Inside-Out Apple Crisp

Fall is in the air! After a trip to our local orchard, it was clear that we could use the abundant selection of fresh picked apples for a festive fall dessert! We were thrilled to gather two large baskets full of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp apples, which are delicious at this time of year. The smell of the apple trees, apple cider, and freshly baked apple donuts definitely got my mind churning for an apple dessert that was bound to hit that fall craving. Let the baking begin!

Don’t be fooled by the less than smooth appearance, these Inside Out Apple Crisps are bursting with flavor and are definitely elegant enough to be served at a dinner party full of autumn fervor. As with any new recipe, I definitely hit some kinks along the way, but this dessert was just too good not to persevere and come up with the perfect combination of sweetness, tart, and texture.

I chose four plump Granny Smith apples, cored them and hollowed them out slightly beyond the cored center. The apples were stuffed with a simple, yet tasty, rolled oat and brown sugar mixture. I lightly packed the apple with the mixture and put them oven. They were then drizzled with caramel sauce giving them the finale that they deserved!

The Inside-Out Apple Crisps needed about 30 minutes to bake, but be careful; I happened to get caught up in doing other things and next thing I knew, I had an apple ooze fest on my pan after having them in the oven for over 40 minutes. Not to worry, though, after working out the kinks, this apple dessert, turned into an easy yet scrumptious fall treat. If you want an apple that will wrinkle less during the baking process, opt for the Honey Crisp variety. The wrinkled appearance did not bother us, because the tartness of the Granny Smith apples perfectly complimented the sweetness of the filling and caramel drizzle.

This recipe took, at most, 5 minutes to prepare, but the mouth-watering aroma that filled the air when baking, was absolutely divine. This is a great recipe for the family when you have little time to prep and bake, but want a sweet ending to your meal!

Inside-Out Apple Crisp

Yield: 4 Servings


4 Granny Smith apples (cored and slighty hollowed down)
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
caramel sauce for drizzling over baked apple


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Core and slightly hollow out the apples beyond the cored center. (Don’t go to far or the apple will loose its shape when baked).

3. Mix together the oats, pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar.

4. Soften the butter and add to the mixture, mixing gently until spread throughout.

5. Lightly add the filling to the apples. (Do not pack inside or the mixture will expand and the apple will burst!)

6. Bake for 30 minutes

7. Drizzle with caramel sauce

45 Responses to “Inside-Out Apple Crisp”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet — October 5, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    The caramel on there just looks delicious. Never tried it this way – it looks great!


  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite — October 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    My goodness! This looks incredible! So fancy!


  3. Julia — October 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Love it!!!! And with the caramel and maybe a scoop of ice cream (just cuz I can :) ).


  4. Maria — October 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Apple crisp is my favorite fall dessert. Love this version! So fun!


  5. That drizzle of caramel is mouth-watering. This sounds great for guests or for a weeknight treat!


  6. SMITH BITES — October 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Mmmmmmm . . . apples . . . with caramel sauce . . . warm . . . happy tummy!


  7. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — October 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Easy and delicious! Perfect for the abundance of apples right now!


  8. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — October 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Apple Crisp is hands down my favorite dessert!! If we go out to dinner it’s the one dessert that I can’t resist ordering. It’s almost as if I’m searching for the perfect apple crisp. I like the rustic look the wrinkles give the apple!


  9. hannah {thepastrykook} — October 5, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    oh my word. i must be in apple heaven now…


  10. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle — October 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I’ve got an apple tree in my backyard. It’s going to be history soon because the squirrels make such a mess of the apples but this year with a nice bounty I’ve been making a fair share of apple crisps and pies. Love baked apples, not sure why I didn’t think of this too…but thinking I”m about in the mood with this last batch I have to use. Wish I could smell them right now!


  11. Nancy @ The Sensitive Pantry — October 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    You must have read my mind! I was craving baked apples today and these look particularly spectacular.


  12. Susan — October 5, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    This looks wonderful! Autumn is definitely in the air!


  13. the blissful baker — October 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    ohh this looks so yummy! i love apple desserts :)


  14. Joanne — October 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    How serendipitous is it that I just bought a whole slew of honeycrisp apples?!?!? Very, I say. These look glorious. Thanks so much for working out the kinks for us!


  15. abbey — October 6, 2010 at 12:48 am

    this is very unique! wow! i want to try this


  16. Cherine — October 6, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Looks fabulous!


  17. LimeCake — October 6, 2010 at 3:40 am

    that’s a neat idea! and great use of the whole apple.


  18. Heavenly Housewife — October 6, 2010 at 4:19 am

    What a fantastic apple desert. I have 3 apple trees in my back yard and loads of apples this year, so I am looking for some great ideas. Thanks for sharing this one.
    *kisses* HH


  19. Lora — October 6, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Wow. What a great idea. Looks wonderful!


  20. Jan — October 6, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I love baked apples! I’m glad you kept the peel on them. It makes it more rustic and the peel tastes great too!


  21. The Blue-Eyed Bakers — October 6, 2010 at 8:37 am

    We want to go apple picking! And then make these…I mean, how could we not!? That drizzling caramel photo is insane…we want!


  22. Amalia — October 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Oh dear, that looks just so over the top beautiful and delicious! I would have never thought of filling an apple…mmm the caramel…I need to make this! and eat it with ice cream!



  23. shelly (cookies and cups) — October 6, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Gorgeous and delicious!!


  24. Lauren — October 6, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Delicious! I am definitely making this soon… I even have a bit of caramel sauce leftover in my fridge for that extra touch of decadence :).


  25. Sara — October 6, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    These are beautiful! I actually like the look of the wrinkly-ness. I bet they tasted wonderful!


  26. Michelle — October 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Oh My Goodness!!!!! I am so glad you posted this today, as I was just about to make something with my granny smith apples that I have so many of, and was not sure on the right recipe to use them for…., I must get down stairs and make these now! Thank you so much for always sharing some of the best and most unique recipes everrr!!!!

    Michelle Torres


  27. Katrina — October 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Mmmm apple crisp is my fav. I’m so excited to try this one!


  28. Beth @ bethcooks — October 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Wow- what a great recipe! I need try this one ASAP!


  29. leslie — October 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Oh my my my …these totally remind me of what my Grandma used to make me in the cold winters of Pittsburgh!! yum


  30. Karen Harris-Webb — October 6, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    This would be perfect for two, since it is just my husband and myself. I love baking apple pies, but this looks so much easier. Can’t wait to try it!


  31. Dee D. — October 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I really love the concept of an inside out apple crisp! So creative and it looks great too :)


  32. Eliana — October 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Jaime – you never cease to amaze me. This seriously looks like a work of art.


  33. N — October 6, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    These are very cool and would love to try this with all our apples too.


  34. ingrid — October 6, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Mmmmmm and I have a big bag of granny smith’s!


  35. Double Dipped Life — October 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

    This looks fantastic! What an elegant way to serve apple crisp!


  36. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — October 7, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Just when I thought apple crisp couldn’t possibly get any better….it just did! This looks amazing!


  37. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — October 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Wow, this is genius!! Yumm :)


  38. Sharlene — October 10, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Wonderful idea! We went apple picking today and picked up a bunch of granny smiths for an apple crisp I have in mind tomorrow. Perhaps I’ll do this with any leftover apples I find!


  39. Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread — October 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I wish I could make these photos real life and grab one of these fabulous apples!!!


  40. Debbie — September 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    This looks so easy. I now have all the ingredients available, I will have to try this.Sounds tasty.


  41. Rachel @ Bakerita — October 24, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I did this by mixing some granola I had on hand with softened butter and stuffing the apples, and putting about an inch of apple cider on the bottom of the pan to make it even juicier!
    Soo so good.


  42. Sheena — December 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    So the wrinkles come from not peeling the apples?


    • MBA — December 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Yes, the skin expands when baking and tends to wrinkle up. If you want to avoid this, cut several slits into the skin to allow for the expansion. Have a great day!


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