Skip to main content

Winter Fruit Crisp


Recipe Notes

  • Use any fresh, frozen or drained canned fruit that you have on hand.
  • Add 1/2 cup of dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cut apricots).
  • Try vanilla yogurt as a topping and sprinkle with cinnamon. 


Photo of Winter Fruit Crisp
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 8 Bars (4 inches x 2 inches)
Nutrition Facts: View Label


4 cups diced apples or pears
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup margarine or butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8x8-inch baking dish.
  2. Arrange fruit in the dish. Mix remaining ingredients and sprinkle over fruit.
  3. Bake until topping is golden brown and fruit is tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


Great recipe!  Super fast to make, I am sure no-fail, used up 4 apples I didn't want to go bad, and everyone loved it!  Next time I hope to try pears...and add in some more spices, maybe ground cloves.

This is my favorite go-to recipe for a quick dessert! I usually use Granny Smith apples. My husband loves it!

This was such an easy and comforting treat to make at the end of the long week. I made a few notes that I think would be helpful for all you future crisp-makers! 4 cups of apples/pears translated to one large Honeycrisp apple and three small/medium green pears for me. I had to improvise with my sugar with what I had in my pantry. Instead of ⅔ cup sugar, I used ⅓ cup of coconut sugar and lightly drizzled honey over top of crisp before putting in the oven. The sweetness was not compromised in the end! Instead of ⅓ cup margarine, I used ⅓ cup of regular butter -- I diced the butter and mixed it with all the other ingredients to distribute evenly. I ended up with some drier spots, but all the moisture from the fruits substantially made up for it. Perhaps massaging the butter in more (or semi-melting it) could work, too. I went through my cupboards and decided to add a 1/4 cup of raisins and sprinkled chia seeds over top before putting in oven (this added nice taste and crunch).

Should you use a combination of pears and apples, or just pick one or the other?

Hi Lydia, we have not tried this recipe with a combination of apple and pear, but I imagine it would be just fine. Let us know what you decided and your thoughts! 

The Food Hero Team

You might also like...

Recipes A-Z

Photo of Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

10 minutes
30 minutes
3 cups
Sorghum Recipe Image

Stovetop Sorghum

5 minutes
1 hour
2 1/2 cups
Fluffy Banana Pancakes Recipe

Banana Pancakes

15 minutes
20 minutes
16 Pancakes
Recipe Image

Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Skillet Meal

15 minutes
30 minutes
7 Cups