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Extreme Caramel Apple Crisp

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Extreme Caramel Apple Crisp
35 Min

Our homey-as-can-be Extreme Caramel Apple Crisp is a warm, fruit-filled dessert that literally shouts comfort. Serve as is or, with the contrast of vanilla ice cream, it's a flavor combo made in heaven.

What You'll Need

  • 2 (16-ounce) bags frozen sliced apples
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 20 caramel candies, unwrapped
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine apples, 1/2 cup sugar, the cornstarch, cinnamon, and caramels; mix well then pour into baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, the salt, butter, and cream; mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple mixture.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until bubbly and top is golden.
  5. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly. Drizzle over crumb topping and let cool slightly.


  1. Place melted chocolate in a plastic zipper bag, cut off corner, and squeeze to drizzle.
  2. You can use 2 (20-ounce) cans sliced apples, drained, instead of frozen sliced apples, if you prefer. But if you do buy frozen apples, depending on the brand, the package size will vary, which is not a problem.


One of the main differences between our favorite warm fruit-filled cobblers, crisps and crumbles is the type of topping and its texture. It’s important to choose the correct fruit for baking cobblers, crisps and crumbles. Ripe fruit will be the sweetest, and frozen fruits can be used when in-season fruits are not available.
Cobbler – deep-dish fruit pie that's sweetened, sometimes spiced, and features sliced fruit or berries topped with a crust, typically biscuit, and baked until bubbly

Crumble – sweetened, sometimes spiced, sliced fruit or berries topped with a streusel made from flour, sugar, butter, spices, and chopped nuts to form a crumbly topping

Crisp – sweetened fruit covered with a crumbly topping of flour, sugar, butter, spices and sometimes other ingredients such as rolled oats and nuts

Buckle – a combination of a crumble and a coffee cake that's a cake batter dotted with fruit and sprinkled with streusel topping

Slump – sweetened fruit topped with dollops of dough and cooked on the stovetop, usually served with heavy cream

Grunt – similar to a slump, but prepared by steaming the entire baking dish in a container of simmering water

Betty – a baked pudding consisting of alternating layers of sugared, spiced fruit and buttered bread crumbs with a bit of fruit juice to moisten it. Baked until brown and crisp on top.

Pandowdy – sliced or cut apples or other fruits tossed with spices and butter, sweetened with molasses or brown sugar, topped with a biscuit-like dough and baked. Partway through the baking time, the crust is broken up and pressed down into the fruit so it can absorb the juices. This technique is known as “dowdying.”

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 10

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 341
  • Calories from Fat 113
  • Total Fat 13g 19 %
  • Saturated Fat 7.2g 36 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 2.6g 5 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 20mg 7 %
  • Sodium 153mg 6 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 59g 20 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.6g 6 %
  • Sugars 32g 0 %

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would using fresh apples be about four cups then

Hi there! You can use 4 to 5 cups thinly sliced appes and it may take 10 to 15 minutes more to cook. Enjoy!

This looks really yummy (except for the chocolate drizzle). Will give it a try (except for the chocolate drizzle).

usually I am really really bad at baking. Not only did I pull this recipe off, but it was delicious. thank you :)

thanks for the description of the various names. Tried to find in recipes books

Gotta try this - but really enjoyed reading the info on what the names of the different names actually were! This is my site - enjoy it everyday, along with the show!

very tasty. very caramelly. couldn't find frozen bags of apples. (can anyone tell me where to get them?) so i used fresh and peeled and sliced my own. would make again.

An exciting and simple dessert, we Loved it !

Thanks, for the great recipes.


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