Fruity Crisp Recipe

Apples Edition

Hello! Welcome to the fruit crisp edition of our Cook + Play + Learn activities. Let’s take on one of Melissa’s family favorite recipes. Thanks Papa Antal for sharing your crisp recipe with the Foublie family.

This recipe is awesome because it is forgiving and there’s so many ways to get your little ones involved.

Between us adults, your little one will try apples two ways (uncooked and baked), and feel the ownership that comes with making something. These are two strategies proven to prevent and manage picky eating. Oh, and it’s delicious! Look at that win-win-win.  


Designed for little ones 2-4, all are welcome. You’ve got this!


  • Big spoon
  • Toddler-safe knife
  • Mixing bowls (2)
  • Cutting board
  • Veggie peeler
  • Adult knife
  • 8×8 baking pan
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Paper towel 


Crisp topping

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 cups oats (quick cooking or old fashioned)
1 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (skip if allergic)


Choose your own adventure! Here are 2 different filling options:

Filling Option 1: Apple

6 apples (granny smith best, but use whatever in any combination)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons lemon juice (or OJ)


Filling Option 2: Peach + Berry

5 cups berries, peaches or mix
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons lemon juice (or OJ)


Wash hands

20+ seconds.

Water and soap.

You know the drill.

Preheat oven to 350 F Degrees

That’s 180C if you are living with the metric system.

Oven with tea towel

Get the ingredients out

This includes the butter. You want to bring that up to room temp.

Crisp Ingredients

Prep the apples

Peel the apples.

Cut in half, then quarters (the flat size will help your toddler top).

Remove the core.

Mix with lemon (keeps from turning brown).

Prep + snack

Apples for you, and the whole family!

Lemon water? Go for it.



Wash hands

20+ seconds.

Water and soap.

One more time, with the little ones!


Set your little one up with a toddler safe knife, cutting board and apples. 

It helps if you have prepped the apples to have a flat side to make cutting more stable. 

Show them how to chop the apple into chunks. 

Watch them take over. 


Depending on the attention span and skillz of your little one, you may need to premeasure and then have them help dump it in the bowl.

Or, have fun with measurements! Cooking is science and math. 


This is for the crisp filling.

Hands or spoon. Get mixin.


We love the butter and paper towel trick. 

Borrow a little bit of butter and wipe it on the bottom. 

(Wax on. Wax off. Anyone?)

A spray works too- just grease the pan.


Butter that is semi cold may be easier for your little one to cut up. When it’s room temperature it gets kinda sticky.

Before the next step, you do want the butter to be really soft. 


Hand-squishing is really the only way to do this step. 

Put all the toppings ingredients into one bowl and mix it together. 

Keep going until it’s like a paste, but chunks are ok.

hands squishing batter


Filling goes in the pan first.

Then put the topping on top.

You’ve got this!


Bake for 1 hour.

You should see the filling bubbling.


Eat + Share

Let it cool and yum!

Some tasting notes:

  • What does it smell like?
  • What’s the difference between cooked and raw apples?
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