Apple Crisp with Cranberries – a Thanksgiving Dessert

Servings: 6-8 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hours

Cooking time: 45 minutes

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Adding molasses to the fruit creates a rich caramel flavour in this cranberry apple crisp recipe. The cranberries add a pretty touch and tart flavour.

Apple crisp recipe with cranberries gets an extra boost of flavour from a touch of molasses.

Apple crisp was a favourite dessert when I was growing up. I loved the soft tart apples but the best part was really the crunchy topping. Mom made her apple crisp with rolled oats, butter and brown sugar which to me tasted just like candy.

My mom never wrote her recipe down. Instead she just eyed it, especially when it came to sweetening the fruit. That’s the thing – the amount of sugar added to the fruit depends on how tart your apples are. I prefer firm, tart cortland apples but for this recipe you can use your favourite or whatever you have on hand. The amount of molasses that I have included with the filling works for a tart apple. But if you have a really sweet tooth more is good too (up to 2/3 of a cup).

Adding molasses to the fruit makes the caramel-like sauce that forms during cooking extra rich. You could serve this with ice cream, but it doesn’t need it. (My son prefers apple crisp straight up for breakfast.)

Cranberry Apple Crisp



  • 5-6 apples, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp butter for dabbing


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened


For the filling:

  1. Place the apples and cranberries in a medium casserole dish.
  2. Pour over the molasses, sprinkle with cinnamon and dab with the butter.


For the topping:

  1. Combine the flour, rolled oats and brown sugar.
  2. Add butter and mix together into a crumble.
  3. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the apples.
  4. Bake at 375 F for 35-45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Serve hot or warm.

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68 thoughts on “Apple Crisp with Cranberries – a Thanksgiving Dessert

  1. Connie Baggs says:

    This sounds really good ,I have to try this, thank you.

    1. Betty says:

      > I will try this for my Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday.

    2. Cecilia Tan, says:

      > so delicious really love my family.

    3. Nancy Erb says:

      > If it has cranberries and apples-it has to be delicious!

  2. Lillian Mac Innis. says:

    Thank you so much. Have tried a few and certainly intend to try many more.

  3. Betty says:

    Sounds great, i’m going to try this.

    1. > Im going to try this for my Thanksgiving on Monday.

      1. Bridget says:

        Betty, I hope that you enjoyed it!

  4. Audrey Trask says:

    I have made “apple crisp” for years, in fact, my mother made it when I was a child. This recipe with the cranberries sounds good. I will try it.

    1. Bridget says:

      Audrey, I hope you enjoy it. The recipe is an adaptation of my mom’s apple crisp.

  5. karen says:

    I just made this recipe got it in the oven , it was so easy to prepare….it looks delicous can’t wait to taste it…..

  6. Nancy says:

    will try this one trying new recipes

  7. Marlene Duffy says:

    This is really good

  8. Audrey says:

    Can’t wait to try this one ~ sounds delicious and really different with the molasses! It would make a nice Christmas dinner dessert!

  9. peggy murray says:

    i am going to try this one for sure.

  10. Ang says:

    just wondering if partridge berries can be substituted for the cranberries?

    1. Bridget says:

      I bet this apple crisp would be delicious with partridge berries. Are they more tart than cranberries? (I have only had partridge berry jam so don’t know how tart they are on their own). If that’s the case you can add a bit more molasses to the filling. Enjoy!

  11. debhra says:

    in the oven

  12. debhra says:

    in the oven ,,

  13. debhra a patchell says:

    in the oven hmmmm

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    1. Bridget says:

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      Hi Shannon — you can email your mailing address to me at Thanks!

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  24. Debbie Biggemann says:

    I would love to have a copy of your cookbook also. We love apple crisp and i also saw a recipe for brussel sprouts that i’m going to try this thanksgiving weekend. Thank you so much.

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    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Debbie, We’ll get a Family Favourites cookbook in the mail to you. Enjoy the Brussels sprouts and Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. Dawne says:

    Love molasses! Just took it out of the oven, and it smells delicious! Had to alter slightly to make it gluten free, but I just know it’s going to be good!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Dawne, I’m glad it was easy to adapt for a gluten-free diet. Good thing molasses is gluten free too!

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      Hi Barb, We’d be happy to mail you a copy of our Family Favourites cookbook. Please email your mailing address to me: Thanks

  28. Chris Keleher says:

    I just made the apple cranberry crisp last night and brought it into work, thumbs up from everyone! Very easy to make, I doubled the recipe and made a few pans of it. I’d make this again and again. thank you.

    1. Hi Chris, I’m happy that you liked it and extra pleased that you took the time to let me know. Thanks!

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  30. Sue Matthews says:

    Do you think dried cranberries would work here. I always have them on hand but not fresh one thanks Sue

    1. Hi Sue, Yes, dried cranberries would be fine. The taste and texture will be a little different, that’s all.

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  34. Kmbold says:

    Haven’t seen fresh cranberries in the market in California yet, but it shouldn’t be much longer. What if instead for now I used a can of Whole Cranberry Sauce, sort of chopped up?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Kim, Not sure what this recipe would be like with cranberry sauce. If I was to test it I’d start with no more than 1/2 cup of the sauce. Do you have access to frozen cranberries? They work in this recipe.

  35. Robert Rink says:

    Bridget, I have been trying your recipes for a couple of years now and really enjoy molasses. I have tried to down load cook books however have had no luck. Could you please mail me the family fav cook book. It is the season for apples, pumpkins and zucchinni and will be loving all the cookie, crisp, and muffin recipes along with quick breads.
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    1. Bridget Oland says:

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  36. A.H. says:

    Hi. Can you add any altitude notes to your recipies. I’m in Calgary and never know if I need to make changes. Would I make any changes to this to accommodate the altitude? Ty!!! Love the recipies you share with us.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi there, Since I’m not able to test the recipes based on altitude I hesitate to make any recommendations. Because there is no leavening agent in this recipe you should be fine. Here is a link to some additional information:

  37. Paul A. says:

    I made this recipe today. The fresh cranberries had not come in yet so I used Ocean Spray frozen cranberries .I used Golden Delicious and Braeburn apples. I doubled the recipe. I baked it in a large Staub Ceramic 4.5 (13 X 9″ ) Gratin dish. It has real high sides. I had to bake it almost an hour but it came out perfect. I let it cool down for an hour. The cranberry apple crisp was delicious. The molasses really added another dimension to the flavor. This recipe is a keeper!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Paul, So pleased you enjoyed the crisp recipe. (I have made it three times in the past two weeks — always delicious.) Good to know that the recipe doubles well.

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