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I think we all breathe a sigh of relief when the first signs of fall arrive. Here in Iowa, the beginning of falls means cool mornings and slightly warmer evenings with spectacular sunsets. All of these signs give me such excitement for the season to come. One of the greatest joys in the fall is the apples. Thankfully, this year looks to be a bumper crop (especially in my orchard) and that leaves me dreaming of every apple-inspired baked item I can think of! The warm spices and flavors of this skillet apple crisp just scream fall.

Skillet apple crisp sitting on wood cutting board with pumpkins, flowers, napkins and extra plates in background

This crisp is such a simple, rustic, and quick fall dessert, making it perfect for an evening with friends – or any weeknight, actually! You can pretty much throw all the ingredients together in one large skillet, do a little bit of stovetop cooking, place it in the oven and forget about it! The crunchiness of the granola sprinkled on at the end is a nice complement to the smooth texture of the apples. If I feel like living on the edge, I may even sprinkle on a bit of my pumpkin spice granola to add a bit more flavor. I mean, how great does that sound?!

And of course, no one’s going to complain if you serve this with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream on top… maybe make that two scoops!

This dessert is such a great beginning to the fall baking season and I know you’re going to love it. Bake it once and you’ll add it to your own recipe book! Enjoy!

Skillet apple crisp sitting on wood cutting board with pumpkins and leaves in background on a black surface

Watch how to make this skillet apple crisp:

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Are you going to make this apple crisp? If (and when!) you do, make sure to let me know how much you love it. Just leave a comment a star rating in the comment section below.

Top down view of skillet apple crisp on a wood cutting board with orange pumpkins and flowers, silverware and plates on a black surface

Skillet Apple Crisp

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Throw together all the ingredients in one large skillet and you have yourself a rustic apple skillet dessert! Serve warm and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings


For the filling

  • 3 lb crisp, firm apples (I use a mixture of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Calvados (apple liqueur) or apple cider

For the crisp topping

  • 1 cup granola
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter cold
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp old-fashioned oats
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon


For the crisp

  • Combine the brown sugar, oats and cinnamon and whisk to combine.
  • Cut in the cold butter until a coarse crumb texture is achieved.
  • Stir in granola and set aside.

For the filling

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Wash, peel and slice apples about ¼ inch thick.
  • In a large bowl combine apples, lemon zest, lemon juice, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and maple syrup. Stir to combine.
  • Melt butter in a 12-inch cast iron (or oven safe) skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once the butter is melted, add apple mixture. Cook until the apples become saucy, thickened and are beginning to soften, 8-10 minutes.
  • Add Calvados (or cider) and stir.
  • Move skillet to preheated oven and bake until apples are softened and bubbling, 10-15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle prepared crisp topping evenly over the apples and return to oven until the crisp turns golden brown, approximately 4-6 minutes more.
  • Remove from oven and let cool but serve warm.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 347kcalCarbohydrates: 55.5gProtein: 2.4gFat: 14.7gSaturated Fat: 8.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.9gMonounsaturated Fat: 4.5gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 34.6mgSodium: 13.1mgPotassium: 248.6mgFiber: 5.9gSugar: 38.4gVitamin A: 114.7IUVitamin C: 11.9mgCalcium: 47.3mgIron: 0.9mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Baking

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