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Apple Cherry Crumble

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This Apple Cherry Crumble recipe has the perfect crumble topping and is a great addition to your family dinners and parties. Why have simple apple pie when you can add in cherries and upgrade America’s favorite pie!

Apple and Cherry Crumble Dessert on cutting board.

Apple + Cherry = Perfection

Apple crumble, apple crisp, apple whatever! I love them all. I’ve looked high and low for the perfect crumble topping and I’ve finally come up with the perfect combination of crispy, chunky, buttery and crumbly. Adding in some fresh cherries make this Apple and Cherry Crumble recipe a new family favorite.

This dessert is perfect for cool nights when all you want to do is bundle up with a warm blanket, cup of tea, and book. This is also a great recipe when you need a yummy dessert to bring to a party or family dinner. I’ve also made mini versions and given them out in little mason jars. They were adorable!

apple cherry crumble ingredients

Picking the Right Apples for Crumbles, Pies, and Crisps

Picking apples for a crisp or crumble recipe can be tricky. Everyone has their favorite. I grew up with granny smith apples in my mother’s apple crisp recipe. Now I like to mix it up and put a few different types.

Some of my favorites are Golden Delicious, Fuji, Braeburn, and Granny Smith.

The wrong apple can really mess up any apple crisp or pie so be careful to skip using McIntosh and Red Delicious apples, these will make great applesauce but that’s not the texture you want in your pie.

How to Find the Right Apples for your Crumble, Crisps, or Pies

Granny Smith – Green, firm, and a bit sour. (Don’t be afraid of the sour, there is plenty of sugar in this recipe to offset that.

Jonagold – Tart, tangy with a sweetness.

Braeburn – Very firm with an almost a citrus-y aroma.

Golden Delicious – Mild and perfect to mix with another apple.

Honeycrisp –  Sweet and relatively firm.

Fuji – Crisp and sweet and fresh-tasting.

Pink Lady – Sweet and a little sour, great texture.

apple cherry crumble in dish
Apple cherry crumble with crispy topping on cutting board.

Apple Cherry Crumble

This is the BEST Apple Crumble recipe I've come up with. Adding in cherries just puts it over the top! The topping has the perfect mix of buttery crumble with oats and optional nuts that completes the recipe.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 320 kcal


  • 4 each apples

    Cored, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes – I use 2 Granny Smith and 2 Honey Crisp

  • 1 1/2 cups Fresh or Frozen Pitted Cherries
  • 1/2 cup Packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Crumble Topping

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmet
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (3/4 cup) room temperature
  • 1/2 cup rolled oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  • Pre-heat your oven to 375°F
  • Peel, core and cut the apples into cubes.
  • Cut your fresh or defrosted cherries in half (check for pits and remove). 
  • Place the apples and cherries in a bowl with the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and gently toss to coat. Set aside.
  • Pour your apple and cherry mixture into a 8-inch baking dish. 

Make your crumble topping

  • For the crumble topping, mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter in a food processor or bowl if you do not have a food processor.
  • Using the food processor, pulse the topping until just combined.
  • Add the oats and nuts and pulse once or twice to combine without breaking up the nuts too much.
  • If you do not have a food processor you can do this in a large bowl with a pastry blender, fork, or spoon to combine.

Bake your Apple Cherry Crumble

  • Sprinkle the crumble topping over the apple and cherry mixture. I use my hands to break up the larger chunks of topping and spread evenly. 
  • Bake at 375°F for about 30 minutes.
  • Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a big dollop of whip cream. Or both!


Calories: 320kcal
Keyword apple crisp, apple crumble, Cherry desserts, christmas, crisp topping, crumble topping, crumble,, holiday, thanksgiving
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Apple Cherry Crumble Recipe

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  • Reply
    April 13, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Made this yesterday for Easter dessert – it was unreal!

    • Reply
      April 13, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      I’m so glad you loved it. I need a good excuse to make it again! I hope you had a lovely Easter.

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    Capri Bussey
    October 3, 2020 at 7:13 am

    I loved it!!
    I added a little more cinnamon and let the mixture soak into the apples before I added the topping and stuff.
    My family thought it was the nicest Crumble they had ever tasted. A friend came after school the next day and they tried it too. They thought it was wonderful and I had to send her the recipe.
    I am only 12yrs old and yet I managed to make this whole recipe with no challenges whatsoever.
    It was gr8 fun. Looking forward to making it again!! 😋🤤👍

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    Capri Bussey
    October 3, 2020 at 7:14 am

    5 stars
    I loved it. Super recipe. Thanx Donna. Many many congratulation.

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    January 24, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my! This was so easy to make and that crumble is amazing! Thank you for such a great recipe!

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    January 24, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    5 stars
    Ooh, I never would have thought to add cherries to apple crumble. Delicious!!

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    Robin Donovan
    January 25, 2021 at 12:16 am

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Easy to make and really delicious. I loved the cherries in it!

  • Reply
    January 25, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious, love the taste of the cherries with the apples… yum!

  • Reply
    January 28, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    5 stars
    This will be one of my husband’s dream desserts. I can tell just from the recipe. It looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    June 13, 2021 at 1:12 am

    5 stars
    This recipe was freaking amazing! I don’t usually leave reviews but this was SO good! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous recipe!

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