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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  • 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 ;)

  • Kieran

    I just made this and it smells amazing!! I reduced the sugar to a 1/2 cup and substituted raw turbinado sugar. I also added a 1/2 cup of chopped almonds to the oatmeal mixture for a little added flavor and protein. Using less sugar and adding the almonds makes it healthy enough for breakfast!
    I also left the peels on for added fiber.

  • Joanna

    Oh so delicious. Easy enough for my kids to follow the recipe! We made it for breakfast and ate it warm with vanilla yogurt. Absolute hit on the fall morning when there is no school. Thank you!

  • Emma

    My grandma and I made this for Thanksgiving, and it turned out delicious! We ended up added 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of white sugar into the apple mixture.

  • Cheri

    Made this recipe for my family’s annual Harvest Party. Since a lot of my family members are sugar sensitive, I used Splenda brown sugar and it was a huge HIT!!

    I doubled the recipe but not the butter and also used TWO different kind of apples, cubing one and slicing the other (just to make it different).

    I say, good enough for a repeat!!

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