On Apples and Fall {Recipe: Slow Cooker Apple Crisp}

All photos by Kristen Doyle of Dine & Dish

As I sit by my window, watching the vibrant-colored leaves slowly drift to the ground, I feel completely wrapped in fall. The aroma of apple crisp, simmering away in my slow cooker, enhances the experience. To me, fall equals apples and pumpkin…warm fragrances and aromas… orange, yellow and reds. Most of all, fall equals comfort.

There is something about this time of year that pulls me to wrap up in a light blanket, with candles burning around me, and a great book in my lap. More comfort.

My kids even feel the fall pull. There seems to be more congregating in the kitchen, wanting to help with whatever is being made. They find warmth and joy being in the kitchen and it is my hope that when they grow and have homes of their own, their own fall memories will be entangled with flashbacks to our home and the family time gathered together, cooking.

I love to use my slow cooker for many reasons this time of year, one such is that it’s a safe and easy way for my kids to cook. With a few basic instructions and a simple look over their shoulder, they can experience the fun of creating their own dessert or dinner recipe with ease.

My 8 and 10 year old collaborated together to make this Slow Cooker Apple Crisp. It was great to see them work together and a few hours later, to get to reap in the benefits of hot, fresh, apple crisp.

Oh yes… I do love fall, don’t you?

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

A comforting Apple Crisp cooked in the slow cooker.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow-Cooker
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 362kcal


For the topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats

For the filling:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 cups Fuji apples peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice


  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, 1/4 cup of white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and salt.
  • Combine butter with flour mixture and cooking oats and mix using a fork until coarse crumbs form. Set aside.
  • Stir together 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Place the apples in a slow cooker, stir in the cornstarch mixture; toss with apple cider and lemon juice. Sprinkle the crumb topping on top. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, until apples are tender.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.1mg


What is your favorite thing about fall?

About Kristen

Kristen Doyle is a mom of 4 young children and the face behind the food blog, Dine & Dish. Sharing recipes that are quick and simple to get on the table, Kristen’s goal is to provide a resource for others looking to simplify their lives in order to reconnect with their family, one meal at a time.

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  1. Robin from Frugal Family Times says

    We just made apple crisp in the slow cooker last week! So wonderful. The aroma builds all day, and the oven is free to bake something else for supper. I hadn’t thought of how the slow cooker is a safer cooking tool for kids – definitely going to that soon!

  2. What a beautiful post. You embodied so many of the things I love about fall. This looks like a must-try-soon recipe! =)

  3. I love looking at the night sky in fall. The air is crisp, the stars are bright.

    Also, this recipe is so inspiring. I’m plotting what other fruits I could try–pears, berries, plums…yum!

  4. Yum. Apple crisp is one of my all time favorites.

  5. Love the slow cooker take on this! Yum!

  6. Melissa @ Baking For The Boys says

    I think you captured everything I love about fall in this post. We don’t experience a “fall” here in Central Texas, per se, but I still dream of those fall days in the NW.

  7. 5 stars
    I actually have some extra kg of apples. I’ll make this tomorrow 🙂

  8. if it has apples it must be delicious text for free at

  9. This turned out so great! Thank you for this fantastic recipe. This is a new favorite in my house.

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