A holiday twist on a popular dessert for a crowd, this gingerbread-flavored slow cooker apple crumble combines orchard sweetness with the warm spiciness of gingerbread.
As far as material things go, there is nothing I love better than food. Eating new things, different things, familiar things…food brings me a joy I didn’t truly realize until a few years ago – and there’s nothing like discovering the foodie in you.
In spite of only finding my inner-foodie pretty recently, I have always, always loved holiday food! Whether it’s classic turkey, homemade mashed potatoes, a big slice of pumpkin pie, or a slab of that amazing jellied cranberry sauce (don’t judge me,) I’m hard pressed to not go back for seconds.
When I make desserts for in-home celebrations, I have to make enough to feed big crowds (especially when we are celebrating with Mr. Crumby’s giant Dominican family!)
I know that many of you have the same dilemma, so today I’m sharing my Slow Cooker Apple Gingerbread Crumble, a dessert that’s sure to be a hit next to the pies and cakes on the sweets table.
JUST TAKE ME TO THE SLOW COOKER GINGERBREAD APPLE CRUMBLE ALREADY!
If you’d rather skip my (pretty darn helpful) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this deliciously easy apple crumble recipe, just scroll right on down to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card!
In case you haven’t been to the grocery store or farmer’s market lately, it is totally apple season! My third favorite!! After pumpkin and strawberry seasons, of course.
When fruits and veggies are in season, you can find them in abundance, and they’re usually suuuuuper cheap. If you’re lucky, you live in the area that grows a good bulk of the item in season, and many times, you can find farms that do U-Picks.
U-Picks are often the best way to get a good deal on produce!
Sadly, there are no apple orchards in Florida, but I’m lucky to have friends who vacation where they are plentiful.
Ones that know I’m a food blogger on a budget.
Ones that love me enough to bring me dozens of freshly picked apples, hoping that once the photography is finished, I’ll toss some leftovers their way (which of course, I do.)
That said, this Gingerbread Apple Crisp is a wonderful dessert to feed a crowd with, and for next to nothing if you can get a good deal on apples. The most expensive thing in this is the butter!
The best part about it is that, while you’re slaving away over the stove and oven, cooking up your holiday feast, this lovely dessert will be taking care of itself in the slow cooker.
The only thing you have to do is pull the lid off at the end to let the gingerbread crumble dry.
Serve a bowl of this up with some vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream, and your family might not even eat any pie.
I mean, they totally should – it is Thanksgiving, after all – but they might not have room after going back for a second bowl!
More comforting holiday desserts!
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Slow Cooker Apple Gingerbread Crumble
- 6-8 baking apples peeled, cored, and thickly sliced
- ⅔ cup brown sugar divided
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ cup molasses
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon divided
- Pinch nutmeg
- Pinch ground cloves
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- Pinch salt
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup ginger snaps crumbled
- 1 cup walnuts chopped
- ½ cup unsalted butter cold and cubed
- In the crock, combine the apples, ⅓ cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, molasses, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and stir to combine. Allow to sit and marinate while you prepare the crumb topping.
- Combine flour, salt, oats, ginger snaps, remaining brown sugar and cinnamon, and walnuts in a large bowl. Using your fingers, cut the butter into the flour topping until it is a crumbly consistency.
- Pour the gingerbread topping over the apples and spread evenly.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours, or high for 2 hours, or until apples are soft.
- Remove lid and allow crumble to sit for 30-60 minutes before serving, letting the apple juices thicken. Serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream and enjoy!