This Apple Crumble Dessert in a Jar is an easy apple dessert, made right inside of mason jars.
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Do you know the difference between an apple crumble, an apple crisp, and an apple cobbler? There is a small part of me that doesn’t care. I’ve always been a fan of baked apple desserts — including the king of all: apple pie. I’m quite happy to eat them all. But the bigger part of me that is always questioning and seeking answers and I wanted to know.
I did some investigating and found that there is actually isn’t much difference between all of my favorite apple desserts.
- Apple crumble has a crumbled streusel topping that includes oats.
- Apple crisp has a crumbled streusel topping without oats.
- Apple cobbler is topped with biscuits, instead of a streusel.
For years, I was thinking that I liked apple crisp the most. I always called the baked apple dessert I made an “apple crisp”. But, now I realize that it’s actually apple crumble, because I almost always use oats in my streusel.
Most of the time, Apple Crumbles are made in one baking dish. Doing it that way is easy and has the valuable benefit of leaving only one dish to clean.
However, for this Apple Crumble recipe, I decided to make it in individual mason jars. Making them in a jar is also easy, but it adds an extra element of fun. Our guests are always impressed when they are presented with a dessert in a jar, which I think makes the dessert even more memorable.
To make this Apple Crumble recipe, you’ll need only a few ingredients, including apples. I like to go with Granny Smith apples for this because I like their tartness with the sweet streusel. I picked up my Granny Smith apples at the farmer-picked Walmart Produce department, where they offer a 100% money back guarantee on all produce they sell. If you aren’t happy, just bring back your purchase and they will refund your money, no questions asked. I was very happy with my apples, so no chance they were going back!
The apples from the Walmart Produce department are peeled, cored, and sliced, and tossed with some lemon juice and brown sugar. They are packed into the bottom of 8 wide-mouth half-pint canning jars. The streusal topping — which consists of oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter — is packed on the tops of the apples. Then, the apple crumbles are baked in the oven for about 30 minutes.
While this Apple Crumble recipe is delicious alone, I think it’s best topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream. You can even give it a drizzle of caramel sauce, which make this even more amazing.
Here is the complete recipe — ready for you to print or save. If you are on Pinterest, be sure to save it to one of your boards.Print