Cinnamon Apple Crumble


This is a recipe for Cinnamon Apple Crumble that I made the other night. It’s amazingly good and super simple to make! This cinnamon apple crumble is a delicious mix of apples, cinnamon and sugar. It can be served by itself as a meal or with ice cream as a dessert. I made PB&J milkshakes the other day and they were a huge hit.

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The BEST Apple Crumble Apple Crisp!

easy apple crumble (apple crisp) is foolproof! a delicious syrup with tender apples baked underneath a buttery oatmeal cookie topping.

Apple Crumble is a dessert you wouldn’t care if you ate for every meal of every day! Full of soft cinnamon spiced apples, brown sugar, and buttery crispy baked oats. The easy answer to apple pie with all of the flavour and minimal effort.

apple crumble or apple crisp

Most apple crumbles we’ve had in the past (or apple crisp depending on where you are in the world), are either too dry on the inside, OR too watery creating a super soggy crumb topping instead of a CRISPY topping.

A soft apple pie filling bakes in a naturally occurring syrup topped with an incredible oatmeal cookie-like crumble. Serve with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream and watch it melt all over your hot crumble.

There’s SO MUCH delicious THICK SYRUP on the INSIDE it’s crazy delicious!

how do you make apple crumble?

First, you’re going to slice up your apples. For a soft, tender apple filling, slice your apples thinly to ensure they cook right through. You can use a mandolin to get them perfectly thin. They become so tender and soft, melting in your mouth.

For a slightly crunchier filling, slice them thicker.

Once you’ve mixed your crumble together, sprinkle it over your apple filling and bake until the topping golden and crispy! Underneath the cookie crumble, that apple pie filling will be bubbling in its delicious syrup.

how do you make apple crisp topping?

Prepare your crumble topping with ingredients I KNOW you have in your kitchen cupboards:

  • Quick cooking oats are the best. For a chewier topping, use rolled oats.
  • Flour — plain or all purpose. You can also use whole wheat or wholemeal.
  • Light brown sugar. For a stronger molasses taste you can use dark brown sugar.
  • Ground cinnamon. You can also add in ground cloves and/or all spice.
  • Baking powder — please don’t leave this out. This helps recreate the cookie in your topping!
  • Melted butter — just as important!

Mix your crumble until the butter soaks through your dry ingredients before topping the apples.

best apples for apple crisp

I always use red apples because we prefer the taste and sweetness. Red Delicious, Fuji, Ambrosia, Cortland or Gala apples are perfect.

However, if you prefer a more tart crisp, use Golden Delicious or Granny Smith Apples.

You could also use canned if that’s all you have on hand, but I do recommend homemade purely because you can flavour it as much as you want.

Easy Cinnamon Apple Crisp (Apple Crumble) |

best apple crumble recipe

I do have a final warning. Start eating by yourself before anyone realises what you’re doing, because the whole pan WILL be gone in seconds. Just watch your portion. Save it. Hide it. Pretend there’s none left. Listennnnnn to meeee. A desperate woman that misses out on this crisp every time.

Celebrate and give three cheers to no dough making/chilling/rolling and kinda cheating on apple pie with this easy apple crumble (crisp).

Apple Crumble: apple pie filling is covered with a crispy oatmeal cookie-like topping!

can you make apple crisp in advance?

Absolutely! Apple crumble is easy to prep and get a head start on it. Assemble it in your baking dish, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days before cooking.


A quick and easy cinnamon apple crumble recipe made with tart Bramley apples and a buttery sweet flapjack style oat topping!

Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, or vanilla custard for the ultimate baked apple dessert!

Cinnamon apple crumble in a pie dish.

This simple cinnamon apple crumble (or apple crisp depending on where you live), is the recipe I go back to EVERY SINGLE YEAR when apple season arrives!

The tart Bramley apples are sliced thinly and topped with an easy flapjack style crumble topping, made by pouring melted butter onto flour, oats, and sugar. There is no tedious rubbing in required, nor pre-cooking of the apples, which means it literally takes minutes to assemble.


  • An easy baked dessert for apple season – much easier than making pastry for apple pie!
  • No pre-cooking of the apples
  • No rubbing in required – this crumble recipe uses melted butter to create those golden oaty crumbles.
  • Uses pantry staples
  • Delicious with cream, custard, or ice cream
  • Filling, warming, and comforting
  • Make-ahead and store in the fridge
  • Freezer friendly


Ingredients for cinnamon apple crumble.
  • Apples – I like to use tart Bramley apples in this recipe, which contrast with the sweet buttery crumble topping so deliciously. If you can’t get hold of Bramley apples, use a tart eating apple like Granny Smith. There is no pre-cooking of the apples, so the apples should be peeled and sliced thinly.
  • Cinnamon – 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon gives the crumble a lovely warmth.
  • Caster Sugar – Cooking apples, like Bramleys, need a little bit of sweetening up. I use a small amount of caster sugar to offset their tartness.
  • Water – the water helps soften the sliced apple when baking.

For the crumble topping;

  • Flour – plain white flour is needed for the crumble topping.
  • Oats – use rolled oats but not jumbo oats. Jumbo oats don’t seem to absorb the melted butter as well as ordinary rolled oats.
  • Light Brown Sugar – gives the crumble topping a wonderful caramel sweetness. Replace with caster sugar if you prefer.
  • Butter – unsalted butter is best for this recipe. The butter needs to be melted before being mixed into the dry crumble ingredients.


The recipe card with ingredient quantities and detailed instructions can be found at the bottom of the post

  1. Make the crumble topping by pouring melted butter onto the flour, oats and light brown sugar.
  2. Mix with a spoon until golden crumbles form.
  3. Place the thinly sliced apples, cinnamon, caster sugar and water in a pie dish. Give it a good mix.
  4. Top with the crumble topping and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until golden and crispy.
Step by step photo instructions for making the easy apple crumble recipe.


  • Don’t skip the water from the apple filling. It really helps to soften the apples so they become tender and fluffy.
  • As there is no pre-cooking of the apples in this recipe, make sure you slice the apples as thinly as you can, so they cook evenly and become soft and tender. No big chunks allowed!


The cinnamon apple crumble is delicious served with whipped cream, honeycomb ice cream, or vanilla custard.

I even eat leftovers for breakfast with Greek Yogurt!


  • Add 1 peeled and sliced pear to the recipe for an apple and pear crumble.
  • Add a handful of chopped walnuts to the crumble topping for added crunch and texture.
  • Add a handful of dried cranberries or raisins to the apple filling for an extra fruity hit.
  • Add half a teaspoon of ground ginger to the apple filling for extra warmth and spice.
Easy cinnamon apple crumble in a red pie dish with whipped cream.


Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave, or eat at room temperature.

The cinnamon apple crumble can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Allow the crumble to cool fully first before wrapping in foil and placing in your freezer.

Defrost the crumble in the fridge overnight, before reheating in the oven for 20 minutes.


Apple Crisp VS Apple Crumble

There’s not a big difference between the two. The terms crisp and crumble are mostly interchangeable.

Should I peel apples for apple crumble?

I would advise peeling the apples, especially if you are using cooking apples like Bramleys. They tend to have a thicker tougher skin than ordinary eating apples.

Can I make apple crumble in advance?

Absolutely you can! Apple crumble is easy to prepare and get a head start. Assemble it in your pie dish, cover in foil, and refrigerate for up to 2 days before baking.

Cinnamon Apple Crumble

Cinnamon Apple Crumble-tender, juicy apples are covered with a sweet cinnamon crumb topping, creating the best fall dessert. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!

Apple Crumble

Fall is in the air and that means all I want to do is BAKE, BAKE, BAKE! Fall baking is my absolute favorite because I love warming up the house and creating something sweet to share with loved ones.

I have a confession though; I don’t love baking pies. I don’t like fussy pie crust and pie isn’t my favorite dessert to eat. I know, who am I? BUT I do love a good crumble and this Cinnamon Apple Crumble is perfect for fall. It is easy to make (so much easier than making pie dough) and SO delicious.

Every time I serve this apple crumble to friends and family, they beg for the recipe and lick their plates clean. It is a classic fall dessert that everyone loves!

The recipe is made with everyday baking ingredients, you just need fresh apples! Let’s get to it!

Cinnamon Apple Crumble in Pan

Best Apples to Use

Honeycrisp apples are my favorite fall apple and are great for baking too. They are crisp, sweet, with a little bit of tart. Granny Smith apples are the most popular baking apple. They are easy to find and hold up well in the oven. The tart, tangy flavor goes well with the sweet cinnamon crumble topping.

Other good apple options include: Jonagold, Braeburn, Pink Lady, and Jazz apples. You can also do a mix of apples.

Choose fresh apples that are firm and have no bruising. Peel, core, and slice your apples for the crumble.

The Crumble Topping

I love this recipe because it has A LOT of crumble topping. I have had apple crumble recipes where there is just a tiny bit of topping sprinkled on top and that is not ok. It’s a dessert, if I wanted an apple, I would eat an apple, ha!

The apples are completely covered with a crumble topping that is made up of flour, oats, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and butter. If you want to add nuts, pecans or walnuts would be a nice crunchy addition.

How to Make Apple Crumble

First, make the apple filling. Combine the apple slices with lemon juice, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and flour

Make the crumble topping. Make sure you use COLD butter. Combine the butter with the topping ingredients, using your fingers, until the mixture comes together, and you have a crumbly mixture. Don’t over work the mixture, you want it to stay cold and have pea size buttery, crumble clumps.  

Assemble. Place the apple mixture in a greased 12-inch cast iron skillet or a 9×13-inch baking pan. Both pans work well.

Bake until bubbly. Your house will smell better than any fall candle out there.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate apple crumble experience.

Make Ahead

I love this dessert because it can be made in advance, making it perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or easy entertaining.

Once the crumble is in the pan, cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate until ready to bake (up to 24 hours).

If you don’t want to make the entire apple crumble in advance, you can just make the crumble topping and keep that in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

How to Store

Leftover apple crumble will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. I recommend reheating in the microwave before serving. Pro tip-it makes a really great breakfast!

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