Apple Crisp

October 15, 2017

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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 heels 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 129 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, 1/2 tsp 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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341 Comments

  • Christi

    My husband and I agree this is the BEST apple crisp we’ve ever tasted.

    I added shredded coconut to the crust, which made it a crunchy, plus added a complimentary flavor to the apples. I inadvertently added too much butter to the apples, but they tasted so good.

    I also added Penzys Apple Pie Spice.

    I omitted the baking powder because the recipe doesn’t specify the amount. Even so, the crisp tasted delicious.

    I re-heated it in my low-powered microwave for 30 seconds, which was perfect for us.

    This will be my go-to recipe for a wonderful taste sensation. Definitely a homestyle comfort food.

  • Juniper

    Hi, I’m making this for a potluck at a friends’ place. My question is what is the best way to take it? Bake it 1/2 way through and then once at my destination to finish off baking until done, or just I bake it all the way through first and then just warm it up in the oven?

      • Karen Mutschall

        This was by far the best apple crisp I have ever made, Our apples were a bit on the sweet side so I added another tablespoon of lemon juice and reduced the water by 1 tablespoon. I can’t wait to make it with Granny Smith apples. The sauce was insanely good.

  • Nanalo

    Awesome recipe, I first had this at a friends house, they gave me the recipe. I took it to Thanksgiving dinner. I had just cooked it and took it in a warmer bag it was perfect. Everyone ate the apple crisp and we took the pies home.
    I will definitely be passing this recipe along.
    Thank you

  • Liza Coppola

    Hello. Thank you for this recipe. I must say however that I no longer add sugar to my fruit fillings. It is, in my opinion, not necessary as the cooked apples provide plenty of sweetness. Leaving out the added sugar also makes way for a healthier and more authentic tasting treat. The contrast of desired ice cream and the sweet enough topping is the perfect complement to the fresh fruit!

  • Danielle M Mattson

    Made this tonight ! It was so easy my 8 year old twins did the most it was a good learning experience for them. I can’t wait to try it tomorrow. My house smells amazing!! Thank u for sharing.

  • Jeanne McGlone

    This recipe doesn’t indicate how much baking powder or butter to use. I’m in the middle of it and at a loss!

  • Jay

    If I were to make this the night before Thanksgiving, what are the reheating instructions? I would like to serve it warm. I can heat it up once I get to my destination, but am wondering how you would recommend reheating.

    Thanks!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’d recommend reheating in the oven for a full batch. Probably at 350 for 10 – 15 minutes and tent with foil so it doesn’t brown.

  • Pooja Gupta

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, it’s definitely a keeper. I think it will taste even better if we pour some butter cinnamon mixture on the crumbly layer right before baking. But it tasted fantastic otherwise too!