Apple crisp is a classic dessert that has stood the test of time, beloved by home bakers and family cooks alike. Originating from the early American settlers who needed simple yet delicious recipes to make use of their apple harvests, apple crisp quickly became a household favorite. Its warm, comforting flavors and crunchy topping make it a hit at family gatherings, holiday feasts, and cozy nights.

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Ingredients List

Here's what you'll need to make the perfect apple crisp:

For the Apple Filling

  • 6 medium apples (Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or a mix)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or coconut sugar for a healthier option)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Crisp Topping

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or almond flour for a gluten-free version)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or maple syrup for a healthier option)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (or coconut oil for a dairy-free option)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparing the Apple Filling

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the lemon juice, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to the apples. Toss well to coat evenly.
  4. Transfer the apple mixture to a greased 9x13-inch baking dish.

Making the Crisp Topping

  1. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Pour the melted butter over the oat mixture and stir until well combined.
  3. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apple filling.

Assembling and Baking

  1. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven.
  2. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender.
  3. Allow the crisp to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Baking and Serving Tips

  • For an extra crispy topping, broil the crisp for the last 2-3 minutes of baking, keeping a close eye on it to prevent burning.
  • Serve the apple crisp warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Gluten-Free: Use almond flour or a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour.
  • Dairy-Free: Substitute coconut oil or a dairy-free butter alternative for the melted butter.
  • Healthier Option: Replace granulated sugar with coconut sugar and brown sugar with maple syrup or honey.
  • Nutty Addition: Add a handful of chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, or almonds) to the crisp topping for added crunch and flavor.
  • Fruit Mix: Combine apples with pears, cranberries, or even berries for a unique twist on the classic recipe.


Now that you have all the steps and tips for making the perfect apple crisp, it's time to get baking! This recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household, providing comfort and delight with every bite. Don't forget to share your baking adventures and variations with us. Enjoy your delicious, comforting apple crisp!

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