Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp

Tender baked apples and dried cranberries covered in a sweet, cinnamon-y, crunchy topping...perfect with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt or some whipped topping!

Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp:  A classic dessert perfect for Fall!

I'll be honest, when I first saw this recipe as a choice to make for my Allrecipes assignment this month, I was not sure it would turn out.  The recipe comes from the Pam® collection of recipes on  The original recipe called for Granny Smith apples, but I knew with the relatively short bake time and no added sugar to the apples, that variety of apple in this recipe would be way too tart and hard for my liking.  I decided to use Honeycrisp apples in place of the Granny Smith apples and I had great success.  Not only is this recipe super easy, it has a little sugar compared to most recipes like it.

Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp:  Top with frozen yogurt or whipped topping for an extra treat!

You really do not need to add any sugar to the apple mixture if you use apples that are already sweet, and the sweetened dried cranberries add additional sweetness too.  The top bakes up nice and crispy , which is such a nice contrast with the tender apples.

Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp:  Easy dessert full of apples and sweet cranberries

One word of caution, be sure to only PULSE the oat mixture in the food processor.  It processes very quickly and you'll want to leave a little bit of texture to the topping.

Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Adapted from
Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp
Tender sweet apples and dried cranberries come together in this super easy crisp recipe from Pam®


  • Pam® No-stick cooking spray (I used butter flavor)
  • 6 large sweet apples (such as Honeycrisp or Cortland), peeled, cored and cut into 1/4" slices
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted cold butter, cut into cubes


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place sliced apples in dish. Sprinkle with dried cranberries and mix up a little.
  3. In food processor with blade attachment in place, combine the brown sugar, oats, flour, cinnamon, salt. Give it a few pulses to combine. Add in the cold, cubed butter and pulse a few more times, until butter is the size of peas.
  4. Sprinkle the oat mixture evenly ontop of the apple-cranberry mixture. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is browned. Serve warm with frozen yogurt or whipped topping. (optional)
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 40 mins.
Total time: 50 mins.
Tags: apples, crisp, easy recipe, cranberries, dessert, cinnamon

Servings - 12   Serving Size - 1/12 of recipe   Points Plus Per Serving - 7 Points+
Calories - 215.3,   Total Fat - 8.2g,   Carb. - 42g,   Protein - 1.1g,   Fiber - 3g

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This was a really delicious fall treat perfect for all those lovely apples coming to the farm markets and grocery stores this time of year!  Give it a try, I know you will enjoy it!

If you like this apple recipe, you might like these too!

Fresh Apple Cinnamon Quick Bread
Mini Apple Cinnamon Swirl Scones with Caramel Drizzle 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip for Wheat Thins

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Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip:  Happy Halloween!  Fun dip for your festivities! #SpookySnacks #shop

With only a week and a handful of days away from October 31st, I've got a super fun, kinda creepy Halloween snack idea for you!  Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip for Wheat Thins!  Wheat Thins and the specially Halloween designed Oreos make great Halloween snacks! But for this recipe, I am focusing on the Spicy Buffalo flavor Wheat Thins.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Candy Bar SnackPack Pudding Cup Smoothie

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Candy Bar Pudding Cup Smoothie: fun and wholesome at the same time! #shop #snackpackmixins

I cannot believe it's the middle of October already!  That means Halloween is right around the corner: trick-or-treat, candy, scary movies, candy, jack-o-lanterns, candy.  Yup, you are going to have a lot of candy on hand.  Well, I've got a super fun way to use some of that candy along with snack pack pudding cups!  Make some Candy Bar SnackPack Pudding Cup Smoothies!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Easy Shoyu Chicken

Up until a few months ago, I had never even heard of Shoyu Chicken...what a shame, because this chicken dish is not only super easy to make, it is also become one of my "go to" chicken recipes. Shoyu means "soy" in Japanese and this dish is native to Hawaii.  I've never been to Hawaii, so I cannot tell you how it compares to Shoyu Chicken served there, but I can tell you, it is utterly delicious.   Tender boneless, skinless chicken thighs cook right in the flavorful sauce for an easy weeknight meal you can have on the table in no time.  

Easy Shoyu Chicken:  Great weeknight meal!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

 Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake is a moist coffee cake full of fall flavors. Pumpkin, cinnamon and pecans are featured with a delicious double streusel filling and topping! 

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake:  Pumpkin, cinnamon, pecans and streusel inside and out!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Peppery Pasta with Arugula and Sausage

It's Secret Recipe Club time again!  This month I was assigned to the blog IlonasKitchen.  Ilona says, "When I am stressed I bake and/or go to the gym.  It's a symbiotic relationship!"  I love this philosophy! 

 There were so many good recipes to choose from on her blog! I finally settled in the pasta category of her blog.  I choose several recipes to make on the short list (Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Lemon and Spinach and Farfalle with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce to name a few!)  , but ultimately, since I LOVE arugula, I choose to make this one.  

Peppery Pasta with Arugula and Sausage: Easy, healthy weeknight dinner

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Salted Caramel Apple Magic Cookie Bars

Get ready for some serious Autumn yum.  Salted Caramel Apple Magic Cookie Bars are an indulgent treat brimming with fall flavors...apples, cinnamon, caramel, walnuts!   They are ooey gooey treats that are sure to please just about any audience.  

Ooey Gooey Fall flavors goodness in an easy to make cookie bar recipe!
(PIN IT to your Fall Boards for later!) 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


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