This homemade Apple Crisp recipe is a classic for good reason! 

Sweet cinnamon apples are topped with a buttery oat streusel topping and baked until golden brown.

Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for serving.

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Our Favorite Apple Crisp Recipe

  • This easy apple crisp recipe is perfect any time of year, especially fall!
  • It’s budget-friendly & uses ingredients you likely have in the pantry already.
  • Prep it ahead of time and bake just before serving.

Apple Crisp vs. Cobbler

What makes an apple crisp recipe different than an apple cobbler is the topping. Apple cobbler often has a biscuit or pie dough topping, while an apple crisp topping has an oat streusel topping.

ingredients for apple crisp

Apples For Apple Crisp

  • Granny Smith Apples are the best apples for this crisp recipe. They hold their shape well, have the perfect texture, and a slightly tart flavor that pairs well with the sweet crumbly topping.
  • For a sweeter crisp, use a sweeter apple like Honeycrisp, Braeburn, 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 ready to go in the oven

How to Make Apple Crisp

Forget “as easy as pie”, making apple crisp is even and easier than apple pie. This crisp recipe has a generous amount of topping, it’s my favorite part!

  1. Prepare Apples: Peel and slice apples. Toss with all-purpose flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl (per the recipe below).
  2. Prepare Topping: Mix the topping ingredients together until it begins to form large crumbs.
  3. Bake: Place apples in a baking dish, top with the crumb mixture, and bake until golden and bubbly.
Apple Crisp in a white serving dish

How to Freeze Apple Crisp 

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 overnight in the fridge before reheating or baking.

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Homemade Apple Crisp Recipe

Tender juicy apples are topped with a buttery oat crumble mixture for the perfect easy dessert.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings



  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans coconut, or walnuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • 6 cups apples peeled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the oats, butter, brown sugar, pecans/coconut if using, flour, and cinnamon. Mix well until the mixture sticks together and begins to form large crumbs.
  • In a separate bowl, toss the sliced apples with sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
  • Place the apples in a 9×9 or 2qt baking dish and sprinkle with the oat topping.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and the apples are tender. Cool 10 minutes before serving.


Granny Smith apples are tart but you can use any kind of apples that hold up well to baking.
Apple crisp can be prepared ahead of time and baked before serving, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the apple slices if preparing ahead of time. If the dish is cold from the fridge, it may need extra time to bake.
The topping can be made in large batches and frozen. To prepare crisp, make a fresh fruit filling and sprinkle the topping on right from frozen. Bake as directed.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 400 | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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  1. Very simple and tasty! Lovely dessert with fresh fall apples! Added a bit of salt into the crumble and used coconut oil and GF flour and it turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing your simple yet delicious recipes5 stars

  2. As always good ,did my weird mixture of apples that I had,this and the cobbler I made were,just really good.when hubby approves ,it’s a winner.

  3. Used this recipe for Apple Crisp for the first time today; followed precisely, with a mix of Granny Smith apples and Fuji. These two apples gave a nice contrast of sweet and tart. My son arrived home for a visit and enjoyed a dish, saying that it was one of the best apple crisps I had made. This will be my go-to apple crisp! 10/105 stars

  4. Wow! This is perfection!!! I’ve tried many recipes that were always way too sweet. This on is perfection. Thank you so much! We made ours gluten free. Super easy and soooo yummy!

  5. This is the best apple crisp recipe. I don’t need any other one. The only thing I did differently was not adding coconut or nuts, and I used coconut sugar. I made this yesterday and it’s all gone. Everyone loved it! I will make this often. Thank you for such a yummy and easy recipe!5 stars

  6. I bake my apple crisp for about 15 min without the topping then add the topping and finish baking. I find the topping stays crisper that way.

  7. Haven’t made your recipe yet, but am wanting to try it this weekend for a family gathering….a la mode, of course!!
    QUESTION???——the size of baking dish is not mentioned( unless I missed it ) but In looking at pictures, it seems to be a smaller dish….8 in. by 8 in. perhaps?

  8. I had a bunch of apples that needed to be used up and this recipe did not disappoint. The shredded coconut should not be optional! It was such a delicious addition!5 stars

  9. The apple crisp just came out of the oven and smells so amazing! Can’t wait to dig in! Made mine with gluten free flour and oats and you wouldn’t even know (I have already started sampling ).5 stars

  10. Thank you for directly answering the question about freezing! I didn’t know if the an entire homemade uneaten crisp could be frozen, I’ve only portioned out single servings (so I don’t eat the entire thing!). What is the best way to wrap my crisps to freeze? I just need to freeze for one week. Thanks!5 stars

  11. Just made this with apples off our friends tree! Soo delicious. Substituted the flour for a gluten free flour and it turned out perfectly.5 stars

  12. This is so good and easy! I just love your recipes! Shrimp and Grits was amazing too! Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes!5 stars