Apple Crisp

Apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, butter and oats? Welcome to the essential ingredients of the apple crisp, one of the most simple and easy of apple desserts. To make an apple crisp one layers sliced peeled apples that have been tossed with lemon juice and vanilla in a baking pan, then tops the apples with a mixture of brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and oats. It’s the crunchy topping that makes the apple crisp “crisp”.

Do you have a favorite way of preparing apple crisp? If so, please let us know about it in the comments.

Apple Crisp Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 8.


  • 7 tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature


1 Preheat oven to 375°F. In a mixing bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, and vanilla. Toss to combine.

2 Layer sliced apples in a 9 x 12-inch (or approximately the same size) baking pan.

3 Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and oatmeal in a bowl. Cut in the butter. Sprinkle sugar mixture over apples.

4 Bake 45 minutes or until topping looks crunchy and apples are tender.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Recipe from Sue Jackson of Littleton, Mass. Thanks Sue!


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  • Jeni

    Hey, this is just a suggestion, but my husband and friends all agree that, after experimenting both ways, they like my crisp better when the apples are in approx. 1 inch cubes instead of sliced.

  • Jessee

    Try adding cranberries!

  • Danielle

    Adding 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg with the cinnamon and oats is awesome, too!

  • coastalguy

    This recipe is great with fresh or frozen strawberries as well. Top it with a dollup of whipped cream…great all year long!

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