Brown dish filled with apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel topping on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is a delicious dessert with warm cooked apples and a crispy topping. Perfect on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Before I met my husband’s parents, I had never had anything like apple crisp before. My mother-in-law makes it for dessert every few months using apples. I had to get her recipe because it’s so good and Justin enjoys the dessert.

It reminds me of apple pie, but without the crust, and crunchy. It’s a little hard to explain, but trust me, it’s delicious! She sometimes doubles the recipe for the crisp part because the crisp is so good.

Apple Crisp is delicious on its own, and even better when it’s nice and warm and served with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream! Of course, I love ice cream and will put it on almost any dessert.

Apples are one of my favorite fruits, so I always make this with apples. But you could also make it with other fruits as well. It can change the flavor for your tastes or for the season. We’ve made it with both apples and peaches before. They had very different flavors, but were still both delicious in their own way!

Since it makes an entire casserole dish full, this is also a perfect recipe for bringing to a potluck if you are assigned a dessert.

The apples (or similar fruit) need to be peeled and sliced. I have made it with the peels on before because let’s face it, I was being lazy at the time. If I do this, then I use my apple corer to cut the apples and then slice those in half to make them thin enough. If you have one of those counter-top apple corers and peelers, that’s perfect for this recipe since it peels the apple, then slices them thinly at the same time with very little effort. I really want to get one of these at some point, but it hasn’t been a high priority, yet.

Apple Crisp Step by Step


  • 5 cups fruit (peeled and sliced)
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter


Preheat your oven to 375F and peel the apples then slice them thinly.

Apple corer and slicer with an apple halfway through the machine sitting on a white and grey towel next to a wooden cutting board with a few sliced apples on it with a glass baking dish in the background all on a wooden surface

Place the fruit in an 8×8 baking dish or casserole dish and stir in the sugar.

Close up of apple slices covered with sugar in a glass baking dish on a wooden surface

In a medium bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon and stir.

Large stainless steel mixing bowl with oats, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon mixed together with a spoon in the bowl sitting next to another stainless steel bowl with softened butter and a glass dish with sliced apples behind all on a wooden surface

Use a pastry blender or two butter knives to cut the butter into the oats mixture. This is the hardest part, but it helps if you let the butter soften just a little before using it. You don’t want the butter melted, though. I tried that one time and it didn’t work as well. The mixture won’t be smooth but should be coarse crumbles.

Large stainless steel mixing bowl with crisp crumble and a pastry blender inside next to a glass dish with sliced apples all on a wooden surface

Sprinkle the crumb topping over the fruit. It’s ok if it doesn’t completely cover the fruit. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until the fruit is tender and the topping is golden brown.

Glass baking dish filled with sliced apples topped with crisp crumble all on a wooden surface

Let stand for a few minutes and serve warm, preferably with some vanilla ice cream on top.

Brown dish filled with apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel topping on a wooden surface (vertical)


Originally Published On: May 18, 2016

Last Updated On: August 1, 2023

Brown dish filled with apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel topping on a wooden surface

Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is a delicious dessert with warm cooked apples and a crispy topping. Perfect on it’s own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 10 servings
5 from 7 votes


  • 5 cups fruit (peeled and sliced)
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Place fruit in an 8×8 baking dish and stir in sugar
  • For topping, in a medium bowl combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon
  • Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs
  • Sprinkle topping over fruit
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until fruit is tender and topping is golden
  • Serve warm (with ice cream)
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Nutrition Facts
Apple Crisp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 170mg5%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 640IU13%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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67 thoughts on “Apple Crisp”

  1. YUM! I love apple crisp. The cinnamon and apples are perfection. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will have to make it.

  2. I think that’s awesome! It looks a lot like apple crumble but slightly different. I love this dessert as well, especially with some caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. The kids love it too!

  3. 5 stars
    Looks delicious! My mother loves any dessert that contains apple, she will be the one to make it first. I am curious about the the taste of the oats into this , as we don’t use it so often.

  4. I really love apple crisps! We have dozens of apple trees in our neighborhood with tons of fresh apples hanging right now. We are getting our fill before the first snowfall 🙂

  5. Oh yessss those peeler/corer gadgets are just incredible! (But I don’t have one either.) Your post is a good reminder that I should make some apple crisp soon – and since I don’t have a particular favorite recipe, might as well try yours! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    I think I had apple crisp before but I cannot recall when. But, I would like to try to make it myself as I love the idea of apple crisp with vanilla ice cream! Do you have any homemade ice cream recipes?

  7. It’s like you knew I bought a ton of apples yesterday! I’ve dedicated this weekend to fall baking. Adding this one to the list!

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