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Easy Apple Crisp

Fall flavors abound in this easy, classic dessert. This easy apple crisp comes together quickly and is sure to be a family favorite.

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classic apple crisp

One of our favorite family activities in the fall is going apple picking. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors together, in the fresh, crisp fall air and sunshine. The bonus is you get fresh apples, right off the tree!

When you have a load of apples, of course you have to make applesauce and eat tons of apples fresh. But, let’s not forget the classic apple crisp. Loads of fresh apples, combined with cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar come together to create a symphony of flavor.

apple crisp in baking dish

What kind of apples should I use?

You can actually use any apple for any reason or recipe. However, some lend themselves better to baking or fresh eating due to the amount of natural sweetness.

I like to use a mix of Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples for this recipe, as they blend well together in my opinion, but mix it up and try any of these apples:

  • Cortland
  • Braeburn
  • Empire
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious

Ingredients you need:

Making your easy apple crisp:

  1. Preheat oven and prepare baking pan.
  2. Mix together crumb topping and cool in fridge.
  3. Peel, core, and dice apples and place in pan.
  4. Melt butter, and add lemon juice, flour, vanilla, and brown sugar and mix with diced apples.
  5. Sprinkle crumb topping over top of apples and bake.

How do I store this?

This is best stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To enjoy again, simply reheat in the oven for 15 minutes at 350. You can also microwave to reheat, or just enjoy cold.

apple crisp in jar

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Easy Apple Crisp

The flavors of fall in a classic dessert! So easy to make, and a family favorite.

Servings 8


Crumb Topping

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2/3 cup butter salted preferred

Apple Filling

  • 3-4 pounds apples peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 6 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 6 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×13 dish with cooking spray.

  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the following ingredients to make your crumb topping: flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

  3. Next, add the diced butter. Using your hands, rub the butter into the dry mixture until it's well combined and crumbly. Place in refrigerator to cool while preparing apple filling.

  4.  In a bowl, whisk together the melted butter and flour then add water, lemon juice and vanilla. Finally add cinnamon and brown sugar. Be sure to mix well so there are no chunks of brown sugar.

  5. Place apples in your 9×13 baking dish. Pour butter mixture over apples and toss to coat the apples well. Spread apples in dish, evenly.

  6. Remove crumb topping from fridge and sprinkle evenly across apples.

  7. Bake in preheated oven about 35-40 minutes or until top is brown and apples are tender.

  8.  Let cool ten minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

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