Apple Crisp with ice cream on a white plate
The BEST Apple Crisp recipe ever (and it is super easy!) Made with fresh apples and a cinnamon-oatmeal crumb topping!
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  1. The BEST Homemade Apple Crisp
  2. Ingredients
  3. What Type of Apples to Use for Apple Crisp
  4. The best apples for making a great apple crisp:
  5. How to Make Apple Crisp
  6. More Great Apple Recipes
  7. Apple Crisp Recipe Recipe

The BEST Apple Crisp recipe ever (and it is super easy!) Made with fresh apples and a cinnamon-oatmeal crumb topping! This homemade apple crisp is a classic, fruity dessert that everyone loves. From the warm, gooey apple filling to the crunchy topping, every bite of this old-fashioned dessert recipe is so delicious. Top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it’s simply irresistible.

Apple Crisp on a plate with vanilla ice cream

The BEST Homemade Apple Crisp

Something that we love to do as a family every fall is visiting the apple orchard. It’s always a fun way to get outdoors and enjoy the crisp Autumn weather. Best of all, we end up coming home with loads of fresh apples.

While everyone in our house does enjoy a crunchy, crisp apple, we simply never seem to be able to eat all of them after a trip to the orchard. This means that I get to break out the apple dessert recipes to make sure and use them up. This homemade apple crisp is always the number one request.

Apple crisp is truly a classic dessert. It hits all the marks. It’s warm, sweet, crunchy, and just plain delicious. Don’t forget the melty vanilla ice cream on the top! I don’t know anyone who could say no to it.

So, if you are also looking for a way to use up your fresh apples… look no further. This apple crisp is a must-bake fall dessert!

close up of apple crisp

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin but not slivered
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

For the Topping:

  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

(Ice cream or whipped topping, optional)

What Type of Apples to Use for Apple Crisp

A common question when making apple crisp is, what type of apples should I use? This is really up to you and your preference. I like to use a combination. Typically, you want a good combination of sweet and tart. So, if you can, it’s best to use one apple that’s a bit more tart and one that is a bit sweeter.

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing your apples is the texture of the apples. Again, a combination works well here. Try pairing one apple that breaks down a bit more when baked, and one that is a bit more firm.

The best apples for making a great apple crisp:

  • Honey Crisp
  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious
  • Gala
  • Fuji
apples sliced on a cutting board

How to Make Apple Crisp

Can you believe that this delicious apple crisp can be made in just four easy steps? Yes, you read that right… just four steps! For such a tasty dessert, it sure is simple. 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×9 baking dish.
  2. For the topping: Combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add the cold cubed butter and work the butter into the flour and oat mixture, until crumbly. Set this aside.Apple Crisp crumble
  3. For the Filling: In a large bowl, drizzle the apple slices with the lemon juice and toss to coat.
  4. Combine the flour, sugar, packed light brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl and quickly stir together to combine. Toss with the apples.
  5. Evenly layer the apples into the lightly sprayed 9×9 baking dish and sprinkle the oat mixture on top.cut up apples in a dish
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm and top with ice cream or whipped topping. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream on top and enjoy!
Baked apple crisp in a glass dish

More Great Apple Recipes

Caramel Apple Hand Pies | Apple Cider Doughnut Cake | Gooey Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe | Apple Fritter Rings | Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars

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Apple Crisp with ice cream on a white plate

Apple Crisp Recipe

Serves — 8
The BEST Apple Crisp recipe ever (and it is super easy!) Made with fresh apples and a cinnamon-oatmeal crumb topping!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins

Ingredients
  

Filling

  • 6 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced thin but not slivered
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Topping

  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter cubed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Ice cream or whipped topping, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350*.
  • Lightly spray an 8×8 baking dish.

For the Topping (see topping ingredients)

  • In a medium sized bowl, add the oats, flour, cinnamon,nutmeg, sugar and brown sugar.
  • Add the cold cubed butter. Using a fork, or fingers, work the butter into the flour and oat mixture, until crumbly. Set this aside.

For the Filling (see filling ingredients)

  • In a large bowl, add the sliced apples.
  • Drizzle the lemon juice over the apples.Toss the apples to coat them well with the lemon juice.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, packed light brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Quickly stir together to combine.
  • Sprinkle the flour mixture over the apples and toss to coat the apples.
  • Evenly layer the apples into the lightly sprayed 9×9 baking dish.
  • Evenly sprinkle the oat mixture topping over the apples.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm and top with ice cream or whipped topping.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

This homemade apple crisp will most definitely be a hit. You won’t believe how easy it is to make. It’s a wonderful way to use up some fresh apples and enjoy a classic, warm, fruity dessert.

Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. You need to check the recipe for Apple Crisp. The steps are incorrect. In steps 3 and 4, you combine all the dry ingredients except the butter. Then, in 4, you instruct to cut in the butter. Steps 5 and 6 are just to take care of the apples and add the lemon juice and toss. In step 7 and 8, you instruct to combine all dry ingredients except oats and toss with apples. Step 9 is to put the apples into the pan. Step 10 is to put “oatmeal mixture” over the apples. You can’t put in the oatmeal in step 3 and combine all ingredients with butter in step 4 and have a separate “oatmeal mixture” left at the end to put on the top of the apples. I’m sure it is supposed to be 4 easy steps because that’s the way my mom always fixed it.

    1. I see why you were confused. I separated the filling and topping out and hopefully this is clearer. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Any suggestions on what to do if I don’t like oats? Is it okay to just leave them out? Or are there some other substitutions?
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