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This classic Apple Crisp features warm, tender apples baked with cinnamon and topped with toasted oats coated with butter and brown sugar. Sure to become a family favorite, this easy Fall dessert recipe is timeless!

Do you love dessert recipes? If you’re in the mood for Fall these baked apples, apple bread, and southern fried apples should be on your list to make!

baked apple crisp with brown sugar oat topping in a baking dish.


Why I Love this Apple Crisp

  • Easy: This recipe comes together quickly and easily! If you’re a fan of apple pie but not of the time it takes to make one, this is the dessert recipe for you. 
  • Classic and Timeless: Warm and comforting, this dessert is a family favorite. Toasted oats tossed with butter and brown sugar layered on top of warm, tender cinnamon apples are sure to invoke fond memories from those who get to enjoy it. 
  • Easy Ingredients: Most of these ingredients will already be in your cabinets or pantry. 


Ingredients needed for homemade apple crisp laid on the counter.


This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples, these apples have a tartness that balances well with the sweetness of the brown sugar. They also hold their shape nicely while baking which prevents mushiness in the finished dish.

How to Make Apple crisp

Apples being mixed with brown sugar and spices for making apple crisp.
  • Peel and chop the apples to bite size chunks, this makes it much easier to eat than using thin slices. Be sure to cut into uniformed size chunks though to ensure they all bake evenly. Peeling is optional since baking softens the skins.
  • Mix the apples with melted butter, lemon juice, spices and sugar. This makes tender, sweet and flavorful apples for our crisp.
Flour and oats with sliced butter for making a crisp topping for fruit.
  • Combine the ingredients for the topping including flour, brown sugar, and oats. Then cut in the cold butter to create a coarse, crumbly texture.
  • Layer the crisp topping over the prepared apples in a large baking dish and bake until apples are bubbly and the topping is golden brown.
  • Serve the apple crisp warm with a drizzle of caramel on top or a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream.
Baked apple crisp being served with a large spoon.

Storage Information

  • Storage: Keep leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • Freezer: Allow crisp to cool completely, then store in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Reheating: Bake covered in the oven at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until warmed.

Apple Crisp

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Serene
Warm baked cinnamon apples topped with a buttery, brown sugar oat topping. This simple, classic recipe highlights the natural flavoring of the apples with timeless fall flavorings. Making this Apple Crisp recipe a family favorite.
Baked apple crisp being served with a large spoon.


  • 3 lbs Granny Smith Apples (approx 8 apples) peeled and diced to 3/4 chunks
  • ½ cup (107g) light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup (30g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter melted

Crisp Oat Topping

  • 1 cup (89g)rolled oats
  • ¾ cup (90g)all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (160g) light brown sugar packed
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter cold


  • Prepare the apples by peeling the skin, then slicing to remove the core. Slice the apples thin (approx 1/4 inch thick), then chop to 3/4 inch wide chunks (this makes it easier to eat than leaving apples in slices). 
  • Place the diced apples in a medium size mixing bowl. 
  • Add the brown sugar, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, lemon juice and melted butter to the apples. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the apple mixture into a 9×13 or 3 quart baking dish. Spread to create an even layer.
  • In another mixing bowl combine the rolled oats, flour, light brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir this with a fork to combine.
  • Dice the cold butter into small squares, then add this to the topping mixture.
  • Using a pastry cutter, butter knives, or forks, cut the butter into the topping mixture until it has a coarse texture. Don’t leave chunks larger than 1/2 inch.
  • Sprinkle the topping mixture over the top of the apple mixture in an even layer. 
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until topping is lightly golden brown and apple mixture is bubbling along edges.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. 
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. 


  • To Make Ahead:  Prepare the apples according to the recipe. Store in a sealed container, in the fridge, for up to one day. Make the crumb topping and store separately in the fridge.
  • To Freeze: Prepare and bake apple crisp as directed. Cool completely to room temperature, then cover with aluminum foil. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Remove and thaw overnight in the refrigerator. To reheat, place in a 350°F oven for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.


Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 802IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. A fantastic recipe for an old favorite!   Right balance of apple and crisp and it layers well in the 9 x 13.  Excellent and will make again!