Skillet Apple Crisp

skillet apple crisp /

This would be a pretty dessert on the table of any dinner party… or a no-fuss, no-crust Thanksgiving apple “not-pie.” But it’s equally perfect for a cozy Sunday when you’re too lazy to leave the sofa in between marathon-ed episodes of Mr. Selfridge.

Don’t tell me what happens, we’re 3 episodes from the end, and we’re pretty obsessed. But we had to eat, and this was fast enough to quickly to whip up. (It just tastes like it should have taken longer). Feel free to scale it for a crowd, but I love a dessert that’s easy to to make a small amount of, just for 2.

skillet apple crisp

Serves: 1 mini 6-inch skillet serves 2
crumble topping:
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon earth balance butter (or regular butter) or hardened coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
for the apples:
  • ½ teaspoon butter (vegan earth balance) or coconut oil
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • vegan coconut ice cream, for serving (I love this one)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make your crumble topping by crushing the crumble ingredients together. I placed everything into a plastic bag and used a wooden kitchen mallet to crush. Then I used my hands (from the outside of the bag) to distribute any excess clumps of butter. Don't over mix, stop when it's a coarse crumble. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a small skillet, add apples, a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of maple syrup. Stir to coat and continue cooking for a few minutes until the apples just begin to soften.
  4. Top the apples with the crumble mixture (as much as you want) and place the skillet in the oven for 8-12 minutes, until the apples are tender and the crumble topping is lightly toasted.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve with 2 spoons and a scoop of ice cream.
This will work in a larger skillet, double or triple the recipe (depending on the size of your skillet), and increase the baking time.

Pictured above: Lodge mini 5-inch skillet


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  1. dani from

    i am making this now and loving it already from the delicious smell and yes even the taste test -pre cooked. i did add a bit of coconut flour to the crumble to see what would happen. will post a pic on instagram.
    the photo you post seems like more than one apple though.
    i used for in a medium-sized skillet, and winged the proportions for a crowd.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Dani,

      You’ll have to let me know how it goes with the coconut flour πŸ™‚ The skillet I used in the photo is really small (5 or 7 inches).

  2. Hey there! I’ve been following your weblog for a while now and finally got
    the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Tx!
    Just wanted to mention keep up the fantastic job!

    • jeanine

      thank you! I’m so glad you took the time to finally comment :). Thanks for reading!

  3. Julia from

    Mm this looks amazing – I had never thought of a skillet apple crisp before! Your pictures and blog are very beautiful:)

  4. Made this last night and it was the most simple preparation and delicious results. I love the oat-free crumble topping. This fits with all seasons since fruit can easily be swapped, so this will be my go-to dessert when I want a quick dessert for me and my husband! Thank you!

  5. Sini from

    What a great way to end any meal!

  6. jade from

    this sounds and looks like heaven in a skillet. must try!

  7. Jacqueline

    What kind of apple(s) would you recommend in this recipe?

    • jeanine

      I like gala apples, sweet & crisp… a little tart but not overly so.

  8. Yep, this is the best dessert anytime, but especially when entertaining or serving a crowd. Though I rarely think about it, so thanks for the reminder! And oven to table recipes like this cannot be beat. That’s why my skillet and le creuset pans are the most used in my kitchen. Now, if I could just find coconut ice cream where I live. πŸ™

  9. ooh yum! I’m obsessed with crisps and crumbles at the moment (and definitely Mr. Selfridge!), and I love that this one is in a skillet πŸ™‚

  10. Ok, I have no idea what Mr. Selfridge is about but I DO know that apple crisp is awesome and that you’ve got me craving it right now! (Side note – haven’t tried the bnut in my spiralizer yet because this weekend was crazy busy but I will keep you posted for sure!)

    • jeanine

      it’s a really good tv show! I’m hoping some UK followers back me up on that one πŸ™‚

    • jeanine

      oh you’re too sweet πŸ™‚

  11. So good, love skillet desserts, it means you only need to wash up one dish!

    I love your pictures, so clear and bright.

  12. michelle from

    I love me some apple crisp!

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