Mini Cranberry Apple Crisps

Hello, again! It’s Emily from Jelly Toast and I’m so excited to be back here on MBA to hang out with you all. You’re such an awesome bunch.

With all of the holiday cookie baking going on lately, I got to thinking about all of the other desserts that often take a backseat to “The cookie tray.” By the way, does your family have a cookie tray too? We totally rock the cookie tray.You know the one – the tray with about twenty different kinds of cookies and a little something for everyone.

As much as I love a good cookie selection, I also like the idea of having one main dessert that anchors the entire dessert table and is then surrounded by all of its little cookie friends creating one big happy dessert family.

For me, a great example of a main holiday dessert is my Grandma’s Apple Crisp. She often brings it to family holiday gatherings and it’s always been one of my favorites. I love the fact that it is kind of like a pie, but much more casual. Like a pie in jeans. I decided to give the apple crisp a whirl for myself so I called up my Grandma and she very generously shared her recipe. She’s sweet like that.

Because I am a tinkerer, I just had to add my own touch to her recipe by mixing in some fresh cranberries to make it extra holiday-ish. I admit that I tend to go overboard this time of year and add cranberries to everything. Fresh or dried, from cookies to drinks – it doesn’t matter. I love those little red berries. I am also in a complete miniaturizing phase, so I had no choice but to turn these into mini crisps. No choice I tell ya.

So these Mini Apple Cranberry Crisps are my spin on my Grandma’s traditional treat. Sweet and spiced apples paired with tart and tangy cranberries. The whole thing is finished with a crispy brown sugar and oat topping that will make your mouth scream for more. It’s seasonal, a total comfort food and an absolutely perfect centerpiece for your holiday dessert table (especially when it’s topped with a giant scoop of vanilla bean ice cream).
Happy Holidays!


Mini Cranberry Apple Crisps

Yield: Makes 10 crisps (using 6oz ramekins)

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes


For fruit filling:
4 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped into ½ inch pieces (about 5 ½ cups) I used Granny Smith and Fuji
1 1/2 cups of fresh cranberries
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

For topping:
6 Tablespoons of butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup of rolled oats

For serving (optional):
vanilla bean ice cream
whipped cream
sprinkle of cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350. Place 10-6oz ramekins (or other oven proof dishes) on a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.

2. Prepare fruit filling: Place apples and cranberries into a large bowl. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and toss to coat.

3. Divide mixture evenly between 10 ramekins. The ramekins will seem very full but the fruit cooks down during baking.

4. Prepare the topping: Place all of the topping ingredients into a medium sized bowl (butter, flour, brown sugar, spices and oats). Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the dry ingredients; this step will take a few minutes, but in the end you should end up with a well-blended crumbly topping with pea-sized pieces of butter throughout.

5. Divide the topping evenly among the ramekins, gently pressing it into place on top of the fruit. The ramekins will seem extremely full at this point, but it will all cook down in the oven.

6. Place the baking sheet with the filled ramekins into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.

7. Allow to cool slightly. The crisps can be served warm or at room temp with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or dollop of whipped cream. A sprinkle of cinnamon is always a nice idea, too.

8. Store extra crisp covered in the refrigerator.

Want to make one large crisp? No problem. This can be baked in a 9x13 inch glass baking dish. You may need to increase baking time slightly.


by Emily

Emily is the cook, baker, photographer and rambler behind the blog, Jelly Toast. Aside from taking photos of everything she eats, her days are spent being a short order cook, story teller, tea party guest and giver-of-snuggles to her two kiddos. She has not yet mastered the clean-as-you-go cooking style, but has high hopes for the future.

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21 Responses to “Mini Cranberry Apple Crisps”

  1. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I want to dive in headfirst!! :)


  2. Mr. & Mrs. P — December 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Sounds Amazing.. Love the photos!!!


  3. Mr. & Mrs. P — December 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Sounds Amazing! Love the photos!


    • Emily — December 14, 2012 at 12:28 am

      I’m so glad you like them!

  4. Amber — December 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Emily, I’m with you on the cranberries! I may, at this exact moment.. have 9 lbs of cranberries in my freezer. But that’s the last we’ll speak of it!

    These crisps are just stunning. And I totally agree with you. You DO need an anchor dessert. For us, it’s always been either Yule Log or Kahlua Pie, because Christmas eve is my uncle’s birthday, and he usually requests one of those two for his “cake”. Wonder if I can convince him to switch to apple and cranberry crisp this year..


    • Emily — December 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

      That’s too funny, I have 5 in my freezer! I can’t help myself, seriously…I’m so glad I’m not alone :) let me know what you think if you try it!

  5. Aya B. — December 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Cranberry and Apple
    Lovely :D


  6. Maria Rausova — December 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Oh these sound absolutely delicious! Love the mini size!


  7. Allison — December 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    These look amazing and I’m sure taste even better. Can’t wait to try this – luckily I happen to have all the ingredients right now!


  8. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — December 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Love the idea of serving individual crisp. So great in the pretty white cups.


  9. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — December 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I just discovered Jelly Toast about a week ago and am so in love! This crisp sounds so cozy and delicious….

    These shots are gorgeous as well.


    • Emily — December 14, 2012 at 12:31 am

      Thanks so much, Loretta!

  10. Lisa Cornely — December 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Love the post. I’m a huge fan of apple crisp, and I love the apple cranberry combo. Definitely going to have these this weekend. They look beautiful by the way, rustic and simply lovely.


  11. Julie — December 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I’m new to your blog and am loving going through all of your past recipes. So delicious and such lovely photography. This apple crisp looks phenomenal, and what’s better is I have all of the ingredients to make it today :) Thanks for sharing!


  12. The Male Baker — December 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Love the mini idea! That way nobody gets to hog them all!


  13. Cathy @ Noble Pig — December 14, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    These are the cutest desserts ever!


  14. Greta — December 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    This looks absolutely AMAZING!!!
    I only wish that the weekend was longer so I could have time to try this out!!!
    Apple crumble with dried cranberries is one of my favorite recipies and I will soon have a recipe on my website too!
    Here is a link to my blog’s home page:


  15. Rachel @ — December 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Mini Cranberry Apple Crisps Yum! Looks delicious! Merry Christmas


  16. El — December 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    They look scrumptious!


  17. aish — December 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    This looks so good


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