Apple Crisp


This is hands down the best Apple Crisp I’ve had! I originally shared this recipe in Oct. 2013 but of course it’s still my go-to apple crisp and always a hit! I just decided it was time to update the photos so I thought I’d share it again in case you missed it.

Apple Crisp

Because this is a recipe you don’t want to miss out on! Especially this time of year with the abundance of fresh apples in season!

Trust me, this apple crisp will be the highlight of any meal! I mean if I had it my way this would be the main meal :).


Apple Crisp

How To Make Apple Crisp

I love to serve it with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce but the salted caramel sauce isn’t always a must. Just a definite added bonus that gives it that caramel apple flavor.

This is what fall weekend are all about! Walks through the autumn trees – where you’re all bundled up cozy, warm apple cider and hot cocoa, pumpkin patch shopping and carving, and this apple crisp. Every year. It’s a must!

Apple Crisp

Here you get an abundance of fresh apples covered with a buttery, crisp and crumbly oat topping that is practically guaranteed to leave everyone craving more. I mean who could resist this?

Just be sure to slice your apples thin so they become fully tender. No one wants a crunchy apple crisp.

Apple Crisp

Crisps and crumbles are one of my favorite desserts because I love fruit and I’m head over heals crazy for a good sweet, crisp topping.

Plus, I love that they are faster than pies and you don’t have to wait 2 hours for pie crust to chill, then 2 hours for the pie to cool.

This is how you celebrate fall! Because isn’t fall such a fun time of the year?? Make it soon!

Apple Crisp


Apple Crisp

4.95 from 36 votes

This apple crisp is a must every fall! Definitely a family favorite!

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 1/2 cup (70g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup (110g) packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup (76g) unsalted butter , diced into small cubes

Apple filling

  • 2 lbs Granny Smith apples (at room temperature) peeled, cored and sliced thin (about 1/8-inch)
  • 3 Tbsp (42g) unsalted butter , melted
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (55g) light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and position oven rack one level below the center. Butter an 8 by 8 inch baking dish (or small casserole dish with a similar size), set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together 1/2 cup flour, the oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar, the baking powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp salt for 30 seconds. 

  3. Add diced butter and using clean fingertips, rub butter into dry mixture until it comes together into small crumbles. Transfer to refrigerator to chill while preparing filling.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter and flour until well blended, then mix in water, lemon juice and vanilla. Stir in 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and pinch of salt.  

  5. Place apples in a large bowl then pour butter mixture over apples and toss to evenly coat, then pour apple mixture into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Remove topping from refrigerator and sprinkle into crumbles evenly over top of apples.

  6. Bake in preheated oven until top is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a toothpick, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce if desired.

  7. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy (originally shared October 2013)

The Best Apple Crisp! I've been using this recipe for years every fall! Definitely a family favorite.


  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent: Cute idea! Love the look in the glass cups. I’m cookie over pie any day :) October 14, 2013 at 8:35am Reply

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen: Apple Crisp is my all time favorite!! Love these mini/individual ones, so cute! October 14, 2013 at 3:36pm Reply

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: Just beautiful, Jaclyn! Love that this crisp is served individually in cups. Pinned!! xo October 14, 2013 at 6:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Stacy! October 14, 2013 at 7:36pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Jaclyn – you make the absolute best jar foods! Every layer is perfection! October 14, 2013 at 8:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Chung-Ah :)! October 14, 2013 at 8:47pm Reply

  • Deborah: There is little that I love more than a crumbly, crispy topping. And I especially love that these are individual servings! October 14, 2013 at 11:29pm Reply

  • Becca @ Crumbs: This looks amazing! Think its what we call apple crumble in the UK October 15, 2013 at 12:22am Reply

  • Cake by design: Realy nice dessert, I love apple season. October 15, 2013 at 1:16am Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: Love the individual crisps! You did a great job making apple crisp look good! October 16, 2013 at 1:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jessica! October 16, 2013 at 2:34pm Reply

  • TrishaLynn: Doubled the recipe and made it today. I also doubled the doubled spices. Used a variety of apples from a farm stand :) it was tastey…but I think the added water is not necessary. It came out very watery but we just poured it over ice cream. Yum!!! October 26, 2013 at 3:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think it may have been a little watery because of the type of apples you used maybe. I’m glad you liked it though :)! October 26, 2013 at 4:07pm Reply

  • Laura: Made your apple crisp this weekend and it was perfect! Not watery at all. Everyone loved it! November 5, 2013 at 5:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad everyone loved this apple crisp Laura! Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment! November 5, 2013 at 6:49pm Reply

  • Amber Gallina: I want to make this ahead to take somewhere else and bake. Any ideas if assembling ahead and refrigerating will break down the topping? November 27, 2013 at 1:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would maybe keep them separate until baking (the topping and filling) if making ahead. November 27, 2013 at 4:49pm Reply

  • GS: Your pictures are being plagiarized by this blog. Have warned them many times, but they continue to do so and share it in groups on FB: December 12, 2013 at 5:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for letting me know! I hate when that happens. I’m okay with people borrowing my photo as long as they link back to my post, but to post the entire recipe too is so annoying not to mention illegal so thanks! December 12, 2013 at 10:43pm Reply

  • Nadeen: I’ll try this so delicious especially with vanilla ice cream great idea thanks June 21, 2015 at 8:25am Reply

  • nikki: I would like to make this a day ahead for an event the following night. Any suggestions to keep it from getting soggy? Do you think I should bake the apples and crumble separate? and assemble before serving. Kind of doing a deconstructed apple crisp? October 19, 2015 at 3:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That is what I’d try, making them separate if you want to make it a day in advance because I never like a soggy crisp. I’d cover the apples with foil while baking. Let me know how it goes if you try. October 19, 2015 at 10:48pm Reply

      • nikki: It was delicious! Thank you for the advice. I did need to redo the crumble topping, as it needed less baking time due to the lack of moisture. I reheated the apples before I assembled, in mini cups. Topped the apple with crumble and lightly whipped some cream with cinnamon. Oh and I made the topping gluten free, as there is an allergy in our group. I will definitely be making this again! October 22, 2015 at 6:02am Reply

        • Jaclyn: Thanks for the tips Nikki, I should have thought about the less baking time though sorry! Good to know for make ahead because I hate soggy crumble! October 22, 2015 at 8:17pm Reply

  • Helene Powers: How many apples is 2 pounds please November 11, 2016 at 4:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It just depends on the size of the apples, it should be about 5 – 6 medium or 4 large. November 11, 2016 at 7:00pm Reply

  • mary irish mom 15: cannot wait to try just what I was looking

    for learning to cook after raising my 15 children now its hubby and me Mary

    can October 17, 2017 at 5:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Mary! October 18, 2017 at 10:05am Reply

  • charlie: This looks so tasty, my mom is from Sweden and she always made a Swedish apple crisp ( called smulpaj in swedish) during the fall season, so for me apple crisp means fall much more than apple pie!
    the recipe looks amazing!! October 19, 2017 at 5:31am Reply

  • Tessa@thegirabroad: Yum. This recipe looks very tempting and delicious. October 22, 2017 at 9:18am Reply

  • Frankie: Outrageous! October 29, 2017 at 6:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your review Frankie! Glad you liked it! October 29, 2017 at 7:53pm Reply

  • Eesha Das: If I do not have oats do I add more flour? November 14, 2017 at 11:47am Reply

  • Kim: If you make it in a 9×13 pan and can’t eat it all at once, how do you keep the topping from getting soggy? Also, your pictures show a large pan, but the comments talk about individual serving cups? I’d like to try it in individual cups. {FYI – head over “heels”} November 16, 2017 at 4:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: When I photographed this before I just served it in individual cups after it was baked :). And there’s not really a way to prevent the topping from loosing the crispness over time – it will stay good for about a day and keeping it refrigerated helps a bit. November 17, 2017 at 12:18pm Reply

  • Jenna: Made this today and it was awesome! I doubled all the ingredients (because I used a 9X13 pan) and I left out the water (apples are juicy enough without adding more liquid). Very yummy and perfectly moist without being watery. Thanks for a great recipe! November 22, 2017 at 11:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! Glad you loved the apple crisp Jenna! November 27, 2017 at 12:14pm Reply

  • Dominic Perkerewicz: Looks like a good recipe, its in the oven now November 22, 2017 at 5:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hope you love it! November 27, 2017 at 12:09pm Reply

  • Jocelyn: This was deliciously amazing. My family is still raving about it. Thank you so much for sharing it. November 22, 2017 at 7:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! So glad you liked it Jocelyn! November 27, 2017 at 12:08pm Reply

  • Renée: Oh no! What size baking dish do you use? 9×13 or 8×8? November 23, 2017 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Cindy: Simply the best! I am getting rid of my other Apple Crisp recipes. So flavourful with just the right amount of sauce. December 4, 2017 at 9:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear this! Thanks for letting me know Cindy! December 5, 2017 at 10:25am Reply

  • Jenna: Best Apple Crisp ever. There is no need to ever find a recipe other than this one. I’ve made it twice in two weeks and don’t plan on stopping any time soon. =) December 11, 2017 at 2:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback Jenna! December 12, 2017 at 12:13pm Reply

  • Sherry congdon: This is by far the best apple crisp I have had. Takes a little time but so worth it December 16, 2017 at 6:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Sherry! December 18, 2017 at 3:54pm Reply

  • Susan: I doubled the recipe for our large Christmas dinner with family. It was served warm over vanilla ice cream. Everyone loved it and is now a family favorite. December 26, 2017 at 7:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it Susan! January 2, 2018 at 4:31pm Reply

  • Jeff Fivel: The best December 29, 2017 at 8:37pm Reply

  • Andre: Loved it so did my family
    I used becelmargarine and omit the salt. USED Chapman butter pecan ice cream. Served in individual bowl …will certainly make it again
    Thank you December 30, 2017 at 1:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Happy to hear it was enjoyed and you were able to make the substitutes to suite personal diet/preference. Thanks for your review Andre! December 31, 2017 at 11:28pm Reply

  • Diane: I made this. It was excellent. January 2, 2018 at 8:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it Diane! January 4, 2018 at 12:54pm Reply

  • Lainie Adams: Easy, great taste. Loved it. January 3, 2018 at 8:13am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Lainie! January 4, 2018 at 12:48pm Reply

  • CJ: This is DELICIOUS! My entire family, including a very picky 6 year old, LOVED it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!! January 6, 2018 at 9:48am Reply

  • Grandma Laura: My family loved it. Grandson said it’s now his second favorite dissertation after his mom’s Nogadoches cake. January 6, 2018 at 11:08am Reply

  • Janet: Can you use other apples I so want to make this today but I don’t have any Granny Smith apples and we have icy roads today. January 8, 2018 at 9:28am Reply

    • Cookie: Janet I too want ro use delicious apples instead of Granny Smith apples. Have you made it with any other apples other than the Granny Smith apples. I plan on making it in two days, and have 10 lbs. ohf the delicious apples waiting to be used. February 2, 2018 at 11:46am Reply

  • geet: Great one! thanks for sharing January 8, 2018 at 11:46pm Reply

  • Mel: Absolutely wonderful! I’m making it again, but with peaches this time. I ate the entire dish in 3 days. I’m making this one bigger because I found myself eating it for breakfast topped with vanilla yogurt, lunch time heated with milk and at night for a snack warmed with whipped cream. So, its so perfect you can eat it all day any time of the day. ENJOY!! January 9, 2018 at 12:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hard to beat this for breakfast! January 17, 2018 at 11:10am Reply

  • Elaine: Excellent! The best apple crisp I’ve ever eaten. January 16, 2018 at 8:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Happy to hear it was the best you’ve eaten Elaine! Thanks for your review! January 16, 2018 at 9:18pm Reply

  • Cookie: I’m planning on making this Apple Crisp
    Tomorrow. The problem is, I bought a 4 lb. bag of delicious apples. How will that work instead of Granny Smith? The recipe sounds delicious. January 27, 2018 at 9:50am Reply

  • Cookie: I did not receive an answer to my question. I wanted to know if I could use red deletions apples, and get the same results as using Granny Smiths. I have four lbs. of delicious apples, but if it’s
    Not good to use then I’ll buy the right ones . It sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to make it. Thank youCookie

    ones. January 27, 2018 at 4:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So sorry for the late response, I just noticed your comment. I have 1,300+ recipes so answering questions on all of them is becoming impossible.
      The best apples here are granny smith, braeburn or honeycrisp. Red delicious will just soften and kind of melt apart when baked. February 19, 2018 at 11:17am Reply

  • Ofelia: My mother in law made apple crisp all the time when we lived in New England, with vanilla ice cream of course.. we now live in Hawaii and just a few weeks ago, I wanted to make a dessert for my 2 sons living in Honolulu and found your recipe and that enticing picture.. it came out very good..we enjoyed it so much that now one of my son wants to make it tonight and I had to send him this recipe.. he will probably double the recipe and add more toppings..thank you for sharing.. January 27, 2018 at 10:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Ofelia! January 30, 2018 at 1:16pm Reply

  • aLea: It’s 2 in the morning and after reading all the wonderful reviews I’ve decided to make this right now on my overnight work shift! The irony is that my co worker would make apple crisp at my very first special needs kids job, and here I am, 15 years later about to make it on my own, while I take care of my sleeping special needs adults! Here I go! 🍎🍎🍎 January 30, 2018 at 12:36am Reply

  • Mana: Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it tomorrow February 4, 2018 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Susan Brown: I have made alot of different Apple crisp recipes. But this is the best by far. Thanks for sharing. February 10, 2018 at 4:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it! February 12, 2018 at 10:10am Reply

  • Rokia: I made this today and it was yummi!!! Best apple crisp ever:) February 14, 2018 at 7:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Rokia! Thanks for leaving a comment! February 16, 2018 at 10:58am Reply

  • Kel: Hi there! I have a question! I want to make this today, but I have a sensitivity to things that are too sweet. I looked through the comments to see if anyone scaled back on the sugar (as it’s in both parts) would you think I would need to scale back a bit? Or is the sweetness level here pretty moderate? Thank you for your help and as everyone else has been saying this looks mangnifique! February 15, 2018 at 12:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can definitely cut back on the sugar. The tartness of the granny smiths helps balance it out but if you don’t like things very sweet then feel free to cut back some in both the topping and filling. I hope you love it! February 19, 2018 at 12:24pm Reply

  • Bridget: this looks oh ohh soo good can I use quick cooking oats February 17, 2018 at 11:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The texture will be a little difference but that should be fine. Hope you enjoy! February 17, 2018 at 11:52am Reply

  • Susan Renee: I made this. It was delightful i didnt have any lemon juice on hand, so i substituted orange Juice. I will make it again and again and again!!! Ice cream on top!!! February 19, 2018 at 10:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes! Ice cream is a must! Thanks for the great review Susan! February 21, 2018 at 10:57am Reply

  • Linda Mann: We loved this recipe! Thanks for sharing such a delicious apple crisp that’s not overly sweet. We added roasted pecans to the topping and thought it added a nice touch. February 25, 2018 at 3:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sounds delicious! Thanks for leaving a comment Linda. February 26, 2018 at 3:59pm Reply

  • Chelsea: The family gobbled it up. I’ve made so many different Apple crisp recipes over the years, and my family hated them. This one was gone in one sitting. I used 1organic fuji Apple, whole wheat flour, and coconut oil in place of the butter. I also put little dollops of coconut oil on top. I think it helped crisp it up more. Im also making this same recipe with peaches. We shall see if it’s just as good. March 4, 2018 at 7:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it! I can’t wait to hear how the peach turns out. :) March 6, 2018 at 6:03pm Reply

      • Chelsea: The peach turned out great. We loved it, it was just as good as the Apple, but the kids said the Apple was better. I guess to them the peaches in peach juice made everything soggy. I would drain most of the liquid off next time, and use fresh peaches. But over all great recipe. March 9, 2018 at 12:05pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Thanks for the tip, glad it was enjoy! March 10, 2018 at 5:11pm Reply

  • LaVonne Young: I just doubled the recipe for a 9×13 and made this with 3 different variety of apples, subbed gluten free oats, 1 T. milk instead of the water, little extra lemon juice, vanilla and cinnamon, and it’s completely delicious! Thank you! March 10, 2018 at 4:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it – thanks for the great feedback! March 12, 2018 at 10:25am Reply

  • yvettelee: Just made this over the weekend. followed the recipe except I omitted the water. IT TURNED OUT PERFECT!! first time making a apple crisp. this will definitely be put into rotation. March 12, 2018 at 11:55am Reply

  • Angie B.: I am allergic to dairy, so no butter for me. Do you think I could substitute margarine for the butter? March 13, 2018 at 7:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d go with coconut oil if possible, margarine has more added water. March 16, 2018 at 5:15pm Reply

  • cheryl: what size dish should be used?
    thank you for your time March 14, 2018 at 5:00pm Reply

  • cheryl: Oppps, my bad
    just read the directions that has this information
    very sorry
    I read the reviews first

    thank you March 14, 2018 at 5:03pm Reply

  • Diane: I’ve been making apple crisp for over 40 years. With this being a family favorite, I’m always looking to improve on my recipe. We made the above recipe a week ago and I’m making it again today. Everybody thought that it was so delicious and the best yet. Will be adding it to our favorite desserts. Thank you for sharing it. March 15, 2018 at 5:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it – thanks for leaving a comment Diane! March 15, 2018 at 9:45pm Reply

  • Carole: Have you ever tried making it with a different kind of flour – almond perhaps? My granddaughter has Celiac’s and must be gluten free. I am collecting dessert recipes. I LOVE crisps. March 15, 2018 at 8:32pm Reply

  • Gretchen Brown: Can I make it, freeze it, and bake it later? March 25, 2018 at 3:37pm Reply

  • Allen MacEachern: This is the best apple crisp recipe ever. There is a brightness in the filling and a richness in the topping. Our family loves apple crisp, and this one tops the list. I have made this for many potluck dinners, and always get rave reviews.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful dessert!
    Allie April 19, 2018 at 5:26am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Allen! April 19, 2018 at 1:44pm Reply

  • Tracy: I made this yesterday and it was indeed the best apple crisp. Thank you for sharing. April 23, 2018 at 9:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a comment! April 24, 2018 at 11:36am Reply

  • Debbie: I have my own crumb mixture I use for apple crisp…I did use your filling mixture have not tasted it yet as it is in the oven. I am anticipating excellent results. May 15, 2018 at 5:18pm Reply

  • Nicole: Loved it. Best apple crisp I’ve ever made. Thank u May 20, 2018 at 6:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it! May 21, 2018 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Jennifer: Thank you for this recipe!! My husband absolutely loves it 😀 May 31, 2018 at 12:33pm Reply

  • jeffrey mayhew: Awesome! My girlfriend is gonna love it t.y. Peace, God Bless! June 4, 2018 at 3:45pm Reply

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