Cast Iron Skillet Apple Crisp

This post is sponsored by Southern Kitchen. All opinions are my own.

Classic apple crisp is baked to perfection in a cast iron skillet and is the perfect comfort dessert for cold winter evenings!

My mom was known for her fabulous dinners and amazing desserts! She could whip up homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, pies and more...guests were frequent and they always raved about whatever my mom served.

Her apple crisp recipe is a classic.

My job as a young girl was always to peel and slice the apples for this recipe and her apple pies. She taught me early on how to properly peel an apple with a paring knife, and it is my preferred method to this day!

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In my opinion, everyone needs to own a cast iron skillet! It's a naturally non-stick surface, bakes evenly, can be used in the oven, and is a breeze to clean! They can be heavy, which is why I chose the 10" FINEX skillet. It is a more manageable size for me and can be used for both sweet and savory recipes.

I took my mom's recipe and tweaked it slightly. Baking this apple crisp in a cast iron skillet is not only easy, it bakes to absolute perfection!

Keep reading for the recipe, directions, and an  opportunity for you to share your recipes with Southern Kitchen.


  • 5 cups peeled and sliced apples 
  • juice and zest of 1 small lemon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter plus 1 Tbsp


Peel and slice apples into a bowl. I always use McIntosh apples because I grew up with them, and I like how they bake down. But use any apple that you love! Toss with lemon juice and zest. 

Arrange apples in a cast iron skillet.

Combine dry ingredients. Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender until crumbly.

Press mixture firmly over apples. Dot with additional 1 Tbsp of butter.

Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until top is browned and mixture is bubbly around the edges.

Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream.


Adding lemon juice and zest will keep the apples from browning too much as you get them all sliced, and will add a nice tart bite to the finished dessert. I usually sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top for the same reason.

Make sure to really pack the apples into the skillet, leaving room at the top for the oatmeal topping.

Dot with a tablespoon of additional butter prior to baking for a nice, brown crunch on top!

When I make this dessert in the cold winter months, I like to serve it with heavy cream that's whipped with a little bit of powdered sugar. The cream holds its shape better and whips up nice and fluffy!

A bowl of this delicious, tart apple crisp served warm with a dollop of whip cream makes a great breakfast! It's kind of like oatmeal with fruit, right?

My mom's apple crisp is a classic, and baking it in a cast iron skillet makes it absolute perfection! The apples are tender and tart and the topping is crunchy and sweet. Served warm, it is divine!

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  1. Was unable to find a printable version of your apple crisp dessert. :{

    1. I'm sorry Colleen, there isn't a recipe card for this particular recipe. But it's very easy to make if you follow my directions in the post!


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