Apple cranberry crisp is the perfect cozy and quick dessert!

This dessert is a sweet-tart juicy treat topped with cinnamon granola and can be served hot or cold!

It’s easier than pie and so delish!

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Easy Holiday Dessert

  • Apple cranberry crisp is a quick and healthy recipe that’s the perfect start to the day or a light dessert after a hot bowl of chicken soup!
  • Mix and match seasonal fruit and streusel toppings to create new variations all year long!
  • Cranberry apple crisp is easy to change up and make gluten-free! Simply sub almond, coconut, oat flour, or your favorite packaged blend.
ingredients to make apple cranberry crisp including cranberries, cinnamon, granny smith apples, flour, butter, granola, sugar, and butter

Ingredients for Apple Cranberry Crisp

Fruit – Any apple variety will do; however, green apples stay firmer and are more tart but red and yellow varieties are sweeter and softer. Why not use a little of both? We advise peeling the apples since the skins can become tough when they are baked, but it’s not necessary. Cranberries don’t have to be thawed for this recipe.

Topping – Most crisp toppings are a combination of sugar, oats, butter, and some seasonings. The oatmeal and sugar are switched out for store-bought granola which saves tons of time and comes in so many varieties you can choose a different flavor every time! Or you can make your own homemade granola and have it on hand for all kinds of uses!

Variations – Other fruits like pears, peaches, plums, cherries, or even frozen mixed berries can be used in a crisp. Blueberries are a great substitute for cranberries if desired. Up the flavor profile by adding some apple pie spice to the granola mix. Chopped nuts like walnuts, pecans, or sliced almonds will add extra flavor and crunch!

How to Make Apple Cranberry Crisp

  1. Toss apples, cranberries, sugar, and flour in a large bowl and then transfer to a baking dish.
  2. Blend granola, melted butter, and cinnamon until well coated.
  3. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit.
  4. Bake (per recipe below) until the crisp is golden brown on top and the juices are bubbling.
  5. Allow to cool before serving with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Crisp Making Tips!

  • Make sure the apples are cut to the same size so they cook evenly.
  • A splash of lemon juice added to the fruit will brighten the flavors and tame some of the sweetness.
  • If adding nuts, toast them in a dry saute pan before using. This makes them extra crunchy and intensifies their flavor!
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Simple Storage Solutions

Keep cranberry apple crisp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Freeze prepped fruit in a zippered bag and assemble and bake from frozen. Just add the topping and bake!

More Apple Desserts To Try!

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Apple Cranberry Crisp

Made with apples, fresh cranberries, and the most incredible streusel topping, this apple cranberry crisp makes the perfect comfort food for the holidays.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Sandra


  • 4 large Granny Smith apples
  • 2 cups cranberries fresh or frozen
  • cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour


  • 2 cups store-bought oat granola
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • Peel apples, core and chop into ¾” pieces.
  • In a large bowl add chopped apples, cranberries, sugar, and flour. Gently toss to combine. Pour apple-cranberry mixture into a 2-quart baking dish and set aside.
  • Toss together the granola, melted butter and cinnamon in a bowl until well coated. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes (55-65 minutes if using frozen cranberries) or until crumb topping is golden brown and the juice from the apples and cranberries is bubbling. If the topping starts to get too brown, tent a piece of foil overtop.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or cold with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.


The crisp will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 186kcal

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. I know you said we can use frozen cranberries. Mine were fresh but are in freezer. Do I thaw them out before or is ok to use frozen?

  2. 425 degrees was way too high for my pies, the topping was turning brown/black in 10 minutes!  Had to scrape parts off and lower temp to 325 degrees.

    1. So sorry that happened Lisa! You can also tent the top of your pie with tin foil to prevent further browning once it has reached the golden brown color.

  3. We seriously love this recipe and it is a fantastic dish for the holidays. We can’t wait to make this recipe again. Thanks for sharing!