Apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, and oats?
Welcome to the essential ingredients of an apple crisp, one of the most simple and easy of apple desserts!
This apple crisp recipe comes from my friend Sue Jackson of Littleton, Massachusetts. She introduced it to me years ago and it has since become a favorite.
Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
One of the reasons I love this recipe is how easy it is to make. It's as no-fuss as you can get.
- To make it, you just layer sliced peeled apples that have been tossed with lemon juice and vanilla in a baking pan.
- Then top the apples with a mixture of brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and oats
For more information on which apple varieties are best for baking, check out our Guide to Apples.
Crunchy Apple Crisp Topping
It's the crunchy topping that makes the apple crisp "crisp." The brown sugar, oatmeal, and butter topping mixture caramelizes while it bakes, giving you a blanked of crispy, caramel-y wonderfulness over the baked apple slices.
Leftover Apple Crisp for Breakfast
Just like a slice of apple pie makes the best breakfast, so does this apple crisp! Make extra for leftovers, and serve a spoonful on top of a bowl of yogurt.
Do you have a favorite way of preparing apple crisp? If so, please let us know about it in the comments.
Best Toppings for Apple Crisp
More Fall Apple Desserts
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- 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
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a mixing bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, and vanilla:
Toss to combine.
Layer apple slices in baking pan:
Layer sliced apples in a 9 x 13-inch (or approximately the same size) baking pan.
Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and oatmeal in a bowl. Cut in the butter. Sprinkle sugar mixture over apples.
Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes or until topping looks crunchy and apples are tender.
Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.