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.

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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
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Ingredients  

Topping

  • 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 all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Apples

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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

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. Hi, I’m a young 73, Comanche Indian have hundreds of interests
    cooking by far is # 4 or 5. an YES , BEAR CAN COOK !!!
    NOT ALL BEARS,BUT THIS ONE ENJOYS COOKING DELISHIOUS DINNERS,LUNCHES, BREAKFASTS. HOLIDAY MEALS.
    AND MOST OF ALL B B Q ‘S, I AM LOOKING AT YOUR RECIPES AN LOVE THEM… , LONG AGO I USE TOO BAKE APPLE CRISP FOR MY WIFE. Who’s passed in Nov. 22.
    l AM BACK AT IT AGAIN AN WANT TO SPOIL MY NIECES AN NEPHEWS , CAN YA HELP THIS BEAR ???

    1. Hi Joseph, that’s so special that you want to spoil your nieces and nephews with delicious food! I am sure they will love that. Enjoy!