Spiced Apple Tater Tot Crisp with Honey Whipped Cream {Guest Post}

An easy recipe for sweet and savory spiced apple tater tot crisp, loaded with cheese and a sweet honey whipped cream.

GUEST POST: Spiced apple tater tot crisp with honey whipped cream by Climbing Grier Mountain

Spiced Apple Tater Tot Crisp with Honey Whipped Cream Recipe by Climbing Grier Mountain on bakedbyrachel.com

Howdy, Baked by Rachel readers!

I’m Lauren Grier, the author of Climbing Grier Mountain (CGM). For those of you I haven’t met, I write a food and lifestyle blog in the Mile High City. On CGM, you’ll find scrumptious recipes like sloppy joe quesdillas, rocky road nutella bars, or pot roast naan pizza. You’ll also find  endless amounts of documented shenanigans. So, if you need a few chuckles this Monday morning, stop by and say, “What’s up?”

I’m thrilled to be guest-posting today! I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel last year at the Mixed Conference. Rachel is a sweetheart, so when she asked me to guest post in her Apple a Day series, I was super pumped and immediately said, “Let’s DEWWW this!”

Spiced Apple Tater Tot Crisp with Honey Whipped Cream Recipe by Climbing Grier Mountain on bakedbyrachel.com

Okay, I have to let you in on a little secret: I really do eat an apple a day! Okay, minus the day after a night in the giggle juice or if we are traveling and I forget. I honestly try and eat an apple day. My Grandpa Ray used to eat them by the bucketful and he lived well into his 90’s.  Maybe the saying is true – “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Besides the health benefits of apples, there are 7,452 different ways to bake, sauté, and cook with apples. Sweet or savory? Hot or cold? Stuffed or non-stuffed? Bubba Gump shrimp ain’t got nothing on the apple, yo.

Case in point: it didn’t take me very long to come up with a dish for this series. I have been on a major tater tot kick and figured why not marry these two together. Since tots are a delicacy in my world and like Napoleon I’d rather not share, I needed to create a dish that the hubs would steer clear of. Enter this sweet and savory spiced apple tater tot crisp. Imagine an apple pie, but with a fried buttery crust topped with spiced granola and sweet honey whipped cream.

Drool worthy.

Wait, glamour shot worthy.

Spiced Apple Tater Tot Crisp with Honey Whipped Cream Recipe by Climbing Grier Mountain on bakedbyrachel.com

Spiced Apple Tater Tot Crisp with Honey Whipped Cream

An easy recipe for sweet and savory spiced apple tater tot crisp, loaded with cheese and a sweet honey whipped cream.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple


  • 1 bag tater tots
  • 1 1/2 C white cheddar cheese shredded

Apple filling:

  • 2 large granny smith apples peeled, core removed, sliced
  • 2/3 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter room temperature

Granola topping:

  • 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 C old fashioned oatmeal

Whipped cream:

  • 1 C heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tbsp honey


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • In a large cast-iron skillet, place frozen tater tots on the bottom making sure they are arranged in an even layer. Top tater tots with apple filling. Then top apple filling with the granola topping. Bake in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove skillet from oven and add cheddar cheese on top. Bake for another five minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Remove skillet from oven, let it cool slightly. Serve with a big dollop of honey whipped cream on top!
  • In a large bowl, combine apple slices, sugar, nutmeg, juice, flour, and butter. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, granola, and salt. Add butter using your fingers to combine with dry ingredients. Set aside when done.
  • In a stand fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk the heavy cream on high. Slowly add the honey. Whisk until soft peaks form. Set aside until ready to top the tot dish!

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I know what I have to do with the tater tots in the freezer!! It’s so many loves meshed into one glorious dish! Thanks for the craving Lauren! -Rachel

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Be sure to check out these other recipes by Lauren:
Spiced chicken drumsticks with brown sugar and jalapeños, Banana cake with vanilla frosting and Pumpkin cake squares with orange nut frosting.

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25 Responses to “Spiced Apple Tater Tot Crisp with Honey Whipped Cream {Guest Post}”

  1. #
    Javi Trulove @ T3treats — September 16, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I never have taste a thing like this on my Whole life, i mean i tried Tart tatin but never tried a thing like this.looks great

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Ok if this isn’t one big cozy fall hug on a plate I don’t know what is!! YUM!! #tots4life

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    Amy @Very Culinary — September 16, 2013 at 9:25 am

    What is this work of genius, Lauren? It may make it onto my Thanksgiving table this year!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — September 16, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Tater tot HEAVEN!

  5. #
    Rebecca — September 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

    This is one of the more unique things I’ve seen posted on a baking blog, but it definitely looks like it’s worth a try!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 16, 2013 at 9:56 am

    What, What???? tots and apples together – my mind is officially blown! someone hand me a fork of this and waft it under my nose like smellin’ salts. I got a case of the vapors!

  7. #
    cassie — September 16, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I eat an apple a day when apples are good, but I definitely fall off in the summer. So excited for apple season and for apples with tater tots. Total genius!

  8. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 16, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Thanks so much Rachel for letting me guest post today!! Glad to be a part of a fun series!

  9. #
    carrie@bakeaholicmama — September 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

    What kind of craziness is this Lauren?! Holy moly I have never wanted tater tots so bad.

  10. #
    Jamie @lifelovelemons — September 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, this recipe with sweet potato tater tots would be unrealllllll!

  11. #
    vanillasugarblog — September 16, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I eat an apple a day too!
    It’s so good for you!
    I LOVE skillet recipes–so glad they are making the food blogging world go round! lol

  12. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — September 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    omg this is UNREAL. spiced apple tots?! this is the best meal ever! Lauren is like the queen of tots!!

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    Taylor @ greens & chocolate — September 16, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    This looks incredible! I second Amy- this looks Thanksgiving dinner worthy!

  14. #
    Tracey — September 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I swear, Lauren – you are an evil genius!! This is the best possible kind of comfort food, and I never in a million years would have thought of it myself!

  15. #
    Gaby — September 16, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Totally amazed at this dish! Would love to have a big bowl of it right now!!

  16. #
    Jeanie — September 16, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Hi, can you please tell me if this is a dessert or side dish,? The whipped cream says dessert the potatoes say a side dish. Please clarify, Lauren
    Thanks, Jeanie

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 16, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    HI Jeanie! The dish can be either. If you omit the whipped cream, it’s more of savory dish. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

  18. #
    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — September 16, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I, too, eat at least an apple a day. Looks good!

  19. #
    AC — September 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

    This looks AWEsome! Should the tots be thawed or still frozen?

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      Rachel — September 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      I believe these should still be frozen. If I hear otherwise I will be sure to follow up.

  20. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Rachel and AC – The tots are frozen! Rachel, can you update the ingredients/directions? Sorry about that!

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      Rachel — September 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      No problem! Thanks for the update :)

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    Courtney — October 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I think I just died and went to heaven (cloud nine, more specifically). Someone wake me up when my sweet-toothed dream is over. I think someone else mentioned it above as well, but how AMAZING would sweet potato tots be with this? Like, I’m-already-drooling-amazing.Let me know if you think it would change any of the flavors (in a less than desirable way), or if I’d have to switch around anything else if I substituted sweets!

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    Dianna — August 22, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Can this be made in a 9 x 13 pan???

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      Rachel — August 23, 2016 at 11:31 am

      I imagine you could. It’s definitely worth giving a try! Good luck! :)

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