Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Crisp

Dear Butternut Squash,

Please accept this letter with my sincere heart felt apologies.
In all of my years of grocery shopping, I have always passed you by. Sticking up my nose at your bulbous, misshapen body. Why did you not yell out my name as I walked on by. Throwing yourself off the shelf to roll in front of my cart wheel in almost a suicide attempt to get my attention would have possibly worked.
I am not sure what did it the last time. Maybe it was the twinkle in your root, the shimmer of your skin. But I thank you for hopping in my buggy. I know you were sad to leave your friends behind. But not to worry, I will bring them home on the next trip, because I will never again pass you by. Never, I promise!

Love Forever,
Your new BFF

Will you look at that puddle of butter!!

Once I got my beloved Butternut squash home. I really had no clue what to do with it. There was soup and risotto that came to mind. But I was having a sweet tooth. So I used my new BFF as a vehicle to hold my cinnamon, apple, butter crumb topping mixture. OH MY GOD was this good.
I gave myself a big pat on the back after this one. Nothing was left but the skin after the husband and I devoured it.


Serves 2
Recipe by me
1 Butternut Squash
1 apple, chopped, divided
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Butter, divided
REAL maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350
Cut squash down the middle. Scoop out the membrane and seeds.
In a bowl mix together apples and cinnamon and equally divide them between the 2 squash in the cavities you created when you scooped out the seeds.
Place 1 Tablespoon of butter on top of the apples on each squash.


3/4 stick butter
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
3 Tablespoons Instant Oats
1/4 cup Toasted Pecans
With a pastry blender or 2 forks, mix together butter and flour until it resembles peas. Add all of the other ingredients and mix well.
Mound crumb topping over apple mixture.(you will have left over topping mixture)
Drizzle maple syrup over the crumb topping and over the Butternut Squash
Bake for 45 minutes.


  1. 1

    That sounds so delicious. My husband is a huge fan of Butternut Squash. I will make this for him. Thank you!

  2. 2

    Man does this look good. There is nothing in this recipe that’s not worth falling in love with. Butternut squash is really the bomb though, I like it just plain, roasted in the oven until it’s almost mushy… yumm!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  3. 3

    I’m so in love with this. I happen to be one who adores butternut. Saving!

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    VeggieGirl says:

    Cute letter πŸ™‚ And looovely recipe!!

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    Jennifer says:

    I MUST make this! I have a love for both, combined I can just imagine how lovely the taste! You are so smart!

  6. 6

    Wow! That’s very creative. I bet it was tasty as hell too. πŸ™‚

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    Mrsfatface says:

    Ok this looks and sounds seriously good. I will definitely be trying it this weekend. I have been dying for something sweet.

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    JennyMac says:

    That is good you have realized how good the butternut is…..we’ve been friends for a long time now….mmmmm

    BTW, I have the same silverware…don’t ya just love them?

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    Carrian says:

    I keep wanting to make BN Squash, but never do!! This sounds like the perfect way to try it out! And, it looks beautiful!!!

  10. 10

    Ooh, simply gorgeous! I’ve never thought of making butternut squash like this.

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    MaryBeth says:

    OMG….the entire dish is so darn wonderful. The taste, texture and scent must be outstanding. Wonderful job Leslie!!

  12. 12

    I love the presentation for these! They look delicious!

  13. 13

    Haha, I love that a kamikaze squash might’ve gotten your attention. I’ve never seen a sweet dish with butternut squash, and man, am I glad you introduced me to one! This looks totally fabulous. Next time I walk by the squash, I’m not going to ignore them!!

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    Donna-FFW says:

    That looks amazing. I would say that would make the squash my bff also, holy cow. nice!

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    Cristine says:

    YUM! Sounds and looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  16. 16

    Hilarious write up! Already a butternut lover, but whoa! that looks awesome. Really!

  17. 17

    what a phenomenal idea! the bulbous butternut never had it so good.
    and i love your spoon. and the puddle of butter. πŸ™‚

  18. 18

    Very Crafty of you Les, to come up with a Butternut Squash Recipe to get me to come on your Blog while I am HERE Celebrating the Next to last day of my 25th Anniversary!!! YOU Dog! I love Butternut Squash! This looks Fabulous!

    I make Butternut Squash Fries from the Hungry Girl Book… fat free and soooo DELISH! OMGosh! Such a YUMYUM!
    Your Recipe is DESSERT!

  19. 19

    This is awesome Leslie! I’ve never thought to do anything like this, but it sounds incredible. I can’t wait to try this one, thanks so much!

  20. 20

    Man that looks amazing!

  21. 21

    I never thought of stuffing butternut squash with a dessert! yummy!

  22. 22

    Anything with a puddle of butter is great in my book!

  23. 23

    You’re a genius! This is such a great idea! I love to eat food out of food (that sounds weird!) Your crisp looks so good – the presentation is perfect!

  24. 24

    I am loving this one. Great way to use that squash!

  25. 25

    You deserve a big pat on your back! This looks and sounds fantastic – especially the puddle of melted butter. Delicious!

  26. 26

    Great idea! This looks SO GOOD!

  27. 27

    I have the same twisted, silver spoon!! Omg, it’s amazing how cool people and brilliant minds have the same things. πŸ˜‰

  28. 28

    Heavenly! Lol I loved your little letter, I actually felt the same way about poor ol’ butternut for awhile…they are strange and funny lookin’ but so tasty!

  29. 29

    ok now that you love butternut squash you simply must, I mean MUST try butternut squash & sage ravioli. Girl I'm telling you!
    And yes, I love that puddle of butter.
    I eat a ton of butternut, can't believe this is your first time.

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    Foodycat says:

    It is such a brilliant idea to put your apple crisp in the butternut! I would love this!

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    and_she_makes_four says:

    WOWZA, that looks so great!! I've gotta try this!!


    Jaime & Jen Dish

  32. 32

    I kid you not, this is the most prettiest and the most delicious looking butternut squash I’ve ever seen. Wow.

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Oh those look soooooo good! They remind me of guitars, delicious yummy guitars, come play music in my belly!

  34. 34

    That looks like a really nice way to do a crisp!

  35. 35

    Yes! Dinner AND dessert in one dish! πŸ™‚

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    justjoycee says:

    Just found your blog, love this recipe. I am a follower!

  37. 37

    How creative – I love it! What great presentation and it looks super tasty.

  38. 38
    Angeliquez says:

    wow you have got a beautiful place here..
    I spent so much time reading your blog these past 2 days..(I just found your blog)
    I love your recipes and i really enjoyed reading your blog..I will be sure to come back again and again..your blog is sure to get on my gourmet paradise list!


  39. 39

    Oh, man that looks goood! Your photos are amazing and had me wishing for some….right now!

    Happy Easter!

  40. 40

    love your letter… lol… and your creation, mmm… they look great and yum… happy easter!!! πŸ™‚

  41. 41

    I have a butternut squash sitting on my counter now. i was just going to roast it along with some turnips, carrots, brussels sprouts and parsnips. Thanks for the new recipe to try.

    who doesn’t love the crumb?!

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    Bridgett says:

    I usually cheat and buy the ready-cut cubes! I will have to give this one a try. Your photos make it all the more drool-worthy! Hope you had a great Easter, Leslie!

  43. 43

    No more dissin’ butternut squash – us folks up here love our squash and you might get into some trouble!

    This looks dang good…fling a spoonful at me…mouth gaping open–AHHHH!

  44. 44
    oneshotbeyond says:

    I’ve never heard of such a combination. It sounds delightful. Such great photographs too.

  45. 45
    Shari@Whisk: a food blog says:

    What a creative twist on apple crisp! Love it!

  46. 46
    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    That really does look amazing! Thanks for sharing! I love the letter!

  47. 47

    oh wow! hi, we don’t have that here in the philippines. how does it differ from regular squash or corn squash? i am so intrigued πŸ™‚

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    newlyweds says:

    I love butternut also, what a great way to eat it, fabulous!

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    Justin Schwartz says:

    whoa, that looks ridiculously good

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    cookies and cups says:

    That is crazy! What a cool idea!

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    hot garlic says:

    This post just screams pure genius woman! I swear you could win a Top Chef round with this recipe. So clever, I love it.

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    Kate Morgan Jackson says:

    What a fabulous idea, both the recipe and the presentation — thanks!! I'm definitely giving this a try.

  53. 53

    Im going to the store right now to purchase my vert first butternut squash!

  54. 54

    I have 4 butternut squashes on the counter from my garden. I am making this! (with less butter puddle…)