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Apple Cranberry Bourbon Crisp

Updated on August 4, 2014

This recipe for Apple Cranberry Bourbon Crisp has been a long time in the making, about 40 years. As a teenager I took an interest in cooking. My Mom always put food on the table but only out of necessity. I guess I wanted something more, something that took time to make and with an actual recipe. 

I liked looking at recipes in magazines and at fourteen years old I so wanted my own cookbook and got one for Christmas. One of the first recipes I ever made was for Apple Crisp. At the time, it was a big undertaking for me. Peeling and chopping the apples and making the crumbly topping sure took more time than I thought. I was so worried that it would not turn out right or my family wouldn't like it. 

I'm sure my love of cooking came with this first dish because it was delicious and my family loved it. The time invested was well worth it. I've made Apple Crisp many, many times over the years, changing the recipe to my liking and decided that it needed a little updating. Adding some cranberries, bourbon and a few tweaks to really make it my own makes my beloved recipe oh so good!

Serving Size

Serves: 8-10


  • Filling:
  • 4 cups chopped and peeled apples
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbls. bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 tbls. all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Topping:
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup melted butter


  1. In a large bowl, combine apples, cranberries and bourbon.
  2. Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon.
  3. Toss with apples.
  4. Place apple/cranberry mixture in a buttered 12 x 9 inch baking dish.
  5. In same large bowl, combine all topping ingredients until crumbly.
  6. Spread over apple/cranberry mixture.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until apples are tender.
  8. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
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    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a must try for me. Love Cranberries!

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      June Parker 

      5 years ago from New York

      This sounds wonderful! I am pinning it to my "Berry Berry Delicious" board on Pinterest.

    • CrazyHomemaker profile image


      5 years ago

      I love these two flavors together. My boss made an apple / cranberry crumble for our work dinner. I made an apple / cranberry pie for our Thanksgiving at home. I will be making more apple / cranberry things in the future. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'll be sure to try your crisp.

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      L Olson 

      5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      This makes my mouth water, even though I am so stuffed from eating my Thanksgiving dinner and pumpkin pie. I bet this would be good too if you subbed the cranberry for cherry or blueberry.

      Thanks for the recipe!

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      5 years ago

      This looks so tasty that I'm going to make it over the weekend, thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • TerriCarr profile image


      5 years ago

      Neat that this recipe format actually has a print feature. There are so many lenses that do not print well.

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      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      I can almost smell it baking, I'll give it a go this weekend, thanks

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      OH gosh, this look so good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    • EmmaBrown1 profile image


      5 years ago

      It looks so tasty on the photo! Definitely worth a try!

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      5 years ago

      The picture looks so good. I just want to dive right in and grab a bite. Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago

      Oh my! So many fabulous recipes with bourbon this week. Tis the season! Thanks.

    • chrisilouwho profile image


      5 years ago

      mmm, I love apple crisp and this recipe seems like quite an upgrade to what I am used to, can't wait to try it!

    • Ecosimon LM profile image

      Ecosimon LM 

      5 years ago

      Looks absolutely delicious, Any female out there care to make me one? I am useless at cooking LOL!

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      5 years ago from Vermont

      One of my favorite desserts - apple crisp - just got kicked up into gourmet treats category. I will try this for Thanksgiving!

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      Edith Rose 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Yes, Yes, Yes, I am going to try this one for sure.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Delicious twist on a long-time favorite. Can't wait to try it. Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      Wow, this looks absolutely delicious!

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      This looks amazing. Liked and Pinned :)

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      5 years ago

      Let me at it!

    • JRsFavoriteFinds profile image


      5 years ago

      Can't wait to try this!

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      5 years ago

      Finally! A good use for bourbon.

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      Stanley Green 

      5 years ago from Czech Republic

      Looks familiar to me...I think my wife did a similar on some time ago...yummy!

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      Vicki Green 

      5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Crisps are a favorite of mine and this recipe sounds delicious!

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      Mary Crowther 

      5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      @thatelfguy: I think Wheaties cereal would work fine and maybe a few coconut flakes thrown in there too! You could also mix the flour and sugar then cut in cold butter instead of melted until the mixture is crumbly adding as much extra flour as needed to replace the oats.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      5 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Oh My does this Look Good!!!!!!! Thanks for this.....

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      5 years ago

      Can you give some suggestions for substitutes for oats?

      ...I know...

      that'll kill the recipe (sorry), but I can't have oats of any type.

      What are your thoughts on coarse coconut flakes?

      Or perhaps Wheaties cereal?

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      imagelist lm 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing...

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      5 years ago

      This sounds like a delicious variation! It might be a very nice alternative for Christmas.


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