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Fireball Apple Crisp

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When you’re looking to ramp up your apple crisp game, look no further than this recipe for Fireball Apple Crisp. It’s soon to become your flaming desire! 😉

A vertical image of an apple crisp with cinnamon red hot topping, a shot of whiskey, cup of coffee, and apples.

This cinnamon spicy apple crisp is everything you love about a traditional apple crisp…but with a grown-up kick.

Apple Pie Wedges (video below) is another easy apple dessert recipe I know you’ll love:

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Fireball Apple Crisp is available at the end of this post. 

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The ingredient list;

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Kitchen tools and equipment;

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What are the best apples to use for making an apple crisp?

As I mentioned above, a firm, tart apple with a little sweetness (in my opinion) makes the best tasting crisp or cobbler. Also, a firmer apple also won’t turn to mush while baking.

Apples such as Granny Smith, Fuji, Macintosh, Jonagold, Honeycrisp (shown in this recipe), Pink Lady, Gala, or Braeburn are all good picks.

Do the apples need to be peeled or can I leave the skin on?

Preferably, an apple’s skin is always removed before baking or else it tends to get tough and leathery making the eating experience not nearly as enjoyable.

Can this fireball apple crisp be frozen?

Yes! And it’s best to freeze the crisp BEFORE it’s baked.

Once the crisp is fully assembled, cover the casserole dish well with a lid or several layers of plastic wrap, and freeze for up to 3 months.

How to bake an apple crisp after freezing;

  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
  • Remove the apple crisp from the freezer and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Place the apple crisp on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 90 minutes, or until the top is golden and apple juices start to exude from the top of the crisp.
  • Remove, and serve hot or warm with ice cream, whipped cream, or plain.

Can the cinnamon whiskey be left out of this apple crisp?


By all means, if you’re feeding children, or you’d rather not have the alcohol in the recipe, it’s perfectly acceptable to leave the whiskey out of the dish!

Or, if you’d like to swap the cinnamon whiskey for another type of alcohol, why not experiment?

A peppermint schnapps for the holidays would be lovely, or maybe an Amaretto for year-round enjoyment.

The options are completely endless! I encourage you to get creative!!

Not a fan of cinnamon red hots? Here are a few other candy substitutions you may also enjoy;

What are some of your apple crisp topping ideas? Please leave them in the comment section! I’d love to know. Thanks!! 🙂

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How to make fireball apple crisp?

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Peel and uniformly chop 5-6 medium Honey Crisp apples.
  • Place them in a large bowl
  • Add raisins, cinnamon whiskey, brown sugar, pure vanilla extract, cinnamon, grated nutmeg, and a pinch of salt.
  • Stir well.
  • Add the prepared apples into a baking dish that has been sprayed with baking spray.
  • Set aside.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, brown sugar, granulated sugar, oats, grated nutmeg, cinnamon.
  • Add the cold cubed butter and work the mixture together with your fingers, or a pastry blender, until coarse crumbs form.
  • Crush the cinnamon candy in a large zip-top bag using a meat mallet or rolling pin.
  • Stir the crushed candy into the crumb topping and evenly spread that over the prepared apples in the baking dish.
  • Place the baking dish onto a baking sheet and place in the oven for 60 minutes, or until the top is golden and the apple juices start to bubble over.
  • Remove, cool slightly.
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped topping if desired.
Horizontal photo of a bowl of fireball apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, apples, cinnamon sticks and a shot of cinnamon whiskey in the background.

For additional easy apple dessert recipes, please click on the following titles for;

  • Apple Pie Wedges (pictured below and in the featured video) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

You’re going to love how easy and delicious these apple pie wedges are to make…and eat. With store-bought or homemade pie crust, apple pie wedges are utterly delicious!!

Apple pie wedges on a blue plate with a vanilla glaze and apples in the background.

Celebrate one of autumn’s most popular fruits with these deliciously soft and chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate & Pecans. You’ll be glad you did!

A horizontal photo of a platter of apple oatmeal cookies with pine cones, sunflowers, and apples in the background.

Get your pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, but make your apple cider donut (muffins) at home! They’re just as good as at the pumpkin patch. Maybe even better!!

Closeup vertical photo of an apple cider donut muffin with a cinnamon sugar coating.
  • Fireball Apple Crisp (pictured below) This is the place!
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Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information and instructions for making for today’s easy Fireball Apple Crisp

Fireball Apple Crisp

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Kudos Kitchen Dessert Recipes
Cuisine easy apple dessert
Servings 12 servings


  • 6 medium Honey Crisp Apples peeled and cut into 1½” cubes
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup cinnamon whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Topping;

  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 8 tablespoons 1 stick cold butter cut into cubes
  • ½ cup crushed cinnamon red hot candy


  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Place the prepared apples into a large bowl.
  • Add the raisins, vanilla, cinnamon whiskey, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg, ¼ cup brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Stir well to combine.
  • Add the apple mixture into an even layer in a 13×9 baking dish that has been sprayed with baking spray.
  • Set aside.

To make the topping:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, brown sugar, granulated sugar, oats, cinnamon, and grated nutmeg.
  • Add the cold, cubed butter and use your hands or a pastry blender to work the butter into the flour and sugar mixture to form coarse crumbs.
  • Add the crushed cinnamon candy to the crumb mixture and stir to combine.
  • Spread the topping evenly over the apples in the baking dish.
  • Place the casserole dish onto a baking sheet and place into the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 60 minutes, or until the topping is golden and the apple juices start to bubble around the edges of the dish.
  • Remove and allow to cool slightly.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.


If freezing, make the apple crisp and freeze before baking.
Cover well and freeze for up to three months.
To bake from frozen, allow the crisp to sit on the counter for thirty minutes before baking.
Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
Uncover and bake for 90 minutes (watching closely).
Cover with foil and continue baking until the crisp is heated through and the apple juices bubble around the edges of the dish.


Serving: 1
Keyword apple crisp, cinnamon whiskey apple crisp, easy apple dessert, Fireball Apple Crisp
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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s easy apple dessert recipe for Fireball Apple Crisp as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

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Recipe Rating


Saturday 9th of November 2019

I love the cinnamon kick of the fireball! So delicious!


Sunday 10th of November 2019

You and me, both, Wilhelmina! Thanks!!


Saturday 9th of November 2019

This looks so warm and inviting! Perfect for the season.


Saturday 9th of November 2019

Thank you, Megan! I know you're going to love it! Enjoy!