Caramel Apple Crisp

by Mary & Christina on June 26, 2011 · 5 comments

The Yvonne Stewart Memorial Run in Atlantic City, NJ is less than a month away!  The distances you can do are either a 2 mile walk, 5K, or 10K run. We have been planning this race for quite some time now, and things are finally coming together.  This weekend my family hung up huge banners (that our cousin made for us..thanks Bill!) around the island to help get the word out.  I am so excited for race day (which is July 24th at 8 AM on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in case you were wondering).  If you live in the area (or want to make a trip to the casinos/beach for the weekend!) and are interesting in racing/supporting our race and cause, you can sign up on ACTIVE.COM. My sisters and I organized this race in memory of our grandmother, Yvonne Stewart (who lost her battle to cancer two years ago) and the proceeds will go to Crime Stoppers of Atlantic county.  Our grandmother was a Detective Sergeant for the Atlantic County Prosectors Office and when she retired she devoted her time to working for Crime Stoppers.

If you need even more of a reason to run this race, scroll down and read about the delicious Caramel Apple Crisp I made over the weekend!  If you run this race, you can make this dessert and not feel so bad about yourself. OR you can use it to fuel your training runs! OR you can just have it because it is just that AWESOME.   That was my feeble attempt to transition into the next part of this blog post…fail.

photo above taken from Iowa Girl…I forgot to take a photo of the crisp in a bowl with ice cream!

A few months ago I made caramel apple crisp for my friends at Loyola (I originally found the recipe from Kristin).  It came out great.  I told my family that I would make the caramel apple crisp for them again but I never got around to doing so.  This weekend, I finally made the recipe and my family absolutely LOVED it.  We devoured the entire dessert in mere minutes…and then all hated each ourselves afterwards because of how much we consumed and how much our stomachs hurt because of the amount we ate.  Don’t you just hate that?  I felt a little better about myself because that morning Mary and I went on a group bike ride with a local bike shop down the shore and rode 30 miles.  So that helped burned off some of the dessert, right? haha either way, this recipe was worth it.  It is deliciousssss!

Ingredients for the Crust:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup ground pecans

Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 3 1/2 cups sliced apples (about 24 ounces…I used 6 apples)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Homemade Caramel (recipe below)

crust pressed into pan, apple mixture on top of crust, & caramel drizzled over top.


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a 9X13 pan with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the brown sugar and the next 4 ingredients (through baking soda) until thoroughly combined. Mix in the flour, ground pecans and oats until crumbly. Scoop out 1 cup and set aside. Place the remaining crumbs into your prepared pan and press down firmly to coat the bottom.
  3. Toss the apples in a large bowl with the salt and cinnamon. Arrange them over the crust.
  4. Drizzle the warm homemade caramel (recipe below) over the top and then sprinkle with the remaining crumbs you set aside.
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until bubbly and the apples are just tender. Remove and let cool until they are just warm to the touch. Cut into squares. Try and let the bars rest until the caramel has set before serving.

the extra “crust topping” sprinkled over top of the Caramel Apple Crisp…BEFORE GOING INTO THE OVEN!


Ingredients for Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Mix all of the above ingredients into a 2 quart saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring constantly, until it reaches soft-ball stage (230-234 degrees). Remove and gently pour your 1 cup over the apple mixture.

photo above taken from : Yum Sugar

Question: Did you make (or have) anything good over the weekend?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tara June 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I wish I could participate in the run! I’m leaving for cross country camp that day unfortunately. My grandparents live down there and want me to run a race at the shore so bad, but it never works out! I’ll spread the word to my running buddies though :)


2 Allie June 27, 2011 at 1:14 am

Definitely going to keep this race in mind…not sure if I can get off of work but I will check! And I agree, running makes eating delicious desserts that much better. And anything topped with caramel sauce!!! is something I need to make.


3 Fallon June 27, 2011 at 9:15 am

Don’t ya hate that when something is just soooo good you don’t know when to stop?? This looks delicious! I’m a huge apple pie/crisp/cobbler kind of person.


4 Caroline June 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

It’s great to see that all the hard work is finally paying off! I remember when you first mentioned the idea. I wish I could run it!


5 linds June 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm

lol that transition was rocky ;P. but i was hoping you were going to say i would get apple crisp made by you at the end of the race.


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