Apple Crisp Recipe

Apple Crisp is the perfect dessert for the apple lover. This apple crisp recipe is made with flavorful apples, cinnamon, and a perfectly crisp topping.

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There is one dessert that is always my sister’s favorite and it is this Apple Crisp. She starts talking about it as soon as the weather starts to chill and it is a must-have throughout the fall and winter at my house. Warm, comforting and absolutely delicious, my recipe has the perfect ratio of apples to crispy topping that my family absolutely loves.

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Just look at that bite!

Oh me.

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Here are just a few notes about the recipe. I leave the peeling on my apples, but you can certainly peel your apples if you prefer. You’ll want to use your favorite baking apples in this apple crisp recipe.

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So, if you are looking for an Apple Crisp Recipe that immediately makes you want to cozy up by the fire after enjoying a beautiful fall day, then this is it! Of course, a scoop of cinnamon ice cream takes it right on over the top!

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Apple Crisp Recipe

Total Time 55 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Apple Crisp is the perfect dessert for the apple lover. This apple crisp recipe is made with flavorful apples, cinnamon, and a perfectly crisp topping.
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  • 10 cups sliced apples
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Apple Crisp Topping:

  • 8 tablespoons butter cut into large slices
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats divided
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil or 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Spray 9x13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, granulated sugar and ground cinnamon in a large bowl, tossing to make sure apples are well coated. Pour into prepared casserole dish.

Apple Crisp Topping:

  1. Add butter and flour to a large bowl. Cut butter into flour with a pastry blender, two knives or quickly using your fingers. Mix in brown sugar, 1 cup of oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add canola or coconut oil and spread on top of apple mixture.
  2. Spread remaining 1 cup of oats on top of oat and flour mixture, lightly pressing into the baking sheet.
  3. Bake until apples are tender and top of apple crisp has crisped and turned golden brown, about 45 minutes.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch


Robyn xo


Apple Crisp Recipe - Apple Crisp is the perfect dessert for the apple lover. This apple crisp recipe is made with flavorful apples, cinnamon, and a perfectly crisp topping. //


From the Add a Pinch recipe archives, originally published 2013.

66 comments on “Apple Crisp Recipe”

  1. I’m honestly not much of a crisp gal but I’d gladly eat this anytime!

    • Thank you for the fabulous recipe–I made this for my family and it is by far the BEST apple crisp recipe I have ever made! Everyone agreed with me–I will make this again and again! I have been baking for many years and am quite picky about the recipes I keep. I made one change and added 1/4 teaspoon of cloves. Thanks again!

  2. Good afternoon

    I love your recipes but wish they were metric for someone living in the UK.

    Best wishes


  3. Oh man. Apple crisp is one of my all time favorite treats!!

  4. Yes, apple crisp makes the world go round. This looks amazing!

  5. Wow, that topping is killing me! It looks amazing!

  6. oh, lucky me. I just happen to have all of the ingredients to make this today! haha This looks so delicious and yummy!!

  7. Of all the amazing fall desserts, apple crisp with always be my favorite!

  8. Can’t wait to try this. I have someone at work brining me apples from his tree, and this weekend we are going apple picking at a local farm. I never used oats in my crisp and am looking forward to trying it. I have a combo of crumbs and pecans. Yours looks so delicious!

  9. This is a true thing of beauty! I need a whole pan for myself asap.

  10. I’m pretty sure my diet in the fall consists of 50 percent apple crisp, I love it so. Your version is going on the “to-bake” list next!

  11. Oh man, I wanna jump right into this ooey gooey goodness!! 🙂

  12. Pretty sure this would be the ultimate late night snack and then the ultimate breakfast and…..

  13. THis is the best thing ever! I have to make it!!

  14. I have been looking for a good apple crisp this apple season! Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Just picked some jonagold in between the storm showers, a deer was gleaning some gravenstien out back that have dropped, and now tomorrow I’ll make my husband this crisp, I know he will like it, made lots of fresh gravenstien sauce yesterday in between storm outages, sure glad I wasn’t baking.

  16. I am not a baker, but would still like to try this recipe. What would be a good type of apple to use? I live in New York and there are all types out this time of year.

  17. If I wanted to half this recipe – how long would I cook it for? Would it still be at 350 degrees also?

  18. My family loved this! Thank you Robyn!

  19. Thanks for the recipe. Easy to make and tastes great!

  20. I’ve made this a few times & it never disappoints! We love it
    & I can’t wait to bring it as our Thanksgiving dessert!

  21. I just made this today, but the top of the apple crisp didn’t get brown or melty at all. What do you suppose I did wrong? The apples underneath were good, but the topping didn’t cook, and I was left with gray oats on top. I did press them into the crisp, too. I’m stumped!

    • Try using old-fashioned oats instead of quick-cooking oats. They are interchangeable, and the only difference between the two is the texture. Quick-cooking oats are chopped more & are lighter & more delicate (hence, quick-cooking). Old-fashioned oats are larger, have a heartier texture & stay firmer – which sounds like just what you need! Hope it helps, good luck & happy baking! 🙂

  22. The top of mine never got crunchy. I baked for over an hr. I pressed the top oats down as well. The rest of it was done. What did I do wrong??

    • Same thing happened to me and I did use the “old fashion oats”…..pressed them in….still light on top after an hour.

    • I was disappointed that the topping was not crisp at all. Tasted good but he oatmeal on top never cooked or mixed in. Also, next time I would cut apples in chunks instead of slices to make it easier to eat.

      • Hi Janet,
        I’m so sorry the topping didn’t crisp up for you. I love the idea of cutting the apples into chunks, too! xo

  23. I been making apple crisp for many years, with my old same recipe, but this one
    is the best, my family said this is the one, mi familia me dijo esta riquisima, deliciosa..muchas gracias.


  24. Do you photograph your dishes yourself? They always look amazing!

  25. Just wondered what kind of apples do you use in this? Thanks in advance.

  26. can u tell me the differences in the many variations of apples : re mc intosh etc i recently purchased lobo apples not really knowing if they were good for applesauce and apple pies and apple crisp look forward to hearing from u thanking u in advance for your time and reply

  27. How many apples would I need for your apple crisp recipe (10 cups of apples)
    Could I half this recipe as it sounds like it makes quite a bit; I’m afraid I’d eat too much if I made the whole thing. HEE!
    Thanks for your reply, Char

  28. Is there anyway to get the nutrition guide.

  29. I was always taught to add tapioca to apple crisp. It gives it that extra moisture and a good texture too.

  30. Made this tonight and its amazing! thanks

  31. Pretty sure this is the one I have been searching for! I will be making this tomorrow! Tonight am making oatmeal lace cookies to hold me over!

  32. I put 3-4 table spoons of ice water in the topping and it crisped up beautifully. It should feel a little moist. Works every time!

  33. I have cooked this before it is wonderful cook in the fall time or winter also put a big scoop of ice cream on top and sit by the fireplace and enjoy!!!!!!!!

  34. this Apple crisp was amazing! I used an assortment of apples ginger gold, honey crisp and Winesap. It was so good and my company loved it as well! Thank you! I shared the recipe!

  35. This apple crisp sounds absolutely perfect! I think this is going to have to make an appearance on my Thanksgiving table this year!

  36. How many apples to make 10 cups? And what about people having trouble with the top getting crisp?

  37. Can I combine a can of drained sour cherries to the apples? If so, would I have to mix the sour cherries with something else first, or does it need to be cherry pie filling? Thanks!

  38. Just put it together and it looks good. Serving it with French Vanilla ice cream. Waiting to bake it. Our anniversary dessert.

  39. Where do you get the Apple crisp to put in this recipe or do you make it yourself

  40. This looks a lot like my recipe! But I add chopped pecans to the topping. And I always use Granny Smith apples (peeled) to cut some of the sweetness. Looks divine!!

  41. I don’t have quick cook oats just rolled oats would it work or not?

  42. What name of Apple that you use this recipe?

  43. I’m curious about the ingredient canola oil in this recipe? I bake crisps all the time but I haven’t seen canola oil used in a crisp before? Which are your favourite apples to use? I find Granny Smith a bit too hard and tart and the other apples I have used become too mushy…

  44. I made this apple crisp for Thanksgiving Day so I tasted it today to see how it turned out. Bad results, will not make this again! Too much topping for this apple crisp, was very dry even ice cream did
    at help. Will need to come up with another dessert for toorrow.

  45. How many apples do you use for 10 cups? I never saw any response to this question. Thanks a ton! Looks awesome – excited to try it out with the family!

    • Hi Shannon – I give the measurement in cups in the recipe because of the vast difference in sizes of apples. Some apples you could use are huge, and other delicious apples are small. I hope you enjoy this apple crisp – it’s a delicious dessert!
      Happy holidays! xo

  46. I don’t have quick cooking oats. Can I used old fashioned oats?

  47. I made this yesterday and have mixed feelings about the results. Having made many apple crisps in my lifetime this one was not as good as others. For me, if you do not want to eat the topping all by itself it is not as good as it should be. I will not use oil again. I will use melted butter or margarine instead. I did not like the canola oil . It did not add anything to the flavor. The topping was on the dry side, compared to other crisps. Also, this was swimming in juice when I served it. The pans were half full of juice and hard to serve at an outdoor picnic, (I made 2). So it was delicious, but not as good as others .

    • I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the apple crisp, Laura. I’ve not had a problem with the topping being too dry or having too much juice before so I’m not sure what happened. The recipe calls for 8 tablespoons of butter in the topping already and you can use coconut oil instead of canola oil as listed in the recipe.
      Thanks for your input!

  48. My notes on this crisp:
    I made it once with fresh apples straight from a neighbor’s tree. They were crisp and sweet and perfect in this crisp. I brought it to a dinner and got endless compliments. The only changes I made were tossing the apple mixture with a light coating of corn starch to soak up and thicken any juices, and not putting any oil in the topping, just a personal preference and how my Mama taught me.
    I made it again tonight and had a very different experience. I had a large bag of granny smiths that were almost too sour to eat so I thought to make this again. In this instance the apples were too sour and when I added lemon juice, it made it worse. The sugar wasn’t enough to counter it. I also peeled almost all of the apples and found I liked the ones with peels more. (My bad.) I didn’t add the cornstarch this time because it wasn’t in the recipe and there was a lot of juice in the pan. So I think I’ll add the cornstarch if I make it again.

    Overall, very good recipe, but better with apples that are a touch sweeter than grannys. (That was my bad, but I used up my apples so it works.) She is right about leaving the peels on! Adds a nice texture and takes less time. I will add cornstarch when I make it just because of my experiences. It may not always need it. It probably depends on the apples and their water content. And I personally like using more butter vs. Oil in the topping but that’s my preference.

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