Simple Apple Crisp in a Jar

Who loves dessert in a jar? This deliciously simple apple crisp recipe is sweetened with honey and the apples are sweetened with fresh ginger.

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Who loves dessert in a jar? Pretty much everyone, right? This simple apple crisp in a jar recipe is so easy and tasty: and it could not be cuter! Our recipe is naturally sweetened using honey and has some fresh ginger in the apples, which makes the flavor pop. Keep reading for our simple apple crisp recipe and more about dessert in a jar!

How to make simple apple crisp

We based this simple apple crisp recipe on this rhubarb crumble we loved eating this spring. That one was also a dessert in a jar! This time, we substituted apples for rhubarb and strawberry filling. However, we made sure to keep the fresh ginger, which adds a delicious twist.

This simple apple crisp recipe has no refined sugar: it only uses honey, our favorite natural sweetener. So, you could consider this a healthy apple crisp recipe (though it’s definitely not a health food!). It’s also pretty easy to put together! To put it over the top, serve with with vanilla ice cream or our homemade whipped cream, yogurt whipped cream, or coconut whipped cream. As the weather starts to become cooler (at least in our part of the world!), we’re loving this as a comforting dessert.

Dessert in a jar

Dessert in a jar might be trendy, but what’s the harm in that? Eating something in a cute individual portion is twice the fun. Here are a few of our favorite dessert in a jar recipes from around the web:

Looking for more dessert recipes?

Aside from this simple apple crisp in a jar, here are a few more of our healthy dessert recipes on A Couple Cooks:

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Honey Almond Apple Crisps in Jars

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Who loves dessert in a jar? This deliciously simple apple crisp recipe is sweetened with honey and the apples are sweetened with fresh ginger.



For the apple filling

  • 4 apples (around 4½ cups)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 4 half-pint canning jars or ramekins

For the apple crisp topping

  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ⅓ cup whole wheat flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted or very soft


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Peel, core, and slice 4 apples into small pieces. Peel and mince or grate the ginger. In a large saute pan, mix together the apples, ginger, cinnamon and kosher salt. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and  honey. Saute until softened, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, whole wheat flour, kosher salt, honey, and butter.
  4. Divide the fruit mixture into 4 half-pint canning jars or ramekins. Spread the crumble over each jar, pressing down on the crumbs to ensure that none are above the mouth of the jar.
  5. Place the jars on a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes until top is brown. Cool for 10 minutes and enjoy.


Using fresh ginger root gives the recipe a delicious complexity; you can omit it if necessary, but it will miss some of the flair. Note that ground dried ginger does not substitute for fresh ginger.
Also note that any small dish or ramekin works for baking instead of using canning jars.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Simple Apple Crisp, Dessert in a Jar, Healthy Dessert, Dessert, Apple Dessert, Apple Crumble, Honey, Oats, Apple Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Courtney Jones
    October 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Yum! I cannot think of anything better to enjoy this fall season. Delicious!

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    Loretta E
    October 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I’m loving the use of ginger! What a great recipe!

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    [email protected]
    October 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    This recipe sounds perfectly autumnal and delicious. Must locate three more small jars!

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    October 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I have been lucky enough to eat the fruits of this recipe….all i can say is YUM!

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    October 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Oooh this looks so good! I m so glad Google currents stumbled me onto your site! Any chance I can make this in a normal pyrex rectangular plan?

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      October 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Welcome! This should work fine as a regular rectangular crisp — just keep an eye on it in case the baking time is any shorter :)

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      October 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Hi Pragni! Thanks for stopping by. The recipe above only makes 4 small ball jars worth, so it wouldn’t come near to filling a large baking dish. I would recommend using a square baking dish for this one, and doubling the quantity above. Let us know if it works out — we haven’t tested it!

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        October 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        Hey Alex and Sonja..

        So I doubled this recipe and made it in a glass pyrex pan and it turned out beautiful. My husband could NOT stop eating this! Thanks a ton!

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          October 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm

          Pragni — Oh wonderful, we’re so glad to hear that this worked out! We will definitely be trying this out in the future :) Thanks for letting us know!

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    Brenda Weaver
    October 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I found these via foodgawker. I just had to let you know that I made these last evening and I love them!! I not only love that they’re sweetened with honey instead of gobs of sugar, but they’re so fun to eat right out of the jars! I’ll be making these again! Thanks so much for the great recipe!

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      October 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Oh, so glad they were a success! Glad you enjoyed the honey sweetness as well :) And good to know about the ground ginger — thanks for letting us know!

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    Brenda Weaver
    October 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    oh, and I forgot to say that I used dry ginger in my recipe, only about 1/2 teaspoon, and it turned out great anyway.

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    Maureen Witmer
    October 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    This look delicious! If you’re ever bringing a meal to someone in need (new baby, illness, etc) this would be a great dessert option- they look super transportable and super yummy! Love your site!

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    October 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    We featured this recipe in our weekly Food Trend blog post.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

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    September 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    any idea how well these would freeze?

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      September 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Krystle – I believe these would freeze well! Just make sure to let them cool all the way before freezing, and tightly screw on the tops.

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        Virginia L Carty
        May 3, 2019 at 11:27 pm

        How about shipping. How long will they last in the jar. I want to ship across country.

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          May 4, 2019 at 4:10 pm

          I don’t think they’d ship well. Sorry!

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