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Spicy Apple Crisp with Cranberries and Walnuts | BoulderLocavore.com

Spicy Apple Crisp with Cranberries and Walnuts

A simple Apple Crisp recipe dressed up for fall with dried cranberries, walnuts and a bit of chile powder!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple crisp recipe, fall dessert recipe, gluten free apple crisp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 301kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 5-7 Red Apples , peeled and sliced to yield 8 cups (Honeycrisp, Jonathan or other non-tart Heirloom varieties preferably)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup Dried Cranberries (apple juice sweetened if available, usually at stores like Whole Foods)
  • ½ cup Walnuts , chopped
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ½-3/4 teaspoon Mild Chile Powder
  • ¾ cup Flour (gluten-free or regular depending on your dietary needs)
  • 1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) unsalted Butter, cold


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl combine the sliced apples, lemon juice, cranberries, walnuts, ½ cup of the sugar, and the spices. Mix well by hand to combine. 
  • Place into a 9-inch by 9-inch square pan.
  • In a medium bowl combine the remaining ½ cup sugar, flour and cut in the butter with a dough/pastry blender (or fork) until crumbly. 
  • Sprinkle over apple mixture.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until the topping becomes golden. 
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.8mg