This Stuffed Baked Apple Crisp has all the flavors you love about fall tucked into one convenient dessert! The Apples are stuffed with a crunchy oat filling and topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. The perfect Fall dessert!
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Stuffed baked apple crisp
The further we get into fall, the more I seem to crave apples. I love them as a snack, in pies, or — my favorite way — an apple crisp.
These Stuffed Baked Apples are a fun twist on a classic apple crisp. In this version, everything gets stuffed inside the apple, peel and all! Apples and cinnamon with a drizzle of caramel is exactly what fall is all about.
I love serving these baked apples with some whipped cream on top, but I would also love having this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Yum!
- Apples: I like using Gala apples, but whichever sturdy apple you prefer would work! Granny Smith, honey crisp, or pink lady apples would also work well.
- Lemon Juice: To prevent browning!
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
- Butter: The first layer of flavor in this apple crispy recipe is the cinnamon sugar mixture that is sprinkled on top. A little bit of butter helps, too!
- Granulated Sugar: For sweetness!
- Cinnamon: To spice things up!
For the Oat Flour Mixture
- Unsalted Butter: If you use salted butter, skip the addition of salt so they don’t get too salty. In this step, we will brown the butter for a depth of flavor that is nutty and caramely!
- Oats: Old-fashioned oats work well because they will hold up in the oven and stay crispy on the top!
- All Purpose Flour: For a gluten-free streusel topping, you can use a gluten-free replacement flour!
- Light Brown Sugar: To add a bit of sweetness.
- Spices: The warming fall spices in this stuffed baked apple crisp are cinnamon, cloves and allspice.
- Salt: To balance out all the flavors!
- Whipped Cream: You can make homemade whipped cream, or use the bottled stuff!
- Caramel Sauce: To make this a sweeter treat, drizzle a little bit of caramel sauce on top.
- Vanilla Ice Cream: Don’t forget a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top this off!
How To Make Stuffed Baked Apples
- Preheat & Prep Apples: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the apples in half using a paring knife and carefully remove the core. I like to make a hole in the center of the apple so there is room for the crumb mixture.
- Squeeze Lemon: Drizzle the cut side of the apples with lemon juice. Then brush them with the tablespoon of melted butter and granulated sugar and cinnamon.
- Brown Butter: Add 6 tablespoons of butter to a small saucepan. Cook on medium high heat for 5 minutes or so until the butter starts to turn a light caramel color. Make sure to keep an eye on this and swirl the butter often.
- Make Oat Mixture: To a large bowl, add the browned butter, oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and salt. Stir to combine until the mixture gets crumbly.
- Assemble: Fill each apple cavity with the crumb mixture.
- Bake: Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the crumb filling is golden brown and crisp.
- Serve: Serve immediately with whipped cream, caramel sauce or ice cream if desired!
Tips for Success
- Make it dairy-free! You can have vegan stuffed baked apple crisp by using vegan butter and topping with coconut whipped cream and vegan vanilla ice cream!
- Top with nuts! For added crunch and flavor, you can top these off with some walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts! Toast them first for added flavor.
- You have control over the texture! If you want firmer apples, take them out of the oven sooner. For softer apples, leave them an extra 5 minutes! Just don’t leave them too long or they can turn too soft.
Storage, Freezing, and Reheating Instructions
To be completely transparent, these stuffed baked apple crisps are best served hot and fresh out o the oven. But I get that sometimes your eyes are bigger than your stomach, and you may need to save some for later. In that instant, you can store these in a large, airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for 1-2 days.
You can technically freeze these baked apples, but we haven’t tried it. (Honestly, they don’t last long enough to freeze in our house!) Just freeze in an airtight container that’s big enough not to squish them for up to one month. Reheat from frozen in the oven until warmed through.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I add more apple flavor?
Instead of throwing out the apple meat you core before adding the crisp stuffing, you could dice that and put it back inside the apple underneath the crisp streusel topping!
What type of apples are best for baking?
I used Gala apples for this recipe because they have a good balance of tartness and sweetness, but Granny Smith, honey crisp, or pink lady apples would also work. Avoid softer apples like red delicious, as they’ll turn to mush while baking!
How can I customize this baked apple recipe?
In addition to using your preferred type of apple, you could serve with roasted and chopped pecans and toffee bits! You could also bake them with some latticed pastry dough to make them more like miniature apple pies.
What can I use to core the apples?
You can use an apple corer, spoon, or paring knife to take out the core and make a hole in the apple halves.
More Dessert Recipes To Try
Love this stuffed baked apple crisp recipe? Here are some more dessert recipes to try:
- Chocolate Mint Andes Brownies
- No Bake Mascarpone Fruit Tarts
- 3 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
- Apple Fritter Bread
- Easy Blackberry Crisp
Stuffed Baked Apple Crisp
- 4 gala apples
- lemon juice, for drizzling the apples
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture, For sprinkling on apples
Oat Flour Mixture
- whipped cream
- caramel sauce
- vanilla ice cream
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the apples in half and using a paring knife carefully remove the core. I like to make a hole in the center of the apple so there is room for the crumb mixture.
- Drizzle the cut side of the apples with lemon juice. Then brush them with the tablespoon of melted butter and granulated sugar and cinnamon.
- Add 6 tablespoons of butter to a small saucepan. Cook on medium high heat for 5 minutes or so or until the butter starts to turn a light caramel color. Make sure to keep an eye on this and swirl the butter often.
Make Crumb Filling
- To a large bowl add the browned butter, oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and salt. Stir to combine until the mixture gets crumbly.
- Fill each apple cavity with the crumb mixture.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the crumb filling is golden brown and crisp.
- Serve immediately with whipped cream, caramel sauce or ice cream, if desired.