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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Want to see how easy this apple crisp recipe is? Watch the video!

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 188 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

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 , 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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

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481 Comments

  • Renee

    How should I adjust the recipe if I use a 9×13 pan? An 8×8 is never enough!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Unfortunately steel cut oats wouldn’t soften in time in this recipe so they won’t work.

  • Heidi Morgan-Melendez

    Delish dessert loved by all. It was easy to put together and beyond good with ice cream. Only problem is nobody was willing to wait 10 minutes for it to cool once out of the oven.

  • Morgan Barreda

    Oh my goodness!!! I just made this recipe and it’s AMAZING!!!! Thank you for sharing.

  • Sandi

    This is so good! I have a gluten allergy and substitute the all-purpose flour with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten-free baking flour. I make this often and everyone loves it.

  • Steh

    I am looking forward to making this recipe but would like to know if you think it could be prepared a couple of hours early so to have it ready to put in the oven? Having guest and will be cooking a number of dishes and prep time is the issue. I would like to put it together and put in the frig till ready to bake and then put in the oven while we have dinner.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I make the topping in advance (and refrigerate) but with the apples they can start to brown if they rest too long.

  • Dorothy G

    I am wondering how to modify the recipe if I use frozen apples?
    I have made this several times-it is delicious!!! We have a couple of apple trees and I froze apples to make this for Easter.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I haven’t tested with frozen apples but I would think you’d need to thaw first then drain off liquid. Then bake time would be decreased but I’d bake a little closer to top so the topping has a chance to get golden brown still in less time.

  • Marilyn

    What can I say, there are really no words to describe how fantastic this is, it’s so much better than an apple pie, so no more baking apple pies for me! Especially good topped with salted caramel😋😋😋

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