Close up of apple crisp with a scoop of ice cream on top and caramel sauce in a white bowl.
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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

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This Easy Apple Crisp Recipe is hands down the best apple crisp you will ever make. It will take you back and remind you of the old fashioned way your mom and grandmother used to make it. The perfect treat for a chilly fall day.

Easy apple crisp recipe with ice cream and caramel sauce on top.

I love this easy apple crisp recipe because it is so easy to make. It is in my top five of my favorite fall desserts to make. I took my grandmother’s recipe and made a few tweaks to make it my own. One of the big changes is I like the crisp topping threw out. So I have modified it to have a thin crumble crust and sprinkled crumble throughout.

If you a fan of apple desserts you should check out our Caramel Apple Nachos or this easy Apple Cinnamon Strudel. If these delicious apple desserts will get you ready for autumn baking.

Apple Crisp Ingredients

  • Fuji Apples – Have a sweet taste and can be substituted for any apple.
  • Granulated Sugar – Brings just a bit more sweetness to the apples.
  • Nutmeg – Adds a sweet and nutty flavor to the apples.
  • Ground Cinnamon – The perfect spice to bring out the fall flavors.
  • Lemon Juice – Adds a bit of tartness and keeps the apples from turning brown.
  • Brown Sugar – Adds the sweetness to the topping and creates the sauce when baked.
  • Old Fashioned Oats – This is what gives you all the texture in the topping.
  • All-Purpose Flour – Helps bind all the ingredients in the topping together.
  • Butter – This will be the liquid that will bring the topping together.
All the ingredients to make this easy apple crisp recipe.

How To Make This Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then spray an 9×9 baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Peel apples and remove the core, stem, and seeds. Then chop them into ¾ chunks and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add chopped apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Mix well until apples are completely coated in spices. Then set aside.
The first steps to prepare the apples by cutting them up and adding in the spices.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl add brown sugar, old fashioned oats, and all-purpose flour. Stir until well combined. Then melt butter and pour half of it into the dry ingredients and mix. Pour in remaining butter and mix well until everything is well combined.
Mixing all the dry ingredients and butter together to make the topping.
  • In the prepared baking dish evenly spread 1½ cup of the topping in the bottom of the dish and pack it down. Then add half of the apple mixture and evenly spread it out. Add another 1 cup scoop of topping and evenly spread it out over the apples. Add remaining apples and spread them out evenly. Finally evenly spread out the remaining topping over the entire dish. Pat it down gently with a spoon or spatula.
All the to put together the apple crisp in a white baking dish.
  • Place in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, until the topping is a golden brown and bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Then serve with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Best Apples For Apple Crisp

When it comes down to it you can use any apples that you want to. It is best to use apples that will stay together after being baked. But I like to use Fuji apples for their sweet taste and mild taste. Some other great apples are Granny smith and golden delicious. You can also combine several different types of apples to create more depth in the flavor of the crisp. Here is a bread down of apple flavors

  • Fuji Apples – Sweet and firm.
  • Gala Apples – Sweet with a hint of tartness.
  • Honey Crisp Apples – Sweet with a bit of tartness and very juicy.
  • Red Delicious Apples – A crisp apple with a hint of sweetness and mild tartness.
  • Granny Smith Apples – Crisp with a very tart taste.
Easy apple crisp recipe in a white baking dish with more in a small white bowl.

Topping Ideas

My favorite way to eat apple crisp. Is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with drizzled caramel sauce all over it. But here are a more fun toppings you can add to apple crumble.

  • Whip Cream, canned or homemade
  • Crushed up Heath bars
  • Crushed up butter finger bars
  • Chocolate sauce
  • White chocolate sauce

Do I Have To Peel The Apples?

No! It is totally up to you. I have prepared it both ways. But my favorite way is with the peels removed. I like having a consistent texture in the apples. Plus it is a bonus if I don’t have to listen to my kids complain about the peel. Either way that you make it is equally as good and it comes down to your personal preference.

What Is The Best Way To Cut The Apples?

One of the biggest tips I can give you on how to cut the apples. Is that you need to make sure they are thin enough. That they will cook all the way through and not be crunchy. I personally like to cut my apples into chunks. So that I don’ have to cut through the apples when eating them. You can also slice them into thin slices. But ultimately it comes done to preference.

Close up of apple crisp with a scoop of ice cream on top and caramel sauce in a white bowl.

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

This Easy Apple Crisp Recipe is hands down the best apple crisp you will ever make. It will take you back and remind you of the old fashioned way your mom and grandmother used to make it. The perfect treat for a chilly fall day.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 559 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 Fuji Apples (Peeled and chopped into ¾ pieces)
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon (divided 1 tsp for apples, 1 tsp for topping)
  • tsp lemon juice
  • cups brown sugar
  • cups old fashioned oats
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then spray an 9×9 baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Peel apples and remove the core, stem, and seeds. Then chop them into ¾ chunks and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add chopped apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Mix well until apples are completely coated in spices. Then set aside.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl add brown sugar, old fashioned oats, and all-purpose flour. Stir until well combined. Then melt butter and pour half of it into the dry ingredients and mix. Pour in remaining butter and mix well until everything is well combined.
  • In the prepared baking dish evenly spread 1½ cup of the topping in the bottom of the dish and pack it down. Then add half of the apple mixture and evenly spread it out. Add another ¾ cup scoop of topping and evenly spread it out over the apples. Add remaining apples and spread them out evenly. Finally evenly spread out the remaining topping over the entire dish. Pat it down gently with a spoon or spatula.
  • Place in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, until the topping is a golden brown and bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Then serve with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 559kcalCarbohydrates: 91.4gProtein: 6.9gFat: 19.8gSaturated Fat: 11.4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 133mgPotassium: 382mgFiber: 8gSugar: 47.8gVitamin D: 12µgCalcium: 55mgIron: 4mg
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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This apple crisp is so good! And I love how easy it is to make!

  2. 5 stars
    Apple crisps are amazing and I love making them during apple season! Such a great dessert paired with some vanilla ice cream. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I love how you did the two layers for the apple crisp, I definitely going to try making it this way.

  4. 5 stars
    This is really amazing! A great way to enjoy all those apples!

  5. 5 stars
    I think apple crisp might be one of my favorite fall desserts! Thanks for breaking down, which apples to use. I’m always unsure about what’s best.

  6. 5 stars
    Love that you started with your grandmother’s recipe, but then made it your own. And yeah … I can definitely get behind your little upgrade of mixing the topping throughout – that’s my favorite part of an apple crisp, so I love having it mixing and mingling more thoroughly with the apples!

  7. 5 stars
    This apple crisp is the perfect Fall dessert I was looking for! Cannot wait to make it again!

  8. Kathryn Donangelo

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness this recipe is so delicious and so perfect for Fall. We love apple crisp and this recipe is our new go-to! I love it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it’s the best! Thank you!

  9. Katherine Hackworthy

    5 stars
    This is an incredible apple crisp. Just perfect!

  10. 5 stars
    I loved it!! Such a great way to enjoy the apple season!

  11. 5 stars
    Apple crisp is a perfect seasonal treat. It’s one of my favorite Fall recipes. So comforting and delicious. I love your recipe. Looks so good. I will give it a try.