Oh-my-delicious-goodness… You can make apple crisp stuffed apples!!! YES. This is a thing and they are out of this world! I can’t stop thinking about how amazing they taste! With warm and sweet apple filling baked inside a hollowed out apple. Then topped with delicious, buttery crumble with a hint of cinnamon. Add some vanilla ice cream and some gooey caramel sauce and it’s heaven. I’m craving it again just looking at the photos!
Classic apple crisp that’s baked in a dish is pretty awesome as it is. (Especially with ice cream… yum!) But this version takes it to a new level. The baked apple adds to the amazing depth of the classic apple crisp flavours – plus it’s beautiful and fun! It’s a simple-to-make show stopping dessert that will impress pretty much anyone you serve it to.
It’s pretty much the definition of fall comfort food. Throw on your favourite cozy sweater, cuddle up on the couch with a blanket and wait for the delicious smells of these apple crisp stuffed apples to fill your home. Apples and cinnamon… Mmmm…
When I made these, I had apple crisp, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce as my afternoon snack. Then my kids had apple crisp, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce as their evening snack. And then I had the last lonely apple crisp stuffed apple for breakfast the next day. You better believe I had ice cream and caramel sauce for breakfast that day! I can’t think of anything better to cheer you up on a dreary day than having ice cream for breakfast!?!?
If I’m being honest, I’ve never actually made a classic apple crisp before. So this was my first apple crisp adventure. So if I did something wrong, or if you have pointers on how to improve this recipe, please feel free to leave them in the comments!
This recipe looks challenging, but I promise, it’s pretty straight forward. Even for a beginner like me! The most tedious part was hollowing out the apple bowls but once that’s done it’s smooth sailing! I recommend starting with your apple crumble first, then cooking your filling. While that simmers, hollow out your apples. Stuff them with filling, top with crumble and bake. Add some ice cream and caramel and VOILA! The perfect dessert for brunch, holiday dinner or an extra special treat!
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How to Make Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples
If you have a melon baller (or a strong spoon), then hollowing out the apples is actually really easy! You chop off the top of the apple, scoop out the core and a little bit of flesh and you’re done!
You don’t need to scoop out all of the apple flesh, just enough to make a “bowl” to hold your apple filling. Most of what I scooped out was the apple core. If you scoop out any non-core apple flesh, you can feel free to add it to your apple filling mixture.
The only problem with adding it to the apple filling is that I scooped out my apples AFTER I cooked the filling. If you hollow out your apples before you make the apple filling, they will start to go brown. But you can brush some lemon juice on the hollowed out apples to keep them from going brown if they’re going to sit for 15 minutes. You’ll have to decide the best way to sequence things if you plan to use the scooped out apple.
Fill the hollowed out apples with the warm apple filling.
There was quite a bit of buttery apple liquid at the bottom of the pot I cooked the apple filling in. Don’t throw away that liquid just yet…
Put a generous helping of crumble on top! Place your stuffed apples on a lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes!
Remember how I said this was the first time I made any form of apple crisp? For some reason my topping seemed dry when I added it on top of my stuffed apples (tips in the comments are welcome!).
So while my apple crisps were baking, I drizzled some of that leftover buttery topping from the apple filling on top, and everything crisped up beautifully. So if you find your topping looks dry and less-than-buttery, that’s my (delicious) suggestion!
They turned out AMAZING! The crumble topping looked beautiful after I drizzled it with the buttery apple liquid!
And if your mouth isn’t watering yet, let’s add some vanilla ice cream and drizzle some gooey caramel sauce on top. Mmmm…
I can’t eat my apple crisp without vanilla ice cream, so I STRONGLY recommend adding the ice cream. The caramel sauce is optional, but sooooo fun and delicious!
This dessert obviously tastes the best when it comes right out of the oven. It tastes and smells HEAVENLY!
But even the apple crisp I had the next morning still tasted delicious – I left it on the counter overnight and just microwaved it to heat it up. Still good.
Can you think of a more perfect dessert for fall?!
Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples
- 9 apples gala or honeycrisp
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup butter cold
Prepare the Crumble Mixture
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, oats, sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Cut the butter into small cubes. Add them to the crumble mixture, then cut them in with a pastry knife or two forks until the mixture is crumbly. Set this mixture aside.
Prepare the Apple Filling
- Peel 3 of the apples, then chop them into small chunks.
- In a medium pot, add the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and apples. Simmer over medium-low heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until the apples start to soften.
Assemble the Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples
- Cut the tops off the remaining 6 apples. Use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out the core and some of the apple flesh. Don't scoop out all of the apple flesh, just enough to make a bowl for the apple filling.
- Place the hollowed out apples on a parchment lined baking sheet. Fill the apples with the warm apple filling.
- Add a generous amount of the crumble topping on top of each apple.
- Bake the apples at 400F for 12 to 15 minutes or until the crumble topping is crispy.
- Remove the apples from the oven. Serve with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. (Optional)
These apple crisp stuffed apples are SOOOO GOOD! This is comfort food at it’s finest! Fill your hollowed out apple “bowls” with the warm, saucy apple filling and top with the buttery crumble. Then bake the apple crisp inside of the apple! Top it with vanilla ice cream and gooey caramel sauce – Delicious!!! Such a perfect fall dessert (and a very impressive dessert!) that the whole family will love!
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