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Classic Apple Crisp Recipe (VIDEO)

This Apple Crisp recipe is loaded with fresh sliced apples and topped with a crisp and buttery cinnamon oat topping. It’s completely irresistible served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is.

We love apple recipes from Apple Fritters to Apple Turnovers and of course our popular Apple Pie. If you love apple season as much as we do, this old-fashioned Apple Crisp is a must-try!

Plate of apple crisp served with vanilla ice cream and spoon

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Why You’ll Love This Apple Crisp

Every year we go apple picking in my parent’s yard. They have 4 apple trees that really produce so we like to get creative with those apples to capture the season. Apple Crisp is on our regular rotation in Fall because it calls for a generous amount of apples and it is:

  1. Easy
  2. Quick
  3. Family-approved!

There’s nothing like pulling an apple dessert out of the oven to draw everyone into the kitchen. Who can resist the sweet aroma of a baked Apple Crisp?

Easy Apple crisp in casserole dish with crisp topping

Apple Crisp Video Tutorial

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Ingredients for the Best Apple Crisp

  • Apples – we used golden delicious apples, but there are so many that would work well (see list of options below)
  • Lemon juice – keeps the apples from browning and adds flavor
  • Sugar – adjust to taste depending on how tart your apples are
  • Flour – helps to thicken the bubbly apple juices. You can substitute with corn starch for a gluten-free version.
  • Cinnamon – our favorite complimentary spice for apple recipes
Ingredients for homemade apple crisp

For the Apple Crisp Topping

  • Flour – bonds the crumb together
  • Oats – add a crisp and chewy texture to the topping
  • Sugar – we combine brown sugar and granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon – compliments the apple filling
  • Salt – balances the sweetness
  • Butter – use 1 cup or 16 Tbsp of unsalted, softened butter. If you forget to soften butter, watch our video for how to soften butter in 5 minutes.
Ingredients for apple crisp topping with oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon butter

The Best Apples for Apple Crisp

Select firm and crisp apples so they won’t get mushy in the oven. Apples vary a ton in sweetness so adjust sugar accordingly. We used golden delicious here with 3/4 cup of sugar. If using Granny Smith Apples, increase the sugar to 1 cup or add it to taste. Here are our favorite apples for baking:

  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Fuji
  • Honeycrisp
  • Jonagold
  • Braeburn
  • Pink Lady

Pro Tip: you can use an assortment of apples and even combine sweet and tart apples.

How to Make Apple Crisp

  1. Prep – Butter a 9×13 casserole dish, preheat oven to 375˚F.
  2. Cut Apples – peel, core and slice apples into 1/4″- thick pieces (an apple peeler makes it easy), transfer to a bowl, and toss with 2 Tbsp lemon juice.
  3. Coat Apples – in a bowl, combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon then sprinkle over apples and stir to coat. Transfer to buttered casserole dish.
  4. Topping – In a mixing bowl, combine the dry topping ingredients: flour, oats, both sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Add diced softened butter and use your hands to stir in the butter until pea-sized crumbs form throughout. Spread topping evenly over your apples.
  5. Bake – place on the center rack in the oven and bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes until bubbling at the edges.
Step by step how to make and assemble an apple crisp

Pro Tip: If you want to keep your hands clean, you can mix the topping in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until pea-sized crumbs form.

Common Questions:

What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?

We often use the term interchangeably and the ingredients are very similar, but technically speaking, an apple crisp has a crunchy crisp topping while an apple crumble has a sandier texture.

Can I make this gluten-free?

Yes, you can replace the flour in the apple filling with corn starch and replace the flour in the topping with 1:1 gluten-free flour.

Can I add cranberries?

Yes; substitute 1 1/2 cup of apples with fresh or frozen cranberries, but add more sugar since cranberries are more tart.

What is the best way to peel apples?

Using an apple peeler is a major time saver. It will peel, core, and slice your apples in seconds.

Plated apple crisp with apples, topping and vanilla ice cream

The best way to serve apple crisp is to spoon a portion onto a plate while it’s still warm and top with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. The ice cream will melt slightly into the crisp and the combination of flavors is so satisfying.

Make-Ahead:

  • Room Temperature – store apple crisp covered at room temperature for a day but refrigerate leftovers beyond that.
  • To Refrigerate – once apple crisp is at room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3-5 days.
  • To Reheat – apple crisp is best served warm. You can reheat the chilled crisp in the microwave just until heated through or reheat in the oven at 350˚F for about 15 minutes.

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Classic Apple Crisp Recipe

4.98 from 40 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Apple Crisp served on a red plate with ice cream
Classic Apple Crisp recipe with fresh sliced apples, topped with crisp and buttery cinnamon oats. So good served with vanilla ice cream.
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $12-$15 (varies by season)
Keyword: apple crisp
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 496
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients

For the Apple Crisp Filling:

For the Crumb Topping:

Instructions

  1. Prep: Generously Butter a 9×13 casserole dish with 1/2 Tbsp butter. Preheat the oven to 375F.

  2. Peel core and thinly slice apples to 1/4’ thickness. You should have 12 cups of sliced apples. Squeeze 2 Tbsp lemon juice over the apples and toss to coat.

  3. In a separate bowl, stir together 3/4 cup sugar, 3 Tbsp flour, and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon then sprinkle mixture over apples and toss to combine. Transfer apples into the buttered casserole dish.

  4. Make the topping – in a large bowl, use your hands to stir together flour, oats, brown and granulated sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Add the diced butter and work it into the mixture with your hands until pea-sized crumbs form throughout. Spread topping over apples.

  5. Bake at 375˚F for 45-50 minutes or until the topping is golden and crisp and apples are bubbling at the edges. The center should register above 175˚F.

Recipe Notes

*Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or a combination of any firm, crisp apples will work.
**Use 1 cup sugar or add to taste for tart apples such as Granny Smith.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Apple Crisp Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 67mg3%
Potassium 275mg8%
Carbohydrates 80g27%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 667IU13%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Sue R
    October 23, 2021

    Perfect! My tiny grandson called me a fancy cook it was so good. lol!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2021

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Sue!

      Reply

  • Cary
    October 23, 2021

    Awesome recipe! All 8 people gave the thumbs up. Definitely will make again and again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Cary!

      Reply

  • Dayle
    October 23, 2021

    Bought the apple peeler and love it and your recipe for the apple crumble. Can I prepare the apples as per your recipe but freeze them?

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    • Natasha
      October 24, 2021

      Hi Dayle, I haven’t tried freezing the apple pie filling so I’m not sure how that would work out.

      Reply

  • Art
    October 20, 2021

    Unbelievably good and so easy to make, especially with the help of The Johnny Apple Peeler. Thank you for this delicious recipe. Definitely a new family favourite. Love your videos and your recipes.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 20, 2021

      That’s nice feedback, Art. Thanks a lot for your review!

      Reply

  • George
    October 17, 2021

    So so good! Made it for a family gathering and it went over very well.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2021

      Great to hear that, George! Thanks for the review.

      Reply

  • Jocelyn
    October 16, 2021

    I love how you making baking simple. I am baking gluten free so do you think gf flour in the crumble would work just as well as regular flour?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2021

      Hi Jocelyn, this can be made gluten-free. I have some instructions and tips in the recipe.

      Reply

  • Beth
    October 14, 2021

    I absolutely love your recipes and the way you teach! I love to cook, but often feel intimidated by complicated recipes. You make cooking easy and do-able! Thank you so much!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 14, 2021

      Thank you for your good comments, Beth. I always do my best to use simple ingredients and steps so everyone can follow.

      Reply

      • Guy L Clement
        October 16, 2021

        Made your Apple Crisp last nght, it was very delicious with vanilla ice cream and still very delicious today, reminding my mother’s apple crisp in the 50’s. Thank you, you are a great insparation for a novice as
        myself.

        Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          October 17, 2021

          You’re welcome, glad you loved it!

          Reply

  • Jill
    October 14, 2021

    Delicious! Because I was baking for a diabetic, I used Lakanto Monkfruit in place of the white granulated sugar. It worked perfectly…so much so that I’ll use monkfruit in other recipes. Thank you, Natasha, for your joyful videos as well as your amazing recipes!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 14, 2021

      Sounds great, Jill. I’m glad that the substitution that you used worked so well in this recipe. Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Theresa Schultz
    October 12, 2021

    I made this apple crisp for Thanksgiving and it was a hit the best apple crisp I ever had
    Thank you

    Reply

  • Haley Wise
    October 11, 2021

    I added a bit more cinnamon. Turned out amazing ! Favorite apple crisp recipe now !

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 12, 2021

      That sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing that with us, Haley. Glad you loved this recipe!

      Reply

  • Monica
    October 11, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    Is there anything else I can use if I don’t have casserole for making apple crisp?!??

    Reply

  • Kathy Devlin
    October 11, 2021

    Best apple crisp I ever had!!!
    Throwing my old recipe out as it doesn’t come close to this one. I cut the sugar down to 1/2 cup, but that’s because I used fresh picked apples. They were super sweet to start with. Perfection!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 11, 2021

      Love it! Thanks for sharing your experience trying out this recipe, Kathy. Glad you found your new go-to!

      Reply

  • Shilpa
    October 10, 2021

    I made the apple crisp today.. and it was superb. My kids loved it. The oats crumble topping was so yummy. Thank you for making this recipe so easy and foolproof.
    I love the way u have fun making it!!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 10, 2021

      That’s fantastic feedback! Thank you for sharing that with us, glad your family enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Rita DelPercio
    October 9, 2021

    Natasha, I would love to make this apple crisp, but I a widow who lives alone. How can I decrease this recipe without spoiling it?

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    • Natasha
      October 10, 2021

      Hi Rita, yes, you could definitely make a half portion and reduce everything proportionally. If you have a dish that is smaller than a half portion, just reduce everything proportionally and you may need to reduce the bake time slightly until you see bubbling at the edges. In the recipe card, if you click on the number of servings, the recipe will scale up or down for you which will help with figuring out measurements.

      Reply

  • Ariel
    October 9, 2021

    Natasha did your fruit swapper really work? LOL! Also can you make a recipe for a dulce de leche and peanut butter mousse please? And can you make a peanut pretzel crunch recipe too? Thanks! 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha
      October 10, 2021

      My husband later said we should have turned a $1 bill into $100 – ha! That would have stirred the pot. That combination of flavors sounds really good. Thanks for the suggestion!

      Reply

  • Anne Marie Higgins
    October 9, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    Your recipes are wonderful, thank you….My family loves Apple Crisp but not my using rolled oats. Is there anything else I can use or are they necessary. Thank you agin for all your help.

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    • Natasha
      October 10, 2021

      Hi Anne, I always make this with rolled oats, but I suppose you could use a little more flour and maybe even add some chopped pecans to the mixture to add a little more texture.

      Reply

  • Genesis Hultin
    October 8, 2021

    Watched your YouTube video today on this apple crisp recipe. The ingredients are so easy to find in the pantry and worked out for us since we just went apple picking! My family LOVED this apple crisp recipe! So delicious with vanilla ice cream. Definitely making this again!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 9, 2021

      I’m happy to hear that you and your family loved this recipe! Thank you for your review, Genesis.

      Reply

  • liz domingues
    October 8, 2021

    hi natasha, i love ur recipes but what apples did u recommend for this recipe?

    Reply

  • Reem
    October 8, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    I just made this today!! But the topping didn’t come out crumbly like yours 🙁 It came out in clumps that stuck together. Did I mix them too much with my hands??
    Might you know what I can do to make it crumbly next time??

    Reply

  • Kristyn
    October 8, 2021

    There is nothing better than warm apple crisp!! We love it so much!! It’s easy & a go-to of ours!

    Reply

  • Jessica
    October 8, 2021

    Can you substitute nectarines for apples. I have nectarines I need to use.

    Reply

  • Anna
    October 8, 2021

    This apple crisp is absolutely delicious! I just made it and it’s still warm but I had to try it. My family will love it!

    Reply

  • Kadie Gomez
    October 8, 2021

    Do you think Macintosh apples would work for this recipe? Absolutely love all your recipes and your apple pie with crumb topping is my favorite! My husband ate it all before morning huge hit in our house

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    • Natasha
      October 9, 2021

      HI Kadie, Macintosh apples would work great here. I hope you love the apple crisp.

      Reply

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