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Easy Apple Crisp

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My easy apple crisp combines lightly spiced apples with a crispy oat pecan topping. Enjoy it fresh out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream!

This homemade apple crisp recipe captures all the best flavors of fall, but it can easily be enjoyed throughout the year. In fact, it’s perfect for last-minute entertaining since the ingredient list consists mostly of pantry staples!

Looking for something a little more show-stopping? Try this rustic tart with an extra flaky crust — it only takes about 30 minutes to put together before it goes in the oven.

I’ve also got a tender bundt cake that’s dotted with tart apples and crunchy walnuts, or a crumble pie recipe featuring a cinnamon streusel topping!

apple crisp in a white bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top sitting on a counter with apple and baking dish in the background.

Key ingredients & substitutions for Easy Apple Crisp

  • Apples — I love the tart flavor of Granny Smith, but Honeycrisp or Fuji are delicious as well. I also like to peel mine, but if you’d rather leave it on, just give your fruit a good wash to remove any dirt or wax.
  • Oats — You’ll want the regular old-fashioned variety for this homemade apple crisp recipe — not quick cook or steel cut.
  • Pecans — These will get nice and toasty in the oven, so there’s no need to toast them beforehand. Walnuts are a wonderful substitute, or you can substitute extra oats for a nut-free version.

tip

  • Use softened butter for the crisp topping for easier blending. Since the amount is so small, I recommend cubing it into the bowl and letting it sit while you peel and slice the apples. It should be good to go by the time you’re done!

steps for preparing apple crisp: sliced apples in baking dish; sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon; combine ingredients for crumble topping.

How to make this homemade apple crisp recipe?

STEP 1 | Prep the apples

Keep your slices on the thinner side so they become nice and tender when baked. Also, be sure the slices are of even thickness so they have a consistent texture when baked.

STEP 2 | Make the topping

Since the butter is already softened, use a fork or pastry cutter to blend it into the dry ingredients — otherwise, the heat from your fingers will soften it further. It should have a crumbly texture and there should be no more loose flour at the bottom of the bowl.

STEP 3 | Assemble

Toss the apples with lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon right in your greased baking dish. Spread them into an even layer, then sprinkle the oat topping evenly over the top.

STEP 4 | Bake

When it’s ready, the top will be golden brown and the apples will be tender. If you can’t easily stick a fork into the slices in the center, pop it back in for a few minutes and check again. You may need to cover the top with foil so it doesn’t burn while you wait for the fruit to finish baking.

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Special supplies

  • 2-quart Baking Dish — This one is my favorite! Not only is it the perfect size for this easy apple crisp, but it works well for small casseroles, scalloped potatoes, or roasted vegetables!
  • Pastry blender — Cuts in butter quickly and efficiently while keeping your fingers clean.
  • Peeler — Not only does is the handle comfortable in your hand, but it removes the skin off of your produce in seconds.
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Frequently asked questions

What are good apples for baking?

Choice of fruit really comes down to flavor preference, but it’s important to keep texture in mind as well. Granny Smith are considered the gold standard for apple desserts because the tart flavor balances out the sugar and they hold their shape very well.

Honeycrisp is another popular choice, though it is a bit sweeter. Braeburn, Pink Lady, Jonagold, and Golden Delicious will also hold their shape, and they do well combined with one or two other varietie

What size is a 2-quart baking dish?

Mine measures 10 x 6 and is 2 inches tall, but the standard size is 8 x 8 inches. You could also use a 9-inch round cake pan, but a standard pie dish will be too shallow. I also find that glass or ceramic bakeware works better than metal for this homemade apple crisp recip

How do I store leftovers?

Cover tightly with foil or transfer the dessert to an airtight container. It will be good for up to a week in the refrigerator, though the topping will soften over time.

Let the pan sit on the counter for about 30 minutes before reheating in the oven so it doesn’t crack. Or, simply warm individual servings in a microwave.

apple crisp in a white bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top sitting on a counter with apple and baking dish in the background.

Serving suggestions

Add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and dig right in! A drizzle of caramel sauce over the top would make this easy apple crisp extra indulgent.

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Yield: 6 servings

Easy Apple Crisp

apple crisp in a white bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top sitting on a counter.

My easy apple crisp combines lightly spiced apples with a crispy oat pecan topping. Enjoy it fresh out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 - 4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced, about 5 cups
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, and pecans. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture. Use a fork or pastry blender to combine the mixture until you have coarse crumbs.
  3. Lightly coat a 2-quart baking dish (10 x 6 x 2-inch)  with cooking spray. Add the apples, lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon to the dish and toss gently to coat.
  4. Evenly sprinkle the crumb mixture on top of the apples. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until the  apples are tender and the top is crisp and golden. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Notes

  • Use softened butter for the crisp topping for easier blending.
  • Store leftovers covered tightly with foil or transfer the dessert to an airtight container. It will be good for up to a week in the refrigerator, though the topping will soften over time.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 4gSugar: 28gProtein: 2g

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