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Oat Apple Crisp Recipe

Oat Apple Crisp Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional 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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aicenhour User ID: 4627743 254023
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8703131 242022
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8284593 222322
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8092170 170091
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5422321 77453
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

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

Laursielee User ID: 7990144 169669
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

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

martylb User ID: 1456305 169168
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"Oh this is so good! Makes enough for 10 people to have a generous serving. The only thing I would change is to add more butter to the topping so it isn't quite so dry. Everyone loved it!!"

StoneyLake User ID: 4983010 172456
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"very good. everyone liked it."

Xena7751 User ID: 5742608 167897
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"Yum! I only used 1/2 cup of sugar and that was sweet enough. It makes a large amount and is very, very good. I served with cinnamon ice cream. Yum!"

Lsaz User ID: 6488031 154095
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"This is a great recipe..very simple, foolproof and delicious..i used 1/2 cup of sugar and will use even less next time..with 18 grams of sugar in the cake mix the apple flavor can be over powered with sweetness.. I'm thinking 2-3 T will be enough to enjoy the taste of the apples."

wefarm2live User ID: 2555499 154092
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"This was pretty good averall. The only thing we would change is decreasing the sugar to better suit our tastes."

famous09 User ID: 3624760 167896
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"It's so easy and tastes fantastic. Everyone loved it!!"

starlight32 User ID: 7347594 81362
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2013

"So quick and simple. Best served when warm, right out of the oven. Yum! This dessert will make your family/guest feel like you put alot of effort into a home-baked dessert, when its as easy as 1-2-Don't forget the vanilla ice cream!"

starlight32 User ID: 7347594 99873
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2013

"So quick and simple. Best served when warm, right out of the oven. Yum! This dessert will make your family/guest feel like you put alot of effort into a home-baked dessert, when its as easy as 1-2-Don't forget the vanilla ice cream!"

starlight32 User ID: 7347594 167870
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2013

"So quick and simple. Best served when warm, right out of the oven. Yum! This dessert will make your family/guest feel like you put alot of effort into a home-baked dessert, when its as easy as 1-2-Don't forget the vanilla ice cream!"

dilounge User ID: 4185691 77450
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2013

"The result was a huge bit, yesterday! Yummy....."

jgbex1 User ID: 5795516 155183
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"I love this recipe! It is a little sweet so i cut a little on the sugar"

takalo User ID: 263275 81361
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"I have made this recipe a lot and it is really easy and very good. I cut down on the sugar because it is very sweet."

AngieMM User ID: 4254253 97775
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"I have made this three times this month. It's very sweet and a little unusual, but delicious."

trevsmom User ID: 4612892 154088
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"The best apple crisp I have ever had! Will be making for Thanksgiving. Only changes: cut sugar in half and I buttered the pan."

hrmp1984 User ID: 4972165 108585
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"A new favorite at our house!"

Marzena User ID: 5494464 169166
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"This is good recipe but needs some adjustments. I used only half the cupmof sugar, but it was still too sweet. The topping is very sweet itself, so probably skipping sugar in apple part would be a good idea. Next time I'm going to increase the amount of apples or use less of the cake mix in the topping. Overall this recipe is worth to try but use less sugarvand more apples."

Mona123 User ID: 55913 172455
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"I totally recommend this recipe, to me it's the perfect apple crisp! I've baked it twice now using a Jiffy yellow cake mix & a 7" X 11" pan & it turned out great! I found with Granny Smith apples that 3/4 cup sugar is good. I'm going to make double batch today, using a vanilla cake mix because that's what I have on hand & I plan to freeze it."

Nia4sure User ID: 5848448 97773
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012 Edited Oct. 31, 2014

"We really enjoyed this recipe! Took reviewers advise regarding the sugar, and I 'm glad I did, otherwise it would have been inedible in my opinion.. Here are the changes I made for a 9x13 dish.. I used 10 gala apples cut medium thickness. I don't like thin sliced apples, I want to taste my apples! 3/4 cup white sugar. I think next time I will omit completely. 1/4 cup of water. Regular size Betty Crocker yellow cake mix which was about 15oz, 2 cups of oats, 1/4 cup brown sugar x 2, and 2 sticks of butter. Everyone loved it. I will make it again for Thanksgiving! Add more butter to topping as one reviewer suggested"

fayecox User ID: 3481684 77447
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"When do I add the caramels to this recipe?"

pllumtreedesigns User ID: 1593797 77443
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"Way, way, way too sweet."

lamistura User ID: 1623073 170089
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"Made it to take to dinner with some friends - everyone loved it and wanted the recipe! So fast and easy to make."

nancylee64 User ID: 6891705 81356
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"I added a bag Kraft Caramel Bits to this recipe and it was outstanding - we loved it and I will make this one often."

shelljo User ID: 95291 108584
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"THIS is CRAZY good!! Had home-grown apples and doubled recipe to use full box of cake mix. Apples used were honey-crisp and next time I would omit water, just didn't need it and made a bit too much moisture in bottom. My husband just raved and raved, asked if we could make them up and freeze them so we could have them all winter!"

sara37 User ID: 4998551 156890
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

"it was easy to make with your daughter and it was good i would make it again"

mama_z User ID: 453056 156786
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"I did as Mom72350...doubled the recipe and used 10 apples. I did however use only 1 cup of sugar. Everyone loved it. Definitely a keeper."

leslie1966 User ID: 3337908 108566
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"Absolutely fabulous!!! My husband said he might like it better than my apple pie and apple pie is his favorite!!! Will def make again."

kydebgal User ID: 1405831 170087
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"This has become my new favorite apple crisp recipe. It lasted less than a day in my house and I love the crunchy topping. I too use an 18oz cake mix and use half. Tastes sooo..... good warm with vanilla ice cream. To die for! Will make again and again! I used Gala and Empire apples togetrher."

Nutz4labs User ID: 6531543 154086
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"Add 3/4 cup chopped pecans to this and NO WHITE SUGAR. The cake mix is sweet enough. The pecans will make it crunchy and it taste so good. I make this all of the time."

Nutz4labs User ID: 6531543 172453
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"I always add chopped pecans to my Apple Crisp Recipe at home. The pecans give it that extra crunch. So, I added it to this recipe too!"

loribpalmer User ID: 5864248 77442
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"This recipe was absolutely fantastic! I made it for Christmas Eve and my family loved it!! So easy to make, and so delicious. I can't wait to make it again! You wont be disappointed with this one!"

mischellethomas User ID: 5576559 99870
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"ABSOLUTELY!!! Love it over and over! :)"

pixelprincess User ID: 6367856 98612
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit with everyone. I didn't quite double the recipe, but since I needed a little more than 8 servings, I kind of winged it on increasing everything by a little bit. Worked out well and I'll definitely be making this again!"

khorsenut User ID: 5749142 167853
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"easy to make and tastes great!! It is a hit with my family."

ferretmama User ID: 5740430 209255
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Made this last night. Iwas concerned about the comments about it being too sweet so I used Grannie Smith apples and added an extra half-cup of oats(old fashioned for extra texture). Talk about awesome!!! Had a little left over -- had it cold this morning. I like it better warm -- next time I'll nuke it. Will definately make again."

alanda User ID: 3563060 108564
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"AMAZING ! a little sweet yes,, but if u test your apples first u can decide how much sugar u want. LOVE IT !"

jojomeow User ID: 5505315 77439
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"I would make this recipe again. I used granny smith apples, doubled the recipe, put into a 9X13 pan and cut the white sugar in half. Next time I would cut the brown sugar in at least half too. The topping is the part that is way too sweet."

Mom72350 User ID: 3281831 156783
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"I took this dessert to a family function and everyone there truly enjoyed it. The highest compliment was from the young man who owns his own catering service and wanted the recipe because it was the "best" apple crisp he said he has ever had. I did cut down on the sugar and I doubled the recipe with 10 apples and doubling the rest of the ingredients to put it in a 9 x 13 pan. It worked out fantastically."

Deevey User ID: 3069946 156782
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"I thought it was very good. I used Granny Smith apples and a large cake mix (in Canada everything is in metric and I didn't convert the measurement before I got to the store). My kids loved it!!"

sbhayes05 User ID: 4672140 81350
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"This was by far the best apple crisp recipe i have ever had. It was sweet but it was so very good. It lasted less than 24 hours in our house. Definitely will make this again!!!"

silvrhwk User ID: 5129043 108560
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"Very tasty, but I agree with many reviewers: it's way too sweet. I reduced the first sugar measurement to 3/4 cup, but it was still too sweet. Next time I'll reduce it to half a cup and use tart apples instead of sweeter apples. Overall, the crisp had great flavor, but was still too sweet. I was not able to locate a 9 oz. box of cake mix, to had to use half of an 18.25 oz. box. Jiffy cake mixes are not available in all areas."

sweetpeas143 User ID: 6254546 167841
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"Absolutely phenomenal! I always bake with honeycrisp apples. This recipe is so unique and tasty. It will definitely be a fall desert for my household from now on!"

pumpkin1944 User ID: 2552582 172452
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Such an easy but delicious dessert to serve even to company. It was a big hit after dinner."

pchrist1 User ID: 1666891 77437
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"The cake mix in this receipe makes this apple crisp very sweet. I was a little disappointed. I won't be using this receipe again."

Muenfleur2 User ID: 318697 81349
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"I didn't have apples, so I used peaches. Yummm!! Even better cold than warm."

jerilynhyder User ID: 1572186 81334
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"I was very disappointed in this recipe. I guess I was expecting a more traditional taste. The "crisp" part was so sweet you couldn't even taste the fruit. I guess I'm the odd one out."

jonquilily User ID: 1462388 169668
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"My husband enjoyed this apple crisp very much. I accidentally used an 18 ounce box of yellow cake mix. I was wondering why it seemed like there was not enough butter to make it "sprinkle". Next time I will pay more attention. I like making a variety of different apple recipes in the fall. I will definitely add this to my repetoir.

Jonquili, Lancaster PA"

SherryMurray User ID: 1705611 108516
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"This was not a good recipe. Way too much sugar...couldn't taste the apples."

raining51 User ID: 589372 170085
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"All I can say is YUMMMMM!!!! Husband loves it and I am taking some to my Bible Study Friend tomorrow, can't wait to hear how much she and her husband loved it! Maria, Portland, Oregon"

raining51 User ID: 589372 172451
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"in the oven now, looks yummy!!! will let you know..."

dbarrett57 User ID: 815630 169667
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"Question for more experienced cooks: how do you keep topping from getting soggy next day? I made with fresh peaches and day after had a gooey mess."

coolbreeze35 User ID: 4814587 170084
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"Everyone in my family loved it. I used rolled oats instead of quick cooking for more crunch."

tamrod20 User ID: 5721524 169665
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"I make some changes to recipe. I used granola instead of oats. Cherry craisins in place of the cranberries and I also added a 9 oz. box of Jiffy yellow cake mix. I hope you enjoy my version!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4269636 77436
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"Second time this season! A keeper!"

lennona User ID: 2509254 172450
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"One of the best apple crisp recipes I have ever tried."

TKCloughfam User ID: 3077254 97770
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"This was very good but sweet! Just be prepared for a sweet explosion !"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 209254
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"This is a perfect fall dessert. I couldnt find a 9 ounce box of yellow cake mix, so I bought the regular 18 ounce box and used half. I will use the other half when I make this again!

~ Theresa"

tou jour moi User ID: 5426288 133566
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"quick and easy! 2 guests gobbled it down pronto Lorraine in Penobscot Maine"

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