Cracker Jack Apple Crisp

by Charlie Rioux on May 24, 2011

I was re watching One Tree Hill episodes and I saw the scene with Nathan and Haley & the box of Cracker Jacks.

At that moment, it just came to me: I should bake something with cracker jacks in it.
Cookies? No.   Cake? No.   Anything with a batter? No… I needed a crunchy dessert.

And then, it just came to me. I should make a dessert I love. Because of all the yummy fruit. Yes, a fruit crisp. I decided to go with the classic apple crisp since caramel + apples = yummy, so caramel popcorn + apples = should be yummy.

Cracker Jack Apple Crisp

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  • 6 apples, coarsely chopped (I used granny smith)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup golden cane sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup cracker jack
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup earth balance OR butter, melted

Directions:  Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix coarsely chopped apples and lemon juice. Add maple syrup and cane sugar and toss. Transfer to a 10-inch round baking dish or the equivalent.
In a bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, cracker jack, pecans and cinnamon. Add melted earth balance and mix until well coated. Layer on the apple mixture. Bake for about 45 minutes, until golden. Serve warm.

Serves 8

Most fruit crisp recipes say you should cut in the butter with the dry ingredients. In my experience, adding melted butter does the same thing.

This apple crisp was just sweet enough, the apples were perfect, with just enough liquid & flavor from the maple syrup. The topping was sweet and crunchy with delicious pecans. The cracker jack was nice too, adding a little fluffy texture :-).

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Tiffany May 25, 2011 at 12:02 AM

What a great idea Charlie! I haven't had Cracker Jack in years!


Anonymous May 25, 2011 at 12:15 AM

I was never much of a Cracker Jack's girl, but I think this is effin' brilliant! (sorry for the expletive!).
BTW, this is Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food. Having issues with my Blogger ID.


Wilde in the Kitchen May 25, 2011 at 3:39 PM

This is a brilliant idea! I loved cracker jack as a kid, now to just hunt it down…

Reply May 25, 2011 at 5:19 PM

I love apple crisp and have my own low cal version. Your addition of cracker jacks sounds really good.
I loved them as a kid and haven't tried them in years!


briarrose May 26, 2011 at 11:33 PM

I wish I had seen this yesterday when I was whipping up a crisp. The Cracker Jack is such a cool addition. Love it.


Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 27, 2011 at 1:07 AM

I absolutely love this! What a creative and delicious idea!


Torviewtoronto May 27, 2011 at 1:58 AM

yummy looking crisp delicious with ice cream


Butrcreamblondi May 31, 2011 at 1:41 AM

What an awesome idea! It's so whimsical, I love it!


Gail Williams July 15, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Who would have guessed that this would be such a great combo? My granddaughters are going to love this, both the making and the eating. Thanks for the share.


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