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Apple Cinnamon Crumble

Happy Thanksgiving week! The countdown is on! Are you ready for the big day? I finally decided on our menu. Whew. I am glad that is done. Now, we just have to buy the groceries and make everything. No biggie. We are keeping it simple this year since we are hosting a small group.

Josh is making a rotisserie turkey in our Thermador oven. We will also have salad, sourdough stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry orange sauce, roasted vegetables, potato rolls, and Apple Cinnamon Crumble for dessert. That’s right, no pumpkin pie. Gasp! I love pumpkin, you know that, but not in pie form. It’s a texture thing. Instead, we will be enjoying Apple Cinnamon Crumble with vanilla ice cream. Happy Thanksgiving to us!

I made this Apple Cinnamon Crumble when we were in Illinois. Everyone loved it, including myself, so I thought why not make it for Turkey Day? It’s such an easy dessert, which is important since we will have a lot going on in the kitchen. And I don’t really do pie crusts. This summer, I did master a beautiful peach pie, but I don’t want to stress out on Thanksgiving. I want to keep things easy peasy.

You can’t mess up this Apple Cinnamon Crumble. You combine sliced apples with fresh lemon juice, vanilla, sugar, Gold Medal flour, and cinnamon. Next, you make a cinnamon oat topping that contains a healthy portion of butter. It’s Thanksgiving so it’s ok to splurge. Plus, I consider this dessert healthy with all of the apples and oats. The Dr. never said the apple a day couldn’t come in the form of Apple Cinnamon Crumble:)

I combined everything in a large skillet. If you don’t have a skillet, you can use a baking dish. I like the rustic look of the skillet though:) Bake until bubbly and serve warm, preferably with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Add this Apple Cinnamon Crumble to your Thanksgiving menu-even if you are making a million pies. You can never have too many desserts on Thanksgiving! That is why I am still thinking about adding Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars to the menu too. For round 2 of dessert:)

Apple Cinnamon Crumble

Yield: Serves 8-10

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40-45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Cinnamon-spiced apples are baked with a sweet brown sugar oat crumble topping in this simple dessert. It's great served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!


8 cups peeled, cored, and sliced apples
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup all-purpose Gold Medal Flour

For the crumble topping:

1 cup all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, vanilla extract, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Gently toss until apples are well coated. Let the apple mixture sit while you prepare the crumble topping.

3. For the crumble topping: in a large bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Stir together with a whisk. Mix in the butter with your fingers until the mixture comes together and you have big crumbles.

4. Place the apple mixture in a 12 inch skillet. Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the apples. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the crumbly is browned and bubbling. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note-you can make the crumble in a large baking dish or individual ramekins. You can also make the crumble ahead of time-just store the unbaked crumble in the refrigerator and bake when ready! Store the crumble in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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77 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon Crumble”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 19, 2012 @ 3:29 am

    I love crumble topping, especially with apples and the fact that you made this in skillet is even better!

  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweets — November 19, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    I love apple crumble…but no pie? I would hear rebelling from the “older” crowd :)
    This looks delicious!!

  3. Your crumble looks amazing! It’s one of my favorite desserts of all time!!!

  4. Erica — November 19, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    I’m actually planning on making a crisp for Thursday and was unsure of what recipe to use! I’m throwing this in the mix- it looks amazing

  5. apple crumble is one of the very few things I like fruit in, yummy!

  6. Erin — November 19, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Can this be baked in a Pyrex pan? Also, how manny apples are needed for 8 cups? I would love to make this for Thanksgiving with homemade vanilla bean ice cream!

    • Two Peas replied: — November 19th, 2012 @ 9:21 am

      Yes, as noted in the recipe, you can make it in a baking dish/pan or even ramekins if you wish. I just like the rustic look of the skillet:) It depends on the size of your apples-probably around 10 medium apples. Enjoy!

  7. Heather Dance — November 19, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    I don’t love pie. I would much rather have Apple Crisp for dessert – with ice cream of course. Or brownies 😉 Your menu sounds perfect! Happy Cooking!

  8. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 19, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    That looks so crunchy and delicious. Apple desserts are hard to beat! Thanks for the link love and I wish you and Josh and yours sweet little fella a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 19, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I’ll take apple crumble over pie any day. This looks great!

  10. marla — November 19, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    All of my favorite ingredients in one dish ~ love it girl!

  11. bridget {bake at 350} — November 19, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    That sounds just perfect…and I LOVE it in that RED skillet! :)

    Have a happy Thanksgiving with your boys!!! Hugs from Texas!

  12. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 19, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Oh girl, I don’t think there is a single thing I’d rather eat. :)

  13. Erin — November 19, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    What kind of apples would you recommend?

    • Two Peas replied: — November 19th, 2012 @ 11:00 am

      I like to use Granny Smith, but feel free to use your favorite. Sometimes I like to mix a few varieties.

  14. HeatherChristo — November 19, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    Shoot Maria- you may have just made an incredible argument for making this crisp versus a pie. It looks perfectly crispy and sweet and buttery. I love crisps, and this one is just gorgeous!

  15. Kristen — November 19, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    This looks delish and really easy! Do you think this would be good baked ahead of time (Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning) and then reheated while we’re eating dinner later in the afternoon? Worried about oven space!

    • Two Peas replied: — November 19th, 2012 @ 11:41 am

      You could bake it in the morning and reheat it. Just don’t cover it tightly. You don’t want the crumble part to get mushy:)

  16. Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — November 19, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    I share your feelings on pies, they’re not my thing, especially the crust. Yuck. I am also thinking of making a crumble instead for Thanksgiving! Perfect way to get the best parts of pie without having to look rude for not eating the crust :). This sounds absolutely yummy!

  17. najwa kronfel — November 19, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    My type of dessert, love it!

  18. kim@hungryhealthygirl — November 19, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    I love apple crumbles! This would be perfect on Thanksgiving to balance out all of the pumpkin and pecan!

  19. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 19, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    Anything apple crumble has me jumping up and down…sooo good!!

  20. Doug Kaplan — November 19, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    This will sound sacrilage but can you put all of these ingredients in a pre-made pie crust? I’m far from a good cook and have almost no skill so this recipe looks really easy but my family loves pies so i’d be curious if I can put all of this in a pie crust and bake it all together.

  21. susan — November 19, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    so rustic in the skillet!

  22. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — November 19, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    This looks gorgeous! I would rather have an apple crumble than an apple pie any day. Apple crumble vs. pumpkin pie, though? Hard decision!

  23. — November 19, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    It’s the make ahead part that appeals to me. I have to clean bathrooms on Wednesday. Turkey Trot on Thursday morning. I can put it on the calendar for Tuesday!

  24. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — November 19, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    I love apple crumble way more than apple pie! This looks amazing :)

  25. Jaime — November 19, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    This looks delicious! What type of apples do you suggest using?

    • Two Peas replied: — November 19th, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

      I like to use Granny Smith, but use your favorite. Honey Crisp, Gala, or Fuji are good too. Sometimes I like to mix the apples!

  26. Cindy — November 19, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    I do something very similar except I use half butter and half peanut butter (creamy jif-not the old fashioned peanut butter). It gives it a nice flavor :)

  27. Julia — November 19, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    I love an apple crumble over pie & this looks just delicious! How long does something like this last? A week?

  28. Cookin' Canuck — November 19, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    I am a sucker for apple crumble and this looks so tempting! I’ll be that rotisserie turkey is going to be fantastic.

  29. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — November 19, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    A person can never go wrong with an apple crumble, especially in a skillet! Love it!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  30. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — November 19, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    I’m the same about pumpkin pie! It made me think I didn’t like pumpkin for the longest time…I’m glad I found out it’s just the pie :)

    Apple crumble, however, is one of my favorites! This sounds perfect!

  31. Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 19, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

    I am the only one in my family that loves pumpkin in many shapes and forms, but not in pie. I will take apple crumble any day!

  32. Lucy Lean — November 19, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    one of my all time favorites – enjoy!

  33. Becky — November 19, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    mmmm… this looks amazing and super heavy on the crisp, which is just the way I like it. I think I’d have a scoop for breakfast too.

  34. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — November 19, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    That looks great! I am so into apple desserts and I like that you made it in a skillet!

  35. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 19, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    I could seriously eat that entire crumble by myself. I might have to take a break or two but I’d be happy to try! :)

  36. Joanne — November 19, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    Even though I adore pumpkin, I could definitely go without pumpkin pie on T-Day. But an apple-y dessert? NEED IT! This looks fabulous!

  37. Mi Vida en un Dulce — November 19, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    My son really loves apple crumble, he is asking me to make some, but I made for him an apple pie, of course, so different than a crumble, but I didn’t make because I had no inspiration…until now…

  38. Donna — November 20, 2012 @ 12:50 am

    The Ultimate comfort food: Apple crumble. Yours look beeeee-oootiful! Happy T Day!

  39. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — November 20, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I would take this apple crumble over pumpkin pie any day!

  40. Luna — November 20, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    We’re having apple crisp for dessert with our Thanksgiving as well. For many of the same reasons you mentioned: the weird texture of pumpkin pie, an inability to make a pie crust, and the simplicity of making this. And because it’s my husband’s favorite fall dessert. Can’t resist the accolades that come from making his favorite!

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