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I have made many a meatball with grape jelly as an accent, mostly because my kids love them. So I have taken it a step further with a dessert. You would have thought grape jelly would have made its way into a dessert before the savory meatball, but nooooo, we had to be different. The addition of jelly in this recipe is extraordinarily well-suited. Not only does it melt well, but when it starts to cool slightly, it transforms back to its original state, giving this dessert (as well as others) a glaze that is out of this world.

Warmly comforting apple crisp with grape jelly

Don't be sticking to just grape jelly. Experiment a little. I am sure orange or lemon marmalade, apple jelly, mint jelly or even apricot preserves would be equally satisfying. 


  • 5 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover and microwave the jelly for 1 minute. Whisk until smooth. If needed, microwave in 15-second intervals until jelly has become liquid. Toss with the apples, along with the sugar, lemon juice and nutmeg. Transfer to an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan.

In another bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. Mix well until all crumbs are wet. Evenly sprinkle this over the apple mixture and bake 40-45 minutes, or until the top is browned and crisp and the apples are bubbling. Scoop out and serve warm by itself, with vanilla ice cream, whipped topping or caramel sauce.


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