The Best Apple Crisp Recipe

This old-fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe was passed down to me from my mom. Apple Crisp is an easy way to achieve the taste of an apple pie without all of the work involved in making and rolling out a crust. It’s the perfect “go-to” recipe for potlucks. Easy to make and a hit with everyone! Come on in and I’ll share my recipe with you…

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Apple Crisp Recipe – the best!

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After one of our annual fall apple picking outings, I found myself with over 20 pounds of apples. Give four kids each a bag to fill, they will most definitely fill it.  When I asked what everyone wanted me to bake with the apples, my husband’s special request was Apple Crisp.

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It’s such an easy, and delicious recipe. The hardest part of this apple crisp recipe is peeling all of the apples. Luckily, we have one of those apple peelers that you attach to the counter and the kids love to use it. It’s a great invention. It even cores the apples for you. I really recommend one for any apple recipe. It’s a lifesaver.

What are good apples for Apple Crisp?

Tart apples are always a great flavor for baking – like Granny Smith, Melrose, Jonagolds, Honeycrisp, Rome Beauty, Braeburn, or Cortland

Granny Smith – tangy and tart. The favorite for baking pies
Melrose – a tart taste and usually available in fall
Jonagolds – A combination of Jonathon and Golden Delicious  with a tart and sweet flavor
Honeycrisp – Crisp just like the name says and will hold its’ texture while baking
Rome Beauty – Tart and Sweet and will hold up while baking
Braeburn – A firm apple with a spicy-sweet flavor
Cortland – a little bit of tartness and holds its’ white flesh color

What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumb?

  • apple crisp has a crispy topping that usually includes oatmeal and reminds me of a crumble topping or crisp topping
  • apple crumb usually has more of a streusel topping

Does Apple Crisp Need to be refrigerated?

  • Apple crisp is similar to apple pie. It does not need to be refrigerated but will last longer if covered and refrigerated

How long will Apple Crisp Last?

  • At room temperature, the apple crisp should last about 2 days. In the refrigerator, you can add 2 more days.

Do I need to use lemon juice to preserve the color of the apples?

No, it is not necessary to use lemon juice in this recipe. The preparation goes rarely quickly, so the apples will have little time to turn brown. Once the apples are baked with other ingredients – most of which are brown, you won’t even notice browning on the apple. Another reason to hold off on using lemon juice is the browning process is actually the apple getting softer or more tender and is somewhat preparing for baking.

What Are Some Good Toppings for Apple Crisp?

Good apple crisp toppings include – a sprinkle of cinnamon, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and/or whipped topping, a sprinkle of pecans, or walnuts for an extra special and delicious dessert

If you are ready to make this apple recipe, let’s make sure you have everything you’ll need:


peeled and sliced apples
*Best apples for baking – Granny Smith, Jonagold, Braeburn, Honey Crisp, and Cortland


light brown sugar
all-purpose flour

Crumb Topping:

oats – Old Fashioned – You can substitute quick oats
melted unsalted butter

Other Equipment:

9×9 baking pan

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How to make Apple Crisp…

  1. Peel and core apples
  2. Spread them out into a baking dish
  3. In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, and water together to form a batter
  4. Pour the batter over the apples
  5. In a small bowl, stir the crumble (oatmeal topping): oats, flour, melted butter, and sugar
  6. Spread that mixture over the apples
  7. Bake in the oven for one hour
  8. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and/or whipped topping, a sprinkle of pecans, or walnuts for an extra special and delicious dessert

Here’s a quick video to show you how I make this Apple Crisp Recipe:

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The Best Apple Crisp Recipe

A delicious apple crisp recipe for dessert. Complete with a crunchy oatmeal topping.
4.80 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 405cal
Author: Melissa


  • ` 9×9 baking pan


  • 5 cups apples peeled and sliced *Best apples for baking – Granny Smith,Jonagold, Braeburn, Honeycrisp and Cortland


  • ½ cup of light brown sugar can use dark brown
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. of water

Crumb Topping:

  • ½ cup oats – Old Fashioned can substitute quick oats
  • ½ cup all- purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup melted unsalted butter


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Put the sliced apples into a 9×9 baking dish
  • In a small bowl, mix the batter, and pour over apples
  • In a small bowl, combine the crumb topping – spread over apples
  • Bake for 1 hour


Nutrition Facts are only an estimate 

Serving Suggestion: Delicious when served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream


Calories: 405cal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 529IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

~ Melissa – Kid Friendly Things To Do

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Gabriele

    5 stars
    Thanks Melissa! It turned out wonderful and delicious! It will be a permanent Thanksgiving dessert. WOULD like to know where to get one of those apple peelers! 😊

    1. Melissa

      LOL! I guess I did go on and on about that apple peeler. 😊 Thanks to you…I put a link to one on Amazon within the post. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the recipe and that it will be a regular at your Thanksgiving dinners. That makes me very happy.

  2. Lori

    What kind of apples did you use? And did you use old fashion or quick oats?

    1. Melissa

      Thank you so much for asking this. Those are important ingredients to specify in the recipe. The Best apples for baking – Granny Smith (this is the best type to bake with), Jonagold, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Wine Sap, and Cortland. Use old fashioned oats. I’ll update the recipe right away. 🙂

      1. Sandra Mixon

        Can you use quick oats?

        1. Melissa

          You can definitely substitute quick oats in the recipe. The only difference will be the texture of the oats. The rolled “old fashioned” oats will be a little more crisp and nuttier. The quick oats will be a little more soft and moist. 🙂 I hope this helps.

  3. Angela forcier

    5 stars
    I made this last week , was so good, and easy . It’s on my list to make again today 😀

    1. Melissa

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked the recipe. Thank you for commenting! 🙂