Caramel Pecan Apple Crisp with warm cinnamon apples, crumble oat topping and sweet caramel flavors all in one bite. 

A white plate covered with caramel pecan apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel being drizzled on top.

I have been so excited to share this Caramel Pecan Apple Crisp recipe. It’s absolutely delicious! Hooray for amazing fall dessert recipes! Anything with apples or pumpkin has my vote.

Caramel Pecan Apple Crisp in a casserole dish with a spoonful taken out.

My traditional apple crisp recipe has received rave reviews, and this Caramel Pecan Apple Crisp takes my old favorite to a whole new level! Pecans are mixed in the crumble topping and toasted perfectly crisp. And caramel sauce is drizzled over the apples and over the crispy crumble when it’s finished baking.

Apples topped with a pecan crumble and a scoop of ice cream.

The end result is amazing- warm cinnamon apples, crumble oat topping and sweet caramel flavors all in one bite.

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Caramel Pecan Apple Crisp recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch
Prep 25 mins
Cook 35 mins
Total 1 hr
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For the crumb topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter , diced into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For the Apple filling:

  • 3-4 large Granny Smith apples , peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup caramel bits + 1 Tbsp water or your favorite homemade caramel sauce, divided


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a medium size bowl combine the crumb topping ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until it resembles small crumbs. 
  • Refrigerate while you prepare the apple filling.

For the Apple Filling:

  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter and flour until well blended. 
  • Add lemon juice, milk and vanilla and stir well. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. 
  • Pour butter mixture over apples and toss to coat. Pour apple mixture into an 8x8-inch (or similar size) baking dish and spread into an even layer.
  • Add caramel bits and water to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 1 ½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the caramel bits are melted and smooth.
  • Drizzle ¼ cup of caramel over the apples. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over the top. 
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and top is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. 
  • Drizzle remaining caramel on top right before serving.


Calories: 468kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 4gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 78mgPotassium: 284mgFiber: 4gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 560IUVitamin C: 6.1mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 1.4mg

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This apple crisp recipe is AMAZING! Tart Granny Smith apples drizzled with caramel and topped with a pecan, oat crumble, baked to perfection! Recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch

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  1. 4 stars
    This was delicious but I did double the topping in the recipe. I had trouble getting the topping mixture to a crumbly texture and probably over-mixed the mixture- but it was still yummy. I put vanilla ice cream on top of the apple crisp then drizzled caramel over the whole thing before serving it in individual ramekins. So good!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this the other day and everyone enjoyed it. Because we all like crumb toppings I doubled the topping. I would also double the caramel sauce next time.

  3. 5 stars
    This was great, my husband went nuts over it! I am making it for Thanksgiving! I’ve used the caramels and the ice cream caramel topping. the topping is great for the left overs. It’s easier to store and reheat.

  4. 5 stars
    The Best Apple Crisp EVER!!!

    I have made apple crisp for years but this recipe is the best I have ever tasted. I have taken it to parties and everyone wants the recipe and comments how amazing it is.

    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Could this be assembled in advance and popped in the oven, say, a day later? I’m hoping to make this for Thanksgiving at the in-laws’ but not sure if I’ll have time the day of with other dishes I’ll be preparing. Thanks!

    1. Absolutely! My advice would be to make the apple filling, adding a tiny bit more lemon juice so the apples don’t brown. Store the apple filling in an air-tight container, in the fridge, for up to one day. Make the crumble topping and put it in a separate ziplock bag, in the fridge. When ready to bake, remove from the fridge, and sprinkle the topping on top. Bake as directed. I hope everyone loves it!

  6. 5 stars
    I was seriously in a rut when it comes to baking Apple Crisp! I didn’t even have to pull up the recipe anymore I knew it so well! When my friend handed me a bag of apples from her tree a few days ago I vowed I would sear h for a new recipe that would inspire me! This definitely hit the mark. My “new” Apple Crisp was amazing!

  7. 5 stars
    I doubled the recipe in a 9 by 13 pan to take to a group camping event. It was absolutely amazing! Served with ice cream and guests came for seconds, thirds. It was gone in seconds…thank you for sharing!

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