Easy Apple Crisp

Get ready to fall madly in love with this incredible, flavorful apple crisp recipe! Filled with baked chopped apples and topped with  crispy streusel crust, everyone can enjoy this delicious dish, especially topped with ice cream!

This dessert recipe has similar flavors to our apple cobbler, caramel apple dump cake and apple pie. If you enjoy any of those recipes, you’ve gotta try Apple Crisp!

Apple Crisp Recipe topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup

Delicious Apple Dessert

It’s almost like this apple crisp recipe needs no introduction. Those pictures speak for themselves, don’t they? This dessert pretty much steals the show. I love the combination of soft cooked apples, crunchy sweet oats, and of course the cinnamon and sugar! There is no stopping my sweet tooth when it comes to apple crisp.

Although this recipe screams FALL to me, it’s obviously perfect for any day and time of the year. It would be great for a summer BBQ with friends or family. Or just a good late night snack for when you need apple crisp and you can’t deny the craving. It’s also a great alternative to apple pie. It’s easier and faster to make than an entire pie.

What is the difference between a cobbler, crumble and a crisp? All of these are a fruit dessert with a different type of pastry. Cobblers have a biscuit topping. Whereas crumbles and crisps are both a type of streusel topping with a crisp having oats mixed in.

easy apple crisp in a baking dish before baking

How to Make Apple Crisp

This apple crisp recipe is simple but takes a bit of time, since you need to prep your apples. Begin by making the apple portion of this dish.

PREP APPLES. Peel, core, and slice your apples. You’ll need about 10 cups of sliced apples. Note: If you have one of those nifty apple slicers, this part goes a lot faster. But cutting them by hand is perfectly fine! I like to use granny smith apples, but any apples you can find will be delicious.

SPRINKLE. Place your sliced apples into a 9×13 inch baking dish. In another small bowl mix the sugar, 1 tablespoon of the flour, and the cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the apples. Pour a ½ cup of water over the apples.

Now it’s time to make the apple crisp topping!

Apple Crisp Topping

The crunchy sweet topping is what takes this dessert from a 10 to an 11. Yes, please!!

MIX. Melt ½ cup of butter in a medium-sized microwave safe bowl. Add the oats, 1 cup of flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda to the butter. Mix it well until it’s all combined.

COVER. Then crumble that topping evenly over the apples in the baking dish. Make sure every inch is covered because you’ll want that topping in every bite. Trust me.

BAKE. Bake your apple crisp in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. It will be slightly browned on top and the apples should be tender but not mushy.

SERVE. There are so many ways you can enjoy this amazing apple crisp but I like mine served warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel on top.

Close up of Apple Crisp Topping

Tips and FAQ:

 What are the best apples to use? If you’re looking to have a sweeter flavor use Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Jazz, Jonagold, Pink Lady. For a  more tart flavor, use: Granny Smith, Esopus Spitzenburg, Northern Spy, Idared, or  Pink Pearl. TIP: If you still find your crisp is too sweet try adding the zest from a lemon or and orange.

How to store leftover apple crisp: Divide leftovers into single serve portions in airtight containers. Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or you can freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. To reheat: Microwave in 30 second intervals until warm or heat up in a 350 degree F oven for about 15 minutes.

How to freeze apple crisp: You can freeze this unbaked or bake it and allow it to cool before covering it. Cover the apple crisp with plastic wrap then again with aluminum foil and label. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Thaw overnight in the fridge. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F remove plastic and foil. If the crisp had been previously baked, then bake for 25-20 minutes or until bubbling. If it had not been baked previously, then bake for 45-50 minutes.

Easy Apple Crisp topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup in a bowl

I won’t judge you if you have some of this for breakfast the next morning. I mean it has apples in it, so it’s healthy. 😉 I say go for it!

For even more apple deserts, be sure to check out:

Apple Crisp Recipe

4.80 from 5 votes
Get ready to fall madly in love with this incredible, flavorful apple crisp recipe! Filled with baked chopped apples and topped with  crispy streusel crust, everyone can enjoy this delicious dish, especially topped with ice cream!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 321 kcal
Author Lil' Luna



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Peel, core and slice apples. Place in a 9x13 inch pan. In a bowl, mix sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together. Sprinkle evenly over apples. Pour ½ cup water evenly over all.
  • Add oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda to melted butter. Mix well. Evenly crumble over your apple mixture.
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F. Enjoy warm!!

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      1. 4 stars
        i dont get what you mean by cover up the topping? It is supposed to dry out some? Mine is super thick, and unspreadable and I followed everything in your steps. I usually do it different, but had no lemon juice this time. so i thought i would check this one out.

        1. I’m sorry it is. Not sure why that would happen. I just mean cover the apples with the topping. Nothing needs to be covered. Hopefully, it turned out 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    I’m always searching for that perfect Apple crisp recipe and I can’t wait to try this. Looks so good and super easy!

  2. I recently had a childhood friend tell me she always remembered our home having apple crisp. It was never my favorite… I’m more of a cobbler gal, but I think I need to dig this out of my mom’s recipe box. Thanks for the memory.

  3. Thanks Luna for the great fall recipes. Fall has always been my favorite season ever since I can remember especially when my kids were growing up. I live in Louisiana, so I will be lucky to need a sweater before Thanksgiving. I still enjoy the fall dishes that I look forward to and any new ones like your recipes. Fingers crossed for some fall weather. Thanks again.