Brown Butter Apple Crisp

There’s a monster at the end of this post. You should stop now.

The monster is the reason why mine is the only apple crisp recipe which requires two people to prepare.

Stop. Now.

The first person needs to have basic cooking and baking skills, and some apples and things. The second needs to be someone you’d trust with your kids, your wallet, even your pumpkin spice latte. Someone of strong character and unshakeable willpower.

Brown Butter Apple Crisp Overhead Photo

Brown Butter Apple Crisp (the ultimate)

Before anything else, tell the second person that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES is any of this to be eaten before it’s completely finished. Then prepare the apples. Now make the topping, and put it on the apples. No, I said put it on the apples. Put down the spoon, and stop…

OK, I get it. It’s brown butter salty sweetness, so good even before it bakes, it’s a monster just like I told you. But remember, you promised the kids, and…where’s your other person? SPOONS DOWN, BOTH OF YOU!!

WARNING: The Spinning Cook takes no responsibility for families being served crustless “apple bake,” improvised apple sauce, uncooked apple slices, or any other substitute which is presented in place of a previously promised apple crisp. Brown Butter Apple Crisp may be habit-forming, and we take no responsibility for apple crisp being prepared on a weekly or even nightly basis until all the apples are gone. From your local supermarket. We strongly recommend choosing another apple crisp recipe, as there are many safer recipes readily available to you on the Internet. The monster follows…you have been warned.

Brown Butter Apple Crisp
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: USA
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Serves: 6
Something magical happens to the butter and brown sugar when they are cooked together, and this recipe maximizes that effect. I started from this basic recipe and kept it fairly simple. It's surprisingly easy, you just melt your butter on the stovetop, and cook it to just the right point.
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oats
  • ⅔ cup white flour
  • 8 cups peeled, cored, and sliced baking apples (about 6-8 medium apples)
  • ⅓ to ½ cup sugar, depending on the sweetness of the apples
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the apple slices in a lightly-greased 9x13 inch baking dish, and toss with the sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until foaming has subsided and the butter separates and turns a medium brown (tilt the pan occasionally to check color). Stir in the brown sugar and salt, and continue cooking for one minute. Off the heat, stir in the oats and flour, then press the topping together with the back of a spoon to form clumps. Distribute the topping on top of the apples, using caution as the topping will be hot.
  4. Bake until bubbly on all sides, about 35-40 minutes depending on the depth of the apples. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes, before serving beside vanilla ice cream.

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8 comments on “Brown Butter Apple Crisp
  1. Seth says:

    Okay, I don’t even like apple crisp very much, and this is going to be made at my house.

    Nicely worded post, too. I read it aloud to my family.

  2. Anything with butter and brown sugar has to be good. Have you tried it with a dark beer?

    Chef Dad

  3. Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta says:

    Oh my goodness, was that a Grover reference?? That was (is) one of my favorite children’s books! Just found your blog thru Dara’s (Cookin’ Canuck), and I can’t wait to explore it, I’m always looking to read other local bloggers. This recipe looks amazing and I just happen to have a bunch of apples at home that need to get used up!

    • Avatar photo Ryan says:

      Thanks Sarah! Yes, we totally love that book. I had forgotten about it entirely, and just ordered it and read it to the kids for the first time. I wish I had made a video of their reactions on the first reading ever – priceless! Enjoy the crisp, and I look forward to getting to know you more!


  4. Jenn Jurk says:

    Just found your blog looking for a great pie crust recipe… and found your vodka butter oil pie crust that I will be making sometime soon for a turkey pot pie. It sounds fabulous! Then I saw this recipe for your brown butter apple crisp and I cannot wait to try this also!
    Love the reference to sesame street. My 6 yr old LOVES that book. He also has Oscar’s book, which is written in the same way. If you do not have it, get it! Your kids will love it also! Will keep on looking at your recipes and seeing what else looks delicious! Thank you!

    • Avatar photo Ryan says:

      Thanks Jenn! I think I’ll be ordering Oscar’s book for them for Christmas, thanks for the suggestion. Glad to have you connected with the blog!


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