Apple Crisp

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Fall is in the air, and for some that only means one thing: homemade Apple Crisp. This glorious dessert, made from scratch with a buttery oatmeal streusel topping, is the easiest, most outstanding way to celebrate the season.

A baking pan full of apple crisp.


 

A rustic, homey dessert made for digging into with a big spoon, topped with ice cream, and snuggling up to a fire while the leaves fall. Choose your favorite baking apples; the farmers at the market are happy to make any recommendations.

It’s so much easier than any apple pie, but tastes just as delicious. You don’t need to roll out dough, make sure your butter is chilled, or worry about overworking the crust. All you need to do is enjoy it.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for apple crisp.

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Ingredient notes

  • Rolled oats: Flat and flaky, these are otherwise known as “old-fashioned” oats. Quick-cooking oats can work in a pinch, but do not substitute steel-cut oats.
  • Walnuts: I think the walnuts add a wonderful flavor and crunch to the topping, but it’s okay to leave them out. I’ve also done testing with raw pecans and raw cashews, and they were both excellent.
  • Apples: Tart apples, sometimes called “pie” apples, work best. Some prime candidates for baking: Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, McIntosh, and Cortland. See my tutorial on how to cut apples if you are looking for tips.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add flour, oats, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt. Drizzle butter over mixture and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate while preparing the filling.
Streusel topping in a bowl.
  1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray or rub with butter. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add apple slices and toss well to coat.
Apple crisp filling in a bowl..
  1. Pour intro prepared baking dish and sprinkle with topping.
A baking pan full of apple crisp (unbaked).
  1. Bake until the fruit juices are bubbling and the topping is crisp and golden brown, about 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes.
A baking pan full of apple crisp.
  1. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.
A plate of apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 6 cups of Apple Crisp, enough for 8 servings, ¾ cup each (plus ice cream). 
  • Storage: Cover the Apple Crisp with foil or plastic wrap and store at room temperature for 1 to 2 days or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: Cut the apples and submerge in water with lemon up to 24 hours in advance. You can make the topping head too; refrigerate until baking time.
  • Freezer: Fully-baked Apple Crisp doesn’t freeze well. Unfortunately, the crunchy topping turns mushy upon thawing.
  • Finish the bushel: Have extra apples on hand? Make a batch of homemade Apple Pie Filling or Apple Butter, a warm Apple Strudel, or a batch of Caramel Apple Dip with fresh apple slices. See more apple recipe ideas in The Best Apple Recipes for Your Orchard Haul.
A plate of apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream.

Recipe FAQs

How do I keep apple slices from browning?

Fill a bowl with cold water and add the juice of half a lemon. As you slice up the apples, drop them into the lemon water. The acid keeps them from turning brown.

What is the difference between a crisp and a crumble?

Technically, an apple crisp without oats is considered a crumble. But it really doesn’t matter what you call it as long as you try it. Both crisps and crumbles are easy, delicious desserts that go great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

How do I make a gluten-free Apple Crisp?

Oats are naturally gluten free, so just make sure yours are processed in a facility that maintains GF standards. Substitute your favorite GF flour blend for the all-purpose flour.

What do I do if my Apple Crisp is getting too brown?

All ovens are a little different. If the crisp starts to brown too soon, cover it loosely with a layer of aluminum foil and continue baking.

More fruit desserts to try

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A baking pan full of apple crisp.

Apple Crisp

Fall is in the air, and for some that only means one thing: homemade Apple Crisp. This glorious dessert, made from scratch with a buttery oatmeal streusel topping, is the easiest, most outstanding way to celebrate the season.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings (¾ cup each)
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 475
5 from 10 votes

Ingredients 

For the crisp topping:

For the apple crisp:

Instructions 

  • To make the crisp topping, in a medium bowl, add flour, oats, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt. Drizzle butter over mixture and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate while preparing the filling.
  • Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray or rub with butter.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add apple slices and toss well to coat. Pour intro prepared baking dish and sprinkle with topping.
  • Bake until the fruit juices are bubbling and the topping is crisp and golden brown, about 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Notes

  1. Rolled oats: Flat and flaky, these are otherwise known as “old-fashioned” oats. Quick-cooking oats can work in a pinch, but do not substitute steel-cut oats.
  2. Walnuts: I think the walnuts add a wonderful flavor and crunch to the topping, but it’s okay to leave them out. I’ve also done testing with raw pecans and raw cashews, and they were both excellent.
  3. Apples: Tart apples, sometimes called “pie” apples, work best. Some prime candidates for baking: Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, McIntosh, and Cortland. See my tutorial on how to cut apples if you are looking for tips.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes about 6 cups of Apple Crisp, enough for 8 servings, ¾ cup each (plus ice cream). 
  5. Storage: Cover the Apple Crisp with foil or plastic wrap and store at room temperature for 1 to 2 days or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75 cupCalories: 475kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 317mgPotassium: 294mgFiber: 6gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 860IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 2mg
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  1. This apple crisp is one of the best I’ve tried. My husband gave it a thumbs up, then proceeded to polish a big dish of it off. And that was without ice cream.