Welcome to For Butter or For Worse!

Another food blog? Why? Well, there is one recipe I’ve looked for over the years, Ilion School’s Apple Crisp. I tried other apple crisp recipes over the years, but they weren’t quite right, or I wasn’t doing it quite right. Not sure. I’d all but given up on it. Then a couple weeks ago, I said, “Let’s Google!”

Lo and behold, there it was! The only recipe I could find that specifically mentioned Ilion;  Ilion High Cafeteria Apple Crisp Recipe

Hmmmm………as you can see that recipe is slightly lacking in details. Okay, well I figured it was somewhere to start, and I was so glad to have it.

Through trial, and a bit of still delicious error, I managed to arrive at a complete recipe that brings back happy childhood memories.

So, I wanted to share that recipe with my family and friends. Many of whom went to Ilion schools.

And now, a blog is born!

Without further ado, here’s my recipe.

Ilion School’s Apple Crisp

  • 2 cans Apple Pie Filling
  • 1 cup Oatmeal
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 3 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 cup Butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 9 x 13 pan, spread Apple Pie Filling in an even layer.

Apple Pie Filling layer

In a large bowl, mix Oatmeal, Flour, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, and Salt.

Dry Ingredients

Take Butter out of the fridge and cut into smaller pieces for easier mixing.

Butter In

Mix into dry ingredients, until loose clumps form.

Loose Clumps

Crumble over Apple Pie Filling.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes.

Ilion School Apple Crisp

Printable Recipe here


I use my KitchenAid Food Processor to do all the mixing, but a stand mixer or mixing by hand may work just as well. I am planning on using my KitchenAid Stand Mixer next time, and will update with the results. Hand mixing isn’t a possibility for me due to pain, but if you try mixing by hand I’d love to hear how it goes.

So far, I’ve only used Apple Pie Filling (with Splenda) in this recipe, but you can try fresh apples, of course.

Apple pie filling with Splenda?? But there’s 3 cups of brown sugar in the recipe! I have a feeling messing with the brown sugar in the recipe would result in a poor topping.  However, the apple pie filling with Splenda cuts the filling’s carbs from 8g to 2g per serving.  btw, Splenda Brown Sugar is only brown sugar and Splenda mixed together.

I only use real butter, and can not vouch for the use of margarine in this recipe.

I hope you’ll give the recipe a try! If you do, please let us know how it turns out.

And thanks for reading!

6 Replies to “Welcome to For Butter or For Worse!”

    1. Hi Tami. I would use an apple pie or baked apples recipe for creating the crisp with fresh apples.
      I’ll be visiting the local apple orchard this fall. I’d love to hear what you end up doing with fresh apples for the filling.

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