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Old-Fashioned Molasses Apple Crisp

Old Fashioned Molasses Apple Crisp

  • Author: Isabelle Boucher
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Molasses adds an extra layer of deep, dark sweetness to the filling of this old-fashioned apple crisp. Serve it warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the perfect ending to a fall feast.



Molasses Apple Filling:

  • 4 medium-sized apples, such as honeycrisp or gala
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch salt

Crumble Topping:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly butter a 2-qt shallow casserole dish or an 8" square baking pan.
  2. Core and thinly slice the apples. You should have around 5-6 cups, depending on how big your apples are. (I leave the apples unpeeled for a more rustic texture, but feel free to peel them before slicing if you want a softer, more pie-like filling.)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss the apples together with water, molasses, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Tumble into the prepared casserole dish, spreading out into a more or less even layer.
  4. In a second mixing bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar and salt. Using two knives or a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until you have a fine, crumbly mixture. Stir in the chopped walnuts. Scatter the crumble onto the apples, covering evenly.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, or until the crisp is golden-brown and bubbly around the edges. Let stand for 15 minutes before spooning into bowls if serving warm, or let cool completely if you'd prefer to serve at room temperature.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Canadian