This homemade Apple Crisp recipe is a classic easy to make recipe for good reason!
Tender cinnamon apples are topped with a buttery brown sugar crisp topping and baked until tender and golden on top. Top apple crisp with ice cream or whipped cream and serve warm.
Why We Love Apple Crisp
- Apple Crisp is an easy dessert that is perfect for any time of year, especially fall!
- This dessert is budget friendly, add extra fruit or nuts.
- It can be prepared ahead of time and baked before serving making it the perfect dessert.
Apple Crisp vs. Cobbler
My mom made crisps, cobblers, or apple betty all of the time growing up. While similar, there are a few differences between these desserts which maily is in the toppings:
- COBBLER: An apple cobbler often has a biscuit or pie dough topping. There are also variations where the biscuit base is on the bottom of the fruit layer (as we do with our peach cobbler).
- BETTY: A betty uses breadcrumbs or cubes for the topping. A betty tends to be more pudding-like as the breadcrumbs absorb the fruit juice as it bakes.
- CRISP: A crisp has a topping made up of a combination of butter, sugar, spices, nuts, and oats.
Apples For Apple Crisp
We love granny smith apples for apple crisp as they tend to hold their shape well and don’t get mushy. The flavor is tart which goes well with the sweet topping.
If you prefer a sweeter crisp, you can use a sweeter apple, try Honeycrisp or Pink Lady or even combine a couple of types of apples!
Apples should be peeled for apple crisp as the skins don’t soften well.
Apple Crisp Topping
There is a generous amount of topping in this apple crisp because that’s my favorite part!
Butter is cut into oats, brown sugar, and a bit of flour to form coarse crumbs. I then stir in nuts and coconut.
The topping is pretty versatile, you can add any kind of nuts (pecans or almonds are favorites) and or use all coconut if you prefer.
How to Make Apple Crisp
While we often hear the term as easy as pie, making Apple Crisp is even quicker and easier than pie!
- Peel and slice apples. Toss with flour, sugar and cinnamon.
- Cut butter into the topping mixture until crumbs form.
- Place apples in a baking dish, top with the crumb mixture and bake.
Can you Freeze Apple Crisp?
Yes! You can freeze apple crisp either before or after baking! It will keep in a deep freezer for up to 6 months and in a top freezer for 2-3 months.
Allow the crisp to thaw first before reheating, and do so in a low temperature oven till just warm. What a great way to keep a dessert handy for busy nights or if company pops by unexpectedly.
Delicious Fruit Crisp Recipes
Homemade Apple Crisp is happiness in a pan and is sure to become a favorite in your home too!
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Homemade Apple Crisp Recipe
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup brown sugar packed
- 6 tablespoons flour
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons butter
- ⅓ cup pecans chopped, optional
- ¼ cup coconut optional
- 5 cups apples peeled and sliced
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ tablespoon flour
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a medium bowl combine rolled oats, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.
- Blend butter into dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender. Add pecans and coconut and combine well.
- In another bowl, mix the prepared apples with the sugar, cinnamon and flour.
- Add apples to baking dish, then sprinkle with the topping mixture
- Bake for 30 minutes until golden and apples are soft.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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