Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp Recipe

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I love me a good apple recipe and I am always looking for a delicious apple dessert! You too? Then this easy apple crisp recipe is mouthwatering and perfect for beginning to experienced bakers to get their creative juices flowin’ this fall season.

Bite of apple crisp (apple recipes for fall).

Old fashioned apple crisp has stood the test of time. This popular seasonal dessert is one of my personal favorites and a recipe I enjoy baking over Thanksgiving. Nothing can compare to the taste of tender juicy apples when combined with the crispy buttery topping. It’s a match made in food heaven, which is only improved when served with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a scoop of your favorite ice cream.

I meant it when I said this is an easy and delicious apple crisp recipe too. All you need is apples and the irresistible crumble topping is made from basic ingredients I bet you already have on hand, like sugar, butter, and all-purpose flour. Yep, this is an apple crisp recipe without oats! With just a little bit of prep, your apple crisp will be ready in no time at all. This recipe is also perfect for those searching for no-egg baking recipes and with a simple switch, can be made gluten-free and vegan.

Ingredients needed for apple crisp recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Granny Smith apples (5 cups) (see other options below)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Water
  • White granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional but oh so necessary :))

Keep scrolling for detailed recipe card.

Spraying baking dish with oil.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8-inch pan with non-stick spray.

Thinly sliced apples

Slice or dice the apples thinly so they become nice and tender when baking. The skin can be left on or peeled, based on your personal preference.

Pouring water over cinnamon-covered apples in baking dish.

Layer the sliced apples in the prepared dish and sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Then pour the water over the apples.

Butter and sugar in mixing bowl.

In a small bowl and using a fork, cut together the sugar and butter. You could also use melted butter for this step too instead of cutting it in. Your topping will be a little different texture. Try both and see which version you like better.

Apple crisp before going into oven.

Then cut in the flour and sprinkle the mixture over the apples.

Apple crisp in baking dish.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until apples are tender and the topping is golden. The thicker the apples, the longer it will take to bake.

Apple crisp and scoop of vanilla ice cream

Serve this easy and delicious apple crisp warm with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce or maple syrup and a scoop of favorite ice cream. I love vanilla ice cream with this but I heard butter pecan is pretty darn good too.

Recipe Notes

  • While I use Granny Smith apples, you can use any crisp apple variety. Soft apples tend to become too mushy when baked into a crisp like this. Other crisp apple options include McIntosh, Braeburn, Greening, and Honeycrisp. If you liked to mix and match between sweet and tart, why not use a combination of Granny Smith apple and Honeycrisp? The choice is yours.
  • You can also add a sprinkle of pecans or walnuts on the top to add an extra crunch to your crisp topping.

Storage

  • Store covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • You can store baked leftovers in the freezer for up to three months. When you want to enjoy your apple crisp again, thaw it overnight in the fridge and then bake it using the same directions as above.
  • Another option is to prepare the crisp and then place it in the fridge in its baking dish for up to 24 hours before baking.
  • You can also freeze the unbaked apple crisp for up to three months. Just remember it will probably take longer for the crisp to cook because it’s cold.

Apple crisp and scoop of vanilla ice cream

Recipe FAQs

Can this apple crisp be made gluten-free?

It’s so easy to make this into a gluten-free apple crisp, by simply using gluten-free all-purpose flour or almond flour instead.  

Should I add lemon juice to the recipe?

Some people add lemon juice to recipes when baking with apples to decrease the oxidation and keep them from turning brown. I use this or pineapple juice when I want the apples for let’s say dipping to stay nice and white.

Can I use rolled oats in this recipe?

You sure can. Some apple crisp recipes use rolled oats to give you an oat crumble topping. I would add 3/4 cup in with the flour mixture if you choose to use them.

What is the difference between a crisp and a cobbler?

The main difference between a crisp and a cobbler is the topping. While a crisp has a crumbly topping, a cobbler is a deep-dish dessert with a biscuit or pie-like topping. Here’s our delicious recipe for apple cobbler if you’d like to make one next!

How do I make this apple crisp vegan?

If you’d like to make a vegan apple crisp, use this recipe and just substitute the butter for a vegan butter alternative or coconut oil.

Apple crisp and scoop of vanilla ice cream

Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp

This easy and delicious apple crisp is the perfect mouthwatering recipe for beginner bakers to enjoy this fall.
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple

Ingredients

  • 3 medium to large granny smith apples 5 cups
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8-inch pan with non-stick spray.
  • Slice or dice the apples. The skin can be left on or peeled, based on your personal preference.
  • Layer the chopped apples in the prepared dish and sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Then pour the water over the apples.
  • In a small bowl and using a fork, cut together the sugar and butter. Then cut in the flour and sprinkle the mixture over the apples.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until apples are tender and the topping is golden. The thicker the apples, the longer it will take.
  • This easy and delicious apple crisp is best served warm with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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You might also like these other delectable apple desserts:

Apple Brownies

Unbelievably Blissful Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Apple Pecan Cobbler

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5 Comments

  1. I would love to try this. I’m wondering how the sugar substitutes Swerve would work. I’m needing low sugar recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    A squeeze of half an orange over the apples along with the zest ALWAYS make this extra delicious. This dish has been a family autumn favorite for over 75 years give or take!

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