Apple Crisp


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.


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

Scroll below for full printable recipe.

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Apple Crisp

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

4.95 from 68 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!

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



  • 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.

  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.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp, apple dessert
Calories: 447 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Bridget: This is by far the best Apple Crisp ive ever made or had! I didn’t have the right amount of apples so i had to guess how to cut the ingredient amounts but i think i did it right bevause its truly delicious! October 26, 2018 at 2:47pm Reply

  • Maureen keef: Looking to use a combination of apples so not to be tart. A firm and a sweet. What would u suggest? October 18, 2018 at 7:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: When I use a combination in recipes I like Granny Smith, golden delicious and Braeburn. November 5, 2018 at 9:34pm Reply

  • Linda: Excellent. Used Empire apples, which were a bit tart. Added a couple tablespoons of maple syrup, which worked very well. October 17, 2018 at 12:17pm Reply

  • Shawna: is it possible to put the apples together with the filling and leave it in the fridge overnight so we can be baked in the morning? October 13, 2018 at 7:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The apples would likely start to brown and the juices would break down from the sugars but you can definitely make the topping a day in advance. October 14, 2018 at 7:50pm Reply

  • Pat Lundell: Made this crisp for the first time, 5 star excellent, Best ive ever had! October 12, 2018 at 4:50pm Reply

  • Rawks: Hands down the best apple crisp I have ever made! And trust me I’ve made a few over the years. October 10, 2018 at 4:16pm Reply

  • Maria: Excellent! We used this recipe with the apples we picked today. Honey crisp. A definite Win!!! Thank you! October 8, 2018 at 6:59pm Reply

  • SHIRLEY SAYWOOD: What can i use instead of finger tips? My nails are too long. Thanks October 7, 2018 at 3:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: A pastry blender or fork would work too. Hope you enjoy! October 7, 2018 at 9:12pm Reply

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