Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe

All summer long there are never any debates in my house about what to do. Living by the lakefront and in a city of summer festivals presents a nice assortment of activities. And then fall hits. The temperatures cool and then it seems like there is not much to do. I start to spend more time in the house, on the couch, watching television. Boring!

I’ve been trying to come up with more activities to do now that it isn’t as warm out. Fall seems to be a good time to pick things. Apples, pumpkins, they both need picking. This is a great activity for you and your family. Most pumpkin farms also offer apple picking as well as a variety of other activities for your family. Corn maze, anyone? Before the snow falls, bundle up and take your family picking.

Visit an Apple Orchard
You can keep the family activities flowing once you get home by putting all of the apples and pumpkins to good use. Family baking is also another great activity. Although, I prefer the eating part, it’s always great to get a bunch of hands in the kitchen. There’s something about the potential idea of getting really messy that kids really enjoy.

Picking Apples

A great use for all of those fall apples is a delicious apple crisp. With child-safe knives, you can get everyone involved in the dicing. (Supervised, of course.) Pull out the pastry blender and task someone with crumbling up the topping for your apple crisp. The crisp won’t take long to bake once it is in the oven. When it’s all finished, gather around the table to dish out helpings of apple crisp with ice cream and Litehouse Old Fashioned Caramel dip. There’s nothing more delicious and American than this classic dessert.

Peeling Apples for Apple Crisp

Here are some other great ideas of family fun activities to celebrate Fall:

  • Ice Skating (When it gets colder, of course.)
  • Family movies & popcorn night
  • Create your own pizza night
  • Outdoor touch-football game
  • Visit a local museum

Chime in below with some of your favorite family activities! It’s never too cold to spend time with your family.

Apple Crisp Ingredients

Caramel Apple Crisp

Serves 6 | Finish in 50 minutes

This American classic helps use up all of your fresh fall apples with a delicious caramel twist.


5 pounds Honey Crisp apples,
Grated zest of 1 lemon,
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice,
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice,
1/2 cup granulated sugar,
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon,
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg,

For the topping:,

1 1/2 cups flour,
3/4 cup granulated sugar,
3/4 cup light brown sugar packed,
1/2 teaspoon salt,
1 cup oatmeal,
1/2 pound cold unsalted butter diced,
Litehouse Old Fashioned Caramel Dip,
Vanilla Ice Cream,


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x9 baking dish.

2. Peel and core all of the apples. Cut the apples into ½” slices and place them in a large bowl. Add in the lemon zest, lemon juice, orange juice, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss the apples to coat and then pour them into the prepared baking dish.

3. Prepare the crumble topping by combining the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal and butter in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until crumbles begin to form. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 30 minutes.

4. Allow the crisp to cool slightly before serving with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of Litehouse Old Fashioned Caramel dip.

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