cup of apple juice (in addition to the 1/4 cup of water). Great outcome, not too sweet, oatmeal crisp was perfect!

  • vewebber58
    Oct 10, 2017

    This was a good enough apple crisp, but I prefer a topping that doesn't include cake mix with it's added chemicals.....I do use a mix on rare occasions and had one I needed to use before it became out-dated - that's why I decided to use this recipe - so I weighed out 11 oz., ( two thirds of the mix), and used that in the topping. (The rest of the mix got baked into cupcakes using one third of the ingredients called for on the box.) I could taste something that tasted different, kind of like coconut oil, and it detracted from the delicious taste of apples. A simpler oat topping would have been better and more complimentary to the apples. Still, it was a pretty good dessert.....everyone ate it!

  • aicenhour
    Sep 12, 2016

    This one is a keeper! My whole family loved this apple crisp! I used honey crisp apples from my local apple orchard. They are a sweet Apple. I may cut back on sugar depending upon which type of apple I use next time. Easy to mix up and easy to bake. No fuss recipe!! I did open a 15 oz cake mix but only used approximately 9 oz. Like others have said be sure to check the size cake mix.

  • Jenette1
    Jan 18, 2016

    I didn't notice the yellow cake mix isn't the standard size. Way too dry and powdery for topping. It would be helpful to note size of cake mix in parenthesis to draw attention to the fact it's a smaller size.

  • Customtops216
    Mar 8, 2015

    Please make sure of the size of your cake mix. Most are 15 oz not nine. So measure out cake mix. I used the whole box was like a pile of powder. I ended up adding apple juice half way through just to add some moisture to it. Won't make this again

  • PaigeDelotta
    Nov 11, 2014

    Delicious! Listened to other reviewers and cut the white sugar down to 2.5 was plenty sweet enough! I was out of "real" butter and had to use Country Crock...turned out fine. Put little pats of butter on the crust top to moisten the crunch some (like you would on a dump cake). I used a 9 X13 pan to make it in and this was easily 10 servings. Will be making it for Thanksgiving dinner this year for my guests!

  • hhenshaw
    Oct 6, 2014

    My family just loves this apple crisp. We make it when we go camping (in cabins)

  • Laursielee
    Sep 15, 2014

    Amazing and delicious! I just used 2-3 TBS of sugar If you love apple crisp this desserts for you