Stovetop Apple Crisp

This warm, comforting apple crisp happens entirely on the stovetop, takes a total of only 20 minutes to prepare and does not compromise on flavor.

Stovetop Apple Crisp
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For this easy, no-bake apple crisp I did an actual side by side comparison between the real cinnamon and cassia. The difference was very apparent and for me cinnamon won hands down.

Despite the modest amounts I used cassia was overpowering (as I think it always is) and one-dimensional. The real cinnamon added complexity while still letting the other flavors come through. Anyway, it’s an easy recipe for a quick but delicious dessert and you won’t even need to fire up the oven!


Stovetop Apple Crisp Recipe

serves 3-4


  • 2 tablespoons + 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 cups 1/2-inch chunks of peeled apples (about 4 apples; Gala work well)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1.5 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream (optional)



  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet.
  2. Add the apples, cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar. Stir until well combined.
  3. Put the lid on and let the apples cook on medium to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are soft but still have their structure (about 7 minutes).
  4. In a bowl, combine remaining sugar, oats, nuts and sesame seeds. Mix well.
  5. In a small, non-stick pan melt the remaining butter, then add the walnut mix and brown for a few minutes until crunchy. (Do this on relatively low heat and watch closely, it will burn easily).
  6. Serve apples in a bowl and sprinkle the topping on.
  7. Top with ice cream or whipped cream (optional).




  1. Adam says:

    Wow this sounds good because i need to make a desert for a boyscout trip im going on this weekend i think ill try this.

    • Nicole B. says:

      That sounds great, I hope you like it, Adam! It’s my favorite dessert, I have made it countless times and could eat it everyday. :)

    • Nicole Branan says:

      That is SO GREAT to hear, Sian! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback, I really appreciate it. :)

  2. Chandni says:

    Hi! Tried this recipe today and it was really good :) Was in a hurry so replaced the nuts and seeds with museli with nuts. Thanks for this one!

    • Nicole Branan says:

      That’s so great to hear, Chandni! Thanks for leaving such a nice comment, I really appreciate it! Such a great idea to substitute muesli, I have to try that. :)

      • Chandni says:

        Please do! And you are most welcome Nicole. Please keep more such recipes coming. It’s very motivating for budding home chefs :)

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