These individual baked apple crumble pots are an easy variation on a classic apple crumble recipe, perfect for a quick dessert for one or for serving a group! Tart apples are spiced to perfection with the right amount of sweetness and topped with a delicious oat crumble topping. These individual apple crumbles come together quickly, and are ready in under 30 minutes!
Why This Recipe Works
Beautiful presentation! Making these apple crumbles in individual ramekins or pots makes for a gorgeous presentation for entertaining. Who doesn't love something made just for them?!
Quick sweet treat! This dessert is the perfect solution to when you are craving something sweet, but do not want to spend hours making and preparing a dough or batter. It comes together quickly, and satisfies your sweet tooth!
Familiar flavours! These apple crumbles are packed with warm, familiar flavours that are sure to comfort you. For the extra comfort of cinnamon flavors, homemade cinnamon rolls, or better yet, cookies and cream cinnamon rolls, and of course pumpkin cheesecake bars, are a must!
- All purpose flour: You will need all purpose flour for two parts of this recipe. The flour will help thicken the apples and spices, to make a bit of a spiced sauce. You will also need the flour to make the crumble topping too.
- Granny smith apples: I recommend using granny smith apples for these crumbles, as they have a good amount of tartness and a firm texture that works well when baked.
- Brown sugar: I like to use dark brown sugar for this recipe, as it has a higher molasses content in it. It browns up nicely, and adds a sticky element.
- Spices & seasonings: You will need cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt.
- Fresh lemon juice [not pictured]
A full list of ingredients with measurements is located on the recipe card, below.
- Granny smith apples: You do not have to use granny smith apples, if you do not love them. You can also use golden delicious, Fuji or Cortland apples. It is completely up to individual taste.
- Spices & seasoning: If you have it on hand, you can use pre-packaged apple pie or pumpkin pie spice in the filling to make things easier. If you're feeling wild, chai masala will also work!
- Fresh lemon juice: You can use bottled lemon juice if you are in a pinch.
- A la mode: A la mode is just a fancy way of saying that something is served with ice cream. For an extra fancy twist, top off the baked apple crumble with vanilla ice cream to cool off on a hot summer day. These delicious cookie recipes are also absolutely perfect for the summer, too!
- Caramel: Drizzle caramel sauce overtop of the prepared apple crumble, for an extra decadent twist.
- Casserole: You can use this recipe for a whole, casserole-baked apple crumble instead of individual ones.
Prep Work Before Cooking
Collecting all your ingredients - This will make cooking so much easier. Gather all the spices you will need, and keep them nearby.
Prep the apples - Peel, core and dice your apples. You want to cut the apples into bite-sized pieces.
Preheat oven - Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Add the diced apples to a mixing bowl. Immediately after, squeeze the lemon juice over the apples to prevent the apples from oxidizing. Season the apples with all purpose flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Combine well, and set aside.
In another mixing bowl, melt the butter in the microwave in 15 second increments. Add the crumble ingredients to the melted butter, and stir until combined.
Divide the apple filling among the individual ramekins or pots. Top with the crumble topping.
Bake the apple crumbles for 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
Always prevent your apples from oxidizing! If you plan to cut your apples ahead of time or may have them sitting before prepping the filling, make sure you squeeze lemon over your apples to prevent them from overly browning.
Make Ahead & Storage
Make Ahead Instructions
You can assemble these individual crumbles earlier in the day that you plan to serve them. Assemble in the cocottes/ramekins and keep covered and refrigerated. When you are ready to serve, preheat the oven and bake the crumbles.
I do not recommend making the filling too far in advance, as the apples will eventually start to brown.
I recommend transferring any leftover crumbles into an airtight container, and storing in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave, if you are going to be eating these to yourself!
The main difference between apple crumble and apple pie is the starch element to the two. Apple pie has a flakey crust component, whereas apple crumble does not have a bottom crust and is instead topped with a streusel-like topping.
You absolutely can freeze apple crumble. I recommend if you plan to make this to freeze, to assemble it in a casserole style. Freeze in a freezer-safe dish for 2-3 months. I recommend partially defrosting the crumble before baking it.
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Individual Baked Apple Crumble Pots
For the Filling
- 3 Granny smith apples peeled, cored and diced in bite-sized pieces
- ½ Lemon juiced
- 1 tablespoon All purpose flour
- ¼ cup Granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Ground nutmeg
- Preheat: Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Make the filling: Add the diced apples to a mixing bowl. Immediately after, squeeze the lemon juice over the apples to prevent the apples from oxidizing. Season the apples with all purpose flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Combine well, and set aside.3 Granny smith apples, ½ Lemon, 1 tablespoon All purpose flour, ¼ cup Granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon Ground nutmeg
- Make the crumble: In another mixing bowl, melt the butter in the microwave in 15 second increments. Add the crumble ingredients to the melted butter, and stir until combined.½ cup Rolled oats, ½ cup All purpose flour, ½ cup Brown sugar, ½ cup Butter, ¼ teaspoon Ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon Sea salt
- Assemble: Divide the apple filling among the individual ramekins or pots. Top with the crumble topping.
- Bake: Bake the apple crumbles for 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
- Always prevent your apples from oxidizing! If you plan to cut your apples ahead of time or may have them sitting before prepping the filling, make sure you squeeze lemon over your apples to prevent them from overly browning.