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byAshlyn Edwards on Oct 4, 2019 (updated Sep 16, 2022) 389 comments »

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This Apple Crisp recipe is the best fall dessert! Fresh sliced apples are topped with a buttery cinnamon oat topping that tastes divine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

For more delicious Fall Recipes, be sure to check out my Crockpot Pumpkin Dump Cake, Southern Sweet Potato Pie, and The Best Chocolate Pecan Pie.

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This Apple Crisp Recipe was the first thing on my mind when my family took a little trip to a local apple orchard this past weekend. It wasn’t really the best day to go; it was drizzling, and the temps were in the 50s.

But our kids still had a good time, especially since it was their first time going apple picking. Plus, we came home with a “peck” of apples to put to good use!

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While there are lots of great recipes for apples that we could have made, apple crisp is always my favorite.

We were lucky enough to pick my favorite kind of apples, Honeycrisp. Their sweet yet tart nature and sturdy composition make an irresistible dessert and the perfect choice for this apple crisp recipe!

Ingredients for The Best Apple Crisp Recipe

  • fresh apples
  • granulated white sugar
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract
  • all purpose flour
  • old fashioned oats
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • butter

How to Make Homemade Apple Crisp – Step by Step

Step 1: Preheat oven

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a baking dish with butter. Grab a large bowl and combine about 5 cups of sliced apples (this comes to about 2 pounds of apples, or 4 large ones) with some granulated sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

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Step 2: Add to baking dish

Pour that yummy goodness into your baking dish. Next make the topping by combiningflour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour in some melted butter and stir until well coated and crumbly (I usually put my hands in there to get it mixed up well). Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top of the apples.

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Step 3: Bake

Now pop that dish into your waiting oven for 45-60 minutes, and get ready for heavenly smells to start floating your way! I cook mine until my apples are soft and tender. Once it’s done baking, allow it to cool slightly then serve. It tastes amazing warm with some vanilla ice cream on top!

FAQs

What kind of apples work best for Apple Crisp?

This kind of comes down to preference, or what you have available, but generally you’re going to want a variety of apple that will hold its shape after baking and not turn to total mush. We had a huge bag of Honeycrisp apples (my personal favorite) to use up, so that’s what I used. Granny Smith are usually considered the best apples for apple pie, but Golden Delicious, Braeburn, and Pink Lady apples would all work well for this apple crisp recipe, or for a pie.

Do I need to peel the apples?

My short answer for this is no! But that’s because I don’t like to do more work than I have to, and I don’t mind apple peels, especially once they’re baked. If you would prefer your apple crisp without the peel, though, feel free to remove them!

Does apple crisp need to be refrigerated?

You can store your prepared and baked apple crisp covered tightly on the counter top for up to three days. You do not need to refrigerate it unless you would like to. Due to its crisp, crumbly topping, apple crisp tastes best when served the same day, as the topping can get soggy the longer it sits. Just keep that in mind!

Can you freeze apple crisp?

Yes! Prepare the apple crisp recipe as directed and allow it to cool completely. Cover with both plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for up to 4 months. Allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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More Tips and Notes for the Best Apple Crisp Recipe

  • Slice your apples evenly. I slice my apples using this slicer to speed up the process and remove the core easily. I then slice the apples one more time each with my knife so that the widest part of the slice is roughly 1/2 an inch wide. You can also chop them into big chunks if you would prefer, but just make sure that you chop your apples to a uniform size to ensure even baking in your apple crisp.
  • Prevent over-browning. If your topping is starting to get too brown but your apples still need more time to cook, simply place some aluminum foil loosely over the top of your pan and continue baking.
  • Optional additions: Chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts would be a delicious addition to the topping! I didn’t add any to ours because my son has a nut allergy.
  • Serving: this apple crisp tastes AMAZING with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! You could also top it with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Yum!

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4.97 from 942 ratings

Recipe: The Best Apple Crisp

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes mins

Cook Time: 45 minutes mins

Total Time: 55 minutes mins

This Apple Crisp recipe is the best fall dessert ever! Fresh sliced apples are topped with a buttery cinnamon oat topping that tastes divine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Ingredients

Filling:

  • 5 cups fresh apples, sliced
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a deep dish pie plate or large baking dish with butter or cooking spray and set aside.

  • Combine the sliced apples with the sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and mix until all of the apples are evenly coated. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

  • In a separate medium size bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour in the melted butter and stir until well coated and crumbly. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top of the apples.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-60 minutes until fruit is soft and the topping is golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream on top. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Slice your apples evenly. I slice my apples using this slicer to speed up the process and remove the core easily. I then slice the apples one more time each with my knife so that the widest part of the slice is roughly 1/2 an inch wide. You can also chop them into big chunks if you would prefer, but just make sure that you chop your apples to a uniform size to ensure even baking in your apple crisp.
  • Prevent over-browning. If your topping is starting to get too brown but your apples still need more time to cook, simply place some aluminum foil loosely over the top of your pan and continue baking.
  • Optional additions: Chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts would be a delicious addition to the topping! I didn’t add any to ours because my son has a nut allergy.
  • Serving: this apple crisp tastes AMAZING with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! You could also top it with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Yum!

Cuisine: American

Course: Dessert

Author: Ashlyn Edwards | Belle of the Kitchen

Calories: 253kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 130mg, Potassium: 129mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 39g, Vitamin A: 219IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. Daria Reply

    This was delicious. I used honey crisp apples.

    • Melanie Reply

      My go-to apple crisp recipe!
      Excellent made exactly as written or with the added walnuts as suggested. I have even doubled the topping portion for my topping obsessed husband! He loved it, as it gets an awesome toffee like edge!

      It comes out perfect and gets rave reviews every time and every version I have made. I have used gala apples and granny Smith mostly.

  2. Kaylee Walstad Reply

    Absolutely amazing!! Thanks for sharing this!!

  3. Marnie Reply

    I was looking for a recipe as good as my mom’s apple crisp. This is it!
    Turned out amazing!

  4. Mary Reply

    Super easy and a great way to use up all the apples from apple picking!! Tastes amazing! I added some chopped walnuts I had and turned out great! I definitely doubled the topping to get an even better crunch ! Thanks for the recipe!’

  5. Chantelle Reply

    Way too sweet! Reducing sugar in filling and adding more oats for more crunch. Yum!

  6. Cheryl A. McCullough Reply

    Love this recipe!!!!!!!

    I double the topping when I make it and I can adjust the amount of apples depending on how many I am making it for. For 2 people I use 3 apples and double the topping.

  7. Jodi Reply

    I’m excited

  8. Kim Hoyt Reply

    Really great! Added more oats flour and Cinnamon to fill a 9×11 cake pan.pecans added to the crunch.soon good.

  9. Ruth Reply

    I would like a little more information about the baking dish. I have several sizes and was thinking about using a 9×13. Is this what you used ? Thanks. It sounds delish and easy. I’m serving a crowd !! Have a Happy Day

    • Ashlyn Edwards Reply

      Hi Ruth! I use a little bit smaller size; I like a 9 inch square pan or an 11×7.

  10. Justine P Reply

    Delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. Shilah Sykes Reply

    omgggg best apple crisp i ever made and ate family demolished in just a few second i would love to meet the crater

  12. Cecily Lyons Reply

    How many people does this serve?

    • Ashlyn Edwards Reply

      Hi Cecily, it makes about 6 servings.

    • Catie Reply

      Really delicious! I used honey crisp apples. I used dark brown sugar for the topping because it’s all I had and it was amazing. Next time I will peel the apples because I didn’t and the skins definitely added a texture I didn’t like. I also might leave the apples chunkier. I cut them in very thin slices. Really great topping recipe though!!

  13. Briana Reply

    Forgot to leave rating. Side note I did double the crisp recipe and added an extra cup of apples. Would’ve been better if I added 1 to 2 more cups of apples with the doubled crisp but it still turned out wonderful. Baked with no foil in 11 by 7 glass dish for 50 minutes.

  14. Briana Reply

    Great apple crisp my whole family loves it

  15. Sandra Steeds Reply

    Best apple crisp recipe. I used mostly spy apples and a couple other types. Doubled the topping and covered the crisp after about 20 minutes. Almost all eaten by two people in a few hours! I was planning on freezing it -lol!

    • Sandra Steeds Reply

      I also added some pecan pieces. Yum. Tastes like little like a caramel apple.

  16. Kimberly Thomas Reply

    Great recipe!! Honey crisp apples are my faves.
    Adding the vanilla extract separates this recipe from the others.

    I did add 2 tbsp of flour to the apples mixture to help thicken

    Usually use cornstarch but was out.

    Another great idea on how to use apple wedge/corer tool that is underrated here lol.

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