Use this easy recipe with leftover apples from the fall or anytime in the year when you want an easy take-along dish or when company arrives at your door unexpectedly!!!! Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping. You can substitute 2 (21 ounce) cans of apple pie filling for the apples and water.

Mary
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

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  • Arrange apples in an even layer in bottom of baking dish. Pour water over apples.

  • In a medium bowl mix together cake mix, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter or margarine until ingredients are thoroughly blended; mixture will be crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over apples.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

355.2 calories; 2.2 g protein; 60.9 g carbohydrates; 20.3 mg cholesterol; 343.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2004
This recipe was so simple, yet so delicious! Some changes I recommend that other users may have also recommended: use 3/4 water instead, use only 3/4c brown sugar (it was a bit too sweet for my taste), use large green apples, bake for only 40-45 minutes, and add rolled oats to the cake mixture (i added about 1/2c). The rolled oats give the topping a crispier, yet mildly chewy consistency. Also, eating this a la mode with vanilla ice cream = HEAVEN! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/09/2010
Well I couldn't find the recipe I usually use so looked for one to make Hubby something with apples. He was suggesting one that used the cake mix topping. I found this one and tried it right to the recipe except I added a little oatmeal to the topping for extra flavor. I was not really happy with it and won't make this one again. It was so sweet it made the roof of my mouth itch! Cut the brown sugar IN HALF and it might be a lot better. I used granny smiths too so it wasn't sweet apples/sweet sugar situation. The topping got too hard as well. I attributed some of that to my adding some oatmeal but still... it wasn't what I was after at all and way way too sweet as written. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2004
This recipe was so simple, yet so delicious! Some changes I recommend that other users may have also recommended: use 3/4 water instead, use only 3/4c brown sugar (it was a bit too sweet for my taste), use large green apples, bake for only 40-45 minutes, and add rolled oats to the cake mixture (i added about 1/2c). The rolled oats give the topping a crispier, yet mildly chewy consistency. Also, eating this a la mode with vanilla ice cream = HEAVEN! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2006
I had to write a comment on this! I have made many an apple crisp, and this seems to take the cake as everyone's favorite! I gleaned from previous reviewers and this came out fabulously yummy! First, I used a "golden (or yellow) butter recipe" cake mix, and did mix it w/ 3/4 c. of oats. I used the amt. of butter the recipe called for. For the apple mixture, I sprinkled w/ nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of allspice! With the water (about 1 C. I think), I added 4 T caramel ice cream topping and 1 egg. No added sugar. It wasn't too sweet and we even had it for a late, special breakfast (the kids are still talking about our "special breakfast!") Thanks for my new favorite! This is a great treat to bring to a neighbor, by the way...straight out of the oven! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2005
I love this recipe! I read most of the reviews and made the recipe 3x today making little changes each time. I took tips from the reviews and came up with the following changes: sprinkle lemon juice over the cut up apples, toss the apples with cinnamon & nutmeg, 1/2 c. water with 1 T. vanilla added, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 6 T. melted butter, and 3/4 c. oatmeal. We kept one, and gave the others to relatives who asked for the recipe right away! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2007
Very good! I made a few changes, though: I used apple pie filling instead of apples to make it easier, cut the sugar down to 1/2 cup (thought the filling would be pretty sweet), added about 3/4 cup of rolled oats and poured 3/4 cup of margarine over the top. The top ended up chewy and crispy. I made it for a dinner party and was asked for the recipe a number of times! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2006
This recipe is a keeper! Easy and so delicious! I did add about 1 cup of oatmeal to the topping and I used a cinnamon blend that has nutmeg in it. If you add nutmeg on its own just a pinch or two is fine. If you like your topping with the oatmeal in it like I do also add about 2 Tbsp. more butter to make up for the extra dry ingredient in the topping. The apples bake down so if you like a thicker layer of apples use one or two more. Using yellow cake mix also works just the same as white. My whole family LOVES this recipe. You will too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2005
I have been looking for a great apple crisp recipe for ever! If I found one that was crispy it had no cake-like middle. If I had cake I had no crisp. You get the idea. This was both. I did alter the recipe. I used a spice cake mix instead of white I omitted the brown sugar and added 2 packets of Quaker Instant Oatmeal Supreme cinnamon pecan cereal (make sure to get the supreme cereal only because of denser oats than regular)to the cake mix along with 1 tsp cinnamon. For the apples I added 4 TBL caramel Ice cream topping blended with the 1 cup water and 1 egg. This was poured over the apples. I like the top really crispy so I put it under the broiler for a couple minutes. This was super easy and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2006
I made this today to serve for Mother's Day tomorrow. My dh and I sampled it out of the oven warm and it is delicious. I took the advice of other reviewers- I doubled the amount of apples tossed them in lemon juice sprinkled them with nutmeg and cinnamon and then added 1 T of vanilla (actually vanilla butter nut extract) to the apples; I reduced both the water and brown sugar to 3/4 of a cup and added 3/4 cup of oats to the topping. I baked it for 20 minutes at 350 then covered it with foil for another 20 minutes (total cooking time was 40 minutes). Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2003
This was a hit at a Rosh Hashana dinner I brought it to last night--everyone had seconds! I did make a few changes from the recipe. I used a whole 3-lb. bag of Granny Smith apples (12 small apples) and might use even more next time because they cook down so much. As suggested by other reviewers I used less water and added extra cinnamon and some vanilla to the apples sprinkled nuts on top and only baked it for about 50 minutes. Thanks for such a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2007
FALULOUS!!! Took others suggestions and used 3/4 cup apple cider in place of water; omited sugar and added 1 cup oatmeal to cake mix topping. The whole pan is gone and my family is clammering for more. Brother-in-law got jiffy cake mix by mistake and I used 2 boxes to great success. Will make again and again and everyone asked for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/09/2010
Well I couldn't find the recipe I usually use so looked for one to make Hubby something with apples. He was suggesting one that used the cake mix topping. I found this one and tried it right to the recipe except I added a little oatmeal to the topping for extra flavor. I was not really happy with it and won't make this one again. It was so sweet it made the roof of my mouth itch! Cut the brown sugar IN HALF and it might be a lot better. I used granny smiths too so it wasn't sweet apples/sweet sugar situation. The topping got too hard as well. I attributed some of that to my adding some oatmeal but still... it wasn't what I was after at all and way way too sweet as written. Read More
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