Dessert | September 3, 2018

Salted Caramel Apple Crisp

Classic apple crisp kicked up a notch with the addition of salted caramel.  This simple recipe with a handful of pantry items presents like a restaurant quality dessert.  Fresh apples, salted caramel, and a crumb topping pair perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a fall treat.

Salted caramel apple crisp in a turquoise coquette with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

The Perfect Fall Dessert

The other night my husband’s boss came for dinner.  I served up Desi’s Rubio’s chicken tacos in honor of taco Tuesday, which I knew would be a hit and easy to whip up.  And then I had to come up with a dessert.  I had some apples in the produce drawer – so I decided on apple crisp.  Then I took it a step further and decided caramel apple crisp would be tastier.

Salted caramel apple crisp in a turquoise coquette with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

Individual Desserts Are Better

I made them individual sized, because who doesn’t love to eat their very own dessert?  You can make them in ramekins or mini cocottes.  Not only is the smaller size funner to eat – but it’s faster to bake!

salted caramel apple crisp recipe - making salted caramel.

How To Make Salted Caramel

Salted caramel is the key to this dessert.  Des has a delicious recipe for salted caramel that I used here in this recipe.  Making caramel can be intimidating, but once you try it – you’ll learn it is not as hard as it sounds.  Let me give you the run down:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a heavy bottom sauce pan.
  2. Stir with a wooden over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture reaches a boil.
  3. Remove wooden spoon.
  4. Swirl liquid in the bottom of the pan occasionally until it turns an amber color.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add butter, vanilla, salt, and cream.
  7. Whisk until well combined.
  8. Store in a mason jar.

Cheater Tip: Still intimidated? You can sub store bought salted caramel for homemade in this recipe.

Salted caramel apple crisp - peeling and slicing apples with a kitchenmaid spiralizer.

Peel and Slice Your Apples

Using fresh apples is the only way to go.  You will need to peal and slice them thin.  There are a few ways to do this task:

Salted caramel apple crisp - making apple filling in a white bowl.

The Filling

Once your apples are peeled and sliced – the filling comes together in a snap.  Toss your apples with a little cinnamon and a half cup of your prepared salted caramel.

Warning: The filling smells AMAZING.

Preparing salted caramel apple crisps.

The Topping

The topping is equally as easy as the filling.  Simply dump brown sugar, oats, flour, and butter in your blender and pulse until it resembles course crumbs.  You can also do this with a fork or your Kitchenaid mixer.

Salted caramel apple crisp in turquoise coquettes ready to do in the oven.

Top Them Off

Divide the apple filling between 4 prepared ramekins or mini cocottes.  Just make sure you give them a spritz of non-stick spray.  Top them off by dividing the topping between them and pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Caramel apple crisps cooling.

The Finished Product

Once the these individual apple crisps are baked the apples should be soft and the topping should be golden.

Of course this dessert is best ala mode.  A warm dessert topped with ice cream is my favorite type of dessert.  Caramely apples, topped with a crisp topping, and cold melty ice cream is the perfect ending to any meal.

Salted caramel apple crisp in a turquoise coquette with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

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Salted caramel apple crisp in a turquoise coquette with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
Salted Caramel Apple Crisp
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Delicious and savory salted caramel apple crisp

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp, caramel apple crisp, salted caramel
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1014 kcal
Author: Kadee
Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 gala apples peeled, cored, and sliced thin
  • 3 granny smith apples peeled, cored, and sliced thin
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup prepared salted caramel sauce recipe above
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter cubed
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
Salted Caramel Sauce
  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar and water.  Using a wooden spoon, continuously stir over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is boiling.

  2. Remove wooden spoon and gently shake pan to keep mixture moving until it is an amber color.  Take care not to splash mixture onto the sides of the pan.
  3. Once mixture is an amber color remove from heat.  Do not cook until it is a copper color or the caramel will taste burned.

  4. Add whipping cream, butter, vanilla, and sea salt. Mixture will bubble up so ensure you have a large enough pan. Vigorously stir until everything is incorporated.

  5. Pour into a glass jar and cool.  Caramel will keep in the fridge for one week.

  6. Recipe makes 1 cup of caramel sauce. Use 1/2 cup for recipe and reserve other half cup for topping.
  1. In a large bowl combine apples, cinnamon, and caramel sauce. Toss to coat.
  2. Transfer to greased ramekins or tart cups, dividing filling evenly.
  1. In a blender (I use my blendtec) combine all ingredients. Pulse until mixture forms coarse crumbs.
  2. Top individual ramekins with topping.
  3. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes until apples are softened and topping is golden.

  4. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and extra caramel sauce.
Recipe Notes

Suggestions for peeling and slicing apples:


Nutrition Facts
Salted Caramel Apple Crisp
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 1014 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 29g181%
Cholesterol 140mg47%
Sodium 665mg29%
Potassium 508mg15%
Carbohydrates 147g49%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 119g132%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1705IU34%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 156mg16%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. This looks delicious! And I love the idea of baking it in individual servings. I’m definitely making this next time we have guests.