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How to Make Apple Crisp with Apple Pie Filling

Skip the peeling and slicing in this delicious apple crisp recipe that uses pre-made apple pie filling.

Whether you’re using home-canned apple pie filling or cans of pie filling from the grocery store, this easy apple crisp is sure to please.

The simple ingredients combine in such a delightful and easy way that this will become one of your favorite recipes in no time to bake and eat!

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Quick Recipe

The cans of apple pie filling give an amazing head start to making this favorite fall dessert. No need to worry about getting fresh apples or grabbing a knife.

Melted butter makes the pulling the crispy topping together quick and easy too.

Honestly, the hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the bake time to finish so you can dig in the warm apple dessert.

Fruit Filling

This recipe easily starts by dumping a quart jar of apple filling into a pie plate for a kind of apple crumble pie without the pie crust underneath.

Jars of canned apple pie filling in front of a basket of fresh apples.

Don’t have a pie plate? Use a 9″ square baking dish or even a cake pan instead.

Any flavor of fruit pie filling could be substituted for the apples. Make a cherry or peach crisp by using jars of those fillings instead of the apple for equally tasty results.

Oatmeal Topping

Like all the best apple crisp recipes, the topping is a simple combination of oats, butter, and sugar. Nothing fancy and yet results in an incredibly delicious dessert.

The crispy toping skips any wheat flour making it naturally gluten-free (as long as the pie filling uses something besides flour for thickening).

An apple crisp as seen from above in a glass pie plate. A basket of fresh apples sits behind it.

Rolled oats are a personal favorite in our house but if you only have quick oats on hand, use those and know that you’ll have great results.

The recipe includes some optional nuts for additional flavor and crunch but feel free to skip if you don’t have any or allergies are a concern. I used some slivered almonds in the recipe shown in photos but any chopped nuts would work, use your favorite.

Adding up to a teaspoon of warm spices like cinnamon or apple pie spice is quite nice but not completely necessary. If the filling is already spiced, you may want to skip it here. Do what feels right for you and your preferred level of spice.

Double for a Crowd

Serving a large crowd or want to take this to a potluck?

Simply double the recipe and bake in a 9X13″ pan, watch the cooking time, and serve as suggested.

How to Serve

This is a great recipe to keep simple or fancy up for a gathering of some kind.

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Serve the hot apple crisp with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream for a sweet treat that most everyone will love.

Make it a bit fancier and sweeter by drizzling with some caramel sauce and topping with a dollop of whipped cream.

It can even work as a breakfast or brunch dish. Serve it warm or cold with some cream or milk. We quite like it cold with some plain yogurt.

How to Store

Keep any leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

This does not freeze well but honestly I can’t imagine it would last more than a couple of days in most households anyway.

Looking for other apple desserts? Try our apple pie cake as another flavorful way to use up that apple pie filling.

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Yield: 6 Servings

Apple Crisp Recipe

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Whip up this delicious apple crisp recipe for a sweet fall dessert that is gooey and cripsy all at the same time!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 4 Cups Prepared Apple Pie Filling
  • 1/3 Cup Salted Butter, melted
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 2/3 Cups Chopped Nuts, Optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spread the apple pie filling onto the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oats, and nuts, if using.
  4. Pour the melted butter over the oat mixture. Mix everything together until well moistened and a bit crumbly.
  5. Crumble the oat topping over the apple filling and spread evenly.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until filling is bubbly and the crisp topping is a golden brown.
  7. Cool for a few minutes on a wire rack before serving warm or let cool completely and serve at room temperature.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 445Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 5gSugar: 38gProtein: 7g

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