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Apple Crisp Cups

Apple Crisp Cups: A Delicious Twist on a Classic Dessert

Who doesn’t love a warm, comforting apple crisp? The combination of sweet apples, warm spices, and a crisp topping is simply irresistible. But have you ever thought about serving apple crisp in individual cups? It’s a fun and creative way to enjoy this classic dessert. In this article, we will explore the world of apple crisp cups and how you can make them at home.

Why Choose Apple Crisp Cups?

Apple crisp cups offer several advantages over traditional apple crisp. First and foremost, they are incredibly cute and visually appealing. Serving apple crisp in individual cups allows for portion control and eliminates the need for cutting and serving. Each person gets their own personal portion, which is perfect for gatherings or parties.

Another advantage of apple crisp cups is that they bake faster than a large pan of apple crisp. The smaller size means that the apple filling cooks more quickly, resulting in a shorter baking time. This is great news if you’re craving apple crisp but don’t want to wait too long for it to be ready.

How to Make Apple Crisp Cups

Making apple crisp cups is surprisingly simple. You start by preparing the apple filling, which consists of sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon juice. The lemon juice adds a touch of acidity that balances out the sweetness of the apples.

Next, you prepare the crisp topping. This typically includes a mixture of flour, oats, brown sugar, butter, and spices. You want the topping to be crumbly and buttery, so make sure to use cold butter and cut it into the dry ingredients until you have coarse crumbs.

Once the apple filling and crisp topping are ready, it’s time to assemble the cups. You can use individual ramekins, muffin tins, or even small mason jars. Start by layering a spoonful of the crisp topping at the bottom of each cup, followed by a layer of the apple filling. Repeat the layers until the cups are filled, ending with a generous sprinkle of the crisp topping.

Finally, bake the apple crisp cups in a preheated oven until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown and crisp. The aroma that fills your kitchen as they bake is simply heavenly. Serve the apple crisp cups warm, preferably with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream on top.

FAQs about Apple Crisp Cups

1. Can I use different types of apples for apple crisp cups?

Yes, you can use any apples you like for apple crisp cups. Some popular choices include Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Gala. Choose apples that are firm and slightly tart for the best flavor and texture.

2. Can I make apple crisp cups in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the apple crisp cups in advance and refrigerate them before baking. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply pop them in the oven and bake as directed. This is a great option if you want to save time on the day of serving.

3. Can I freeze apple crisp cups?

Yes, you can freeze apple crisp cups. After baking, let them cool completely, then wrap each cup tightly in plastic wrap or foil. Place the wrapped cups in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to three months. When you’re ready to eat, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the oven before serving.

4. Can I add nuts to the crisp topping?

Absolutely! Adding chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans to the crisp topping adds a delightful crunch and extra flavor. Simply mix the nuts in with the other dry ingredients before adding the butter.

5. Can I make a gluten-free version of apple crisp cups?

Yes, you can easily make a gluten-free version of apple crisp cups. Simply substitute gluten-free flour and oats in the crisp topping. Make sure to check that all your ingredients, including the spices, are gluten-free.

6. Can I use a different type of sweetener?

Yes, you can use different types of sweeteners in the apple filling and crisp topping. Brown sugar, granulated sugar, honey, or maple syrup are all great options. Experiment with different sweeteners to find your perfect combination.

7. Can I add other fruits to the apple filling?

Absolutely! While apple crisp is delicious on its own, you can definitely add other fruits to the filling for a twist. Some popular choices include berries, peaches, or pears. Just make sure to adjust the sugar and spices accordingly.

8. Can I make mini apple crisp cups?

Yes, you can make mini apple crisp cups by using smaller cups or muffin tins. This is a great option for bite-sized treats or if you’re serving a large crowd. Just remember to adjust the baking time accordingly, as mini cups will bake faster than regular-sized ones.

In Conclusion

Apple crisp cups are a delightful twist on the classic dessert. They are visually appealing, delicious, and easy to make. Whether you’re serving them for a special occasion or just as a sweet treat for yourself, apple crisp cups are sure to impress. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to enjoy a warm and comforting dessert that will satisfy your cravings.

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Apple Crisp Cups

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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 48


  • 3 McIntosh apples , peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon , or to taste
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Grease 4 mini-muffin tins with 12 cups each.
  • In a saucepan, combine the apples, water, white sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir occasionally and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes until the apples are partially cooked. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and nutmeg. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Take a heaping tablespoon of the crust mixture and press it into the bottom and sides of each mini muffin cup. Make sure the crust goes all the way to the top of the cup and patch any holes with more crust mixture. There will be leftover crust mixture.
  • Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the apple filling into each crust.
  • Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of the remaining crust mixture onto the apple filling.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown.
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