Olive Garden Apple Carmelina

Olive Garden Apple Carmelina is a delicious dessert with spiced apples and a buttery sweet topping. Serve it with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. If you enjoy apple cobbler, this recipe is for you!

Overhead view of copycat Olive Garden apple carmelina.


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What Makes the Olive Garden Apple Caramelina So Special? 

Olive Garden used to serve this classic apple crumble with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, but it hasn’t been on the chain’s menu for years. But that’s okay because it is simple to make at home and worth the minimal effort.

Once you taste the combination of warm spiced tart apples, the crispy topping, and sweet, creamy ice cream, you will want to make this apple dessert again and again. 

Why You Should Try This Recipe? 

Most Olive Garden Apple Caramelina copycat recipes call for using canned pie filling. This version has an option for using fresh apples, which makes all the difference in the taste and texture of the dish.

If you love apple pie but don’t want to fuss with the crust, you will definitely want to try making this Olive Garden apple dessert!

Olive Garden Apple Dessert Ingredients 

For the apple filling, you’ll need:

  • Canned sliced apples (see below on how to use fresh apples)
  • White granulated sugar
  • Apple pie spice
  • Light brown sugar
  • Salt
  • AP flour

For the apple crumble toppling, you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Light brown sugar
  • White granulated sugar
  • Unsalted butter, softened

For serving, you’ll need:

  • Caramel sauce
  • Vanilla ice cream

If you can’t find canned apples, you can use fresh apples. You want to use sweet and tart apples that won’t completely lose shape in the oven. Honeycrisps are perfect, but they can be pricey. Braeburns cost less but are challenging to find in the store. So, use your favorite cooking apples like Winesaps and Jonagolds. You can’t go wrong with Granny Smiths if you prefer tarter apples. 

Copycat Olive Garden apple carmelina ingredients.

To make the apple filling with canned apples:

  1. Grease an 8 X 8-inch baking dish and set it to the side.
  2. Drain the apples in a colander over the sink. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix apples with white granulated sugar, apple pie spice, light brown sugar, salt, and flour. 
  4. Stir well to evenly coat the apples and transfer them to the prepared baking dish. 

To make the apple filling with fresh apples:

  1. Wash the apples well. Peel and core them.
  2. Chop the apples into bite-sized pieces and place them into a medium saucepan.
  3. Cover the apples with cold water from the tap.
  4. Place the saucepan with the apples on the stove over medium. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the apples are tender. 
  5. While the apples cook, grease an 8 X 8-inch baking dish and set it to the side. To save time, you may want to prepare the crumble topping now. See below. 
  6. Once the apples are tender, drain them in a colander over the sink. Pat the apples as dry as possible with a kitchen towel. 
  7. In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened apples with the white granulated sugar, apple pie spice, light brown sugar, salt, and flour. 
  8. Stir well to evenly coat the apples and transfer them to the prepared baking dish. 
Collage of making apple carmelina filling.

To make the apple crumble topping:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry topping ingredients (flour, salt, light brown sugar, and white granulated sugar).
  2. Work the softened butter into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until the topping resembles coarse cornmeal. 
  3. Sprinkle the topping over the apple filling in the baking dish.

To bake Olive Garden Apple Caramelina:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Put the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes. 
  3. Remove the baking dish from the oven and allow the Apple Caramelina to cool for about 10 minutes on a wire rack. Serve warm. 
Collage of making topping for and baking apple carmelina.

What to Serve With This Olive Garden Apple Dessert

Plate a portion of the warm apple crumble and drizzle caramel sauce over the top. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side and serve immediately. 

Copycat Olive Garden apple carmelina and spoons.

How to Store Apple Caramelina

Allow the apple crumble to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. It will keep fresh in the fridge for up to three days. 

What Is the Best Way to Reheat It

To reheat Olive Garden Apple Caramelina:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the apple crumble in a lightly greased baking dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes and serve warm with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Copycat Olive Garden apple carmelina with ice cream and caramel sauce.

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Overhead view of copycat Olive Garden apple carmelina.

Olive Garden Apple Carmelina

Olive Garden has delicious desserts, and you can make the restaurant's apple carmelina at home!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Dessert Recipes, Olive Garden Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 542kcal

Ingredients

Apple Filling

  • 2 cans sliced apples 20 ounces each, drained
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Topping

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter softened

Serving

  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • To make the apple filling, combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to a lightly buttered 8×8-inch baking dish.
  • To make the topping, combine the flour, salt, and both sugars in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Work the softened butter into the dry ingredients. The mixture should look like a coarse meal.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the apple filling and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve topped with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Notes

If you want to use fresh apples here is how to prepare them for the filling. I recommend using Braeburn or Honey Crisp.
  1. Wash the 3 1/2 pounds of apples well. Peel and core them.
  2. Chop the apples into bite-sized pieces and place them into a medium saucepan.
  3. Cover the apples with cold water from the tap.
  4. Place the saucepan with the apples on the stove over medium. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the apples are tender. 
  5. Once the apples are tender, drain them in a colander over the sink. Pat the apples as dry as possible with a kitchen towel.

Nutrition

Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 102g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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