You heard that right folks, you really CAN make a comforting, yummy, pseudo-healthy dessert in just MINUTES!  I did it last night, and you can read about it here.

Long story short, my sweet hubby asked (randomly) for apple crisp, probably not expecting I’d actually make it.  Well, I showed him!  If you’ve got apples, oatmeal cookies (or even if you don’t–see note below) and some basic baking ingredients, you too can have apple crisps tonight for dessert, or for a snack in about 15 minutes.  What better way to celebrate all this snow and icy, cold weather we’re currently having…

Individual Apple Crisps

Servings: 4


  • 1 Granny Smith apple, halved and cored
  • 1 Gala apple, halved and cored
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 8 small prepared oatmeal cookies, crumbled*


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. 2. Cut apples into thin slices using a mandoline or a sharp knife. Place apples, brown sugar, butter, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl; toss to coat. Divide apple mixture evenly among 4 (6-ounce) ramekins, arranging apple slices in a fan shape. Sprinkle each ramekin evenly with crumbled oatmeal cookies. Bake at 425° for 9 minutes or until the apples are crisp-tender.

Hannah Klinger, Cooking Light

*If you don’t happen to have oatmeal cookies on-hand, check out this link for a quick crisp topping you can store in your freezer and use by the spoonful for recipes like this!

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving:

  • Calories: 259
  • Fat: 9.8g
  • Saturated fat: 3.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.9g
  • Protein: 2.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 42.3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Sodium: 221mg
  • Calcium: 50mg



Holly R. Layer

Holly R. Layer

Holly is a registered dietician and a freelance writer. She works as a clinical dietitian at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda, teaches fitness classes at the Southtowns Family Branch YMCA and shares her love of food through her blog (new website coming soon), as well as Buffalo News (Refresh), and the East Aurora Co-op Market (the "Eat This" blog series you see here). She lives in East Aurora with her husband Andrew, an East Aurora native and East Aurora Co-op Market board member.