Apple Crisp

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Crunchy, crispy apple crisp recipe. Baked sliced tart apples topped with a streusel oat topping, with plenty of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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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  • Caro Palermo

    I compared this recipes to a few others, this seemed the easiest…so tried it. I added a few tablespoons of flour and have to say this was delicious! Will definitely add it to my recipe collection. I like this better than apple pie. Your site has not steered me wrong.

  • Janet

    Delicious and easy to follow. I added more oats and chopped walnuts to topping, less butter, ground nutmeg (1 tsp.).Then I added craisins with the apples.
    Yummy. This is a recipe that you can change slightly every time.

  • Gloriana Fernandez

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  • Caylie

    I just made this dessert for mom last night and she loved it! It was so yummy I’m definitely going to make it again! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jacinthe

    In my family, in Quebec, we make this with more oats and added wheat bran, less sugar and almost all the cinnamon replaced by freshly grated nutmeg. I also put the apples and spices in the oven in a 9 x 13 pyrex while I make the oat topping, so they’re already halfway cooked by the time I’m done. We eat it for breakfast and dessert… and anytime we want… ’cause hey… it’s filled with fruit so it’s good for us ;)

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