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


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!


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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!


  • 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 34 votes
Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp
6 servings
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
  • 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
  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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78 comments on “Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp”

  1. This looks like a really good recipe. Just wondering, do you think this would work in a pie crust? 

  2. Could I use oats n’ honey granola (instead of just oats)? And, I would LOVE little hint of peanut butter (maybe just add a tad to topping crumble?)…How would you adjust?

    • I’ve never used granola or peanut butter, but I think using the granola would work, and maybe add a tbsp of peanut butter to the topping? You could also melt some peanut butter and drizzle it over the top after it’s baked 🙂

  3. This was delicious and exactly the apple crisp I was craving. Thank you!

  4. This is great. Keeping the recipe. 

  5. I keep coming back to this recipe so I decided to take the time to leave a reply. I made it pre-Thanksgiving to test it out and it was awesome. For Thanksgiving I doubled the recipe for 20 adults. It was gone by the evening. I am making it right now for after dinner tonight. I have used MacIntosh and Fuji apples, both delicious and tonight I am using Galas, because they were the freshest I could find. I am quite sure it would be delicious with any kind of apple. 😀

  6. Love this!! Do you think baking times would need to be adjusted if I made this in a cast iron pan? 

  7. I cant wait to try it just made it

  8. This was ridiculously good! My whole family loved it. I used all Granny Smith bc that is
    what I had on hand. This will be my new go to recipe. My husband won’t come home with the
    “red box” mix for me to make anymore. 😉 Thank you!

  9. These looks soo good! I just bought a bag of apples and cant wait to try this recipe! yum! Regards Juliana

  10. Hi! What does the lemon juice do? Just curious as I’m done have a lemon..

  11. OMG!! This is the best apple crisp I’ve EVER MADE!! Even my hubby likes it… and let me say..he is PICKY!!! Thanks for sharing this hands down best recipe.. I had to go buy more apples to make some more. The batch I made at Thanksgiving Day.. was gone the next day

  12. Made this for a family dinner today and everyone loved it! Not a tiny piece was left. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  13. My son made this this morning and it’s delicious.hes 11 and did it all by himself.so it’s a great recipe for the kids to make.fun ingredients and totally impressed with the results.

  14. I’ve made this twice now, once for my bible study and once just for my husband and me. My husband said it was the best thing he’s ever eaten, and I agree. It is AMAZING, and so easy to make (I found your blog by searching for “easy apple crisp”). I’m about to make it right now for Thanksgiving. 🙂 Thank you! 

  15. This is very good. I used my hands to blend the topping – quicker and easier!

  16. If I make this tonight, can I bake it tomorrow or will the ingredients get soggy and the apples bad? Is this something tha needs to be made day of? Or if I bake tonight can I keep in fridge and then reheat in oven for serving purposes on Thanksgiving, and does bake time change?

    • I’ve never made it ahead of time, but I think it would be okay. Maybe add a little more lemon juice so the apples don’t brown. Make the filling and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator; then make the topping and keep it in a sealable baggie in the refrigerator. Assemble it tomorrow and bake as directed 🙂

  17. What size apples?

  18. Hi Amanda – I moved to Denver a few years ago & living at high altitude can make baking a challenge.  I would like to take this delicious dessert to a Friendsgiving on Thursday, but am a little trepidacious as I have’t had any practice runs😀 Do you think any adjustments are needed for 5280 altitude? Thanks so much

  19. I’m short on time. I have 2 kids under 2. Can I use apple pie filling instead and then proceed with the topping? If so, how long would you bake it and anything else to know if I do it this way. I’m an amateur. 🤦🏻‍♀️

    • 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? I also can’t guarantee that it’ll taste the same, as it’s not how the recipe was designed to be made.

  20. Love it

  21. This looks aaahhhmazing! Planning on making for the family Thanksgiving. I have the one-minute oats. Will that work instead of the old fashioned oats for the topping?

  22. Why are some folk complaining? I find the comments and blog really helpful, that way you know if it’s the right recipe for you amongst all the other hundreds of possibles and how a tweak here and there might affect the outcome. I guess you just can’t please everyone and some just aren’t happy unless they’re finding fault. I’d just like to say thanks for taking the time and trouble to write all this out for the benefit of others. You are wonderfully kind.

  23. 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

  24. Made this for girls night and it was amazing and so well received!! Going to make it again to bring to Thanksgiving at my boyfriends dads house, fingers crossed for a repeat performance! QUESTION: can you add some pears to this recipe? Curious if it would work, wanted to make it a little extra fancy for the holiday. 

    • So glad everyone loved it! I think pears would be great in this… although you might want to test it to make sure the pears work just as well with the apples before you take it to the big event 🙂

  25. Great, easy recipe. Thank you!

  26. The crisp is the same as the one I learned when I was a child. Came out the same way. Thank for the right measurements that’s all I forgot. Almost everyone that had the crisp love it. So I gave them your site and they fell in love with the old food.

  27. Too much preamble.

    • Poor thing… you had to scroll for the free recipe. Did you not see the “jump to recipe” button right at the top of the post?

      • I just stumbled across your food blog, and I think I love you already!!!! The recipe looks divine (I’ll make it today and report back), and I adore your spunk. Keep it up!!!!

  28. I made this today and it was delicious.  I love to cook,  but don’t bake often and was very pleased with how this turned out.  Used a variety of apples I had from apple picking in NYS.  Added a granny smith from the market.  Made as written except I used a larger casserole with more apples and increased the crumble recipe a bit too.  I added vanilla extract.  It cooked a little longer and I was worried the topping wasn’t cooking and added a little melted butter on top.  Amazing!!!

  29. This was very easy and quick to put together! I wanted to make a 9×13 because i had alot of apples that were “on their way out”. I kept everything the same on the recipe, just increased the apples I used. It was AMAZING! Not too much sugar and just the right amount of crunch. I always have a hard time blending butter into a crust, so I just cut the butter really small and mashed it into the topping mixture. It came out perfect!

  30. This was one of the easiest and best things I have ever made. It tastes amazing. I used pink lady apples I bought at the farmers market.

  31. I use a couple boxes of jiffy yellow cake mix instead of flour…holy moly is it good!

  32. Thank you sharing your recipe. I make this into a deep dish pie with a bottom pie crust.

  33. I made this apple crisp tonight! My family loved it! I substituted “apple flour” for regular flour. It added a bit more sweetness to the crumble topping. Thanks for the great recipe! 

  34. Quick and fabulous… family loved it. I also used quick oatmeal worked fine.

  35. Great recipe I also added touch of nutmeg the house smells divine

  36. Super yummy Apple Crisp recipe. Thank you!!

  37. what is wrong with you? If I search for a recipe I want a recipe, not commentary and pictures

  38. We replaced the white sugar with maple syrup….. yum!

  39. This is amazing! Very similar to my Mom’s recipe. It turned out so good and I had to have a tiny taste before tonight. I did have a struggle with the cold butter and the pastry blender (but I won).

  40. This is a great apple crisp recipe.  Tried a couple other web recipes, but this one was far above the rest.  Very balanced and tasty.  I did use quick cooking oats and it worked fine.  I also expanded the recipe by about half again for a larger pan and cooking time was about 5-10 minutes more.  DELISH!!!

  41. Don’t you be messin’ with my grammy’s apple crisp by changing the recipe which you never had. Because if you did, you would not put only……..OOPS. looks like I misread the recipe, ok that makes sense. ok I put in 3/4 a cup of brown sugar and then decided to add more apples and make extra topping. at the beginning I add the lemon juice to the apples like you did. but I threw in a little secret sauce to mine; cup of half apple juice, half rum.

  42. I make the apple crisp all the ime… the I make a lot of and freeze it for later use… it’s always amazing

  43. The best recipe! This was our 7th try and third recipe….fall apple picking prompted the baking frenzy. The key to this successful recipe is the cold butter cut into the topping. I am not a baker, so my daughter and I kept trying until we got it right. (Friends and family got our trial runs.)
    Now, I can confidently make an apple crisp worth serving….so excited! Thank you.

  44. Delicious☺

  45. 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 🙂

    • I made it like normal and froze it! Thaw before cooking then bake a sandwich normal. Delish! Fresh homemade apple crisp in the winter! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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