This easy homemade apple crisp recipe is sure to be a hit! With its sweet apple filling and crunchy oat crumble topping, who could resist this delicious apple crisp? Our easy family recipe has been a fall staple for years, with just 7 ingredients this comforting dessert couldn’t be simpler to make. And it’s sure to disappear everywhere it goes.
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After apple picking each year, we pretty much live on apples. We love raw apples, apple juice, and throwing apples into pretty much everything we make.
But mostly if I’m being honest, we live on apple desserts, apple cobbler, apple fritters, apple coffeecake, and apple bread. Pretty much if it has sugar, cinnamon, and apples, we’re going to be eating a lot of it during apple season.
But at the top of our list each year is my mum’s homemade apple pie, and this easy apple crisp recipe. Apple crips is one of those recipes that is perfect for every occasion. It couldn’t be simple to prep, and while it does take nearly an hour to bake. It’s one of those recipe that you can pop in the oven and forget about till the timer goes off.
It’s a great way to use up fresh fall apples, especially ones that might be a little past their prime. Delicious apples, with a crisp topping that is to die for, what could be better?
This classic dessert is sure to become a new fall favorite, and have everyone coming back for more!
What Is Crisp?
While it might be one of my favorite desserts, not to mention a super easy dessert, a lot of people don’t make crips nearly enough, at least not in my opinion! After all, they are one of the best, yummiest, and easiest desserts out there!
While crisps are considered an American dessert typically made with fresh fruit, and a crunchy topping, usually consisting of oats flour, brown sugar, and spices, like cinnamon or nutmeg.
Crisps, or at least apple crisp was actually invented in Britain where it was first published in a cookbook in 1924. Apple Crisp became especially popular during WW2 when food rational made it hard to find the ingredients to make more elaborate desserts like apple pie.
Today apple and Peach crisps are by far the most popular kinds of crisps, at least here in the States. Apple crisp has and I believe always will be loved due to its simplicity, and the fact the ingredients needed are usually cheap and easy to find.
And while homemade Apple crisp is by far my favorite kind of crisp to make. You can not only make crisp using any apple variety you like! But you can also make it using nectarines, and any kind of berry. You can also make them using a combination of fruit and berries.
Crisps are a fun and super easy dessert, that is great for weeknights, lazy weekend mornings, and bringing to get-togethers. They are perfect for the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. They take very little time to make, and are possibly one of the cheapest dessert recipes out there!
Apple crisp is sure to be a favorite wherever it goes, and this easy-to-follow recipe might just become your new favorite dessert!
If you’ve never made a crisp before, especially an apple crisp, you don’t know what you are missing! This easy recipe is perfect for the fall season, though crisps can be enjoyed any time of year. And would highly encourage you to give this recipe a try and see what makes this old-fashioned warm apple dessert so amazing. I promise you won’t regret it!
How to Make Homemade Apple Crisp
- Apples of choice, In my opinion, the very best apple to use is McIntosh. But you can also use granny smith apples, pink lady apples, or any type of apple you prefer.
- Rolled oats, both quick-cooking and old-fashioned oats work well
- brown sugar
- all purpose flour, you can also sub whole wheat flour
- cold butter
- white sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Cut in the cold butter, then using your hands or fork mix the butter in, until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set the crumb topping aside.
Peel and thinly slice the apples. Layer the apple slices in a cake pan. I like to use a glass 9×13 cake pan, but any rectangle or square pan with still work. Fair warning, you are going to need a lot of apples for this recipe, anywhere from 6 to 12 cups. Layer the apples on top of each other in the pan, until they are roughly 1/4 inch from the rim of the pan.
Sprinkle the white sugar evenly over the top of the apples.
Sprinkle the prepared topping over the apples, making sure to cover the whole surface area. Try to keep the crumbly topping as even as possible.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are bubbly.
Remove the crisp from the oven and allow it to cool for 3-5 minutes before serving. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, a drizzle of maple syrup, or on its own.
Any leftover crisp can be covered with plastic wrap or moved to an airtight container, and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
You can use soft butter in this recipe if needed, the topping will still turn out just fine, but it would be quite as crumbly. But don’t use melted butter for making a crumble topping, the topping will still taste good, but it won’t hold its shape or get crisp!
If you are worried about your apples turning brown, you can squeeze a little lemon juice over the apple spices before adding the sugar.
To make this recipe recipe a little healthier, try using almond flour in place of the all-purpose flour. And Coconut sugar in place of the brown and white sugar.
Looking for more apple recipes to try?
Easy Homemade Apple Crisp
- Apples of choice(you'll need anywhere from 6-12 depending on the size of your apples) In my opinion, the very best apple to use is McIntosh. But you can also use granny smith apples, pink lady apples, or any type of apple you prefer.
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats Both quick-cooking and old-fashioned oats work well
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour You can also sub whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup cold butter
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Cut in the cold butter, then using your hands or fork mix the butter in, until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
- Layer the apples on top of each other in the pan, until they are roughly 1/4 inch from the rim of the pan.
- Sprinkle the white sugar evenly over the top of the apples.
- Sprinkle the prepared topping over the apples, making sure to cover the whole surface area. Try to keep the topping as even as possible.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are bubbly.
- Remove the crisp from the oven and allow it to cool for 3-5 minutes before serving. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, a drizzle of maple syrup, or on its own.