I love this easy apple crisp recipe. I’ve made it several times and it is always a hit. It’s also very easy to make. The hardest part is peeling and slicing the apples, but that even takes very little time. This is great for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. I like making it for nights when there’s nothing else to eat.
Apple Crisp – this is hands down the best apple crisp recipe you’ll try! This is my go-to and a reader favorite recipe. It’s just perfect homestyle comfort food that’s good for the soul on a cold fall day. And of course, people of all ages love it.
The Best Apple Crisp Recipe
Could there be a better treat this time of year? Especially this time of year with the abundance of fresh apples in season. Plus, I love that this easy apple crisp doesn’t take as much work as an apple pie, but it has similarly delicious flavors.
This homemade apple crisp is packed with fresh, juicy apples that are perfectly sweetened and baked until perfectly tender. And don’t even get me started on that crumb topping! It’s crispy, golden brown, buttery perfection.
Trust me, this apple crisp will be the highlight of any meal. I mean if I had it my way this would be the main meal :).
Old Fashioned Apple Crisp
Fresh sliced apples cooked in cinnamon and brown sugar are drool-worthy enough, but this apple crisp is next-level delicious! It features a buttery oat topping that’s as crispy as the apples are soft. It’s such an irresistible combination!
The crisp is spiced with nutmeg in addition to the cinnamon and brown sugar to add even more fall-spirited goodness, and the filling uses lemon juice to prevent the apples from browning. So you can bet that this dessert looks as good as it tastes. With a baking dish full of this apple crisp in the mix, you’ll see a stampede to the holiday dessert table like never before.
What is the Difference Between Apple Crisp and Apple Crumble?
Apple crisp and apple crumble are quite similar, but there are a couple of key differences that set them apart. An apple crumble has a streusel crumb topping, while the topping of an apple crisp usually includes oats or nuts.
Apple crumble toppings tend to be thicker and cakier, while apple crisp toppings get nice and crunchy in the oven. Both desserts are delicious, but I’m personally a bigger fan of that soft and crunchy combo you get with an apple crisp. It hits the spot every single time!
Ingredients You’ll Need
Each item that goes into this crisp has its own specific purpose. Let’s go over them one at a time.
For the Cinnamon Oat Topping
- All-Purpose Flour: This thickener is key for any oat topping.
- Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: For that amazing crispiness that gives this dessert its name.
- Brown Sugar: Be sure to pack it into the measuring cup.
- Cinnamon & Nutmeg: These classic spices create that warm and cozy fall flavor.
- Salt: To balance out the sweetness of the sugar and enhance the flavors.
- Cold Butter: Cut into cubes. This holds everything together and ensures that your oats get extra crispy.
For the Apple Filling
- Granny Smith Apples: Peeled and thinly sliced.
- Brown Sugar: Packed.
- Butter: Melted.
- All-Purpose Flour: To thicken the filling so it coats the apples and doesn’t get soupy.
- Lemon Juice: For oxidation (browning) prevention.
- Cinnamon & Nutmeg
- Salt: This enhances the other flavors in the filling.
What Type of Apples are Best for Apple Crisp?
Granny Smith apples are definitely my go-to variety for apple crisp. Their firmness keeps them from getting slimy in your filling, and their tartness prevents the filling from tasting overly sweet. Other great apple options would be Honeycrisp, Gala or Red Delicious. You could also use multiple different kinds for even more flavor!
Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
This easy apple crisp is made the old fashioned way like Grandma used to make, and is perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce!
- ▢6 golden delicious apples, peeled and chopped (other varieties can be used, can also be sliced)
- ▢2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- ▢1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
- ▢1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- ▢1 cup light brown sugar
- ▢3/4 cup old fashioned oats
- ▢3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- ▢1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, diced into small cubes
- ▢pinch of kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Butter an 8×8 baking dish, or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, add chopped apples, granulated sugar, 3/4 tsp of the cinnamon and lemon juice. Stir to combine, then transfer to prepared baking dish.
- In a separate mixing bowl, add topping ingredients (brown sugar, oats, flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, and diced cold butter). Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the oat mixture, using a slight downward twisting motion, until mixture resembled pea-sized crumbs. Alternatively, you can use two forks or even your hands to cut butter into the mixture.
- Spread topping over apples in baking dish, and gently pat to even it out. Bake 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
What Are the Best Apples for Apple Crisp?
I prefer using a sturdy cooking apple that’s slightly tart, like Granny Smiths. Other apples would work, like braeburn or golden delicious, but sugar amounts and bake times might need to be adjusted.
Your apples should also be room temperature (this ensures that they bake evenly in the oven).
What Should I Serve on Top?
The best way to serve this always with vanilla ice cream. Then for an added bonus if you have time make some homemade salted caramel sauce.
Tips for the Best Apple Crisp
- Be sure to slice your apples thinly so they become fully tender. No one wants a crunchy apple in their apple crisp.
- Stick with granny smith apples for consistent results.
- If you only have salted butter on hand, reduce the salt in the topping to 1/8 tsp and omit the salt in the filling.
- Serve this homemade apple crisp freshly baked and warm. It will be okay for a couple of days, but the topping does start to soften up so I like it best fresh.
Crisps and crumbles are one of my favorite desserts because I love fruit and I’m head over heels crazy for a good sweet, crisp topping.
Plus, I love that they are faster than pies and you don’t have to wait 2 hours for pie crust to chill, then 2 hours for the pie to cool.
This is what fall weekend are all about! Walks through the autumn trees where you’re all bundled up cozy, warm apple cider and hot cocoa, pumpkin patch shopping and carving, and this easy apple crisp. It’s a must!