skillet amaretto apple crisp

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A cozy and delicious skillet amaretto apple crisp!

I come from an apple crisp family. My grandmother has baked apple crisp with Fuji and Pippin apples from her trees for decades, and I remember my mom baking pans of apple crisp every fall. These wise women have taught me the unspoken yet implied rules of apple crisp: never skimp on the topping, serve with steaming coffee and vanilla bean ice cream, and enjoy any leftover crisp for breakfast the next day.

Skillet Amaretto Apple Crisp

Although I’m adding my own twist with Honeycrisp apples and a nice splash of Amaretto, the heart of apple crisp is always the same – an effortless dessert that brings everyone to the table, expectant and ready to dig in. When the skillet emerges from the oven with sweet and tender Amaretto-spiked apples topped with a lid of crisp golden topping, it’s easy to see why apple crisp is a welcome classic.

Skillet Amaretto Apple Crisp

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Skillet Amaretto Apple Crisp

Skillet Amaretto Apple Crisp


Ingredients

Topping

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Amaretto
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed

Filling

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 7 cups peeled and diced Honeycrisp apples
  • 3 Tbsp amaretto

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F place a baking sheet in the center of the oven. Grease a seasoned 10-inch cast iron skillet (or 2 quart baking dish). For the crumble topping, whisk together oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl; mix in amaretto. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or fork until large crumbs form. Keep chilled while preparing filling.
  2. For the filling, whisk together sugar, arrowroot starch, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add apples and amaretto and toss to combine. Spoon filling into skillet and top with chilled crumble. Place skillet on preheated baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, until filling is bubbling and topping is golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

Arrowroot starch is a natural thickener and creates a smooth, shiny sauce. Available online or in the natural foods section.


Nutrition

  • Calories: 270
  • Carbohydrates: 45

Keywords: Apple Crisp, Skillet Crisp, Fruit Crisp, Apple, Amaretto

More apple desserts you’ll love:

Apple Cider Bundt Cake
Salted Caramel Apple Tart
Apple Crumble Loaf Cake

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25 Comments

  1. I am making this NOW. But I’m making it for tomorrow and I’m wondering whether to bake it today or prepare it now and bake it tomorrow. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Lara! I recommend making the topping ahead and chilling overnight. You can also toss together the sugar, arrowroot starch, salt, and cinnamon together today, and then add your apples and amaretto tomorrow just before baking. If you do want to mix the apples together today, then just add the topping right before baking. Hope that helps!

  2. I am a huge apple fan so you’ve given me a major craving this morning! Next batch will have a dose of Amaretto–yum!

  3. I could eat this for breakfast! Absolutely beautiful and the addition of amaretto is brilliant!

  4. I love the idea of this in a skillet! And this has a great topping. To me apple desserts are all about the crust or the topping 🙂

  5. This looks delicious and the recipe is very similar to Apple Crumble, which I love. Crumble is usually served with custard in the UK, however I always prefer ice-cream with hot desserts like this, just like you.

    A lovely looking dish.

  6. Skillet desserts are always a special treat. This crisp looks delicious, love the addition of Amaretto!! Vanilla bean ice cream…wise women, indeed. 🙂

  7. I bet your grandmothers apple crisp was amazing! How fun that you got to enjoy grandmas baked goods! My grandmas are not really bakers…kind always wished they where though!!

    Love this crisp, it sounds awesome!