A simple apple crisp makes a wonderful treat for autumn when fresh apples are in season. Learn how to make this scrumptious dessert that takes minimal effort.
Top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle of caramel sauce for the ultimate fall time treat!
Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
Apple crisp is a warm and delicious fall dessert that is easy to prepare and bake. This classic recipe is super easy to make and tastes just like apple pie!
I love the ease of making this apple dessert – simply slice and core the apples to add to a baking dish. No peeling required!
This recipe has been a long time family favorite. In fact I’ve been making it every fall season for over 10 years. You definitely can make it any time of the year, but we love to use fresh seasonal apples from the fall harvest.
Pies, crisps, and cobblers are just so comforting and classic during the cooler fall months.
It’ll definitely give you all of the cozy autumn vibes.
With only a few simple pantry staples, you’ll be able to create this amazing traditional autumn dish.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- fresh seasonal apples – we use whatever is in season or that we have on hand, such as Granny Smith apples, honeycrisp, or gala apples. This recipe is pretty versatile and you can use your favorite apples! Just note that some apples will give a crisper finish vs others used.
- brown sugar
- all purpose flour
- old fashioned rolled oats
- butter – Kerrygold is our favorite for baking because it’s super flavorful and creamy. But use any butter you have available!
You won’t believe how easy this crisp recipe is to make.
Slice the apples evenly and add to a baking dish. Next, sprinkle the water over the top of the sliced apples.
In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon with 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture over the apple slices.
In a separate medium bowl, add the remaining brown sugar, flour, salt, oatmeal and stir together.
Work in the butter to the oat mixture until it resembles crumbles. Be careful not to over work it and melt or soften the butter too much.
Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the pears and gently press & spread it evenly. Bake in the preheated oven until the crumb topping is a nice golden brown and tender on the inside.
Allow to cool slightly before serving, but serve warm if desired. Try this cozy dessert topped with a bit of vanilla ice cream.
The sweet apple crisp toppings and flavors with the slight tartness of the apples and a bit creamy ice cream makes for the ultimate comforting treat. It’s oh, so good!
🍏 Recipe tips
I wholeheartedly believe that good quality ingredients make for the best recipes! I don’t recommend any fake or overly processed ingredients and will usually recommend organic / non-gmo ingredients whenever possible.
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How to store apple crisp
Leave this dessert in an airtight container on the counter at room temperature for about 1-2 days. Move it to the refrigerator in an airtight storage for up to 4 days.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Typically Granny Smith or Honey crisp make the best varieties that hold up well during baking. However, I’ve used so many different options when making this recipe, that I’ve yet to have a poor experience. Use whatever you have available! Just note that certain apples will give a crisper finish vs other varieties.
Apple cobblers have a bit of denser texture and use a biscuit topping. Whereas the crisp uses more of a streusel oat topping.
Absolutely! Just swap out the flour with an all-purpose gluten free flour and be sure to source the oats from a brand that does not come in contact with wheat.
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Classic Apple Crisp Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 375° F.
- Slice the apples evenly and add to a baking dish. Next, pour the water over the top of the sliced apples.
- Mix the cinnamon with 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture over the top of the apples.
- In a separate bowl, add the remaining brown sugar, flour, salt, and oatmeal and combine.
- Work in the butter to the oat mixture until crumbly. Be careful not to over work it and melt or soften the butter too much.
- Spread the oat crumble mixture over the apple slices and gently spread it evenly.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the apples are soft and crumble mixture is golden brown.