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Apple Crisp

This apple crisp recipe is my favorite go to  crisp recipe. It is packed with apples and  warm spices, all topped  off  with a  crispy oat crust. This is a  dessert  that  takes  no time  to make  and is fun to  share with  any company !

Apple Crisp or crumble - A rustic dessert that is easy to make and serve

Apple  crisp or  apple  crumble is  a   delectable  desert  with   baked  apples  in the  bottom   and a crunchy   crust  on the   top.   It is  a  quick  desert  as   there is  almost  no prep  time   involved.  Takes  30 minutes  to  bake  and   can be  served  warm , and in fact that is how we prefer it , warm crisp with a scoop of ice cream !

Feeling fancier ? Bake in indivdual ramekins  and   served   with a   dollop of  ice  cream topped with a drizzle of (rum infused) caramel ! Sounds   good, doesn’t it?

Apple Crisp or crumble is a rustic dessert that is easy to make and serve

Here are all the things that go into it – apples (of course), oats, flour, sugar, spices , lemon , butter and a pinch of salt , baking powder and water!


Use a  firm apple in this  recipe – like  granny smith or   honey crisp or baldwin.  I have  made  these  with  gala  as  well.   Tarter  apples    add  more  flavor  to  the  crisp.  While  you can  add  more  lemon  juice  to the   apples to make  the  dish   more  tart, the   flavors  just  does  not  compare. 

If you are  planning  to serve  the   crisp   fresh  it  does  not  make   much of a difference  whether   you  use  granny smith or   gala (I  would  still stay  away from  red  delicious , unless I am  looking  for  apple  sauce).  But  it  does  make a  difference  if you are  freezing  or   refrigerating  the  crisp  as the   firmer  apples  tend to  hold  their  shape  better.

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 I love  about this   recipe  is that it   you  can  easily  substitute  whole wheat  flour  in place of  white  flour. But with oats there is plenty whole grain here already. So use what have you in the pantry ! No judgement.


Usually this dish is mad e with brown sugar. That is wha the recipe below calls for as well. But here is teh thing , this is a home cook’s dish. So use what you have available.

The molasses in the brown sugar definitely adds more flavor and deeper color to the dish. Usually brown sugar is a little sweeter as well. Add about 2 Tbsp extra if substituting white sugar for Brown sugar for the same sweetness.

Hoaw to make apple Crisp


When making this dish peel and core the apples as the last step. The longer apples are exposed to air the more brown they turn. Of course you can avoid this by coating the apples with lemon juice. There is a minor issue of the acid in breaking down the structure of the apples. So slice and dice it at the last minute.

The crisp topping on the other hand though can be prepped in advance. But if making 30 minutes or longer ahead of time , do not add water to the mix . Add it at the last minute before layering on top of the apples.

The crisp can be frozen as well. Cool and wrap (double or tripple wrap) in foil as airtight as possible and freeze. Thaw in the fridge and reheat in 350F oven .

If planning to freeze , use the firmest apples you have. The softer apples lose their structure and turn to mush when defrosted/reheated.

Apple Crisp or crumble - A rustic dessert that is easy to make and serve
Apple Crisp or crumble - A rustic dessert that is easy to make and serve

Apple Crisp

By Syama
Apple crisp or apple crumble is a rustic dessert that is easy to make. The apples are tossed with spices and a touch of sugar and baked with a crispy topping. Serve with a scoop of ice cream
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 300 kcal


Apple Layer

  • 6 Apples , Medium Notes
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • Nutmeg – a pinch optional
  • Cinnamon – 1 tsp

For the Crisp Topping

  • 1/2 C Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 C Flour Whole wheat / All purpose
  • 1/2 C Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder optional
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 6 Tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 2 -3 Tbsp Water

To Serve

  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Carmel Sauce


  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F (160 degree C ).

Prepare the apples

  • Peel and core the apples . Slice them into ½ “ thick slices. Squeeze 2 tbsp the lemon over the apples. Mix cinnamon , nutmeg and 2 tbsp sugar tgether. Spread over the apple slices and toss to combine. .

Make the topping

  • In a    bowl mix the dry ingredients  for the  crisp. Cut the cold  butter into this mix until the mixture looks like crumbs . Add 1 to 2 tbsp of water if necessary .


  • Transfer the apples into an 8” X8” pan . Spread to form an even layer. Pour the crumb mix over it evenly .
  • Loosely cover with foil and transfer to the preheated oven . Bake for 20 minutes , remove the foil and bake for another 10 to 20 minutes until the top is slightly brown and the apples are bubbly .


  • Use  any firm  apple  your  have.
  • The  more  firm and   tart  the apple  is  the  better the  crisp will be.
  • About 6 C  of  apple  slices  are  needed  for   this  dish. 
The  calorie  information is  an  estimate based  on 6  servings.  The  actual  values  will vary  based  on  the  exact  ingredients   used  and  the  serrvig  sizes.   


Calories: 300kcal

Important: Nutrition Values are estimates. Actuals vary based on ingredients and serving size.

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Talking  about  this   brings  up one of the  biggest  perks  of  being a  baker – you  don’t  have   to  use  air fresheners  for  the house  to smell   divine!   Dishes  like these   do not  need  much   skill  and  are  very forgiving.  So  go  ahead  and  take a  stab at  it !

Go for it if you are a

  • beginer baker
  • lazy baker
  • learning to cook
  • looking to impress someone / anyone 😉
  • busy bee

Oh just about anybody ….

Apple Crisp or crumble - A rustic dessert that is easy to make and serve
Apple Crisp or crumble - A rustic dessert that is easy to make and serve

This recipe was originally published on June 2015.

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