With Thanksgiving a couple weeks away, the sight of fresh cranberries being sold at our local grocery store has me in the pre-holiday spirit.  The deep burgandy red berries not only make an incredible sauce to compliment a turkey dinner, they also add a touch of color and tartness to this recipe for Apple Cranberry Crisp.

A fruit crisp is similar to a pie except it is not encased by a pie crust.  Instead, crisps are a dessert made with a baked fruit filling on the bottom and a crispy crumb topping on top.

Apple crisps are a popular choice of desserts to bring to family gatherings during the holiday season.  Served warm and often with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, kids and grown-ups will enjoy this variation using cranberries.

Recipe: Apple Cranberry Crisp

  • Prep Time: 10 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 45 min(s)

Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, kids and grown-ups will enjoy this apple crisp recipe including cranberries.


  • 1-12oz bag fresh cranberries, washed
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 5-6 large Granny Smith apples – cored, peeled, and cut into 1/4”-1/2” slices.
  • 1 stick butter, cut into small pea sized cubes
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In large pot add cranberries, orange juice, and sugar. Stir and cook the berries on medium-high heat for approximately 15 minutes with the lid on until the cranberries have reduced to a thick sauce consistency.
  3. Turn off heat and add the sliced apples to the pan and mix everything until all the apple slices have been coated with cranberry sauce.
  4. Pour the apple cranberry mixture into a greased 9×13 baking pan. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl combine butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Work the mixture with your fingers until it resembles a coarse meal. Sprinkle and distribute the crumb topping over the baking pan evenly.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until the apple cranberry crisp is golden brown.

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3 Responses to “Apple Cranberry Crisp”

  1. Aviva Goldfarb Aviva Goldfarb

    I have everything in my refrigerator right now that’s needed for this crisp! Do you think it would be good for a breakfast/brunch?