Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

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This Easy Apple Crisp Recipe is a classic old fashioned dessert that makes you feel all warm and cozy! Made with fresh sliced apples coated in a cinnamon-brown sugar, then topped with cinnamon oat topping. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and homemade salted caramel sauce!

Easy Apple Crisp collage


One thing that’s so great about apple crisp is how simple and easy it is to put together. The filling is similar to an apple pie, yet it takes less than half the work and you don’t have to bother with pie crust. Instead, it’s got a great oat topping made with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. It reminds me a bit of streusel, but a little crispier and with oats.

Then there’s the filling. I prefer an apple mixture that has enough juiciness to it, but isn’t too soupy. This apple crisp has a little bit of flour added, which helps makes it more of a nice sauce that coats the apples and isn’t too thin.

Apple Crisp serving with ice cream


I personally like granny smith apples. The tart apples pair really well with the sweet filling and makes for a great flavor.

Other great apple options would be Honeycrisp, Gala or Red Delicious apples. You could also use a mix of a couple different types of apples to give it even more flavor.

Scooping serving of  Apple Crisp


This apple crisp uses simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make an old-fashioned crisp:

  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Flour
  • Oats
  • Salt
  • Lemon Juice

(See the recipe card below for ingredient amounts.)

Apple Crisp  in bowl


This Apple Crisp is seriously SO simple to make! The most time consuming part is just peeling and slicing the apples.

From there, the topping is made by combining all the ingredients except the butter. Cut the butter into cubes and added to the other ingredients, then cut into them to create a crumbly topping. You could use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter, but I find that a fork gives me better control.

The filling is literally made by combining everything and tossing it into the pan. SUPER easy!

Top the apples with the cinnamon oat topping and bake until the apples are tender. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then serve.

This Apple Crisp is seriously delicious, full of flavor and the perfect easy dessert for fall!

Overhead view Easy Apple Crisp


  • Slice the apples thinly and evenly so that you don’t end up with some apples that aren’t cooked through.
  • I do recommend peeling the apples. Leaving the skin on will give a chewier texture to the apple filling.


I personally love eating warm apple crisp with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and a generous drizzle of salted caramel sauce. The mix of sweet cream with salty caramel, combined with the soft apples and crunchy oat topping is pure heaven. If you prefer to use a traditional caramel sauce, I also have an easy classic caramel recipe you can try!


You can store your crisp in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

To reheat the crisp simply scoop the amount you want into a bowl and reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, depending on how big your serving is. Add your favorite toppings and dig in!

More Apple Recipes for Fall

Caramel Apple Trifles
Overnight Cinnamon Apple Baked French Toast Casserole
Easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Apple Crumb Cheesecake Pie
Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake
Cinnamon Apple Layer Cake

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Easy Apple Crisp

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This Easy Apple Crisp is made with fresh sliced apples coated in a cinnamon and brown sugar sauce, then topped with a cinnamon oat topping!



Cinnamon Oat Topping

  • 1/2 cup (65g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (90g) old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup (168g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into cubes

Apple Filling

  • 5 cups (595g) thinly sliced granny smith apples (about 4 large apples)
  • 1/4 cup (56g) packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp (16g) all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Add all of the ingredients for the topping, except for the butter, to a medium sized bowl and stir to combine.
3. Add the cold butter and use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly and comes together. Set aside.
4. Combine all the ingredients for the apples and stir together so that the apples are well coated, then pour the mixture into an 8 or 9 inch square dish. 5. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples.
6. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the topping is golden around the edges and the apples are tender. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes prior to serving.

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  1. Brenda Lee Conklin

    Can you make this without sugar? And if so would you have to adjust any other ingredients? Thanks, looks awesome!

    1. Lindsay

      I haven’t ever really tried it to say just how it would turn out. What I can tell you is that as the sugar melts, it creates moisture, so without it it may be a little dry. I’m not sure what you would replace it with.

  2. Vicky

    Absolutely the best apple crisp I have made, hands down!! Followed the recipe. I did double it and used 9 × 13 glass oan.

      1. Marybeth Ehrbar

        I love apple crisp..this will be my first time making it.. Can we use any kind of Oats? Like Old Fashion Oats for example?

      2. Lindsay

        The recipe calls for old fashioned rolled oats, but you could try another if you prefer. The texture might just be a little different.

  3. Naomi

    Delicious! We went apple picking this past weekend and this was just what I needed to use up apples in a yummy dessert.

    1. Lindsay

      You can. It’s best when served warm, so you may want to prep everything and then bake it shortly before serving.

  4. Debbie

    This looks delicious!  My parent just gave me a bag of apples that will be perfect for this!  Hope to make it this weekend. 🙂

  5. Mimi

    Hi..can Inuse gluten free flour..and could this be prepared earlier than baked or better to make it and bake directly?

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, gluten-free flour should be fine. And you can definitely make it a little bit ahead. Depending on how far ahead, you might want to pop it in the fridge. Just know that your apples might brown a little and if it is in the fridge before baking, it might take a little longer to bake because it will start out cold instead of room temperature.

      1. Marybeth Ehrbar

        After preparing and preparing mixture can you put in fridge until I want to bake it for dinner..or will.it ruin the texture?

      2. Lindsay

        I haven’t tried that to know for sure. I will say that if you add the topping ahead, it will likely absorb some moisture and that could affect it’s crisp-ness.

  6. Erin

    This looks yummy! I love apple crumble/crisp 🙂 It’s especially good when you drizzle maple syrup over the filling!

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