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Brown Butter Apple Berry Crisp is a heart-warming apple dessert! Tart Granny Smith apples are tossed together with fresh blueberries, warm cinnamon and sugar, then topped with a brown butter crisp topping. The result is a slightly nutty, warm, fruity dessert to make your tastebuds sing!

What Type of Apples to Use

Apple season is officially upon us! That means it’s time to get to baking! When it comes to baked apple desserts, it is best to choose a more tart, sturdy apple such as Granny Smith’s. Not only does their natural tartness help balance out the sweetness, but they stand up well texture-wise and don’t get terribly mushy.

Other tart or firm baking apples that can be used in this recipe are Jonathans, Honeycrisp, Braeburn or Pink Lady. But, good ol’ Granny Smith apples are my go-to for baking!

Let’s Talk Brown Butter

An apple crisp wouldn’t be the same without, well, a crisp topping! Melting the butter down until it is perfectly golden brown is the winning ticket for this crisp. Definitely don’t skip this step!

Brown butter develops a rich, nutty, toffee-like flavor that just can’t be duplicated. It’s out-of-this-world delicious! Using this as the base for the crisp topping is game changing. When making the brown butter, make sure to keep an eye on it as it turns brown quickly once it’s done bubbling. Burnt butter isn’t wanted here. Only luscious, smooth, golden brown decadency.

After browning the butter, stirring in the oats, flour, sugar and cinnamon, the crisp topping then becomes the perfect blanket to tuck the fruit filling away. I can smell it now, and it’s glorious!

Fall baking wouldn’t be the same without apples. If you are picking your own at local apple orchards or taking in the fully stocked displays at the grocery store, apples are always right for the picking.

Bringing this crips to life is therapeutic. From peeling the apples, to cutting into slices,  to tossing the fruit together with warm spices and sugars, to melting down brown butter, to crumbling a crisp over the top and baking until golden brown and perfectly bubbly. It makes my heart happy just thinking about it!

Not only is this dessert heart-warming to make, but even more-so to eat! Especially when dolloped with fresh whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The perfect apple dessert for:

  • Everyday or just because
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Family gatherings
  • Weekend baking project

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Especially with this Brown Butter Apple Berry Crisp! Bake up a batch today to fill your heart, home and stomach with warmth and goodness. PS: thank me later for how amazing your house smells after making this!

Looking for other apple recipes? Check these out!

Harvest Apple Chopped Salad
Cranberry Apple Butter
Spiced Apple Butter Bread


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Brown Butter Apple Berry Crisp

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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Brown Butter Apple Berry Crisp is a heart-warming apple dessert! Tart Granny Smith apples are tossed together with fresh blueberries, warm cinnamon and sugar, then topped with a brown butter crisp topping. The result is a slightly nutty, warm, fruity dessert to make your tastebuds sing!



For the fruit filling:

  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons flour

For the brown butter crisp topping:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the fruit filling:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, toss together the apple slices and blueberries with the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour until completely coated. Transfer to a 9×9 baking dish or one of similar size.

For the brown butter crisp topping:

  1. Brown the butter in a small saucepan over low heat by allowing it to melt and bubble. Watch closely and stir occasionally as the butter will brown quickly once its bubbled down. The desired result is a rich, golden brown color and a toffee-like smell.
  2. Pour the brown butter into a small bowl and add in the flour, oats, sugar and vanilla. Stir to combine and from a crisp-like topping.
  3. Evenly top the prepared fruit filling with the crisp topping. Place the baking dish on top of a sheet pan lined with parchment in case of bubbling over.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the crisp topping is golden brown and the fruit filling is bubbly and cooked through. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!
  5. Serve


  • Granny Smith apples are ideal for this recipe, but other tart or firm baking apples can be used such as: Jonathans, Honeycrisp, Braeburn or Pink Lady.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 375
  • Sugar: 44.5g
  • Sodium: 86mg
  • Fat: 12.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 66.1g
  • Fiber: 5.3g
  • Protein: 3.3g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg

Keywords: Brown Butter Apple Berry Crisp

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