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!

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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

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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.

WHAT APPLES DO I USE FOR THIS EASY APPLE CRISP?

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.

TO PEEL, OR NOT TO PEEL?

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!

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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!

HELPFUL TOOLS:

  • 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!

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5 from 2 votes
6 servings
Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

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!

Calories: 301 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Butter an 8x8 baking dish, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Spread topping over apples in baking dish, and gently pat to even it out.  Bake 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.

  5. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note that all ovens bake differently, so yours may take a little less or a little more time to bake.  

 

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12 comments on “Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp”

  1. It doesn’t get any better than this classic recipe! Looks AMAZING!

  2. Apple crisp is my husband’s favorite! I should surprise him and make this!

  3. You just can’t go wrong with a classic dessert like apple crisp for the fall! 🙂 One of my favorites.

  4. Gimme! This crisp is absolutely perfection! My favorite fall treat!

  5. Best Fall Dessert! I love this so much!

  6. This looks AHHmazing! I need to try this ASAP! A sure hit with my family!

  7. Will cooking times very if I double the recipe and use a 9by13 pan?

  8. Hi. I’m wanting to make this , but all I have is quick cooking oats. Will those work or no? Thank you!!

  9. Have you ever refrigerated this dessert overnight before baking? Do you think it would do ok?

    • Hi Christen 🙂 I never have before, but I think it will work. I would make the filling and refrigerate it in the dish, and make the crumble and refrigerate it in an airtight container. Take the dish out about 30 minutes before you want to bake it, then top with the crumble topping and bake as directed. It might take a few extra minutes, but that depends on the size of the apples and how your oven bakes 🙂