If you’re looking for a quick and easy, warm dessert, this Microwave Apple Crisp in a Mug might just become your new best friend. Warm chopped apples, bathed in a cinnamon butter and topped with a chewy oatmeal topping, is a 3-minute dream. And more delicious than I can tell you.
Have you ever wished for apple crisp, only to decide against it because, well, it takes too long? Been there, done that.
But the craving doesn’t go away. In fact, it can stay in my mind for days. Until I give in and make it.
Or more likely, make the slow cooker apple crisp, which is out of this world yummy too.
But it takes awhile.
When time is of the essence, and you want quick, and yummy… this is a go-to option!
It’s almost like… snapping your fingers… and you have a heavenly treat.
More Mug Desserts to Try
We love mug cakes and desserts made in the microwave. Some of our favorites are…
How Long Does it Take to Make This Apple Crisp in a Mug
You may have noticed, if you’ve glanced at the above-mentioned mug desserts, that many of them take 2 minutes in the microwave.
I’ve tagged this recipe as a 3-minute dessert. But my microwave is a little skimpy on power. I like the apples super soft, so 3 minutes works for me. My husband is a 2 1/2 minute fan.
Take note of the power of your microwave and adjust accordingly. I would advise cooking for 2 minutes before testing the apples with a fork.
How to Make Apple Crisp in a Mug
Each mug will contain 1 peeled and chopped apple. I make the topping in bulk and freeze what remains. Obviously I love to have the topping on hand for an even quicker, last-minute treat.
In the bottom of a microwave-safe mug, place 1/3 of the topping. (This brings buttery moisture to the apples and helps them cook more quickly.) Spoon the remaining topping over the apples.
Microwave the apple crisp for 2 to 3 minutes, depending on your apple preference. Let it cool slightly before eating.
I love to add a small spoonful of vanilla ice cream when I’m feeling especially decadent!
Recipe for Bulk Apple Crisp Topping I Keep in My Freezer
- 1 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- One cup oats (quick-cooking preferred but rolled is fine too)
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, oats, softened butter and cinnamon until it forms clumps. Use for the recipe and freeze the remaining topping in a zip-topped freezer bag for later use.
- 1 baking apple, peeled and chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons oats
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Make the Topping: In a small bowl stir together the butter, oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- The Apple: Peel and chop the apple into bite-size chunks.
- Assemble: Place 1/3 of the topping in the bottom of a microwave-safe mug. Next, fill the mug with the chopped apple. Finally, spoon the remaining oat topping over the apples. Your mug will be very full but will cook down in the microwave.
- Cooking the Apple Crisp: Microwave for 2 minutes. With the tines of a fork, check the softness of the apples. Continue cooking in 30-second increments until the apples are at the desired softness.
- Remove the mug from the microwave carefully as it will be hot. Let it cool slightly.
Bulk Topping Idea:
Make a bulk topping and keep in the freezer for last-minute and quick apple crisps in a mug. The recipe is in the post above.
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Whipped Topping
Cooking times will vary depending on the power of your microwave and the depth of your mug. I tend to use deep mugs and my microwave is not super powerful.