Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

I use my slow cooker all the time for main dishes and every once in a while for side dishes but I've never made a dessert in it. Recently I've seen several recipes for cobblers or crisps made in the slow cooker. Curious, I decided to give it a try.

I cooked this on low for about four hours. I removed the lid and placed a towel underneath to help remove the moisture and increase the "crispness". The addition of the butterscotch pudding gives this a wonderful caramel flavor. While this doesn't have quite the same crunch and as one baked in the oven, it makes a delicious dessert and you can't beat the smell of the apples cooking in the kitchen.

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp
Recipe courtesy of CD Kitchen

5 large sliced peeled tart apples
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1 package (3-1/2-ounce size) cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding mix
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter or margarine
Vanilla ice cream or Whipping Cream -- optional


Place apples in a 3-qt. slow cooker.

In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, oats, pudding mix and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the apples.

Cover and cook on low for 5 hours or until apples are tender. Serve with ice cream or whipping cream, if desired.

I am linking this to Tasty Tuesday, Tuesday's at the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Tuesday Night Supper Club.


  1. You really do get great use out of your slow cooker! The crisp looks delicious. I'm going to have to dig mine out and start using it more!

  2. I love apple crisp. Slow cookers are great especially if it's hot outside, they won't heat up the house.

  3. Bravo,Julie! I'm bookmarking this for those hot summer days when I use my slow cooker on the patio to keep the heat out of the house. It looks yummy and anything that goes over ice cream is a smashing success here!

  4. I have heard of this, but never seen it done. I will have to keep this in mind as I think I'll need some recipes that don't heat up the house for later this summer :)

  5. I must say Julie I am impressed that you tried it; it has been on my Should I? list. I cn imagine how good it smells.

  6. When you think of the electric savings not heating the whole oven a little lack of crispness is just fine. Great recipe for the end of summer when fresh apples are in the farmers' markets!

  7. I've never thought to bake with my slow cooker but I do love the idea of having the scent of apple crisp wafting in my kitchen all day. Looks delicious!

  8. I would have never thought of making dessert in a slow cooker. What an amazing idea!


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