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Warm and comforting Apple Crisp done in MINUTES! The perfect treat to end any meal.

Cinnamon and sugary apples with the addition of a crispy topping is one of my favorite things on this planet. (After my husband, kids and new car– obviously.)

It is one of those desserts that I can’t seem to say no to. It doesn’t matter if I had just stuffed my face full of food at a restaurant, if the waiter comes and offers some apple crisp for dessert… I. Can’t. Say. No.

I’m always sure that I have a hidden corner of my stomach that I save just for instances like this. I almost always regret it as I feel the need to loosen my belt a little. It is just too dang good. Oh, the simple pleasures.

The simplest things really do bring the greatest joy sometimes. We recently moved across the country and somehow my two favorite kitchen knives were nowhere to be found!

I was determined to find them, so I’ve been making do with a dull paring knife for the past 4 months.

My husband surprised me and replaced the knives for Valentine’s Day. *all the heart eyes* I’ll be honest, I’ve been looking for excuses to use them. The best part is, they are on amazon.

Yes, that’s right. You can have them too. We can be kitchen knife buddies. (:  Order your’s here.

Okay, let’s get crispy.

This apple crisp couldn’t be any more simple! Chopped apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cornstarch go into the Instant Pot for…drum roll, please… FOUR minutes! Yes, four minutes! That’s it!

While the Instant Pot is doing its thang, you’ll make the crumb topping. After you take the apples out of the Instant Pot, top with the crumb mixture and broil until golden and CRISPY. Serve, with ice cream, of course.

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5 from 2 votes

Instant Pot Apple Crisp

Easy week night dessert made with the instant pot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 cups apples, peeled and chopped, small
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp corn starch

Crumb Topping

  • 2 tbsp butter, room temp
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 pinches salt


  • Combine the peeled and chopped apples with the cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla and corn starch. 
  • Use the pot in pot method to pressure cook the apples for 4 minutes. I like my apples with a little bite, not too mushy. If you prefer yours to be softer, I'd recommend pressure cooking for a minute or two longer. **See notes for more details about pot in pot.**
  • While the apples are in the Instant Pot, use a fork and cut the ingredients for the crumb topping together.
  • Quick release the pressure when the time has expired. Transfer to a larger dish, if desired. Top with the crumb topping.
  • Broil on the middle rack for 5-10 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown.
  • Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or some vanilla icing. 


Pot in pot method- This refers to when an item is pressure cooked in an oven safe container, in the instant pot. To do this, put 1 cup of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot then the trivet (it's the metal thing that came with your instant pot! If you don't have one, you can find one here.) Then put the oven safe dish on top of the trivet and pressure cook as usual.
When using the PIP method, you will want to place a paper towel over the glass dish (to soak up any liquid that might seep in) and then cover tightly with aluminum foil prior to putting in the instant pot unless recipe states otherwise.
It is also very important to note that thick glass dishes may take a minute or two longer in the instant pot verses an oven safe metal dish. Adjust time accordingly.
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