Apple Crisp

October 15, 2017

Apple Crisp – this is hands down the best apple crisp recipe you’ll try! 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.

Pan of Apple Crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The Best 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 this easy apple crisp doesn’t take as much work as an apple pie, but it has similarly delicious flavors.

This homemade apple crisp is 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 :).

Sliced apples in a glass bowl.

Easy Apple Crisp Ingredients

  • 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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sprinkling apple crisp topping onto sliced apples

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 apple crisp topping.
  • Bake in preheated oven until top is golden brown and apples are tender.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

easy apple crisp in a white casserole dish

What Are the Best Apples for Apple Crisp?

I prefer using a sturdy cooking apple that’s slightly tart, like Granny Smiths. Other apples would work, like braeburn or golden delicious, but sugar amounts and bake times might need to be adjusted.

Your apples should also be room temperature (this ensures that they bake evenly in the oven).

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.

Tips for the Best Apple Crisp

  • Be sure to slice your apples thinly so they become fully tender. No one wants a crunchy apple in their apple crisp.
  • Stick with granny smith apples for consistent results.
  • If you only have salted butter on hand, reduce the salt in the topping to 1/8 tsp and omit the salt in the filling.
  • Serve this homemade apple crisp 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.

Drizzling caramel sauce onto a bowl of apple crisp and scoop of ice cream

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 easy apple crisp. It’s a must!

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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

4.96 from 98 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

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.

Recipe Notes

  • Be sure to slice your apples thinly so they become fully tender. No one wants a crunchy apple in their apple crisp.
  • If you only have salted butter on hand, reduce the salt in the topping to 1/8 tsp and omit the salt in the filling.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy (originally shared October 2013)
Nutrition Facts
Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 110mg5%
Potassium 288mg8%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 595IU12%
Vitamin C 7.9mg10%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp, apple dessert
Author: Jaclyn

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248 Comments

  • Sandra Jarvis

    I tried this recipe and unlike most apple crisps I had in the past that are heavy on cinnamon… This one has a stronger yet vanilla flavor. Surprisingly it was very very good. I usually like any apple dessert I make to be heavy in the cinnamon flavor but this was a lovely change of pace. I give this recipe 5 stars. Also when making this you will want to double the topping if you like a thicker topping as I do. I used three lbs of apples instead of two, so of you decide to do the same do not forget to divide everything in half then add that half to the ingredients. So of it is 3 Table Spoons… It will be 4.5 Table Spoons. If its 1/3 cup of butter then fill the 1/3 cup half way put it in and then put in the 1/3 cup on top of that. It wont be exact but trust me it will be just fine. I didnt use granny Smith apples. The ones I had were sweet so if you do the same you can… If you want it to have a tart taste… Double the lemon juice. I didn’t bc I wanted it to be sweeter in flavor

  • Bobby Bradley

    How do you sprinkle topping of flour ,oats,etc. when the butter is so sticky it sticks to everything? It is not crumbles; it’s more like a paste.

  • Crissy

    This was so incredible! Both the crisp topping and the apples were so flavorful! We loved everything about this dessert! I would definitely make this again, we couldn’t believe how good it was! Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Penny Kingma

    This is a delicious Apple crisp.
    If I wanted to make several to have on hand.
    Do they freeze well? If so do you partially bake, cool, freeze. Or just freeze prebaked.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      The topping should freeze well but I’m not sure about the apple filling.

  • Wendy

    This is truly the best apple crisp recipe I have ever tried, and I bake a lot. I have been making it with peaches for the last couple of months, and it is equally good, if not better. I do add 1/3 cup of walnuts to the topping, because I love nuts, but that is the only variation because it is a perfect recipe.

    Thank you!

  • Karen Jarred

    Best apple crisp recipe I’ve ever found. I get rave reviews when I serve this!

  • CiCi

    This has become my ‘go-to’ crisp recipe. I double the crisp topping because it’s my husband’s favorite part, lol. I use a mixture of 1/3 softened and 1/3 cold butter and add raisins to the apples.

  • Rebekah W

    This turned out so great and was so easy. Definitely a new favorite in our house! Thank you!