This Easy Apple Crisp is the best autumn dessert ever!

Fresh apples are always in season and apple desserts are as American as, well apple pie! Make this sweet apple crisp and bring it to a party or a potluck then watch it disappear. This crumbly delight is a sure recipe winner with a crisp topping over sweet and tender baked apples. Try it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a drizzle of clotted cream. It’s classic dessert goodness, every time!

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Amazing Apple Crisp!

  • Homemade apple crisp is a foolproof recipe for new bakers because it doesn’t need a pie crust on top or any complicated prep steps! Even kids can help out with this dessert.
  • Apples are baked in sweet and savory spices under a crunchy topping. This apple crisp recipe is made with healthy oatmeal and with or without nuts! Top with ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce, or honey!
  • For a special holiday dessert, cook apple crisp with some colorful fresh or frozen cranberries or cut up some caramel candies and mix them in with the apples!
  • Crisp recipes are the best because they are so versatile. Try a Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp, Blueberry Crisp or an Easy Peach Crisp Recipe.

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What are the Best Apples to Use?

Granny Smith apples are firm and tart and have a thin skin that makes them easier to peel. Honeycrisp and Fuji’s are good choices, too. Any kind of apple will do and the results will only be slight, so why not use a variety of apples? Thinly sliced apples will result in a softer dessert and thicker sliced (or chopped) apples will make a thicker, crunchier dessert.

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APPLES Choose apples that are heavy, firm, with unblemished skins and a sweet smell. As they bake, the juices will create a sauce with sugar and flour.

TOPPING Brown sugar and quick oats are mixed with butter and apple pie spice into a sweet topping that can also be used for multiple recipes! How about sprinkling it over some vanilla ice cream, baked onto a bowl of oatmeal, or topped onto some Blueberry Bran Muffins, or over a Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake.


  • So many easy variations mean apple crisp can be DIY’d into a signature dessert! Make a gluten-free version by switching out the white for almond flour and using white and brown sugar substitutes like Swerve.
  • Walnuts can be used in place of the pecans, too! Lightly sautéing nuts before using them in any recipe intensifies their flavor and makes them extra crunchy!
  • Short on time? Open a dry cake mix like a yellow or spice cake and sprinkle over the apple filling. Bake as directed.

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How to Make Easy Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is such an easy and quick dessert to make, ready in two simple steps:

  1. Mix apples with flour and sugar, then fold into a casserole dish.
  2. Combine topping and spread over apples. Bake until bubbly and cooked through.

How to Make Apple Crisp in a Crock-Pot

  1. Mix apples, flour and sugar, then spread in the bottom of a Crockpot.
  2. Mix topping and pour over fruit mixture. Cover, and cook on high for 2 hours.
  3. Remove lid for the last 30 minutes.

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How to Store Apple Crisp

Keep apple crisp in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Freeze portions in small containers for up to 3 weeks. Allow apple crisp to thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Reheat leftover or thawed apple crisp in the oven or microwave. If heating in the oven, cover with foil until warmed through. Heat small portions in the microwave at 30 second intervals, taking care not to over cook.

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Apple Crisp

This quick and Easy Apple Crisp recipe is put together in just 20 minutes! Then it's baked till golden brown and the apples are tender and delicious.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Candace


Fruit Mixture

  • 5 cups sliced apples
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon flour



  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 6 or 8 cup baking dish and set aside.
  • Peel apples, and cut into slices.
  • Place apples into baking dish. Sprinkle with sugar and flour, tossing to coat. Set aside.
  • Make the topping by mixing together the oats, sugar, butter, flour, and apple pie spice with a pastry cutter or fork. Once fully mixed, stir in nuts if using. Spoon topping on top of fruit, pressing down lightly.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes, or until bubbling on the edges and apples are cooked through. If it starts to brown but the fruit is not ready, cover loosely with foil or parchment and bake for 5 more minutes. If still not ready, check after 3 minutes until it is cooked to your liking.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes to thicken the fruit mixture before serving.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 285 | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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