amaretto maple apple crisp

A boozy dessert on a Wednesday? Works for me!

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I have humorously nicknamed this dessert – “Tipsy Beaver Apple Crisp”. Before you get your mind in the gutter, the beaver is an official Canadian emblem people!

Amaretto Maple Apple Crisp |

If I had to choose my favourite fall dessert, it would have to be pumpkin pie apple crisp. Okay, okay…I love pumpkin pie too but apple crisp is so much more complex with the warm, spiced layers of apple and all the delicious pockets of soft and crunchy crumble. Aaack…is it a crumble or a crisp? Technically, a crisp… Does it matter when it’s so delicious? “Crisps” contain oats, “crumbles” do not, but that was a bazillion years ago. Time has passed, lines have blurred, it’s all good. Have your crisp and crumble too!

Amaretto Maple Apple Crisp |

While a classic apple crisp is incredible as it is, the addition of Amaretto liqueur and maple syrup make this a showstopper. The smell coming out of the oven…oooh my gawd…heavenly. Amaretto Maple Apple Crisp is incredible served fresh out of the oven (given a few minutes to cool) but I actually prefer to bake this the night before and reheat the day of serving. Much like a lasagna, this allows the flavors to intensify and the apple to absorb the maple and amaretto flavors. Yum!

Amaretto Maple Apple Crisp |

P.S – Leftover apple crisp also gets bonus points for being a totally acceptable breakfast dish. I’ll just turn away while you add a scoop or two of french vanilla ice cream.

enjoy | liz | xo

Amaretto Maple Apple Crisp
Serves 8
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
For the topping
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 tsp salt
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  5. 1 1/2 cups (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
For the apple layer
  1. 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  2. 5 pounds (approx. 6) Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2" chunks (or other preferred apple)
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  5. 1/3 cup Amaretto liqueur
  6. 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 375F and grease a 13x9-inch baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together 1 cup of flour, salt, brown sugar, and rolled oats. Using your hands, toss the butter in the flour mixture. Squeeze the mixture until all butter is incorporated and large clumps form. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl filled with the cut apples, sprinkle the 4 tablespoons of remaining flour, cinnamon, and granulated sugar. Gently toss to evenly coat. Add Amaretto and maple syrup, combine until thoroughly mixed. Pour apple mixture into baking dish and spread evenly. Take topping mixture and crumble evenly over apples, gently pressing topping into corners and along the edges.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, rotating dish halfway through baking, until golden and bubbling. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before serving. If you can!

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4 thoughts on “amaretto maple apple crisp

  1. Sammie says:

    Ooh heaven. Amaretto and with apples. I like how your mind works Liz! With all the apples I have in the garden this is a must make. In our home we don’t care what it’s called as long as it tastes yummy. Traditionally the English call them crumbles, then we drown it in custard and a big dollop of vanilla ice cream!! Looking forward to this. Sammie xox

    • Liz @ Teta Lizza’s Kitchen says:

      Hi Melanie! I was so happy to see your comment on Instagram that you tried this recipe! I think the amaretto is just one of those flavors that goes so well with everything “fall”.

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