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Potluck Apple Crisp

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.
  • Makes
    About 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


  • In a Dutch oven, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; cook and stir over medium heat just until apples are tender. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Pat half of flour mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Spread apples over top; crumble remaining flour mixture over apples.
  • Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream if desired.
Nutrition 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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  • PghMomof2
    Oct 27, 2020

    This is my favorite apple crisp recipe ever! The crust is nice and crisp with great flavor and cooking the apples ahead of time makes them so nice and tender but not mushy. I add extra cinnamon because I LOVE cinnamon and feel that you can never have too much. But other than that, I follow the recipe exactly. The only reason I don't make it more often is because I can't stop myself from eating it... ALL of it!

  • Letty
    Nov 14, 2019

    Please, can I make it ahead of time and freeze it?

  • Lisa
    Nov 11, 2019

    Can you bake this ahead of time and freeze it?

  • cherylyoung
    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
    Sep 22, 2015

    VERY GOOD. Followed recipe exactly.

  • IslandWife
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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