Butterscotch Apple Crisp

There is a great picture book list that comes from Sarah Mackenzie that I’m loving right now.  I have mentioned her here before, but she runs an organization called Read Aloud Revival, encouraging parents to build their family culture around books.  She sends you a list each month of her favorite themed books.  So this month it has been apples.  Who knew there would be so many books about apples? Well, we have been reading them.

So, when we were invited to a cookout with friends for small group, my mind instantly jumped to apples.  Now, I’ll be honest, I usually don’t think of apple desserts as my favorite, but the first time I tried this?  It was fantastic.  Butterscotch Apple Crisp is not only perfect Fall treat to get you in the mood of the season, it has that *little something* different that makes it special.

The great thing about crisps?  They are quick and easy to assemble and even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!  Let me show you how quickly this comes together!

First, grab this handy contraption: the apple peeler-slicer-corer.

These are fairly inexpensive and are great for potatoes as well.  I have also made my own applesauce before and these make everything quicker.  Once you have your green apples peeled, sliced and cored, lay them into a baking dish.

Next, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Combine butterscotch chips, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in small bowl.  Sprinkle over the apple layer and bake for 20 minutes.

While this bakes, mix the topping.  Combine flour and brown sugar in a mixing bowl.  Cut in cold butter with flour and sugar mixture.  I use this tool to cut in the butter.  If you don’t have one, just use a couple of forks and mash the butter into the flour/sugar mixture until butter is the size of small peas.

Finally, stir in chopped pecans and rolled oats.  For a cleaner counter, I used this chopper to quickly chop all the pecans.  I love this tool to chop celery for chicken salad or onions because my husband really hates the smell of onion and this seems to contain it a bit.  Also great for herbs, or in my case, nuts.  {This recipe seems a bit fussy with all the gadgets, but I do think they make the recipe quicker.  I do have all these tools and do actually use them so I felt it was worth mentioning.}

After 20 minutes, sprinkle the oat/nut mixture over the apples and butterscotch chips.  Bake for an additional 30-40 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is lightly browned.  Cool slightly and serve warm with ice cream.  I hope you enjoy this delicious, warm Butterscotch Apple Crisp!

Butterscotch Apple Crisp
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  • 2 1/2 lb. tart apples, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 11 oz. pkg. butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • Topping
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick cold butter
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 3/4 c. rolled oats


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice and thinly slice apples and lay in 9 x 13 baking dish.
  3. Combine butterscotch chips, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle over the apples.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Mix flour and brown sugar for topping. Cut in cold butter until butter is the size of peas. Stir in nuts and oats and pour over apples.
  6. Bake for an additional 30-40 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is lightly browned.
  7. Cool slightly and serve warm with ice cream.