Apple Crisp

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Crunchy, crispy apple crisp recipe! This is the easiest of the apple desserts. Just bake sliced tart apples topped with a streusel oat topping, with plenty of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Serve with ice cream!

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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.

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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
  • Bake!

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.

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Updated September 23, 2020 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle. No changes to the original recipe.

Apple Crisp Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • 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.

2 In a mixing bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, and vanilla. Toss to combine.

3 Layer apple slices in baking pan: Layer sliced apples in a 9 x 13-inch (or approximately the same size) baking pan.

Sliced apples in a glass baking dish for an apple crisp recipe.

4 Make topping: Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and oatmeal in a bowl. Cut in the butter. Sprinkle sugar mixture over apples.

Sliced apples topped with apple crisp topping for the best apple crisp.

5 Bake: Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes or until topping looks crunchy and apples are tender.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Apple crisp topping stirred with a wooden spoon.

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  1. Amalie

    The recipe doesn’t make enough topping to completely cover the apples.


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  2. Laurie Dye

    Is there a way to make an apple dessert WITHOUT peeling the apples ?

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  3. Joy

    I have made this many times. I usually follow the recipe exactly. Sometime I add 1/4 cup of chopped, toasted pecans or walnuts to the topping mixture.


  4. Lydia

    I’m not a baker but this looks incredibly delicious and easy to make …so I will give it a try today! One question though….do I use salted or unsalted butter?? Thanks!

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  5. Janet C.

    Delicious!! I made the recipe according to the instructions, and it turned out great. My family enjoyed it and asked me to make it again.


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