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Apple Cranberry Crisp

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Apple Cranberry Crisp from www.thefarmgirlgabs.com

Just 12 short miles from our farm in Tabernacle, New Jersey, nestled in the Pine Barrens of Chatsworth, are some of the largest, oldest and most prolific cranberry bogs in the United States. Yes, it’s cranberry heaven. Cranberries are a huge commodity in the Garden State.  They are harvested in October and it is really neat how they grow. Part of the year, from spring until mid-September, they grow in a bog but like any other plant or vegetable. But come mid-September, the bogs are flooded and the cranberries continue to grow underwater. Special machines rake the cranberries off their vines and the float to the top of the water so they can be scooped up and loaded on trucks to send to the processing plant. Cranberries are another wonderful thing about fall.

Cranberry Bog
Cranberries grown at Lee Brothers Farm, Chatsworth, NJ

Our dear friends from Lee Brothers Cranberry Farm, who are growers for Ocean Spray, were nice enough to let the kids and I help harvest their cranberries several years ago. It was a really neat experience. I like to call it “The Cranberry Experience”

AJ raking the bogs - he was 8 when this was taken. Needless to say, he fell in and was soaked from head to toe. Too funny!
AJ raking the bogs – he was 8 when this was taken. Needless to say, he fell in and was soaked from head to toe. Too funny!

Apples and cranberries pair so well together. Both are wonderful to bake with. I love baking with apples any time during the year, but especially when we start picking the apples we grow here at Russo’s. During the fall, I love to make this Apple Cranberry Crisp. It’s a recipe that I have adapted from Paula Deen. Over the years, I have tweaked, tested and perfected it to my liking. It is the perfect balance or sweet and tart with a crispy oatmeal topping.  I like to warm it in the oven or pop in the microwave before eating. Top it with vanilla ice cream for a yummy fall treat. It’s the perfect dish to warm you up on a chilly fall day or serve to family and friends at a special holiday meal, like Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Apple Cranberry Crisp
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
This apple cranberry crisp is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. It's a perfect fall dessert especially when topped with vanilla ice cream.
Course: Dessert
Author: Melissa Russo / thefarmgirlgabs.com
  • 6 large apples cored and sliced
  • 1 cup Ocean Spray cranberries
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter melted
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray 11" x 7" pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Core and slice apples
  4. In large bowl, combine apples, cranberries, apple juice and lemon juice.
  5. Pour apple mixture into baking dish.
  6. In medium size bowl, combine uncooked oatmeal, flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg (optional). Pour in melted butter and mix with fork until topping is crumbly.
  7. Spread evenly over top of apple mixture.
  8. Bake 50 minutes or until crisp is bubbly and topping in a nice golden brown.


Apple Cranberry Crisp

Looking for additional apple recipes? Here are the links to two more of my favorites:
Quick & Easy Applesauce
Jewish Apple Cake

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  1. I’m actually planning on making such a crisp tomorrow but was going to research the best crumble topping. Will have to give yours a go! 🙂 Oh, to live near cranberry bogs. What an interesting crop, and YOU are lucky enough to see it up close. I just grew up around onion fields. Yawn. haha #learntoblog

  2. What a delicious recipe for fall! And I love dessert crisps…so glad you linked this up with us at Foodie Fridays! Followed you on Twitter too!

  3. Perfect combo of flavors! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned in our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on culinaryflavors.gr ! I hope to see you there!

  4. I can’t wait to try out this recipe. We had something like this many years ago and every winter my hubby bugs me to try and make it. We will definitely be making it this year. You were my featured pick for the Merry Monday Linky Party. I hope you come back and join us this week!

  5. Hi Melissa,
    What fantastic photos! We would just love your Apple Cranberry Crisp. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I’ve always wanted to go to a cranberry farm == how much fun! Thank you for the delicious recipe, I love to make crisps and usually serve them with vanilla ice cream.

  7. Cool! I love that they got to help. I think the recipe looks amazing and I’m going to feature it at this weekend’s Saturday Dishes! Thanks for stopping by and linking up!

  8. I’m a total apples and cranberry fanatic, so this recipe is my idea of heaven. Thanks for stopping by our Happy Holidays Link Party – be sure to join us again this week (beginning on Saturday at 7 pm ET) and every week through the holidays.

  9. Love the whole post. I have made this lots, also I make it the same way, but use pears instead of apples ( if I have pears that need to be used up). Last time I cooked the pears down like applesauce first and then made it up, went over really well. Just a wee twist on the apple cranberry crisp, using up what I had on hand.
    Will be watching for more lovely recipes.
    Thanks Pat

  10. Thank you so much for being a part of our #PureBlogLove link parties in 2014 – We plan on seeing in the new year with a BANG this Thursday evening and hope that all our favorite bloggers will join us! No worries if you cannot make it that night, remember the party runs weekly, Thursday-Monday morning!!

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