Irish Apple Crisp

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Here’s a dessert that’ll have you wanting seconds (and thirds!):  Irish Apple Crisp

Irish Apple Crisp

I’m not Irish myself (I’m a 1/2 Swedish, quarter Portuguese kinda girl).  My husband is very Irish though.  He has the fair skin, the rosy cheeks, he likes beer, he can talk to anyone, and he’s the last one to leave the party.  So when I feed him something and tell him it’s “Irish,” he jumps on board for an enthusiastic taste test.  This apple crisp uses Irish oats (I use McCann’s quick-cooking rolled oats… not the steel cut variety) in the crumbly topping.  The apples are tossed in a bit of Irish whiskey for good measure.

Irish Apple Crisp Recipe

The result is a beautiful, sweet apple crisp with a lovely, crusty crumble baked on top.

Irish Apple Crisp Recipe -

We topped our servings with freshly whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel, just to be extra decadent.  And my Irish guy… he gave this dessert his Irish stamp of approval!

Irish Apple Crisp

Yield: About 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

  • 2 pounds Rome, Beauty or Winesap apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Irish oatmeal
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup toasted, chopped walnut pieces
  • freshly whipped cream and caramel sauce for serving (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Spray a 11x7-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice, Then mix in 1/4 cup sugar, whiskey, cinnamon, cardamom and salt.  Scoop the apples into the prepared dish and scrape the juices on top.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, oatmeal and remaining 1/2 cup sugar.  Add the butter, and use your fingers or a pastry blender to work the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in the walnut pieces.
  4. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top.  Bake until golden brown and bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Serve warm with freshly whipping cream and caramel sauce (optional).

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  • Kim wrote:

    Does the alcohol cook off?

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  • Jim wrote:

    Having grown up in the middle of Apple Country, Washington State, my mom found out that when making a dish with apples it’s best to use a mixture of different types of apples. Has a much better flavor and texture. That’s the way I go now.

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks wrote:

    Well, I am full-on Irish, and I can give you the Old Country seal of approval just from looking at the pictures!  It was the whiskey that took it over the top for me – genius!  🙂

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life wrote:

    Oh, wow!  That crisp looks amazing!!! I’m loving the fun Irish twist to this dessert!

  • marcie wrote:

    Whisky added to an apple crisp is such a brilliant idea!  I love the sound of this crisp — pinning. 🙂

  • Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction wrote:

    What a yummy looking dessert.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Katrina @ WVS wrote:

    Whiskey apples sounds positively perfect! YUM!

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch wrote:

    I’m such a fan of apple crisps! I love the Irish touches you added to yours! It looks divine!!!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks wrote:

    I love apple crisps and this one looks like a showstopper!

  • Cookbook Queen wrote:

    Apple crisp is one of my all time FAVORITE desserts!! This looks perfect 🙂

  • Matea wrote:

    That crumble is calling to me! The crisp looks delicious 🙂

  • Joanie @ ZagLeft wrote:

    I love this recipe idea. I was looking for something festive and different to serve tonight for my almost 100% Irish family and this is perfect!

  • Nina at wrote:

    Everyone prefers a different kind of dessert. My husband – chocolate. Me – fruit cobblers/pies/crisps. This recipe speaks to me! Thanks for sharing! 

  • Sandy @ RE wrote:

    Love this, Lori. I’m not Irish, but you my hubby is (100%), and our favorite trip was going to Dublin. I’ve never had Irish Apple Crisp though, can’t wait to try it 🙂

  • wrote:

    I’m a quarter Irish, don’t know if that qualifies me fully. But I am needing this crisp. Yes please, and with the whipped cream and extra caramel.