Apple Crisp

Classic. Simple. Utterly Delicious. Apple crisp, of course.

Sweet, juicy, tender apples are topped with a crunchy, golden streusel and finished off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. The entire concoction is perfect for any time of year! Well…that is if you make sure not to neglect chocolate desserts of course. For a fruit dessert, it’s pretty awesome.

Apple Crisp

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Apple Crisp

Yield: Serves 6-8

Apple Crisp

Note: For the apples, I like to use a combination of Granny Smith, Honeycrisp and/or Gala. Firm, tart and sweet apples work the best for apple crisp – feel free to experiment with different varieties, depending on what you like (or can find at the store!).


  • 7 tart apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks or slices
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed or bottled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice and vanilla. Pour the apples into a 9X13-inch baking dish, spreading evenly to the edges. It doesn’t matter if the apples are slightly overlapping.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender, two forks or two knives, mix the butter into dry ingredients until lumpy and coarsely mixed. Most of the dry ingredients should be incorporated with the butter to form large crumbs. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the apples.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the apples are tender and the topping is browned and crunchy.
  4. Let cool 10-15 minutes before serving warm with ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

36 Responses to Apple Crisp

  1. Debbie Ness says:

    I can not wait to try it.

  2. Melissa says:

    My apples are on the small side…any idea how many cups I might need? Thank you.


  3. angie says:

    Since finding this gem, I have made apple crisp at least once a week, since mid September. Thanks again for another gem to add to my collection 🙂

  4. Anne says:

    Thank you for this yummy recipe. It was everything I wanted in an apple crisp recipe. We picked apples this weekend and I wanted to make apple crisp, but every recipe I looked at was either too complicated, didn’t have oats or was for an 8×8 pan. Then I thought I would check if you had a apple crisp recipe. Yours was perfect and even had wheat flour in it. We made it and it was delicious and simple to make!!

  5. Betsy says:

    I’ve made many versions of apple crisp over the years and this is my favorite! Received many compliments the other night when I made it for a dinner with friends. Thanks for another great recipe!

  6. Jodi says:

    So not sure if I did something wrong, but the apples were not tender by 35 minutes. Just bought them from the orchard this weekend, so they are good. I cubed them. Covered the dish with foil and cooked for 15 more minutes. Any other suggestions?

  7. McKenna says:

    I am making this tonight and wondered if you had to top the casserole dish with foil before baking it?

  8. Renee says:

    Mel, this was so good. I am making it again tomorrow. Thanks for all your wonderful
    Recipes, such as your English Muffin Bread.

  9. Suzanne says:

    Pumped to make this tonight! I live in a different country than my mother (aka provider of all wonderful childhood recipes) and though telephones and emails have been invented, there are times when I can’t contact her for much-needed recipes so I come here instead. Yay!!

  10. Michelle says:

    A definate ‘keep’ recipe, made this tonight for six children and they all loved it..

  11. SO yummy! I made this today. I used a smaller dish and only 5 apples but forgot to reduce cooking time. My apples were almost sauce, but I made it for the topping. 🙂

  12. Kathy E. says:

    I made this last night after finding the recipe pinned on Pinterest. Absolutely delicious! I did add a few shakes of nutmeg just because we love it…it seems to “taste” like fall. We’ll be enjoying this many times, Mel! Thanks.

  13. Mel says:

    Hi Brett – a pastry blender looks like this:

    If you don’t have one, then yes, you could use any other type of tool that will cut the mixture in together.

  14. Brett A says:

    Mel – whats a “pastry blender” ?

    Can I use a regular food processor? Or a mini chop type food processor?

  15. AnnetteBrunette says:

    I have never made apple crisp before, but I knew this’d be good if you recommended it, your desserts never fail. I was right too! It turned out great!

  16. Sarah says:

    I tried this out for a Sunday dinner at BYU-I. We invited our FHE brothers over for Risotto and this dessert. It turned out amazing and delicious! Stayed crisp in the fridge for about 2 days. I didn’t have any brown sugar, so I used white sugar, and it was still delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!!

  17. Jennifer says:

    We made this yesterday and followed your recipe exactly and it was DIVINE! I meant to halve the recipe but accidentally forgot to halve the oats and brown sugar, so I just made the whole recipe… and I’m glad I did because with just the 4 of us (2 adults, 2 kids) we almost ate the entire thing. LOL! 🙂 Thanks for another winner of a recipe. You ROCK!

  18. Tiffany says:

    Just made this tonight… DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for another amazing recipe!

  19. Amy M says:

    My husband is a huge apple crisp fan. So much so that I keep a batch of topping prepped and at the ready in my freezer so I can be ready when I want to tempt his tummy. I’ve never heard of putting vanilla in with the apples though. I’ll definately try this soon!

  20. You know the way to my heart, woman! I love a good, hot apple crisp with a scoop of cold vanilla bean ice cream starting to melt down over it. Heaven in a bowl!

  21. Kelli says:

    This looks beyond delicious. I have to agree with @Heather of Kitchen Concoctions about the pie vs crisp. My grandma used to make the best, and I would have loved to have her recipe, but since she passed away I can’t find. However, I think this on will do just nicely and start a new tradition.

  22. grace says:

    classic. although whipped cream would be good, nothing can beat a fat scoop of vanilla ice cream atop a steaming apple dessert. fantastic.

  23. Yum, yum, yum! I love anything apple, any time of the year! It’s early morning where I live and I’m wanting this for breakfast! Warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – how bad am I!

  24. Tessa says:

    I love apple crisp, and this looks divine! Who can deny all that crumble on top?

  25. Kim in MD says:

    My son loves anything that is baked with apples…he will love this! Thanks for sharing, Melanie! 🙂

  26. I’d have to say I love apple crisps more than apple pies just for that yummy streusel topping!

  27. Marilyn says:

    This looks delicious, I am going to make this soon!!!

  28. cassie-b says:

    Sounds great. And makes me hungry.

  29. Sarah says:

    I’m sorry if I missed it, but does this halve easily into a 8×8?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Sarah – I’ve never halved the recipe but it is so adaptable that yes, I think it would halve easily for an 8X8. You’ll probably need to cut down the baking time by 5-7 minutes.

  30. Meghan says:

    I love apple crisp and can never find a great recipe. I am definitely going to try this!!

  31. Kathy Davis says:

    I love apple crisp and have never made it. I will have to try this one as it looks yummy

  32. My husband is a sucker for apple crisps. We have one we love but I would love to try this one out…

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