Easy Apple Crisp

5 from 67 votes

For a quick and cozy treat, try this easy Apple Crisp recipe - the perfect fall dessert made with juicy apples, cinnamon and an oat topping!

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This easy Apple Crisp recipe is a delicious fruit dessert – it’s your answer for what to do with all those freshly picked apples from the orchard! This recipe is quick to make and uses simple ingredients and instructions so it’s a perfect beginner baker recipe. It’s one of those classic fall desserts we always make!

Apple crisp served with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce and spoon inside bowl

How to Make Apple Crisp

Prepare the crisp topping

  • Start the the oats, flour, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  • Mix them together until well combined.
  • Dice up the cold butter into small cubes and rub them into the oat crumble streusel mixture.
3 image collage to show the oats mixture before and after mixing and then with the butter getting added

Layer the apples & crisp

  • Peel the apples if you prefer and cut them into large chunks.
  • Toss the apples with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Add the streusel mixture on top of the prepared apples.
  • Bake in the oven until the apples start to bubble and the crisp topping is golden brown.
4 image collage of the apples in baking dish with steps for how to prepare them

When it comes out of the oven, you’ll smell a warm cinnamony sweetness that is so cozy, comforting and calling your name! Scoop out a nice big helping of the apple crisp, and serve it a la mode.

Easy apple crisp out of the oven in a white baking dish with spoon inside

Tips to Make Easy Apple Crisp

  1. Pick a mix of apples: For best flavor, you can combine sweet and tart apples. If they’re all sweet, the easy apple crisp will lend itself to an overly sweet apple crisp. And if you only use tart apples, you may need to add sugar to cut through the tartness. The combination of different apples will give the perfect flavor balance. Some good varieties include Honeycrisp, Fiji, Gala apples, Green Apples or Golden Delicious.
  2. Peel the apples for smoother consistency. You don’t have to peel the apples if you like the texture that the skin provides. But normally, the skin doesn’t break down as easily, which can create a tougher texture.
  3. Keep apple pieces small: Chop up the apples small because it helps them cook faster, and ensures that they are super soft by the time the crumble is browned.
  4. Allow time to cool: Easier said than done! But this is very important because it will give the sauce made from the juicy apple filling a chance to thicken, and the flavors to settle.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a crisp and a crumble?

Crisps and crumbles are similar – they are both baked fruit desserts with a topping. The topping of a crumble is denser and more cakey, where as a crisp is thinner and, well, crispier! The topping of a crisp also contains oats.

Can leftovers be refrigerated?

This apple crisp keeps well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. It is also freezable, simply let the crisp cool and then cover it with foil and pop in the freezer where it will keep for around 3 months.

Should I peel the apples for the crisp?

This is up to you! You can leave the skin on or peel the skin if you and your family prefer it that way. The consistency of the peeled apples is softer and the result is more consistent and smooth.

For more apple desserts:

This is one of the best fall desserts that you can easily whip up when you have extra apples on hand, people coming over and craving a cozy dessert when it starts getting cold outside. The great thing about it is it’s reminiscent of homemade apple pie with all the same flavors. But it’s a little healthier than apple pie and much easier to make

the crisp with ice cream and caramel sauce on top and spoon digging in

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Easy Apple Crisp

For a quick and cozy treat, try this easy Apple Crisp recipe – the perfect fall dessert made with juicy apples, cinnamon and an oat topping!
5 from 67 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Dessert
Calories 469
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients
  

Apple Filling

  • 6 apples peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Crisp Topping

  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter diced cold
  • For Serving
  • Vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish or 7-inch x 11-inch baking dish.
  • Place the apples into the greased baking dish; add the sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon on top, stir and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter using a fork or your hands until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the crisp topping mixture over the apple mixture.
  • Bake until the crisp topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Freezer Instructions: After baking the apple crisp, allow it to cool completely, then cover it with two layers of aluminum foil. You can freeze it for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, thaw it overnight in the fridge and warm it at 375°F oven for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
Make Ahead: You can make the topping ahead of time but add the butter right before baking it for best results.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some substitutes that will work well:
  • For the flour, you can use almond flour, gluten-free flour or even all purpose flour. I love using oat flour to keep it gluten-free and light. 
  • For the butter, you can use a vegan butter stick or coconut oil
  • For the pecans, you can leave those out completely as I’ve done in the images or use walnuts or almonds

Nutrition

Calories: 469kcal, Carbohydrates: 68g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 107mg, Potassium: 316mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 41g, Vitamin A: 577IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 2mg

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  1. This is the best apple crisp I’ve ever tasted (and made!). My mom and I baked it together in her new house and we couldn’t have asked for a better recipe to christen the kitchen. It was so easy and so delicious. And not too sweet, making it the perfect cozy, fall dessert. Thank you, Yumna!

  2. Absolutely delicious!!! My kitchen smelled like fall… even though the outdoor temperatures were definitely still summer-like!!!!
    I loved the method of making the crumble – instead of mushy, cake-y topping, it was crispy but chewy and delicious!!! Will make again!!!

  3. I was planning on making apple crisp to celebrate fall, and it turned out perfectly that it was this month’s cooking challenge! It was super simple to make and sooo delicious

  4. Hi Yumna! I made this recipe today and it was delicious! I used 5 tbsp of butter instead of 8 but it still turned out great. Thank you!

    1. Yes, like Janet, I also used Walnuts and when overcooked, the walnuts are crunchy and toasted so it’s totally delicious.

  5. The Apple Crisp recipe was super easy and delicious. I used all Cortland apples since they were on sale and subbed walnuts for pecans since that’s what I had on hand. I topped it with a dollop of Greek vanilla yogurt.

  6. Loved it. My husband who isn’t a huge fan of apples but will eat them for the streusel topping said the filling is just a good at the topping!

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