Apple Crisp

10.15.2017

Apple Crisp! This is hands down the best apple crisp recipe I’ve tried! This is my go-to and a reader favorite recipe!  It’s just perfect homestyle comfort food that’s good for the soul on a cold fall day. And of course, people of all ages love it.

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp Recipe

Could there be a better treat this time of year? Especially this time of year with the abundance of fresh apples in season. Plus I love that it doesn’t take as much work as an apple pie but it has similarly delicious flavors.

It’s packed with fresh, juicy apples that are perfectly sweetened and baked until perfectly tender. And don’t even get me started on that crumb topping! It’s crispy, golden brown, buttery perfection.

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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

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

  • All-purpose flour
  • Old fashioned rolled oats
  • Light brown sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Lemon
  • Vanilla extract

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How to Make Apple Crisp

  • Adjust oven rack and preheat oven. Butter baking dish.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together 1/2 cup flour, oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar, baking powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp salt.
  • Rub butter into dry mixture with fingertips until it comes together into small crumbles. Refrigerate.
  • In a 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.
  • Toss apples with butter mixture in a bowl then pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with crumble topping.
  • Bake in preheated oven until top is golden brown and apples are tender.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

What Should I Serve on Top?

The best way to serve this always with vanilla ice cream. Then for an added bonus if you have time make some homemade salted caramel sauce.

Apple Crisp

Tips for the Best Apple Crisp

  • Be sure to slice your apples thin so they become fully tender. No one wants a crunchy apple in their apple crisp.
  • Stick with granny smith apples for consistent results. Other apples would work like braeburn or golden delicious, but sugar amounts and bake times might need to be adjusted.
  • If you only have salted butter on hand that would work, just reduce the salt in the topping to 1/8 tsp and omit the salt in the filling.
  • Serve it freshly baked and warm. It will be okay for a couple of days but the topping does start to soften up so I like it best fresh.

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 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!

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Apple Crisp Recipe

4.97 from 61 votes

This apple crisp is a must every fall! Definitely a family favorite. It's brimming with fresh juicy apples, it has the perfect amount of cinnamon sweetness, and that crisp buttery oat topping is what dreams are made of!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp, apple dessert
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 447 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

Topping

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

  6. Remove topping from refrigerator and sprinkle into crumbles evenly over top of apples.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until top is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a toothpick, about 35 minutes.

  8. Remove from oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce if desired.
  9. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy (originally shared October 2013)

Nutrition Facts
Apple Crisp Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Potassium 288mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 72g 24%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 44g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 11.9%
Vitamin C 9.6%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 9.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

154 comments

  • Kahleen: I have the oats that cook in one minute. Would these not work? I see you have the old fashioned oats for the recipe. September 24, 2018 at 10:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: For best results I recommend the old fashioned here. October 6, 2018 at 1:15am Reply

  • Rosalie: Has anyone tried this recipe and added caramel? If so, would appreciate how you did it and how the results were. Thanks in advance! September 24, 2018 at 6:17am Reply

  • Kristin: If I double the recipe, how should I adjust the cooking time? I will probably be using a 9×13 pan. Is it better to do that, or to do two individual smaller pans? Thank you! September 20, 2018 at 1:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d do two smaller pans because I just recently made something with 3 lbs of apples (and a topping) in a 13 by 9-inch pan and it was borderline about to bubble over. Hope you enjoy! September 20, 2018 at 1:17pm Reply

  • Julie St George: Just made this and it was amazing! We moved from Texas to England and our garden has 5 Apple trees in it and I was running out of room to put them! It turned out well even though I did the weight after coring…besides barely fitting in the dish it was still perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I will definitely make it again. September 16, 2018 at 12:11pm Reply

  • Janet: A new fall staple! Amazing! September 16, 2018 at 11:21am Reply

  • Lisa: This is definitely the best apple crisp recipe I have ever made! I used 2/3 Red Gravenstein and 1/3 Red Macintosh apples fresh from our local grower in Parkdale, Oregon. The Gravensteins kept their shape and Macs melted down nicely. Added some freshly grated nutmeg to the batter too. Fantastic! September 15, 2018 at 2:39pm Reply

  • Bonnie Jares: I wondered if the 2 lbs of apples was the weight b/4 coring and peeling the apples or after? September 14, 2018 at 2:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Weight is taken before peeling and coring. Hope you enjoy! September 14, 2018 at 3:21pm Reply

  • Chrys: Love it. It came out well. September 12, 2018 at 12:19am Reply

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