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Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp


  • 2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 2 Tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Country Crock Spread
  • 4 medium Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 1-1/2-quart baking dish; set aside. Combine flour, oats and brown sugar in medium bowl. Cut in Country Crock® Spread with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is size of small peas; set aside. Combine apples with cinnamon in large bowl. Arrange fruit mixture in prepared baking dish, then evenly sprinkle with crumb topping. Bake 40 minutes or until fruit is tender and topping is golden. TIP: For individual serving size bake in 8 ramekins.

Apple Crisp

This easy apple crisp recipe with it’s spiced oats and brown sugar crumble streusel will take you right back to the best days of childhood.

I’ve always had an affinity for desserts with crisps or streusel toppings and my blueberry buckle and rustic apple tart never disappoint. No matter what type of fruit or berry was underneath, that crunchy crisp topping of old-fashioned oats laced with brown sugar combined with the classic warming spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, grabbed hold of my tastebuds and has yet to let go.

While it isn’t fancy or a dessert you’d generally think worthy of company, this totally easy apple crisp recipe is simply the best. It’s one of my favorite desserts to make, not just because I love to eat it hot or cold and most often straight from the pan, but because dolloped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, it brings happy childhood flashbacks to just about everyone else who eats it too.


One thing that’s so great about apple crisp is how simple and easy it is to put together. The filling is similar to an apple pie, yet it takes less than half the work and you don’t have to bother with pie crust. Instead, it’s got a great oat topping made with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. It reminds me a bit of streusel, but a little crispier and with oats.

Then there’s the filling. I prefer an apple mixture that has enough juiciness to it, but isn’t too soupy. This apple crisp has a little bit of flour added, which helps makes it more of a nice sauce that coats the apples and isn’t too thin.

Recipe Summary

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 3 pounds apples, such as Empire, Gala, or Braeburn, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Cut butter into flour, using a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Add oats, and use your hands to toss and squeeze mixture until large, moist clumps form. Transfer to freezer to chill while you prepare apples.

In another large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice, cinnamon, and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart baking dish, and sprinkle with topping mixture. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until golden and bubbling, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

The Best Apples For Apple Crisp Recipes

When baking with apples, the apple varieties that you use can have a big impact on the end result.

I find that some apples are best for simply eating and enjoying, while others are more suitable for baking. Some apples can lose a lot of their moisture, resulting in a watery baked goods, while other apples can get a bit mealy when baked.

What Are The Best Apples To Bake With

As delicious as apple dessert recipes are, the end result can really vary based on the apples used. Texture is really important when baking with apples, and apples that are crisp and firm tend to hold their shape better when baked.Flavor also matters, with a sweet tart apple producing the best results in your baked desserts.

My go to apple for baking is the Granny Smith.

Granny Smith apples tend to have very consistent results in my apple crisp with oatmeal, as well as other baked apple recipes. They are almost always available at your local grocery store, which is nice.

However I actually prefer to combine two or three apple varieties when baking this apple crisp or apple pies. For most recipes I use about 60% Granny Smith apples and 40% other type of apples. Here is a list of what I think are the best apples for baking with:

Best Baking Apples and Best Apples For Apple Pie

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

Apples To Avoid When Baking

While Red Delicious is a very common apple, I find that it really does very poorly in most baked apple recipes.

On our family vacation last summer we visited a great apple farm in California called Jack Creek Farms. This was one of those random spur of the moment road trip stops that ended up being one of our favorite parts of the trip. So much so we re-routed our return drive for a second stop!

While we were enjoying their apple cider slushees, I asked the ladies what apples they prefer for baking.They also said that they always use a variety of apples when baking. So when in doubt, get a variety of apples for your apple desserts and for this apple crisp recipe. Also when near Paso Robles, California, visit Jack Creek Farms!

For this easy apple crisp I used both Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples.

How To Make Apple Crisp

Some cooks skip peeling their apples for baking recipes, but I prefer to peel my apples. I’m a big fan of the OXO Peeler as well as the OXO Apple Cutter.

Apple Crisp Topping

For this recipe I prepare my crumb topping first. The apple crisp topping is quite simple, it’s made of flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter.

After making the topping, I then peel and slice my apples when I’m ready to use them. I toss them with a bit of lemon juice to help slow down the browning process, as well as some cinnamon and sugar for extra flavor. Cornstarch is also included in my recipe. This helps make sure that your apple filling is not overly runny.

Thankfully this easy apple crisp recipe comes together quickly, and you can serve it warm right out of the oven.

I like to put this in the oven right before we sit down to eat, the timing works out great for a delicious, warm dessert after our meal. In theory ice cream is optional, but in my home ice cream on warm apple desserts is never optional. It’s flat our mandatory!

I used my homemade caramel sauce for this, but you can use a jar version as well.

Going camping or enjoying a campfire? Try my Foil Apple Pie Packets recipe. Want to start your day with apples? Apple Fritter Bread is the way to go!

12 Best Apple Crisp Recipes

Apple crisp is one of those easy, nostalgic desserts that every home cook should know how to make. On a brisk fall or winter day, there's nothing like coming home to a warm dish of apple crisp with oats, just like granny used to make. This classic fruit dessert is miles easier to whip up than a traditional pie, but with all those divine apple pie flavors you love. It bakes up quickly and easily, freezes well for making ahead, and delivers warm comfort on a plate.

Wondering what the difference is between a crisp and a crumble? While the terms are often used interchangeably for a baked fruit dessert with a streusel topping, a crisp includes rolled oats. A crumble, on the other hand, typically features a streusel crumb made with flour, sugar, and butter. Both may include chopped nuts and use a mixture of different fruits to form their filling. Unlike a classic pie, both the crisp and cobbler have no bottom crust. Like a pie, though, their toppings help to thicken the hot, bubbling fruit underneath, which become tender and syrupy as they bake.

Whatever apples you use, do peel them thoroughly before slicing to avoid tough bites. Once you've assembled your crumble for the oven, bake it uncovered, until the topping is golden-brown, and the fruit is tender and bubbling. Allow the dish to rest for 10 minutes before serving, which will allow the fruit to slightly cool and thicken up even more.

What Are the Best Apples for Crisps?

You can use any apples you like for a baked apple crisp, depending on your taste for sweetness. For a classic apple crisp with plenty of tart, sour flavor, use granny smith apples, or a similar tart variety such as gala, honeycrisp, or golden delicious. If you prefer a sweeter fruit dessert, try red delicious, Fuji, ambrosia, or Cortland apples. And there is always the option of using a mix of sweet and tart apples, which—because they soften at different rates while baking—will also bring added texture.

How Do You Store and Freeze Apple Crisps?

You can prepare an apple crisp a day in advance and store in the fridge until ready to bake. To make it for your freezer, bake the apple crisp and allow to cool completely. Then cover the dish with a double layer of foil to freeze up to three months. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the fridge, before heating in a 350 F oven for about 20 minutes, or until heated through.

Why I Love Apple Crisp

I love crisp recipes so much. They come together quickly, are best served with a scoop of ice cream and are just a casual option compared to pie. I feel like people get so nervous about making pie…the crust, the filling, trying to get a pretty slice…

Crisps are just the opposite! They have all the same best parts, but are way less stress-inducing!

1. Grease your pan (I used 8࡮) and then dump both cans of apples in.

2. Melt 3/4 cup of butter (1 1/2 sticks).

3. Mix together the remaining ingredients.

4. Spread the mixture on top of the apples. The reason mine looks “dry” in some areas is because I tried to get away with only using 1 stick of butter. It didn’t work and I had to melt another 1/2 stick and sprinkle it on the top. I would suggest just mixing it all together in step 3.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice cream, if you wish…or just eat it on its own! Delicious and easy!

This was first published October 2011. Updated 2018. Our family still love this apple crisp recipe!

Rich Custard Sauce

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Heat milk and vanilla bean, twisted to bruise and release essence, but not split, in a medium-sized nonreactive saucepan to just below the boiling point. Remove from the heat, and allow to sit, covered, for 10 minutes to allow the vanilla bean to infuse the milk.

While the milk is seeping, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Remove the vanilla bean, and slowly whisk the hot milk into the sugar-and-egg-yolk mixture. transfer back tot he saucepan, and return the pan to the stove. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the back of the spoon. At no time should the custard reach a simmer or boil. Remove form the heat, and stir in the heavy cream. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer, and stir in vanilla extract and salt. Cool slightly cover and chill.

Tips For Making The BEST Apple Crisp!

There&rsquos a few different factors, in my opinion for making the best apple crisp. Follow along here and I promise this apple crisp will be your new go to recipe!

First of all, let&rsquos talk about the apples. I love using a tart apple like granny smith apples because you&rsquore adding a lot of sugar to the apples and you want that perfect balance of tart and sweet flavor.

  • Granny Smith
  • Jonagold
  • Golden Delicious
  • Jazz
  • Pink Lady
  • Gingergold

The next thing you have to do to make the best apple crisp is to make sure there&rsquos a lot of crumb topping. Because it&rsquos really all about the crumb topping, am I right?

Our crumb topping for this apple crisp recipe is a combination of brown sugar, rolled oats, butter and cinnamon. Once you get the topping smushed together with the butter (that&rsquos a technical term right there) you can pile it on top of your apple crisp filling.

Have you ever had an apple pie or an apple crisp that has tons of juice pouring out of it? Or on the other hand, it&rsquos so dry that there&rsquos hardly any juice? This is another key factor to making the best apple dessert. There has to be just the right amount of liquid in your filling, and the liquid should be slightly thick, not runny.

We made this apple crisp recipe over and over to get the right amount of apple ratio to topping ratio to liquid ratio. And we really think this one is perfect!

Finally, there&rsquos the cold vanilla ice cream that you can serve with this warm crisp. This apple crisp recipe is the ultimate fall dessert!