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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Apple Crisp
4.97 from 192 votes

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

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
Prep25 minutes
Cook35 minutes
Ready in: 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 , cold, 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


  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • Catherine

    Made this for my husband and my son’s birthday dinner. I’m putting it out there I am not a fan of apple crisp. But, I thought instead of a cake this might be a nice alternative. OMG! I am a believer. This was amazing, delicious, outstanding! Even my one grandson, who does not like any kind of apple desserts, actually asked for and consumed a good helping. Not a crumb was left. I will now make this more and more because, we are fortunate enough to be living not far from a wonderful apple farm. Thank you so much for converting me into an apple crisp devotee .

  • Charlie Kevin

    Made this tonight for my moms birthday – it was delicious! Turned out perfect, the top was nice and crumbly and the apples were rich, and sweet with a really yummy sauce in them! Will definitely be using this recipe over and over! Might suggest more cinnamon, but everyone agreed it was delish!

  • Lynn Thompson

    This is hands down the most scrumptious apple crisp I’ve ever had. Go ahead and make this recipe and see for yourself… good!!

  • Catherine

    The search is over! I have prepared several apple crisp recipes and this recipe by far is the best. Thank you, Jaclyn! Can the apple crisp be frozen and then baked?
    If so, should the topping be frozen separately from the apple mixture and then combined just prior to baking? Can it go from freezer directly to oven? Will oven temperature or time to bake need to be adjusted?

  • Gail in Vancouver

    Over the past few weeks I have found myself craving apple crisp and this recipe was exactly what I was looking for. I like to cut the butter in to the flour before mixing in the brown sugar and oats as I find it easier that way, and I used a tablespoon of Amaretto liqueur in place of some of the water. We have Northern Spy apples on our tree and they were so tasty in this comforting crisp. My apple slices were a bit chunky so it baked for about 50 minutes, until it was bubbling nicely around the edges. We let it cool and served it with salted caramel ice cream. Our son had a friend over, and I knew the crisp was good when the young man appeared in the kitchen with his empty dessert bowl asking ‘Is there any more of that apple crisp? It was excellent!’

  • cheryl l hinshaw

    I double the topping amounts and use 4 lbs of apples. Bake in a 13×9..

  • Briana N.

    I made this last year and it was THE BEST. Going to make it a tradition to make it every year. I’m also going to bring it to a Friendsgiving soon. Do you think it would do okay if I assembled it the night before then baked it before the event?

  • Meredith Stemmler

    This was insanely good!!!! Definitely making again. I always add more salt than the recipe calls for and I really think it pulls out the wonderful flavor. Putting this recipe in my repertoire!!