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Pioneer Woman Apple Crisp Recipe

Bake this tasty and crunchy dish as a warming treat

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Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated October 29, 2022

Try my copycat Pioneer Woman Apple Crisp Recipe when you next want a delicious, juicy dessert that the whole family can enjoy. It’s really easy to make with a few simple ingredients and minimum prep time.

copycat Pioneer Woman Apple Crisp Recipe

Apple crisp, which is also known in the US and Canada as apple crumble, is a very popular dish in the fall. It involves baking delicious apples with a crunchy topping.

Most apple crisp recipes share the same basic ingredients – apples, sugar, butter, flour, and usually some oats. Spices can vary between nutmeg and/or ginger, but we’ve gone for ground cinnamon here like Pioneer Woman.

The version you can follow here relies on her already delicious one. But, I’ve put a couple of extra twists in to give you an even more flavorful dessert.

There’s some golden raisins added to the apple mixture. And some desiccated coconut in the crisp topping, which adds some extra texture and flavors.

You’ll find this dish so simple to make and the amazing smell it produces when baking will fill your kitchen! So enjoy making this apple crisp for a midweek treat, or to serve at your next special gathering.

Easy Tips For The Best Apple Crisp

  • Source the right kind of apples. McIntosh apples are very tasty, but they break down too quickly when heated – so they’re better suited to recipes like apple sauce rather than apple crisp.

    Pick a firmer variety of fresh apples, for example, Pink Lady, Jazz, Baldwin, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, or Rome. I recommend using tart Granny Smith apples in my recipe here.

  • Leave your topping with uneven, chunky bits. When you’re making the topping, stop mixing it just as all of the ingredients have combined, but you still have some drier bits remaining in the mixture.

    These little clumps of oats and flour will absorb the juices from the apples better as they are cooking. This way, your filling will be silky and thick enough, and not turn out with a watery consistency.

  • Use melted butter for the crisp so you have a good amount of crunch to your topping. Don’t waste time trying to work the flour with cold butter – you’ll get a crisper top by melting the butter first.

  • Carefully press some bits of the crisp topping together if you do want some bigger chunks in your topping. Do this just before you scatter the mixture over your apples.

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Pioneer Woman Apple Crisp

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time40-45 min
  • Total Time60 min
  • Servings8 to 10
  • Yield1 apple crisp

Level: Easy


For the Apples:

* : to grease the baking dish
**: I recommend Granny Smith apples

For the Topping:



  1. Prepare the Apples

    First, make sure that your oven is preheated to 350oF. Also, prepare your glass baking dish by greasing it with a little cooking spray or butter.

    Peel the Granny Smith apples. Then core them and slice them into thin pieces.

    Take your baking dish and place the apple slices on the bottom. Arrange them so that they evenly cover the whole area.

    Next, add the granulated sugar, golden raisins, all-purpose flour, salt, and cinnamon to the large bowl. Combine the dry ingredients well and then sprinkle this mixture uniformly over the sliced apples.

    Measure out ½ cup of plain water. Pour this into your glass dish over the apples.

  2. Make the Topping

    Then, prepare the topping. Take your medium mixing bowl and add the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, quick oats, baking soda, baking powder, coconut, and a little salt.

    Whisk these ingredients together. Now you can also add the melted butter, whisking as you continue to make your mixture.

    Carefully pour your topping over the apple slices in your baking dish.

  3. Bake the Dessert

    Put your dish into the oven and allow your apple crisp recipe to bake for about 40 to 45 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the topping has turned golden brown and gone crisp, and you should also be able to see the apple filling bubbling away.

    Serve your apple crisp hot or at room temperature. It’s great just as it is, or makes a hearty dessert when served with some whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or custard.

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Recipe Variations

This Pioneer Woman apple crisp recipe is one of the tastiest, simplest desserts to make. But if you’d like to put your own extra spin on it, try one of these variations.

  • Apple crisp recipes don’t need to be made with apples! Try using different fruits or dried fruits, such as pears, cranberries, blackberries, or rhubarb if it’s springtime, and peaches if it’s summer – the choice is yours.

  • You can swap the butter for a vegan variety or some coconut oil if you’d like your apple crisp to be vegan.

  • Spice up your apple crisp with different aromas. The cinnamon can be substituted for apple pie spice or pumpkin spice.

  • To make this recipe gluten-free, make sure that the flour is a gluten-free blend, or use almond flour. And also check that the oats have no gluten in them too.

  • For an extra crunchy topping, try adding some chopped nuts to your apple crisp mixture. Pecans or walnuts work well here.

Check also How To Make Apples Baked in a Microwave?

What To Serve With Pioneer Woman’s Apple Crisp

  • Pioneer Woman keeps things simple but classic by serving her warm apple crisp with frozen custard or vanilla ice cream. You can even make or buy vegan ice cream if you want to avoid all dairy.

  • Another option is to serve your baked apple crisp with some yogurt for a slightly lighter but still great dessert.

  • The crisp topping of this dish also works well with some whipped cream and then a little honey or caramel sauce drizzled over the top.

Storage Instructions

The USDA (US Department of Agriculture) advises that dishes such as fruit crisp or pies can be safely stored for up to 2 days at room temperature.

This is based on the fact that recipes such as the apple crisp one here have been made with sugar. The acid in the apples and sugar as a combination help to combat any growth of bacteria on your food.

You can extend the shelf life of your apple pie crisp by storing it in the refrigerator. Wrap it up loosely and it’ll keep for up to 4 days once baked and cooled.

Fruit pies and crisps will also keep well in your freezer. First, put your apple crisp into the freezer uncovered.

Once it’s frozen, take it out to wrap it in some plastic wrap before putting it back in the freezer. Stored like this, it’ll last for up to about 4 months.

When you want to serve your apple crisp, take it back out of the freezer and allow it to sit at room temperature for around 1 hour. You can then reheat it in your oven at 375oF for approximately 30 minutes if you want to eat it warm.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 585Calories
  • 17.3 g Fat
  • 110.3 g Carbs
  • 4.6 gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Per Serving Size (based on 8 servings)
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat17.3 g 22%
Saturated Fat11.5 g 57%
Cholesterol30 mg 10%
Sodium281 mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate110.3 g 40%
Dietary Fiber8.4 g 30%
Total Sugars80.1 g
Protein4.6 g
Vitamin C8 mcg 40%
Calcium49 mg 4%
Iron3 mg 16%
Potassium455 mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.