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A simple list of ingredients that come together in under an hour! 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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!
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.
Variations & substitutions
- Make a Pear Crisp. Use fresh pears or canned pears to make a delicious fall pear crisp following the same instructions.
- Not a fan of pecans? Walnuts are a wonderful substitute!
- Make it nut-free. Substitute extra oats for a nut-free version.
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.
Frequently asked questions
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
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
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.
This post is part of Fall Flavors Week, a yearly event to celebrate the best fall ingredients with delicious recipes. Keep scrolling for more fall flavors recipes by my blogging friends below the recipe card.
Easy Apple Crisp
- 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
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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About Sheila Thigpen
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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.