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Cinnamon Apple Crumbles

Cinnamon apple crumble

With a gooey, warm, cinnamon-laced apple filling and a perfectly crunchy, crumbly topping, this cinnamon apple crumble recipe is an absolute crowd-pleaser. This recipe is prepared in individual ceramic ramekins instead of a single casserole dish because I just love ramekins, but feel free to throw all of the ingredients into one single pan for holiday parties, family dinners, and other group-sharing situations.

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How to make the apple filling

To make an apple filling for apple crumbles, you will need the following ingredients: 4-5 apples, 1/4 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, the juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of flour, and 2 tablespoons of butter.

Begin by peeling and chopping the apples into small pieces. Place the chopped apples into a medium-sized bowl. Add the sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon, and flour, and mix until everything is combined.

Some will say the apples should be cooked down before baking, but I find that to be an extra and unnecessary step. The ingredients will bake more than enough in the 35-40 minutes they’re in the oven.

Transfer the filling to a baking dish or 4 ramekin dishes, and prepare the crumble topping before baking.

How to make the crumble topping

To make a buttery crumble topping for an apple crumble, you need the following ingredients: 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of cold butter, 1/4 cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, butter, sugar, and cinnamon until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Spread the crumble topping over the top of the apple filling in the baking dish or ramekin dish. Bake the apple crumble at 350°F for about 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Allow the apple crumble to cool before serving. Enjoy!

Can I use the same apple filling for a pie instead?

A quick answer is YES! The flavors and desired textures for both apple dishes are similar. The only difference is how the apples are usually cut. 

For an apple pie, thinly sliced apples are usually preferred because they make for a more uniform slice.

For a crumble, the fruit can be diced into more rustic cubes since the crumble/cobbler will likely be spooned out and it’s less important how nice and neat the apples appear.

What other fruits and flavors can be substituted for apple and cinnamon?

There are many flavor combinations that make for a delicious crumble dessert. You can try combining fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, and blueberries with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, and allspice. You can also try combining bananas and walnuts with brown sugar and a hint of vanilla extract.

Additionally, try combining apple slices with orange zest, dried cranberries, and chopped hazelnuts or topping the crumble with ice cream or fresh mint. These flavor combinations will create a delicious and unique crumble dessert that your friends and family will love.

How to serve cinnamon apple crumbles

Cinnamon apple crumble

Apple Crumble

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 428kcal
Author Lena B.
Cost $15


  • Knife and cutting board
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Wooden spoon or rubber spatula
  • 6-8 oz. ramekins or a 9x9" roasting/casserole pan


Apple Filling

  • 4-5 apples gala, pink lady or granny smith apples are my favorites to use
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • lemon juice juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter diced

Crumble Topping

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cold
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix together diced apples, sugar, flour, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg until the apples are evenly coated. Pour the apples into a 9-inch square baking dish (or individual ramekins). Top with diced pieces of butter
  • In a small bowl, mix together the flour, butter until they resemble a coarse crumb. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top of the apples.
  • Bake the apple crumble for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.


Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 7mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 657IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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