This recipe has been around pretty much my whole married life. If there is a turkey on the table, there is cranberry crisp next to it. It originated from my bestie Karyn. We make it for Passover with matzoh fearful since we love it so much. It’s so sweet and delicious that it could really be a dessert. We love it with our meal; love the sweet and savory thing. You can’t eat too much of it, it is so rich. It is also very dangerous to have in the fridge the next day, so try to give it to everyone who wants to take home leftovers. This tastes good either hot out of the oven or at room temperature and pretty darn good straight out of the fridge the next day! Some people may even want to make it as dessert and serve with vanilla ice cream, but the Kolen family likes it on the table with dinner. We always serve it as a side dish and it is awesome however you serve it. Thanks again, Karyn. Truly one of the best recipes ever!
I suggest reading through the entire recipe before making it as you should with every recipe anyway!
4 medium apples ( I use all different kinds)
1 can (1 lb.) whole cranberry sauce
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup uncooked quick rolled oats
1/2 cup flour
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup unsalted butter–melted
*for a larger crowd you can easily double this recipe — as is should serve 8 -10 — make in a larger baking dish or split into two baking dishes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9×13 baking dish with Pam.
Peel apples, slice them, then arrange in baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Spoon cranberry sauce over the apples.
Separately, stir rolled oats, flour, and brown sugar together. Melt Butter and let it just cool for a few minutes then mix in with oats and brown sugar till nice and crumbly. Sprinkle this over cranberry layer. Bake at 350 degrees until apples are cooked and top is lightly browned. The entire mixture will be bubbling and your house will smell divine. You will bake about 40 minutes to an hour. You can make ahead of time, and then on the day you need it, just heat it up until it bubbles. I usually make this a few days ahead, because it’s that much less that I’ll have to do the day of. This can definitely be made ahead of time so you can make it way ahead and freeze it. If you freeze it, take it out of freezer a day before you need it, and then heat it up the day of. (Make sure it’s completely defrosted and at room temperature before heating up)
When you re-heat , pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and cover with foil for first 1/2 hour and then remove foil for last 1/2 hour till it starts to bubble.