Gooey Apple Crumble


Gooey Apple Crumble is one of many desserts that we have mastered over the years in our attempt to become excellent cooks in the kitchen. This recipe tastes great and will impress whoever is lucky enough to eat it, especially if they are an apple crumble fan. This Apple Crumble recipe is one of those recipes that comes together in the most delicious way – a delicious way that doesn’t tell you about the effort it takes to get the apples into just the right balance of taste and texture.

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Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

I LOVE apple crisp! I probably love it a Lil bit too much and my gut can testify, prefer my apple crisp to have a gooey, crispy yet chewy type topping but I have been getting so many requests to do an apple crisp with a crispy type topping. Kinda like that old-school kind that grandma used to make.

Since I don’t normally make my apple crisps this way I had to use the power of Twitter. Twitter is like the God of the internet, you ask and you receive!! I asked around to see if anyone had a good old-fashioned apple crisp recipe that was tried and true. Immediately I got a response back from lilTanti888 with this recipe! She said her southern grandmother who is 95 and lives in Cokesbury, SC made it all the time and it was BANGIN!

gooey apple crumble

I have never heard of Cokesbury but doesn’t it sound like a lil country town tucked deep in the south with dirt roads and full of grandmas?  didn’t even have to think twice about whether or not I was going to make it. I know how those deep southern grandmothers can throw down!


Well, this recipe sums up old-fashioned apple crisp beautifully!  The topping is crispy, buttery, sweet and the apples….the apples yall….are simply wonderful! The tartness of the granny smith with the cinnamon and sugar….you know the collaboration of flavors I’m talking about. It just says “comfort” and smells heavenly while baking. In my opinion, this is the best ending to a meal.

However, it is with a heavy heart filled with much guilt that I announce that I have just about finished up this whole pan in one night…… and you know what makes it even more terrible yall besides that fact that I had ice cream with it…  I HAD THE NERVE TO TOP THIS APPLE CRISP WITH CRUSHED PECANS AND DRIZZLED ON SOME CARAMEL TOPPING!! WTH was I thinking???? Why do I always do this to myself???

Uggghhh! Why do people invent recipes like this in the first place?! Completely shot one of my new year’s resolutions to hell!! But ya know what…tomorrow is a new day to get it right,….to start over…fresh….so I’ll just put that Lil pan in the sink and pretend it never even happened. Apple Crisp? What apple crisp? ; )

If there’s a truly classic dessert that we all know and love, it’s apple crumble. A sweet gooey filling made with tart granny smith apples, and some great apple pie spices, topped with crunchy brown sugar and oat streusel topping – it’s pure comfort. In under an hour you can have this classic and delicious dessert on your table, ready to be topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Apple Crumble

  • Easy To Make
  • Uses Simple, Pantry Staple Ingredients
  • Classic Dessert
  • Delicious Comfort Food
  • Ready In Under 1 Hour

If by chance, you’ve never had the pleasure of tasting apple crumble before – let me introduce you. This classic dessert has all the makings of an apple pie, without the pie crust. Hosting a scrumptious ooey-gooey filling, amplified with a delicious brown sugar-infused streusel topping. This is a foolproof recipe that would make even your grandmother proud! Now let’s get baking.

Ingredient Notes


  • Apples – Such as Granny Smith or Golden Delicious. See “FAQs & Expert Tips” for more info!
  • Sugar – Regular granulated will do the trick!
  • Flour – I used plain all-purpose flour.
  • Spices – I use my homemade apple pie spice which adds great flavor.
  • Lemon Juice – I prefer freshly squeezed. Lemon helps to balance out the sweetness and also helps prevent apples from browning.


  • Oats – I used rolled oats.
  • Flour – Trusty all-purpose flour again to thicken up the filling a bit!
  • Sugar – I use both white and packed brown sugar to add some sweetness.
  • Spices – I use my homemade apple pie spice which adds great flavor.
  • Salt – The salt is important to balance out the sweetness in the crumble, don’t skip it!
  • Butter – I always opt for unsalted to control the sodium content. Just make sure the butter is melted!

How To Make Apple Crumble

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine and Spread Filling Ingredients: Add all the filling ingredients to a large bowl and toss well with a spatula. Transfer them to a 9×13-inch baking dish and spread them out evenly.
  3. Combine and Sprinkle with Topping: In another large bowl, add all the topping ingredients and mix until clumps form. Spread over the apples evenly, crumbling with fingers.
  4. Bake and Serve: Transfer the dish to the preheated oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden and the apples are soft. Serve warm with a good vanilla ice cream.


Apple Crisp VS Apple Crumble

There’s not a big difference between the two. The terms crisp and crumble are mostly interchangeable, but to some people, they can mean two different things, so let me clarify! A crumble is chopped apples topped with a streusel topping, whereas a crisp includes oats. I included oats in my crumble because I am rebellious, but call it what you want – either way, it’s delicious!

What Are The Best Apples To Use?

Granny smith is hands down the best baking apple. Why? Because they’re sturdy enough to prevent a gooey mess when pulled from the oven, and they’re nice and tart in flavor, which means that it holds up well to all the sugar we’re going to be adding to our dish. You can always use golden delicious instead but keep in mind that sugar levels may have to be adjusted. It all depends on your sweet tooth!

How To Serve

Right out of the pan with a spoon! Just kidding. This dessert is more than perfect on its own, it has crunch, sweetness, and that ooey gooey filling. Paired with a dollop of whipped cream, a melty scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a drizzle of caramel, you’re not far off from perfection.


  1. Make sure your apples are at room temperature before baking with them, so if you’re one of those types to keep their apples in the fridge be sure to remove them well ahead of time!
  2. Keeping the peel of the apple on or not is totally up to you! I like to remove it from my apples for both visual appeals and to assure that my texture is spot on.
  3. Be sure to cut your apples up thin enough and in equal cubes to ensure they bake to tender perfection, we don’t want any hard or raw bits in our filling.

Leftover Apple Crumble

Make sure to let your apple crumble cool completely before storing it in the fridge. Seal completely or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-5 days.


Again, make sure your apple crumble has cooled completely before popping it in the freezer in an airtight container and it will keep for up to 3 months!

Allow thawing overnight in the fridge before warming back up to serving temperature in the oven at  350°F for 20 – 25 minutes.

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Can I make this apple crisp dairy-free?

Yes! You can use any dairy-free or plant-based butter in place of conventional butter.

How long will this store be?

This apple crisp will keep lightly covered at room temperature for about 24 hours. Any longer, I would suggest refrigerating it for up to one week. To reheat, place into a 350F oven and cook for 10 minutes, or until warmed throughout.

How do I serve gluten-free honey apple crisps?

This dessert is delicious on its own, served alongside vanilla ice cream or yogurt or drizzled with extra honey on top.

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Gluten-Free Honey Apple Crisp Recipe

This easy and delicious gluten-free apple crisp recipe is made all the more delicious with the addition of Naturacentric Vanilla Cinnamon Infused Raw Honey. No extra spices are needed — all the flavor comes from this delicious honey! Gluten-free and refined sugar-free, with a dairy-free option.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Gluten-Free

Diet: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:45 minutes

Total Time:55 minutes

Servings: 8


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Apple Filling

  • 8 apples of choice – cored, peeled, and chopped we like Granny Smith
  • 2 tablespoons Naturacentric Vanilla Cinnamon Infused Honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice about half a lemon

Crisp Topping

  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats certified gluten-free if necessary
  • pinch sea salt or pink salt approx. 1/8 teaspoon
  • ½ cup butter – salted or unsalted regular or plant-based
  • ½ cup Naturacentric Vanilla Cinnamon Infused Honey

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Apple Filling

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a round or square baking dish (8-12″), add the apples, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Toss to coat. Set aside.

Crisp Topping

  • In a large mixing bowl add the flour, oats, and salt. Mix well.
  • Add the cold cubed butter. Using your hands, mix and squeeze the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add 1/2 cup of honey. Mix well.
  • Evenly disperse the crisp topping over the apples in the baking dish.
  • Place into the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and golden and the filling is bubbling.
  • Enjoy!

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