Apple, Pear and Cranberry Crisp

Apple Pear Cranberry Crisp

Have you finished planning your Thanksgiving menu? Since we have an extra week until the holiday, I feel like I am a little behind on planning. Fortunately, we do not have to travel this year for Thanksgiving and are hosting a small dinner with my family. Deciding what to eat for dinner is easy, but planning what to have for dessert is the difficult part. After eating a big turkey dinner, I usually don’t want anything too heavy for dessert. I love just having a few cookies or a scoop of warm apple crisp. This Apple, Pear and Cranberry Crisp is a slight adaptation of your basic apple crisp. The pears and cranberries add a unique fall flavor. The crisp is warm, comforting and the perfect dessert to serve for the holiday. I love the slightly tart flavor that the cranberries add. Now, I just need to figure out what type of cookies to make.

How does everyone celebrate Thanksgiving? Do you have to travel or do you host dinner at your home?

Apple Pear Cranberry Crisp

Apple Pear Cranberry Crisp

Apple Pear Cranberry Crisp

Apple Pear Cranberry Crisp

Apple, Pear and Cranberry Crisp
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    For the fruit filling:
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored and chopped into large chunks
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped into large chunks
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • zest and juice from one lemon
  • For the topping:
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish and set aside
  2. In a large bowl, combine pears, apples, cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, zest and juice. Stir to coat the fruit. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, oats, flour, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Stir well until combined.
  4. Pour the fruit filling into the prepared baking dish and top with the oat topping.
  5. Baked uncovered for 35-40 minutes, or until top is golden brown and crisp is bubbling around the edges.
  6. Serve warm.

Source: Spoonful of Flavor


  1. marcie

    This crisp looks amazing, Ashley! I’ve never enjoyed apples and pears together, but they just have to be good. I would take this over a slice of pie any day with ice cream. I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year and I haven’t gotten my plan together yet. A crisp just might work it’s way into the dessert portion!

    • Ashley

      There is definitely much more apple flavor in this dish than pears. I think you would like it. I love serving it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream! Have a great week, Marcie!

  2. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    I love this crisp! I can definitely see myself eating it for Thanksgiving dessert… and even for breakfast the next day. 🙂 So yummy!

    • Ashley

      I actually had it for breakfast the next day 🙂

  3. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    This looks like a perfect lighter dessert! I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but if I did, I think I would prefer this over apple pie anytime 😉 x

    • Ashley

      Well you don’t have to celebrate Thanksgiving to enjoy a delicious dessert 🙂

  4. Kelly

    This crisp looks wonderful Ashley! I love apple crisp and this one sounds amazing with pear and cranberries 🙂 We already celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving last month but I could totally see this making a great lighter dessert option for Christmas dinner as well 🙂 Pinned and thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kelly! I like how your Thanksgiving is in October. You have more time to think about all the delicious Christmas treats you will make. Sometimes I feel like the holidays go by so quick since they are so close together, and I never have enough time to make everything that I want to make.

    • Ashley

      Well we still have a little over a week to plan. I am sure that you will host a fabulous Thanksgiving!

    • Ashley

      I wish I could share with you!

  5. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Gorgeous crisp Ashley! Perfect for the holiday season. I love it! 🙂 Pinned. Have a great week!

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Anne! I hope you also have a wonderful week!

  6. Ashley

    I love that you used pear in here! I feel like pear is the fruit I always forget but I do really like them! And fruit crisps are so delicious – I used to overlook them but lately I can’t get enough!

    • Ashley

      Fruit crisps are so easy to make which is why I like them. And I frequently overlook pears as well. They aren’t really my favorite fruit, but I love them caramelized or in fruit crisps such as this one.

  7. Joanne

    We are traveling for thanksgiving this year, but that’s not going to stop me from making a TON of food! I wonder why we never seem to have crisps at our holiday meals? Need to change that!

    • Ashley

      You can’t celebrate a holiday without making a ton of food, right? At least that is how I feel. We always have way more food than we need but I love trying different recipes and having a little bite of each.

  8. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    This crisp looks gorgeous, I love those red shades that appear I would even love this crisp for a holiday breakfast – looks great!

    • Ashley

      Oh, I definitely had this crisp for breakfast. And I even added a scoop of ice cream 🙂

  9. Allie | Baking A Moment

    How lovely! So colorful and the texture of the fruit looks perfect! Is it bad that I would totally eat that for breakfast? 😉

    Your holiday plans sound just perfect! I’m so happy to NOT be hosting this year (so many people, so much work!), but I will still be cooking! I’m headed up to my brother-in-law’s to help him prepare his first feast.

    • Ashley

      It is a lot of work when you have a lot of people so I understand being happy that you are not hosting. I am so glad that we are not traveling this year because it means I have plenty of time to try a few new recipes.

  10. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies

    I love that you used so many seasonal fruits in this. The colors are stunning! Dessert is actually my favorite part of Thanksgiving, so I go all out. My in-laws are hosting since they have plenty of space, but we’ll be bringing 5 or 6 desserts. I’m excited to get baking!

    • Ashley

      Dessert is my favorite part too! But then again, it is my favorite part of any meal, holiday or event. I can always pass on the turkey, but never dessert 🙂

  11. Juliana

    Looks delicious this crumble of yours and yes, I love the addition of fresh cranberries, not only add color but great flavors…
    Hope you are having a great week Ashley 😀

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Juliana! I really love the flavor and color that the cranberries add as well. Have a great week!

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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Ashley!

  14. Corina @WineDineDaily

    This crisp does look GORGEOUS Ashley! Would love a bowl with ice cream 🙂

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Corina! I love it topped with ice cream!

  15. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one running a little late on organizing the menu and whole event for next week. I actually love how it’s later this year. But, then we’re jumping right into Christmas! Love this creative recipe with the crispiness on the top…so decadent!

    • Ashley

      I know, Christmas will be here before we know it!

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  18. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    Ashley, this just looks amazing! Love the addition of fresh cranberries for a little tartness to this dish and then that crunchy topping. Yah, totally pinning this one! 🙂

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Krista! This has become my new favorite dessert for the season.

  19. Maria

    Your crisp looks wonderful! I can just taste all those warm flavors and smell the cozy scent! I love love love fruit crisps, especially around this time of year, they’re the most comforting desserts! This is making me hungry!!!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Maria! Fruit crisps are one of my favorite desserts too!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Claire! And it tastes as good as it looks!

  20. Meg

    How can I make this ahead of time. I have all the ingredients and was just told that we only have one oven tomorrow. I was thinking about doing all the chopping, filling and topping tonight and store it. Then put it together tomorrow and throw it in the oven when the turkey is finished. Thoughts? Soggy? Browned fruit? Bake it tonight but not all the way through… Put the remaining topping on and put in the oven tomorrow to warm up?

    • Ashley

      Hi Meg! I would bake it completely tonight and then just reheat in the oven tomorrow. I find that the crisp is even better reheated the next day. I reheat it at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until warm. In fact, this is what I am doing for Thanksgiving.

  21. Shareba

    This is such a beautiful dish! Your photos turned out great too 🙂

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