Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp

This easy apple crisp is made the old fashioned way like Grandma used to make, and is perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce!

A true classic Fall dessert, this easy apple crisp recipe is reminiscent of generations past.  Pop this apple crisp in the oven and wait for the delicious smell to waft through your house!

Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp | Chopped apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and the best crispy oat topping, baked into the ultimate Fall dessert!  Top with a scoop of ice cream and salted caramel for the perfect treat! | https://thechunkychef.com | #applecrisp #oat #falldessert #appledessert #fromscratch

Do you have a classic Fall dessert that you just LOVE?  I have several, but one of them is definitely this apple crisp recipe!  Growing up, my Mom had two classic desserts that she made… one was her famous Carrot Cake, and the other was a mouthwatering apple crisp.

Overheat picture of apple crisp in baking dish

This isn’t her exact recipe, but it’s one that I’ve tweaked and been working on for a while, and I’ve finally gotten it just right!  While I do love pumpkin, apple is actually my favorite Fall flavor.  Mostly because of this crisp lol.

Some apple crisp recipes don’t use oats, which is totally fine if that’s your thing, but I LOVE the crispy oat topping, so I made sure to add a good amount of it.

Picture of a spoon scooping some apple crisp out of the baking dish.


Simply put, you can use any apples that you like!  My personal favorite for this recipe is the golden delicious variety, but Granny Smith or Fugi are some other great varieties.

Angled shot of a spoonful of apple crisp in baking dish.


It’s 100% up to you!  I’ve made this recipe both ways, and I like them both equally.  Generally, when I make this easy apple crisp, I’m making it for my family, and my kids wouldn’t eat it with the skins on, so I peel them more often than not.  I’m sure this goes without saying, but if you choose to leave the skins on, be sure to wash the apples thoroughly 🙂

Apple crisp in a bowl with scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, with a spoon taking a scoop

That right there is my FAVORITE way to enjoy hot apple crisp… with a cold scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, and drizzled with my luscious browned butter salted caramel sauce!  If you’ve never tried it that way… you totally need to!


Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp | Chopped apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and the best crispy oat topping, baked into the ultimate Fall dessert!  Top with a scoop of ice cream and salted caramel for the perfect treat! | https://thechunkychef.com | #applecrisp #oat #falldessert #appledessert #fromscratch

I invite you all to join me in making my favorite Fall dessert… this easy apple crisp.  Once you have it in the oven, you’ll LOVE the smell that fills your house!


  • 8″ baking dish – I love the clean white look, plus it bakes beautifully!
  • Vegetable peeler – You probably already have one, but in case you don’t, this one is my personal favorite!
  • Pastry Cutter – I love that this is sturdy and the blades don’t bend nearly as easily as some other brands!




Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp | Chopped apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and the best crispy oat topping, baked into the ultimate Fall dessert!  Top with a scoop of ice cream and salted caramel for the perfect treat! | https://thechunkychef.com | #applecrisp #oat #falldessert #appledessert #fromscratch

Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp

This easy apple crisp is made the old fashioned way like Grandma used to make, and is perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce!
4.9 from 279 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 6 servings
Calories 301


  • 6 golden delicious apples, peeled and chopped - (other varieties can be used, can also be sliced)
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, - divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, diced into small cubes
  • pinch of kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Butter an 8x8 baking dish, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add chopped apples, granulated sugar, 3/4 tsp of the cinnamon and lemon juice.  Stir to combine, then transfer to prepared baking dish.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, add topping ingredients (brown sugar, oats, flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, and diced cold butter).  Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the oat mixture, using a slight downward twisting motion, until mixture resembled pea-sized crumbs.  Alternatively, you can use two forks or even your hands to cut butter into the mixture.
  • Spread topping over apples in baking dish, and gently pat to even it out.  Bake 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!



Note that all ovens bake differently, so yours may take a little less or a little more time to bake.  
Author The Chunky Chef
Tried this recipe?Mention @the_chunky_chef or tag #thechunkychef!



Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp | Chopped apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and the best crispy oat topping, baked into the ultimate Fall dessert!  Top with a scoop of ice cream and salted caramel for the perfect treat! #applecrisp #oats #dessert #apples #fromscratch #easyrecipe

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

657 comments on “Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp”

  1. Simple but delicious. The first dessert gone during Thanksgiving. My daughter requested Apple Crisp on Thanksgiving Day and this one was just perfect with vanilla ice cream.

  2. This was easy and turned out wonderful.  Will certainly use this recipe again

  3. This was delicious! As I follow a mostly keto diet – I replaced white sugar with monkfruit and brown suger with brown swerve. It was great!

  4. Delicious! I used Granny Smith green apples which I probably won’t do again as it tasted more tart than I like. The crumb topping is perfection.

  5. Great recipe, thank you.

    I really didn’t feel like pie, but I wanted a fruit dessert.

    This was easy to make came out delicious!

  6. Can i use quick 3-minute oats instead of old fashion roller oats? I ran out of old fashion rolled. 

  7. Will this still turn out well if i combine everything and wait until the next day to bake it?

  8. awesome and easy, love it. and so did everyone else!

  9. Help!!  I made the crisp but only used 1/2 stick of butter, not 1/2 cup. Topping is obviously dry and not crisp. I need it for tomorrow. I put it in refrigerator and will heat up after dinner tomorrow.  Should I add some melted butter on top or some cubes of butter?  Someone please help. 

  10. I feel like each time I make this part of my oats are not cooked but taste really dried out and not soft when chewing. How can I fix this?  Is this a bakers error (I probably am the issue)? 

  11. Sorry to ask this if it has already been answered, but is it okay to make this the night before and serve it the next day? Have you ever done this, and if so, how did you reheat? Thank you! 🙂 Looking forward to trying this recipe. 😊

  12. Other than the prep time (15 minutes? More like 40 for me!), and I increased the cinnamon by about 300%, I followed this recipe to the letter and it was excellent! Thank you for posting! 🙂

  13. can this be made from green apples? And would I need to adjust the recipe for that or would it be still the same. 

  14. I don’t understand how the apple filling isn’t runny without adding any flour to it before baking. I’m making this today for Thanksgiving and am worried it will be too runny. Has anyone added a bit of flour to the filling as you would do with apple pie? Thanks!

    • I’ve never had an issue, otherwise I wouldn’t have shared it the way I did 🙂 But if you feel more comfortable adding a bit of flour to the apple mixture, you absolutely can.

    • I’ve never had to add any flour to the filling. We’ve made this several times and am making two batches right now for Thanksgiving!! One for us and one to share with those who couldn’t be here today. Our family LOVES this dessert!

  15. This was so good, the best Apple crisp recipe i have tried so far. I will definitely make it again.

  16. Hi, Just stumbled on this recipe and I’m ready to give it a go. I do not have cream on hand but I do have eggnog. I’m willing to try but am curious if you have ever tried it yet. Thanks! Gina

  17. I’m doubling the recipe — what size baking dish do you think would be best?

  18. Can this be made earlier in the day and reheated right before eating?

  19. I want to try this for Thanksgiving but I bought Instant Oats instead of Old Fashion, are they the same? will these work or do I need to go back to the store?

  20. I was looking for a simple apple dessert and came across this recipe. It’s currently baking and smells AMAZING!

    I did have to make adjustments due to what I had in the house:
    Almond Flour
    Swerve Brown Sugar and Granulated Sugar substitute

    I also added nutmeg and vanilla extract to both the apples and the topping.

    I can’t wait to try it!

  21. Doubled into a 9×13” pan, this is exceptional ❣️

  22. Forgive me, you’ve probably answered this a million times but can this be frozen after making and then warmed up ?  

  23. in your old fashion apple crisp recipe you mentioned to put the cinnamon aside because it is divided per your instructions. I can’t find anything in the rest of the literature and information what you do with the extra divided cinnamon??

  24. Yummy! Made this tonight with 5 random apples that needed to be used up. The topping is perfect, had 2 servings with vanilla ice cream.
    How would you store this? Fridge or on counter?
    Thanks for the recipe

  25. Can I double and use 9×13 or use 2 8×8?

  26. This is super similar to the crisp topping my mom used to make when I was a kid. I’ve tried some real flops trying to recreate it, and am chuffed to find this. Thanks for the delicious recipe!


  27. Can you use blueberries instead of apples? If so should I use fresh or canned?

  28. Hi, I just wanted to add one more to the pile of 5-star reviews of this recipe. I used 4 apples of various varieties that had been left around the house by the kids and needed to be used up immediately, and adjusted the recipe accordingly. Topped with vanilla ice cream, it was simply AMAZING! And equally amazing on its own. Will definitely be making this again!

  29. This was the easiest recipe which delivered the most delicious dessert! All of the ingredients, besides the apples, I had on hand which also made me happy. I might try cutting down the sugar, just to make it a little healthier next time, but wow, so good! Thanks for sharing!

  30. If you double the recipe, how long should it bake for? 

  31. Made me miss my momma

  32. Great recipe and easy to make.

  33. We had several Fuji apples that were ready to use up, but we didn’t quite feel like snacking on them the rest of the week. So thankful that I found this recipe! Everyone loved it and my husband and I worked together on making it. So much fun. Thank you for this very user-friendly and tasty dessert recipe! It was a hit!

  34. This is a great and easy recipe for apple crisp. Everyone that’s tried it has loved it, definitely recommend.

  35. Making this for a second time. It’s just the right amount of yummy topping we like! We like it heavy on the topping! Thanks!

  36. Simple & could not be more delicious.  This will be my go-to apple crisp recipe from now on. Thanks!

  37. I have a big bag of Granny Smith apples. Can I use these instead. 

  38. Made this for dessert for dinner last night and it is really good! Used Honeycrisp apples and it tastes amazing!
    I know some folks like a like of “topping” on theirs, but for me, it was a bit much for an 8×8 pan (especially with apples piled high!). I WILL make this again, but I think I may cut the amount of oats and such down just a tad. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  39. This is absolutely the best!  I have made it twice now in the last two weeks.
    Second time I used 1/2 apples and 1/2 pears (what I had in to use up). It too was delicious 😋 

  40. I didn’t change a thing except the cook time because I used a softer variety apple. I need to use a bushel of apples, we’ve gone theough 18 so far with this recipe and another 12 tomorrow! DELICIOUS!

  41. What is the approximate serving size? I’m making this for two people and I’m not sure if I should cut the recipe in half.

  42. OMG…. this was excellent!  I usually hate “cooked” fruit. This was wonderful!  I also made extra topping and doubled the cinnamon and used a variety of apples. I added 15 minutes to the cook time due to the extra topping.  The crisp turned out perfect!  Entire family loved it!  Will definitely add to my favorites recipes!

    One thing I did was added the chilled butter pieces and dry ingredients to my Ninja food processor.  A few quick pulses and the topping was well blended and ready to top the apples! 🍎🍏

  43. for some reason my apple crisp never comes out crispy…could my problem be that im using quick oats? can you use quick oats for this recipe or should i get some old fashioned oats?

  44. Made this last night- just spontaneously googled ‘best apple crisp recipe’. This is a delicious and easy recipe. I peeled and chopped the apples I got from my farm share. What a surprise! So tasty!! Served it with ice cream for my family and it tastes even better the next day as a snack. Thanks for this recipe!

  45. Love these recipe makings the apple crisp fr about the 5 time since October everyone loves it but the topping is their favorite 

  46. Fugi? really? You may mean Fuji?

  47. Used assorted apples, no oats so used instant maple brown sugar and apple cinnamon oatmeal packets No lemon juice, 1/4 cup brown sugar all I had left in the house. Just a pinch of regular salt. It was still amazing. Just goes to show that when given an easy recipe and you don’t have money to go buy what you need it still turns out great!!!

  48. Made this recipe and it turned out great! Very easy, and delicious. I doubled the topping (oats) part which made it stick together more which was great. Big hit! Highly recommend 🙂

  49. Wonderful… used 5 honey crisp apples and 1 granny smith. Delicious!

  50. I’ve made this recipe twice already in the last couple weeks. It doesn’t last more than a day or two with my husband around! The first round I followed the recipe to the T. The second time I played with it a little bit, swapping out the light brown sugar for dark brown sugar, changing the apples to a mix of Pink Lady and Macintosh and using melted butter in the topping instead of cold. I really, truly believe that this is one of those recipes that you can’t ever go wrong with! It’s very flexible to what you have available. Delicious!

  51. Trying it now . It’baking now.

  52. I am baking your recipe now, which it smells ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS, and I’m so Looking forward to tying it!  However, in this day & age, I want to offer up what I believe is the best compliment I could possibly give you!  You are an AMAZING human being.  It made my heart smile to read a COUPLE HUNDRED of your reviews only to find that you deserve the “Most humble & Kind human on this planet”.  Even when unkindness or other assorted people that obviously have NO CONCEPT of cooking, baking or basic manners, you kept your composure with a smile on your face, and never ONCE belittled many of the idiots you SO had the right & opportunity to do so.  You are a much better woman than I 😉, and I believe you deserve to hear that.  My Mom died not all that long ago, and even though we have No clue who you are, I still know exactly what a kind hearted, good human you are with the ability to keep things “politically correct” without ever taking a cheap shot and anyone else.  Thank you for being such a leading example to my 14 year old twin (Autistic) boys that I’m trying to raise in our cesspool of a world right now.  You ARE appreciated, and your kindness does not fall on deaf ears.  People just have a tendency of forgetting to point these things out, MYSELF INCLUDED!  I hope you and yours stay healthy & happy and have a very Blessed Holiday Season! 🤗

    • Hi Carrie 🙂 You just made my whole weekend! Thank you so much for your kind words and beautiful attitude towards others 🙂 Very refreshing to see nowadays! Prayers to you and your family through the loss of you Mom, and I wish you a wonderful (and also healthy) holiday season as well 🙂

  53. How “chopped” should the apples be? Are we talking bite-sized chunks or more finely chopped than that?

  54. is it ok to use quick oats for this recipe?

  55. This was absolutely amazing!!! I doubled the recipe and I was able to freeze one for Thanksgiving!  I will cut back a bit on the sugar next time by a quarter.  I couldn’t wait for after dinner, I had to have it after lunch.  Thanks so much for sharing.  Very easy to prepare as well😊

  56. I got up in the middle of the night to make this and I loved it!!! I used both kinds of apples and that was a fabulous choice and I did peel the apples. The smell in my house at that time was like a dream come true. I served it warm with the choice of icecream or cream. Oh gosh ,the words are hard to express because everyone loved it. Thank you so much for the new tradition in my home. Sincerely Victoria Marie

  57. Can you prepare a day ahead? Will the lemon juice help reduce browning of the apples? 

  58. I am looking up make this today but I have mini Dutch ovens I want to cook them in. Do you think if I divided this recipe into 4 it would work? Or do you think adjustments will need to be made? 

    • I’ve not tested making these in mini Dutch ovens (love that serving idea!), so I can’t say for certain, but I think dividing the crisp into fourths would work well. The baking time might be a little less, but the apples will still need to soften, so I’d start checking them at about 30 minutes.

  59. I tried this and it turned out fantastic!!! Subbed the oats for some fancy gluten free ones and found a lactose free butter and voila! Delicious and so easy to follow!! Everyone raved about the dish! Thank you so much!! 

  60. I always like to make mine with half apples and half pears. Maybe a dash of cardamon to the crisp. And there can never be too much crisp in my family’s opinion.

  61. Can I use just cane sugar I don’t have any brown sugar 

  62. I love a simple recipe like this. I used half the sugar in the topping and it was still plenty sweet. Thanks you!

  63. I love apple crisp and have tried for years to successfully make one. Never had any luck and then I found your recipe. Being honest, I didn’t even make it my daughters (23&11) did. They used honey crisp that they had picked from a local orchard. It was a sweet memory and the apple crisp was the best I have ever had. We had enough apples to make six so we shared with family and friends. Everyone has been enjoying them. I seriously have to stop myself from eating the entire pan myself! They are going to make them again for Thanksgiving Day. 

  64. Just made this yesterday and it was excellent!  Used 2 granny smith and 4 gala apples and it was scrumptious!!   Only thing I added was a small amount of nutmeg to the dry ingredient mix (topping).   Just delicious!!  Will definitely be making it again…..probably for Thanksgiving!   Thanks for the great recipe!!   

  65. Can I use quick oats instead of old fashioned oats? It’s all I have on hand

  66. Thank you for the recipe it came out delicious.  I would recommend reducing the brown sugar in the topping to either 3/4 or 1/2 cup as the apples have enough sweetness.  I will definitely make this again.  For a twist could also add raisins.

  67. Does this need to be refrigerated after baking?

  68. Delicious and super easy!

  69. Too much ‘crisp’ and sugar. If you’re looking for healthier, try half sugar and crisp measurements! 

  70. In order to serve for Bunco, would it work to get the recipe all together and into pan, set in fridge for a few hours, then pop into oven to cook?

  71. Excellent! Me and my family really enjoyed this recipe, and it is fast and easy.

  72. Soooo delicious and so easy!!! I made a few adjustments – extra lemon juice (~1 1/4tsp), 3/4c dark brown sugar instead of 1c light brown sugar, lots of extra cinnamon and some pumpkin pie spice (to both the apples and the crumble). Used a mix of apples – not sure what kind, a variety of local ones. Baked it in a shallow ceramic pie dish. Oh and I have celiac so I used gluten free oats and gluten free flour (GF Jules flour). It truly might be the best apple crisp I’ve ever made!!! Definitely will be my new go-to recipe. Thank you!

  73. What weight or volume does 6 chopped apples come to? Apples come in all sizes so we could be talking about 2 cups of apples vs 4 cups of apples.

  74. I used Gala and McIntosh, doubled the recipe turned out perfect.

  75. It was amazing  I used lime instead of lemon as that is what I had thanks 

  76. I just made it and looking forward to trying it

  77. I don’t have cinnamon, but really wanting this! What else could I use? 

  78. Just made this last night with some apples I’d picked up from a local orchard. I haven’t made apple crisp in years but it was a favorite of mine growing up. This came out PHENOMENALLY. It had the perfect mix of sweetness and tartness and crunch. My husband had to restrain himself from eating the whole batch lol Will definitely be making this one again and again!

  79. I was looking for a good Apple Crisp recipe since I had some apples I got from my Aunt that needed to be used up and settled on this one because I too love a good classic Oat crisp topping. This recipe definitely hit all the marks. I did make a couple small alterations though: I added an extra tablespoon of sugar and upped the cinnamon to 1 tsp. Since the apples I was using were pretty juicy I added a dash of flour to the filling as well to ensure it didn’t come out too watery. Instead it came out perfectly.

  80. This was my first apple crisp that I made and it turned out perfectly. I used granny Smith and red delish. I also added 1/4 tsp of nutmeg and 1/8tsp of ginger to the crisp. Absolutely amazing now I have to try to keep from eating the whole tray.

  81. This recipe is sooo good! I followed it exactly. Definitely up for making it again. It was easy too!

  82. Perfect for fall! I cooked mine 40 mins since I like my apples to have a little bit of a bite to them. I also used dark brown sugar instead of light and the taste was immaculate! Definitely going to be a staple in my house!

  83. First one I ever made and it came out delicious! At least that’s what the hubby said as he gobbled it up 🙂 I didn’t have a lemon so juiced one orange instead, and just because I love cranberries, I threw in a handful of chopped up dried cranberries with the apples. Yummy!

  84. I’m looking to make this on Saturday. So looking forward to get a good Apple Crisp for my freshly picked yellow delicious apples. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  85. I haven’t ate any yet but it looks delicious. 
    Please indicate how many cups ( along side the #) of apples needed I had peeled many for pie and crisp , I guessed with 4 cups. 

  86. What do you think the 6 apples would amount to cups wise? 

  87. Just made this as my first ever apple crisp, and it came out great. I used Golden Delicious apples from our local orchard, and replaced with 3/4 tsp of cinnamon with nutmeg. It was excellent.

  88. My friend Sharon served the crisp and caramel sauce last weekend….amazing….best ever.
    Now I’m going to make it for friends on Friday. Thanks for a great recipe!

  89. I made this with spie apples. It’s so delicious and easy to make! Thank you for sharing.

  90. This apple crisp was absolutely amazing!  I said several times while eating it. It knocked my socks off. It’s perfect!!  Oh, I did use different apples though (honey crisp), so not sure how I’d like it with the variety suggested, but I’m not going to bother finding out. For my liking, the honey crisps were perfect. Thank you for an outstanding apple crisp!   Look no further, fellow food lovers!

  91. What oats would work better? Steel cut hearty traditional? Or quick oats? Looks delicious. I’m about to make it now.

  92. Is It ok to melt the butter

  93. So I think I have some sort of incompatibility with any kind of crisp/crumb topping. I have never been able to make one and I was hoping this recipe would break the slump. Alas that was not the case. The filling came out spectacularly but my crisp topping never crisped. It just stayed this kind of soggy uncooked mush even after cooking it for 30 minutes past suggested cook time. Any helpful suggestions would be so appreciated…

    • How frustrating! I’ve never had my topping not crisp up… have you ever checked your oven’s temperature? My old oven was off by quite a bit, so this could be the case. If you continue having problems, a few other readers have used melted butter instead of cutting in the cold butter and had good results.

  94. Just made this recipe, all I can say is amazing!! best apple crisp recipe by far.

  95. This recipe looks really good- I just have a question. 
    I usually use salted butter in all my recipes, but I was wondering if you thought it would affect the apple crisp if I used salted butter instead of unsalted. Thank you <3

  96. Have made this twice now and it’s my new favorite! Love the oatmeal! I did add a little vanilla to the apples along with the cinnamon and lemon juice. A crowd pleaser for sure. Thanks for sharing! 

  97. Delicious! Used cortland apples instead. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Definitely a keeper.

  98. Hi there, I’d I want to prepare this recipe ahead of time, is it best to bake it and then store it in the fridge (and warm it up before being served), or to prepare the raw ingredients in the oven dish and make them just before being served? 


  99. I just made this and it was wonderful! I baked it at 325 in my Emeril Lagasse air fryer oven. Took about 34 minutes. Thank you for the recipe!

  100. My husband loves apple crisp buy we usually buy it at a local orchard. This recipe came out great and we all loved it. The only thing I changed was for the topping. It came out of the oven looking drier than I expected. I drizzled a couple tablespoons of melted butter over the top and then baked it an additional 10 minutes (50 min total) and it was perfect!

  101. The very best!! 🍎🍏

  102. Amanda — you are WONDERFUL! Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. It is just like I remember my mom’s apple crisp recipe; Every fall, after apple picking with my kids, we’d all baked this together! Just remembering brings on the waterworks!! Kids grew up, moved out, we moved to a condo and I lost that old dog-eared recipe that was taped to the inside of the cabinet. Well, my mom passed on back in April and I can’t call her up to say “hey mom, I need that recipe!” So I am grateful for YOU.. and wishing you much happiness and many blessings to you and yours! …PS: Web Marketing 101 in the Year 2020 — and the GO TO RECIPE BUTTON IS RIGHT THERE DUDE.. yeah, some peeps gotta getta clue LOL 🙂 Thank you again!!

  103. This was so amazing I have made it 3 times already this week!

  104. This is delicious! I made it with gluten-free flour and oats. Served it with the browned butter caramel sauce – a must! This will be our go-to recipe from now on. Thank you!

  105. Made it today….it’s yum and so easy!!! Thanks for a great recipe.

  106. I don’t even see a recipe, I just see a long essay and a few pictures of apples designed to trick the Google algorithm.

    • Funny that you mention Google’s algorithm… I’m sure you’re aware that they place a high value on user experience, which is why that “essay” includes helpful information about the recipe, and why I’ve conveniently placed a “go to recipe” button at the top of the page so you don’t have to read said “essay” if you don’t feel like it. Recipes are on EVERY recipe post I write, at the bottom in a recipe card 🙂

      • Hello Amanda,
        Just wanted to put my two cents in and let you know that I found your recipe right away.
        I’m not sure why he had a hard time finding it.

        I made this tonight to go along with applewood smoked ribs and it was so delicious I didn’t even have any leftovers!

      • Well said. This recipe looks awesome and with all the positive reviews I’ll be making this tomorrow, thanks.

    • Boy did you miss out David. It is outstanding! Even without the recipe button placed at the top of the page for our convenience, I assure you it is worth scrolling for.

  107. I absolutely love this recipe! Made it twice this week! Thank you 

  108. I have made this recipe several times and it has always been a big hit with the fam! Once again, the Chunky Chef has delivered an amazing recipe. Oh, and try it with her salted caramel sauce. That recipe is brilliant!!!!

  109. The absolute BEST apple crisp I have ever made! I’m making it for the 2nd time this week 🙂 and that never happens lol!  Thank you 

  110. I made this recipe over the weekend and it was easy and delicious.  I would recommend.  My family enjoyed the crisp with ice cream. 

  111. This is an amazing recipe, and since I bought 20 pounds of apples I’ll be using it a ton! Everyone who has tried it loves it!

  112. Very good flavor. I didn’t use golden delicious apples because I sent my husband to get them and I don’t know what kind they were. lol. I think next time I might put more butter in it tho.

  113. Since apples are different sizes and your recipe calls for 6 apples, how many cups would that be?

  114. Good recipe overall but one thing i want to ask can I use some mango juice instead of lemon juice. Will it have any bad effect on recipe taste or not ?

  115. The topping is phenomenal. I made with Honeycrisp apples.  

  116. This is delicious! I made it with less sugar than called for it and it was great. Thank you for the awesome recipe!!

  117. Loved it! We used cortland mad jonagold apples. Absolutely delicious 😋 

  118. Made this now a couple times and its amazing!I forgot to put the lemon juice in one time and no one noticed. I use tart apples so now I leave it out. Also i found if you melt the butter first instead its easier.

  119. Absolutely amazing and simple!!!!

  120. Can I make this ahead of time and refrigerate it ? If so, would I need to adjust the temperature or cooking time?

    • Absolutely! I would bake it the night before, cool completely, cover and refrigerate. Once you’re ready to bake, I’d reheat it at 350 F degrees for about 25-30 minutes, until warmed through.

    • I did assemble the night before and store in the fridge unbaked.  It may have taken a little longer in the oven, but it came out great.

  121. Delicious! I subbed the brown sugar for coconut sugar and the granulated sugar for a Monk fruit  / ethryrol 
     blend and used Einkorn flour. Yum! 

  122. So This recipe calls for 5.25 teaspoons of cinnamon, then it says to add 3/4 of the cinnamon to the apple mix, and then for the topping 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. So my question is exactly how much cinnamon do I add to the apple mix?? And this is for the recipe tripled. 

    • The automatic ingredient calculator only does that for the ingredient list, not the manually typed in instructions, which is why it’s not changing for you when you tripled it. You’d have to do some old school math for that one, finding out what percentage of the original total cinnamon is added first. So take .75 / 1.75 and take that answer multiplied by 5.25 leaving you with 2.25. So add 2 1/4 tsp to the apple mix, and the remaining 2 3/4 tsp to the topping.

  123. Best Apple crisp!! The only thing I did differently was put in a 9×13 pan. Guess my apples were bigger

  124. Hi! We just harvested our apple trees. The apples are all varying sizes, so i wonder if you could tell me approximately how many cups of apples are equivalent to your 6 in your recipe? Im so excited to try this recipe, I LOVE apple crisps, and LOVE the crispy oat topping.

  125. Can I use coconut or almond flour? If so, what’s the adjustment? Thank you

    • I’ve not tested this recipe with either of those flours, so I can’t say for certain without further testing.

    • My dad has celiac so I use a gluten free blend and I just sub it cup for cup. It’s always worked rest and no one can ever tell the difference.  This is my favourite recipe and I bring it to every Thanksgiving dinner!!

  126. In my oven now and added Carmel sauce on top, my house smells like heaven!

  127. My family had a trip to the apple orchard and came home with 18lbs of apples! I have no patience for a pie crust, so this was the perfect solution! So yummy. Thanks!

  128. This is the best apple crisp ever!! Adding it to my recipe box!!

  129. Baked this recipe this evening. So glad I found it! The crumble topping for this recipe will now be my go to topping for all future fruit crisps and crumbles…delicious! The apple crisp all around is delicious. The fresh lemon juice gives the apple just a hint of tartness to balance out the sweet buttery topping. I will make this again! 

  130. This is DELICIOUS!!! I made it *twice* in one week while my dad was visiting…and then a third time after he left 😂. Thanks for sharing!

  131. What it I don’t have any lemon, lime juice? Or apple cider. What should I do?

  132. My 4th time making. Even a gourmet chef complemented me

  133. Great recipe.

  134. I’ve made this twice now and it doesn’t last 12 hours in my house ! Definitely a favorite. I make my own caramel sauce to drizzle over the top after it comes out of the oven. I double the recipe (and a little more than double the amount of apples) and use a
    9 x 11 glass pan. Perfect thickness.

    • I have a couple of cans of apple pie filling could I use that

      • Honestly, I’ve never made it that way before, so I can’t say for certain if any baking times will need to be adjusted. I wouldn’t think it’d need to bake as long, since the apples are already softened in the pie filling, so maybe 30-40 minutes, just so the topping gets browned and cooked?

  135. Help! My husband accidentally bought Granola instead of oats (we love him anyway). I’m worried if we use the granola it will most definitely burn in the oven. Should we just add it on top after? Im laughing so hard as I type this haha! 

  136. This was the best I’ve made! Love that it is baked in a. 8×8 dish and made it good and thick. This will be the only one for me!😁

  137. I love this recipe! It’s easy and delicious and so full of flavor! 

  138. Looks delicious! I’m
    Going to make it tomorrow. I’m wondering if it can be frozen 

    • I haven’t frozen this recipe myself, but I know several other readers have done so successfully. I would assemble the crisp, then cover and freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bake as directed.

  139. I made this tonight. By far the best apple crisp I’ve had!! How incredibly delicious!

  140. Good recipe but I did add more oats to the typing because it didn’t look like there was enough. And it turned out perfectly. I also added more cinnamon and brown sugar because I love it lol

  141. Good recipe. Second time I made it I changed up the measurements: 1 c oats, 6 Tbsp butter, added nutmeg, no lemon juice. As for me and my house, we like crisp not crust.

  142. Made a few adjustments due to what I had on hand – used dark brown sugar instead of light, added nutmeg to the filling and the topping, used apple cider instead of lemon juice (no lemons) and used thinly sliced honeycrisp apples instead of golden delicious. My apples were pretty good sized as they came from a local orchard. I ended up using 6 like the recipe called for but needed to put them into a 9×13 (could have even gone larger too). Not sure how you’d fit that much topping into an 8×8 though lol!! It was more than enough to cover the larger dish I used. As for cooking time goes- at 350 I put it in for 46 mins and the apples still had a massive crunch to them. Another 8 mins lessened the crunch a little bit but not enough. Ended up needing to cover the pan with foil so the crisp topping didn’t burn and put it back in for another 11 minutes and FINALLY had cooked apples (total bake time 62 min). Not sure what I did wrong but in the end it came out great. So for anyone having issues with the apples, keep adding a few minutes and testing an apple until you’re happy with it!

  143. Made this recipe this evening. Simple recipe and easily the best apple crisp I’ve made.

  144. This was delish! We cut down on the sugar and but if the flour and added chopped pecans to the topping.

  145. Can i please use canned apples

  146. So easy to make and so delicious. Made the night before to take to my grandparents. When we were ready to eat, i reheat at 350°F for 15 minutes. Served it with ice cream and caramel… So yummy.

  147. I like mine a little more saucy more sugar mixed in with the apples might have worked on all the good start just adjust to the taste and preference

  148. Hi – once made, how long will this stay good in the fridge? I want to make this today, but I’m going out of town for a few days.

  149. Could I substitute quick oats for old fashioned?

  150. Can you use quick oats?

  151. This was a HUGE hit with my family tonight!! Thank you! I served it with a few scoops of vanilla bean ice cream for an extra special treat 😊

  152. Tried this last night. We loved it! Thank you!

  153. I made this tonight for dessert. I had granny Smith apples I needed to use. It was delicious!

  154. Hello,
    I’ve seen where you melt the butter for the topping, can I do that or will it change the topping?

  155. Could you use fresh peaches. I’ve made your apple crisp and it was the best ever. Now I’d like to try peaches. Thanks for sharing!

  156. Have tried many apple crisp recipes and loved this one! Will be my go-to going forward.

  157. Can I make this ahead of time, and warm up to serve? 

    • Absolutely! I would bake it the night before, cool completely, cover and refrigerate. Once you’re ready to bake, I’d reheat it at 350 F degrees for about 25-30 minutes, until warmed through.

  158. Love this recipe!!  Substituted  sugar for Swerve brown and white sugar and almond flour and gluten free oats!!!
    Sooo delicious!!

  159. I spent some time trying to track down a recipe that was similar to my grandmother’s that was lost to mother nature. I remembered a few measurements and happened upon this recipe. The only differences is there was never any granulated sugar and she always grated a little nutmeg on it.

    Doing those two changes and swapping the apples to Granny Smiths, if it isn’t the same recipe, it’s really close. Delicious, and not overly sweet. Perfect September dessert.

  160. This recipe is delicious! I made it last year and loved it. Tried a different recipe; it just wasn’t the same. I found this recipe again a year after I first did it and fell in love all over again. The oats really do it. I pinned this recipe this time. One of my best desserts, thank you.

  161. OMG! SO GOOD!  It was hard not going back for seconds but because of the butter, I decided not to. I wad only making it for myself so I just used 3 apples and tried to half everything, but I wish I had added 4 apples because I had more of the topping to the proportion of apples. The apples were really good, too! I did however use lime juice because I didn’t have lemons and I added a little more lime juice than the recipe suggested. Didn’t need any ice-cream on top! 

  162. This easy apple crisp recipe is reminiscent of generations past.

  163. I would like to make these in individual ramekins.  Any advice?  Thank you!

  164. Made this today with Granny Smith apples and omg this dessert is to die for!!!! This was absolutely delicious and I want to eat the entire thing! Both my daughter and husband loved it! Definitely a recipe to keep and use frequently yearlong!!! 

  165. Made tonight for hubby’s Birthday. We loved it. It was fabulous. Will be making again. Thank you for recipe.

  166. This is a nice blog for me.I am making recipe with peaches and I put a pancake mix on the bottom with a nail in it we’ll see how it tastes when it’s done. thank you.

  167. The best Apple Crisp ever. Made it exactly as the recipe.
    I would like to make it for a larger group, in a 9 x 11 pan.
    Can you tell me the increased measurements for that?
    Thank you

    • So glad you enjoyed it! For a 9×11 pan, I would 1.5x the recipe, so if you hover over the 6 where it says 6 servings, a toggle bar will show up. Toggle to the right until the servings number says 9, and that should be 1.5x and all the ingredient amounts will be automatically calculated for you 🙂

  168. Add about 1 cup shredded cheddarto the topping before putting on top then bake. Our school did this to use up cheese we got in commodities. My aunt was head cook for 281/2 years. They had to use everything or they would lose the commodoties. We had the cheesiest Mac and cheese ever!

    • Why would you add shredded cheese to the top of an apple crisp?

      That doesnt sound appetizing at all…

      • Cheese on apple pie is a pretty common combo in some parts of the US and
        the UK. Putting it on a crisp is a logical extension of that. You should give it a try sometime.

  169. Can I use less oats? If I use less oats, can I substitute it for the same amount of all purpose flour? I use a scale to measure my ingredients.

  170. This recipe is yummy! We have pear trees, so I used pears instead of apples. It turn out great and the whole family loved it! Thank you!☺️

  171. I had some stuff around the house I needed to use up. I looked up Apple Crisp and found your recipe. I substituted 4 large golden apples, used a (whole) broken graham cracker pie crust in the place of flour. I also added butter to the apples, because, why not? I baked them in a 10″ cast iron skillet and it turned out way better than the usual apple crisp. Thanks Chunky Chef!

  172. This was my first time making an apple crisp, I had apples getting old and found this online and it looked easy enough!! I’m trying to learn more baking recipes so I thought well the apples are getting old anyway let’s try it! ITS SOOOO GOOD OMG 🤩 it’s incredibly easy to make although it took me awhile to get the bitter mixed in well, it was my first time. Thank youuuu for this recipe and laying it out so simply! It’s 𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠. 

  173. The amount of crumble is perfect for this recipe if you enjoy a good amount of it to go with your apples, which i do! 😀 delicious from the first bite to the last. Thank you sooo much for sharing your delicious recipe! This will now part of my recipe collection and will be used whenever i have a hankering for apple crisp! Thanks again!

  174. I like a lot of topping – should I double the recipe or do you think this is enough? 

  175. I only had two golden devious apples left that were getting a little old.  I divided your recipe by 3 and made this in a small baking dish.  Just enough for two and it was delish!

  176. How many cups of apples do you need? I am using some small apples from a neighbor’s tree.

  177. I’ll be making this tomorrow, but I have an influx of apples from a generous neighbor. Would I be able to freeze this?

    • I haven’t frozen this recipe myself, but I know several other readers have done so successfully. I would assemble the crisp, then cover and freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bake as directed.

  178. Love this recipe. I’ve made several times.

    Thank you.

  179. Very easy to make. Reminded me of the apple crisp of my childhood. I used Granny Smith apples because I like the juxtaposition of the tart app kn e against the sweet crisp. I happened to have some sliced almonds on hand and put a crushed handful into the crisp topping before baking. The only change that I would make is to cut back slightly on the sugar. It was a bit to sweet for me. Definitely will be making this again.

  180. Very good recipe. I have used it twice. Once with peaches and blueberries and once with apples. So good. When I made the apple one, I didn’t realize I was out of sugar. So I just substitute brown sugar in with the apples. Did I mention it was good? Kind of gave it a caramel taste. So if you didn’t plan ahead like me, go ahead and substitute. In case anyone was wondering, this is a VERY GOOD recipe.

  181. Easy and Delicious. I used a granola mix and thought it turned out well. Even reheated it was good!

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

  183. This is so delicious!  I had some leftover fresh sweet cherries and blueberries to use up so I made it a 3-fruit crisp.  It was even more delicious!

  184. May I use peach instead of apple??

    • I’ve not tested using peaches in this recipe, but I think it would work well 🙂

      • I made it with peach, I think if I would do this again (with peach) I would not use cinnamon. I love this recipe! But if you use peach, do not use cinnamon. The cinnamon makes you want apple. Thx! <3 -CHLOE

  185. Made this recipe for my brother and sister-in-law (used granny smith apples instead of golden’s) and they LOVED it. My Mom had a taste and said it was delish. =)

  186. My topping didn’t crisp. It was floury. How come?

    • Oh no, that had to be frustrating! My only thought was that the butter wasn’t worked into the flour enough.

    • Same happened to me, it was dry and floury (still tasted good) and I do believe it is because I didn’t work butter in enough – I tried but it didn’t pearl up – would a hand mixer help or would that make it worse?

      • It does take some time to work it in… but I wouldn’t use a mixer. It wouldn’t be able to incorporate the butter without creaming it together. If you really struggle, try shredding or grating your butter. This way the pieces are very small to begin with. You could also use a food processor, just pulse a few times until you get pea sized pieces.

  187. Can you freeze apple crisp? And can you freeze apples? If so how do you prepare them for freezing?

    • I haven’t tested freezing this recipe, but I know several other readers have done so successfully. I would assemble the crisp, then cover and freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bake as directed.

  188. This apple crisp recipe is my favorite! I made it for my family the other day and they loved it. I used apples the first time I made it but the second time I used peaches and it turned out great! I like to prepare the apples ahead of time and let them sit in the fridge for a few hours to soak up the cinnamon, sugar, and lemon. They are way better that way. 

  189. I have tried many apple crisp recipes but this one is hands down the best! We loved it and I am making it again. Thank you. A word says to eat an apple in a day keeps the doctor away.

  190. made mini apple pies and decided to use this recipie for my extra apple filling 🙂 can i make this recipie with less filling and less topping?

  191. Do you need to refrigerate leftovers?

  192. The best Apple Crisp ever. Made it exactly as the recipe. 
    I would like to make it for a larger group, in a 9 x 11 pan.
    Can you tell me the increased measurements for that?
    Thank you

    • So glad you love it! For a pan that size I’d estimate 1.5x the recipe. If you hover over the serving size number, a slider bar will pop up. Just slide the bar in either direction, until the number of servings you want shows (I’d go for 9 servings), and it’ll automatically calculate the correct amount of each ingredient.

  193. Can I use quick oats? That’s all I have in my pantry.

  194. I have tried many apple crisp recipes but this one is hands down the best! We loved it and I am making it again. Thank you.

  195. The ONLY apple crisp for my family of 4!!!! I just baked this tonight and will be having my seconds for breakfast tomorrow morning. Scrumptious!

  196. Simply delicious 

  197. This is a great quick desert. I didn’t have any oatmeal in the cabinet however; Raisin Brand Cereal. That’s the only change I made so far. You can also used chopped nuts if you prefer. Awesome as is or change it up. Yummy either way!

  198. Just made this and it is wonderful!! Thank you for sharing such a simple and delicious recipe. On the picture it says make ahead, but didn’t see any directions as to how? Or how far ahead would you recommend making it? Thanks again!

    • So glad you loved it! I would bake it the night before, cool completely, cover and refrigerate. Once you’re ready to bake, I’d reheat it at 350 F degrees for about 25-30 minutes, until warmed through.

  199. My teen followed the recipe exactly as written and it turned out fantastic. Honestly, it was the best apple crisp I’ve ever eaten. Great recipe!

    • Can I use coconut oil instead of butter?
      Can I use almond or coconut flour instead of regular flour?

      • I’ve not tested the recipe using coconut oil and almond/coconut flour, so I can’t say for certain if it will turn out the same.

      • Don’t know if you still need this: I haven’t tried using coconut oil instead of butter but I used oat flour instead of the regular flour and it turned out very well. Because of that I’m assuming almond flour would be fine. 

  200. Cooking time can vary a bit depending on the type of apple you use. Granny Smiths take longer to soften up so I cut them smaller compared to Galas. Good dependable recipe! 

  201. I figured it out, needed 6 apples

  202. I cut up 4 apples and said no way this is going to work in a 9″ x 9″ with the topping, I’ll try it with 4 apples and add a touch of flour to coat.

  203. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Oh my goodness, delicious. Drizzled with my nieces homemade goat 🐐 milk caramel.

    • Very good recipe! Tasty and the crunch is phenomenal…easily doubled and adaptable with anything you want to add. Highly recommended!

  204. This looks super yummy! I have been looking for an old-fashioned Apple Crisp recipe forever. Can’t wait to try this one out!

  205. This apple crisp is totally perfect. I am absolutely a apple lover and I love every single piece of it. Can’t wait till the weekend to make it with my boyfriend. This’ll be a big wow wow for sure.

  206. I don’t have an oven!
    How long In microwave?

  207. So, in my other review, I preemptively gave this a five-star rating before I actually made it. That was a mistake. Because it deserves a ten-star rating! I made this to bring to a dinner party tonight, for discerning foodie friends. When it came out of the oven, just looking at it, I wasn’t sure it was going to be good, or even edible. And (drats) I couldn’t taste it, since I was bringing it to a party. Well, boy oh boy, were my concerns unwarranted, because it was it fabulous! The texture, the flavor, the crunchy crust, WOW! I added pecans, which everyone seemed to like. It was a huge hit! And, I bet the leftovers are even better the next day. But alas, we shall never know, as there were none! Thanks for the amazing recipe, will be making this many, many, many times!

  208. I recently tried a recipe for apple crisp for the instant pot. My husband rated it 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. Then I found this recipe and he ratied it a 20 on the same scale of 1 to 10. Btw I made it last night and it is almost gone already!!

  209. So excited to make this! Can I make it tomorrow for a dinner party the next day? Does it reheat well? (Giving it a preemptive five-star rating, because I know it will be great!!!)

  210. I loved this apple crisp!! It’s the best and easiest I found yet! My family loves it and it’s quick and easy. Thank you for sharing!

    • Great dish but after baking, some of the topping was still unbaked. I baked at the recommended temp for 50 minutes. Why is that?

  211. First time making apple crisp. It was  amazing delicious! My husband loved it. Thank you for the recipe . Will definitely make again. 

  212. Can I drizzle caramel sauce over apples before I top it with the crisp mixture.

  213. I have been baking forty years and this recipe has great instructions and is absolutely delicious. Thanks

  214. Best apple crisp recipe ever! Found this recipe a month ago and have already made this recipe 3 times! The family loves it. Thank you !

  215. Definitely the best apple crisp I have ever made. Have already St smade this dessert

    • So good but next time I plan to omit the sugar in the apples. I think the sweetness in the crumble is more than enough. Has anyone made with less sugar?

  216. This is the best crisp I have ever made. Lovely recipe.  I added walnuts. Thanks!

  217. I am stuck in Costa Rica. Not a great selection of apples here.

    I used 5 manga and 1/4 pineapple instead. That was great. Next time, we only had one manga, so I added 1/4 pineapple, 1/2 cantaloupe nd some dried cranberries ( put those on the bottom). And some chopped cashews on the topping.
    No added sugar. A twisted idea but wow, it is good.

  218. I had some apple pie filling that was past the date recommended for freshness. I figured I needed to use it but I didn’t have pie crust so I decided to use it to mark the apple crisp. I though the pie filling would take the place of the 1st 3 ingredients. I decide to do the topping as it was. I put the filling on the bottom of glass pan. Instead of wheat flour I used the blender to grind up the oats to flour. Use the blender to mix the brown sugar, butter and a portion of the flour. Crumble mixture with remaining flour and oats put it over the apple pie filling. Stirred in to the filling and baked. It was really good but I should have reduced the sugar since the pie filling had sugar already in it……

    really sweet so it did not need the caramel but the ice cream was great.

    If I do this again I will reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup and maybe increase the oats by 1/4 cup. I really like the crisp part of apple crisp.

  219. Bomb dot com! Thanks so much for this recipe! Made it today as a little Mother’s Day desert for myself. I did share some with the offsprings but kept most of it for myself! HaHa

  220. You didn’t say when to add flour and I didn’t use it .. not very good 

  221. Yummy. Like I remember mom made. 

  222. We made this and it came out so delicious. May have over packed the cup of brown sugar but it still tasted amazing! Thank you!

  223. The entire family said it was the best dessert they have had in awhile. I only had McIntosh apples and they break down a little faster so next time I will try golden delicious but it was still tasty.

  224. I just made these and WOW. I halved the recipe and used a 5x9inch pan, and used dark brown sugar and quick oats instead since that was all I had on hand. They turned out so amazing, with the perfect ratio of apple to crumble, and it tasted phenomenal with some vanilla ice cream on top. Very easy recipe that was quite foolproof (I’m not too great at baking). Will definitely make again! 

  225.  I loved this apple crisp!! It’s the best and easiest I found yet! My family loves it and it’s quick and easy. Thank you for sharing! I didn’t even have to use lemon juice and it still came out great! 

  226. I made this and used Truvia Brown Sugar,and used Earth Balance with 2T of butter.Healthier and tasted great! 

  227. My 4 grown children love this. All 5 Grandchildren love it too. Haven’t met anyone (yet) who turns down a piece of this delicious dish. It’s a great make ahead recipe too Love, Love, Love this 😋 

  228. I made this yesterday. It was delicious and all gone within and hour! Will definitely make again.

  229. This was fantastic! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I used oat flour (by grinding up one cup of oats) and made a few minor substitutions because of what I had in my pantry – dark brown sugar and apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice. I also used a tsp of vanilla in the crumble and only five apples with the peel on. It was so delicious and crunchy on top while gooey in the middle. I look forward to making it again! It made enough for two large servings for two people for two days haha so four large (and I mean large) servings. Very rich and satisfying!

  230. I’m in the process of making it now. I used one package of nature valley oats and honey granola bar (only what I had on hand) and did everything else. Well when I was using the fork to fold in cold cubed butter it ended up being more of a paste rather than crumble. It’s in the oven now and smells good but do you no why it would turn out like that (I pushed the butter down with fork into batter) 

    • Megan, you probably just needed to “work” the butter into the topping more. I usually do it with my hands, rather than a fork or pastry cutter. It takes a little while to incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients. How did it turn out with the granola bars??

  231. My family loved this!! They are so sick of eating at home, so the fact that it is almost gone, less than an hour after I pulled it from the oven, speaks volumes! Will definitely make again! Thank you!

    P.S. We were even out of ice cream—and they still loved it!

  232. I was skeptical but this recipe is incredible! Perfect amount of topping and incredible flavor. Apples came out soft and flavorful. Make it with my kids to use up apples and they devoured it. We didn’t have a pastry cutter so I just mashed the butter chunks and spread them out the best I could. It was bubbly and delicious. I considered melting the butter and pouring it over the topping next time before cooking. Not sure if that would work.

  233. Wow superb recipe!!!
    Will make again

  234. I have some oats and honey Nature Valley granola bars. Can I crush those up to put on the top? Think that will come out right?

    • You mean instead of using all oats? Yes that should work, but you’ll still need the brown sugar, flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, and diced cold butter if you want a topping that looks similar to this 🙂

  235. I made this for my family and it has become our absolute favorite!! We love this recipe!! It is easy and tasty!!

  236. Love this recipe. I have made it 3 times. The first time was by the recipe, I played with a little the second time but decided it didn’t need improvement and so this time I went back to the original.

  237. Absolutely delicious! Perfect recipe, just the way it is!

    • This was just what I needed for my apple crisp hankering! However, the apples were still a little hard and the top wasn’t bubbling at 50 minutes. Not sure if I need to cook a little longer?? This was amazing!

  238. I have nothing, but wonderful things to say about this recipe!! I had so many apples and looked up what I could make with them and came across this recipe. It is simple, perfect, and delicious! My boyfriend loves it and comes out of the office saying it smells better than any candle we’ve ever had haha. During the quarantine, I’ve been making this for others to bring some sweetness into their lives! They’ve all enjoyed. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! This ones staying in the books for a long long time.

  239. Delicious recipe. Made it a few weeks ago and am back to make it again. I use honeycrisp since they’re the family favorites.

  240. Oh yeah… 1/2 a stick of butter does not equal half a cup of butter… :-/ My crisp didn’t crisp, but that was obviously just because I used half the amount of butter that I should have. It still tastes good. I just folded the failed topping into the baked apples for a gooey mess that is no less complementary to vanilla ice cream than if I had the ability to follow simple instructions. 🙂 Next time, I won’t be so easily defeated! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  241. This was absolutely delicious! Simple to put together and makes your house smell amazing when it’s in the oven. Added a scoop of pralines and cream ice cream over the top while it’s still warm and it’s a beautiful dessert that everyone will enjoy. 

  242. Oh my goodness, delicious. Drizzled with my nieces homemade goat 🐐 milk caramel. I made two batches of Apple 🍎 Crisp. I’m in trouble, now. 

  243. can i use regular sugar instead of brown sugar?

  244. Can you use anything else if you don’t have lemon juice?

  245. This recipe is awesome!! Needed to use up apples and found your recipe!! Now…..I will need to buy more apples!!! Delicious!!! Thanks for your sharing!!

  246. Can you use quick cook oats instead of old fashioned oats? Trying to use what I have. Thanks!

  247. This apple crisp recipe is the greatest, it’s so good. Have to make it again today. Thank You.

  248. So easy and delicious. Will definitely make again

  249. Delicious!  I love when there is a lot of topping and the ratio with this recipe is fantastic. I made it in a 9×9. Used 5 gala and 1 Granny Smith apple. Perfect sweetness and texture. 👍

  250. Delicious! I had a smaller dish so I used 2/3 cup sugar/flour/oats and 1/3 cup margarine for the topping turned out great!!

  251. This is hands down the best apple crisp I have ever had. My family loves it and it will be passed down for generations to come!

  252. Can I prepare all of this, stick it in the fridge and then pop it in the over after dinner?  Will it be okay unbaked in the fridge for a couple of hours?

  253. Thank you for this. I hate to cook. I CAN cook. I just don’t like to. This recipe was straight forward and easy to make. We are quarantining and whatnot so I had to make it. It’s perfect.

  254. Amazing!!! Thanks for the recipe. The only thing I’d change is to add more spices in the apples, next time. 

  255. AND Thank you thank you thank you for the link to the carrot cake. I wanted carrot cake for Easter dinner…. and was going to try to find one. Now I can make it myself. 

  256. Using up things in the kitchen during quarantine …. we had apples that weren’t being eaten…. luckily I had al the ingredients. This was perfect!  Thank you!

    • Easy and delicious!!!. I was looking for a recipie with apples. I bought many for the quarantine. My family loved the dessert! Thank you.

  257. This is my go-to apple crisp recipe! It is truly SO good. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and OMG.

  258. Made this on a whim because I had a big bag of apples that needed to be eaten soon, and MAN was it incredible! I used Granny Smith which I feared wouldn’t be good but it didn’t matter, still a fantastic end product! 

  259. I was looking for something yummy that had a short ingredient list while under quarantine. This recipe was perfect and was so incredibly delicious. Thank you for providing a little bit of sunshine during these difficult days. We loved it!

  260. Can this be frozen after it is cooked. 

  261. I am a horrible baker but this is once of my favorite desserts. Other recipes often end up more of an apple mush but this recipe was so easy to follow and turned out perfectly!! Soooo good!!

    • Andrea, the mush is because you’d used the wrong kind of apples. Google “baking apples” and see what names you recognize from seeing them in the grocery store. Normally I would just tell you which ones work but some apple varieties are only available regionally, so google is your best bet.

  262. I am going to use chopped rhubarb mixed in with the apples as I love rhubarb..I have done this for years and it is my family’s favorite..

  263. 4/2/2020 – We used “Pink Lady” apples, available at Walmart!! THIS WAS THE VERY BEST APPLE CRISP I’VE EVER EATEN!! NO JOKE !!  Followed the Recipe as written, except used “Pink Lady” apples. We have made it three times & it turns out the same every time!!  FAMILY LOVES IT!!! jwt

  264. Tasted amazing. Husband loved it.

  265. Made this tonight with some honeycrisp apples and it was easy and delicious. Thank you for this recipe.

  266. Will quick oats work instead of old fashioned oats?

  267. Hi there! When you double it – do you just use a 9×13 and then what would the cooking time need to be extended to? Thanks so much, can’t wait to try it!!!

  268. can i use nutmeg in place of cinnamon?

  269. YUMMY Recipe!!! I made the OLD FASHIONED EASY APPLE CRISP last night and it was a hit! I’m happy I doubled the recipe because my family can’t keep their hands off it. I used Honey Crisp apples and followed the recipe and it was perfect. I only wish I had some ice cream on hand. 🙂

  270. Made this tonight for the first time. Only one word I can use to describe this dish. AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. 

  271. Delicious… we made with left over honey crisp apples.. the topping is ridiculously good – glad we made a little extra! mmmm

    • Awesome, easy recipe! I’ve made it twice this month with apples that didn’t get eaten. First with Granny Smith, second time I used pink lady’s. I didn’t add salt and it still turned out great. Thanks for this recipe! 

  272. Y’all………. this was DELICIOUS! Honestly one of the best apple desserts I’ve ever had, and I made it myself! Not only is the final dish super tasty, but the recipe was simple and easy to “make your own”. I follow a vegan diet, so I just subbed my vegan butter for the dairy butter and I also subbed granny smith apples – because those were what I had at home (plus I thought the tartness would compliment the sweetness of the sugar well). I also only had 3 apples, so I just used half of everything and it worked out perfect!

    Easily a 5/5 dish and I can’t wait to check out other recipes! : )

  273. Made tonight with gala apples and it turned out amazing!

  274. Wonderful recipe! Cutting up the butter into cubes made a world of difference to me as cutting in a whole stick was painful for my hands. This made it much more manageable. Also, the first part of the mixture that coats the apple squares, made them much more flavorful. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  275. Made this tonight because we had leftover granny smith apples…OMG so good..can’t wait to get some soy ice cream to go on top! Thank you for the recipe!

  276. This apple crisp was amazing!!! my friends went crazy over it! I used honeycrisp apples and added caramel on the top!! Delicious!!! five stars!!!