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Traditional Cranberry Apple Crisp Recipe
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Traditional Cranberry Apple Crisp

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"We love to have this at Christmastime as a special treat; a family friend shared it with my mother years ago. Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream."

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Original recipe makes 1 9x12-inch baking dish Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    55 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x12-inch baking dish.
  2. Heat the orange juice, sugar, and about half the cranberries in a saucepan over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil; simmer until the cranberries pop, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in the apples and the rest of the cranberries. Remove from heat, allow to cool for several minutes, then pour into the prepared baking dish.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oats. Stir in the butter until thoroughly incorporated, then sprinkle the oat topping over the fruit mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the filling is bubbling and the oat topping has begun to brown, about 45 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 12, 2010

This is very good, I like the touch of orange. The only thing I will change is to bump up the cinnimon by 1/2 teaspoon, which is personal preference. Will make again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 09, 2010

Won't be making this again, so glad I only made half a recipe. Made like recipe said, but did use more cinnamon as others suggested. I have better cranberry crisp recipe, but thought since this had apple it would be a nice change. WRONG. If we'd liked the filling better I would've made my usual topping because this didn't have any flavor & seemed very buttery. I like the ones with flour in with the oatmeal & butter because it gets crispier. Sorry, but not worth keeping for us.

Dec 30, 2010

My family loved this recipe and ate it up in no time, but I gave it four stars because I found it too tart for my taste. It definitely needed that scoop of vanilla ice cream on top to balance out the sweet and sour flavors. In the future I might try using less cranberries, and more apples and sugar. However, I still think it's a great recipe, especially if you're a fan of cranberries:) (note: the recipe says a 9x12 pan feeds only 6 people! It really serves about 12)

Nov 29, 2010

Just made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit. I think next time I'd use less nutmeg.

Nov 25, 2011

Was more of a cranberry/apple sauce than a dessert cran/apple crisp. Lack something to bind it together (that's why it was a sauce & I followed the directions to a T). I would not have chopped the apple, but slice them. I like flour added to my topping for more of a crispy chunky texture. I would not make this one again.

Dec 08, 2011

Love it!

Dec 31, 2013

This was less sweet than I expected but we enjoyed it with ice cream. I don't cook with cranberries often and usually the sugar in the recipe hides more of the tartness. Hard to know that up front. The filling was runny but served in a bowl with some vanilla ice cream still looked festive. I used an empire apple, didn't peel it, and added a little flour to the topping. I only made one serving (but used a whole, small apple) and ended up with a 4x7 dish that served 4 with ice cream.

Mar 14, 2013

I cut this recipe in half and baked in a 9x7" Pyrex dish. The only thing I changed was to add about 1 T of flour to the topping. I think it turned out perfectly. People complaining about tartness shouldn't be making cranberry anything. This definitely isn't a sweet crisp, but I prefer it that way. I used Cameo apples.


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  • Calories
  • 741 kcal
  • 37%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 141.3 g
  • 46%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 21.4 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 9.5 g
  • 38%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 87 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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