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Apple Crisp

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Hot apple crisp is always a favorite way to enjoy juicy apples during the fall apple season.
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Table of Contents
  1. APPLE CRISP INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE CRISP RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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The tart flavor of juicy apples baked to bubbling and topped with a crunchy topping make this apple crisp a favorite fall dessert. This easy recipe is just like Grandma used to make – sweet, warm, and delicious!

More of our classic apple recipes include our apple pie and caramel apple crisp bites.

APPLE CRISP INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

For the Apple Filling:

  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup of light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons of cinnamon

For the Crisp Topping:

  • ¾ cup of old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup of flour
  • ¼ cup of light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of cold butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

GRANNY SMITH APPLES: Granny Smiths are the best variety of apples for apple crisp, but we also like Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp apples. You could also use a mix of apples if you’d like.

LIGHT BROWN SUGAR: If you don’t have this you could just use regular white sugar.

OLD-FASHIONED OATS: These are also known as rolled oats. It’s fine to use quick-cooking oats instead if that’s what you have in the cupboard.

BUTTER: To make this recipe suitable for vegans, you could switch the butter to dairy-free margarine.

CARAMEL SAUCE: Optional but so yummy, why not drizzle some caramel sauce over the top?

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HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE CRISP RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.

STEP TWO: First, make the topping. Take a medium-sized bowl and add the oats, flour, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Stir until combined.

STEP THREE: Add the butter to the dry ingredients and work together with a fork or your fingers until it’s crumbly. Set aside.

PRO TIP:

Be sure to slice or dice your apples consistently so that they cook evenly. 

STEP FOUR: To make the filling, place the sliced apples into a large bowl and drizzle with lemon juice. Toss until well-coated.

PRO TIP:

Do not skip peeling the apples. Leaving the peels on will affect the consistency and texture of your crisp.

STEP FIVE: In a small bowl, add the flour, sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir until combined. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the apples and toss until they are coated.

PRO TIP:

Adding flour to your apples will help ensure that your filling is not crumbly.

STEP SIX: Layer the apples into the baking dish. Place the crumbly topping on top.

PRO TIP:

To make sure this turns out crisp, take the oat mixture, press into balls, and break off pieces to sprinkle on top. This allows the best air circulation during baking and turns the topping into crispy pieces that resemble nuggets of oatmeal cookie.

STEP SEVEN: Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

STEP EIGHT: Serve warm topped with ice cream or whipped topping.

HOW TO SERVE

We suggest pairing this warm apple crisp a la mode with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream. If you are serving up leftovers the next day, make sure to warm it up again before enjoying a dish of this yummy dessert.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: This classic apple crisp can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. Allow it to cool completely before wrapping it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Warm in the microwave or in the oven on low heat.

IN THE FREEZER: Apple crisp will last for three months in the freezer in an airtight container. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

The best apple crisp recipe is homemade from scratch, but that doesn’t mean that it’s difficult to do. This traditional apple crisp recipe can be prepared in under 20 minutes, using ingredients that you already have in your cupboard.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What apples should I use for apple crisp?

The best apples to use for apple crisp are tart apples or a mix of tart and sweet apples. Granny Smith is the top choice for baking followed by Golden Delicious, Fuji and Honeycrisp.

Do I need to peel the apples?

For an apple crisp, you should peel the apples before adding them to the recipe.

Can I make apple crisp without oats?

You could make apple crisp without oats. Instead, top with a crumble topping of ¾ cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 cup of all-purpose flour and ½ cup of unsalted butter, melted. Combine and sprinkle on top of your apple mixture.

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Apple Crisp

5 from 16 votes
Hot apple crisp is always a favorite way to enjoy juicy apples during the fall apple season.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Apple Filling

  • 6 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and sliced thin but not slivered
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Topping

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter cubed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ice cream or whipped topping optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spray an 8×8-inch baking dish.
  • In a medium-sized bowl add the oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Add the cold cubed butter. Using a fork or fingers, work the butter into the flour and oat mixture until crumbly. Set this aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the sliced apples.
  • Drizzle the lemon juice over the apples. Toss the apples to coat them well with the lemon juice.
  • In a small bowl combine the flour, sugar, packed light brown sugar, and cinnamon. Quickly stir together to combine.
  • Sprinkle the flour mixture over the apples and toss to coat the apples.
  • Evenly layer the apples into the lightly sprayed baking dish.
  • Evenly sprinkle the oat mixture topping over the apples.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Serve warm and top with ice cream or whipped topping.

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Notes

TIP: Be sure to slice or dice your apples consistently so that they cook evenly. 
 
TIP: Do not skip peeling the apples. Leaving the peels on will affect the consistency and texture of your crisp.
 
TIP: Adding flour to your apples will help ensure that your filling is not crumbly.
 
TIP: To make sure this turns out crisp, take the oat mixture, press into balls and break off pieces to sprinkle on top. This allows the best air circulation during baking and turns the topping into crispy pieces that resemble nuggets of oatmeal cookie.

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Donna says

    5 stars
    I made this recently and it was AWESOME! The only thing I did differently was use 2 lemons (all the juice). Apples were so moist and juicy and the topping was VERY crunchy even after being refrigerated from the day before we ate it. Definitely will make it again

  2. Lexi says

    5 stars
    Hi there! Made this for our Canadian Thanksgiving this Saturday, I froze it right away. What are your instructions for reheating? Should I cook it from frozen or thaw it first? What temp and time in the oven? Thank you!

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