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apple crisp in a cast iron skillet with cinnamon sticks and whole apples around the skillet
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Skillet Apple Crisp

An old fashioned apple crisp dessert made with orchard fresh apples with an oatmeal brown sugar topping baked in a cast iron skillet.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American South
Keyword: skillet apple crisp
Servings: 8


  • cast iron skillet, measuring tools, apple peeler


apple filling

  • 6 medium apples peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 3/4 cup quick cook oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


apple filling

  • Place apple slices in a large bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice and stir until coated.
  • Mix in granulated sugar and cinnamon.
  • Butter a 10 inch cast iron skillet.
  • Pour in apple mixture.


  • Add all topping ingredients to a large bowl. Cut or mash in butter until pea sized crumbles form.
  • Spread topping evenly over apples.
  • Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 40 minutes until filling is bubbly and topping is brown.
  • Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.


Use at least two different varieties of apples for better flavor.  I picked up McIntosh and Gala from our local orchard stand.
Make sure the butter is good and cold before cutting or mashing it into the topping.  I cube it before I start the rest of the prep work and stick it back in the refrigerator.
Whether you use light or dark brown sugar is simply a taste preference. 
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