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Potluck Apple Crisp Recipe

Potluck Apple Crisp Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!"

kgraff User ID: 4492935 44801
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"I looked up a recipe for apple crisp and this is the one that I had chozen and it was excellent!! I have made it since and love it more every time. easy to make too."

smglvnv User ID: 5818759 42100
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"I want to make this recipe asap, and was wondering if anyone can give me a tip on what the best apples to use for this recipe."

snowman71 User ID: 4775630 20874
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"Delicious! My family loved this. It's not too sweet, the apples are moist and just the right crunch to the topping. Will absolutely make this again."

lisasclark User ID: 3766005 48083
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"Have made this twice. Great flavor without being too sweet. All the extra liquid scared me too but it was fully absorbed. Halved the recipe and was able to bake in a pie dish."

auntbuffy User ID: 4182639 20873
Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"i will definately make this again and all where right it did seem like alot of juice but i put it all in and it turned out great so if you are going to make this do it like it says it will come out i added a large handful of chopped pecans and raisons it turned out great thanks TOH"

jodytix User ID: 5178823 42099
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"I made this for Christmas and everyone said it was the best apple crisp they have ever had! I will for sure make it again!"

maryfrances1 User ID: 5043910 20776
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"my husband and I loved it, and was easy to make, thank you for posting it."

drose42 User ID: 4774527 17300
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"This is at the top of my list for best apple crisp-and I've made plenty. It has the best balance of flavor, crunch and texture I've found. We love fruit desserts so this is one I'll make over and over. Thank you TOH-you always come through!"

lolapib User ID: 5115313 44800
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"I'm not a huge fan of apple crisp but this recipe is amazing. High priced restaurant quality good!"

Michelle90 User ID: 5194543 74234
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"Was really pleased the way this Apple Crisp turned out:) Was quick and very DELICIOUS!! I served it to a big gathering of friends and family and it was licked clean!

Thanks to others for your ratings to make me try this, Will def make again and again....:)"

p0psbabe User ID: 200048 20599
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"This apple crisp is OUTSTANDING! I like that it makes a 9x13 pan size rather then a 9x9, perfect for family gatherings or potlucks. I too was concerned about the apple mixture juice causing it to be watered down but it turns out just perfect. I really like the idea of cooking the apples just until tender rather then putting it directly into the oven for baking, that’s one thing I didn’t like about apple crisp; I felt the apples weren’t tender enough – no longer a problem. Absolutely delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe!"

sewin76 User ID: 779166 74231
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"Very good and quick to do. Will definitely keep this recipe handy.

quick tip: I put the apple mixture in the microwave to help speed it along."

amyalusa User ID: 3404632 202136
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"Everyone in my family REALLY enjoyed this apple crisp. We have a wide variety of tastes in our family so that is saying something rare! Very easy and very, very good. I am sure we will make it alot;and it will be good to take to pot lucks and other groups as well.

We are so glad to have this recipe."

datzme57 User ID: 1891935 19088
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"Excellent flavor! Very unique in that you put some of the crumble mixture on the bottom as well as top. I thought the apple mixture juice would water down the insides, but it turned was just the right moistness. I also added 1 c. coconut and 1 c. pecans. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!"

[email protected] User ID: 670455 45250
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"Made this last night for my got a thumbs up! I did add chopped pecans to the top of the crisp and it came out great."

benchelle91 User ID: 3751186 74228
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"This recipe was a hit with my family. I used half Splenda and half white sugar to cut down the sugar a little bit and it came out great!"

m_wink_boys User ID: 3782562 44799
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2009

"I love this recipe for apple crisp. I also tried it with substituting 2 quarts of frozen cherries instead of apples and cooked them with 1/2 t. cinnamon & 1/4 t. nutmeg and 2 T. tapioca. Delicious!"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 15154
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2008

"I didn't have any shortening so I used all butter, and it was very good!!"

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