Apple Crisp with Peanut Butter Crumble

Apple Crisp with Peanut Butter Crumble is the BEST apple crisp I’ve ever eaten! 

Soft apples topped with a sweet oatmeal crumble and peanut butter chips is very easy to make and simply irresistible!

peanut butter apple crisp in a dish with scoops of vanilla ice cream on top

Peanut Butter Apple Crisp

This old fashioned apple crisp recipe adds peanut butter chips to the oatmeal crumble to create a magical surprise.  Add a soft scoop of vanilla ice cream to warm apple crisp for a dessert you will crave all year long!

I love how easy it is to add peanut butter chips to this very traditional apple crisp recipe to create a new and exciting flavor profile!  It feels like you’ve just created an entirely new peanut butter apple crisp dessert by adding one easy ingredient.

We have already shared our Farmhouse Apple Flip which is a little more basic than an apple crisp.  The caramel apple flavors in our Caramel Apple Bars and Caramel Apple Pie are amazing.  So this peanut butter flavor is a wonderful addition to our collection of easy apple recipes.

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Best Combination of Apples for Apple Crisp

A combination of sweet and tart apples make the best apple crisp.  I recommend using a green apple and your favorite variety of red apple to get a flavor profile you enjoy.  Half Granny Smith and half Gala apples are my favorite combination.

The first time I made this recipe I had a big bag of gala apples, so that’s what I used.  The recipe tasted good, but it was missing something.

My friend Chef Alli recommended testing the recipe again with half Granny Smith and half Gala apples.  We LOVE this combination of apples.  My mom always uses Jonathan apples for baking, so we have plenty of ways to continue varying this recipe in the future.

Chef Alli also encouraged me to switch out the peanut butter chips for butterscotch chips.  I haven’t done that yet, but I bet it will be amazing too!

scoop of slices of apples in peanut butter apple crisp crumble

Another crisp recipe that we enjoy is our Farmhouse Blueberry Crisp.

Peanut Butter Apple Crisp Crumble

Let’s be honest here, the real reason you make an apple crisp is to eat the crumble.  We’ve tested this recipe to determine how to make the BEST peanut butter apple crumble topping!

Quick oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and peanut butter chips make the hearty crumble.

The first trial involved using a pastry cutter to cut softened butter into the dry ingredients.  The mixture was soft, but didn’t stick together very much at all, making it a bit more difficult to eat.

The second trial is our favorite and it involves mixing the dry ingredients together and then stirring in melted butter followed by adding peanut butter chips.  This ensures an even consistency.

We’ve baked this in a 325ºF and 375ºF oven.  The 375ºF oven scorched the topping a bit too much before the apples had enough time to become soft and tender.  The lower 325ºF temperature allows the apples to soften while peanut butter chips and crumble topping have enough time to bake together and become lightly golden brown.

The candy chips are very soft when warm and will harden as they set-up again after baking.  Cold ice cream will also make the topping harden in spots.

peanut butter crumble for apple crisp

Storage and Reheating

We love eating leftovers if there are any at room temperature!  Since this is a small pan we will typically eat the dish within a few days.  When that is the case we store extras in an airtight container at room temperature.

To soften the crumble on top of the apple crisp simply pop it back in the microwave covered with a damp paper towel for 30-second intervals until the desired temperature is reached.

Tips to Make Easy Peanut Butter Apple Crisp

  • Slice apples thin – this allows them to cook quickly and get tender faster
  • Can use sliced or chunked apples, just make sure pieces are thin and uniform
  • Adding apple juice or apple cider to the apples is optional, but helps make the apples even more tender
  • Use a mixture of Granny Smith and Gala apples or another similar red apple
  • Peanut butter chips can be substituted for butterscotch chips

How to Make Quick Peanut Butter Apple Crisp

  1. Place thinly sliced apples in greased 9×9 inch baking dish.
  2. Combine brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Melt butter and stir into dry ingredients.
  4. Stir in peanut butter chips, then sprinkle mixture evenly over apples.
  5. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes in a 325°F oven.

collage of Apple Crisp with Peanut Butter Crumble with ice cream

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Apple Crisp with Peanut Butter Crumble

Servings 6 people
Author: Jennifer
Apple Crisp with Peanut Butter Crumble is the BEST apple crisp I've ever eaten!  Soft apples topped with a sweet oatmeal crumble and peanut butter chips is very easy to make and simply irresistible!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups apples peeled, pared and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup peanut butter baking chips

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 9×9 inch baking dish and preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Place thinly sliced apples in baking dish.
  • Combine brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Melt butter and stir into dry ingredients.
  • Stir in peanut butter chips, then sprinkle mixture over apples.
  • Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender.

Notes

  • Slice apples thin – this allows them to cook quickly and get tender faster
  • Can use sliced or chunked apples, just make sure pieces are thin and uniform
  • Adding apple juice or apple cider to the apples is optional, but helps make the apples even more tender
  • Use a mixture of Granny Smith and Gala apples or another similar red apple
  • Peanut butter chips can be substituted for butterscotch chips

Nutrition

Calories: 454kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 8gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 156mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 4gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 360IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Very good recipe, love the peanut butter crumble.

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