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Easy Apple Crisp

Fall dreamers know there’s no fruit that speaks to a Fall-loving heart like apples. And for this particular Fall-dreamer, there’s no dessert quite like an easy and delicious Apple Crisp (or some call it Crumble) recipe.

To bowls of Easy Apple Crisp topped with vanilla ice cream
This post was originally published on September 20, 2018 and updated on September 9, 2019

I love how seasonal changes bring us foods and dishes that are tied to seasons. I grew up close to the equator so for the longest time I had no experience with seasons, and definitely not seasonal foods.

But I have come to embrace the beauty of seasons, love the transitions from one season to another, and yes, I absolutely anticipate foods the next season brings.

My yearly, must-have Fall go-to apple dish is this Easy Apple Crisp. Every time Fall hits, or when it feels like Fall is hitting soon (like now) 😉 , Apple Crisp will graze us with its presence. It is my introduction to autumn and cooler weather, and also my cheat way of eating Apple Pie.

I say cheat because I love me a good Apple Pie, however, every now and then, we all need an apple pie made easy. This Apple Crisp recipe is delicious, easy to make, and if you want to indulge in homemade apple desserts without a lot of work, THIS IS YOUR GEM.

What apples to use for Apple Crisp

The best apples to use for baking are tart ones, and options are Granny Smith (probably the most common), Honeycrisp, Pinklady, Jonagolds/Jonathan, Melrose etc.

How to make Easy Apple Crisp

There are two parts to making this Easy Apple Crisp recipe. The apple mixture and the crisp (or crumble).

I start with the crisp mixture by mixing together old-fashion oats or rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, melted butter, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. When done mixing, you can set the mixture in the refrigerator while working on the apple mixture.

When ready to bake, give it another stir so that you get a more crumbly texture after the mixture harden slightly in the fridge.

As for the apple mixture, bring together about 3-4 sliced (or cubed) apples. If you are lazy and don’t mind the skin on, cut them up with the skin on. Mix together apples, flour, vanilla extract, brown sugar and cinnamon, and give it a good stir.

A bowl of apples tossed with cinnamon, flour, vanilla extract and brown sugar
Toss apples with flour, vanilla extract, brown sugar and cinnamon

Grease a 9″ round or square pan with vegetable or canola oil, and layer the pan with apple mixture.

Top the apple mixture with the crisp mixture, and send it into the oven to bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Topping apples with crumble


How to serve Easy Apple Crisp (Crumble)

If you choose to, and I must say I do highly recommend it, serve it with vanilla ice cream. Vanilla ice cream on warm, gooey, slightly crunchy apple crisp is heavenly and perfect.

Other less heavy options include topping it with whipped cream or vanilla frozen yogurt.

Of course you can eat it plain, but in my personal, truly humble opinion, a little bit of cream to crisp is quite a game-changer.

It is truly the perfect dessert to top off dinner. Not too difficult to execute, and delicious as can be.

In addition, they keep fairly well in the fridge for a couple of days. Reheat by microwaving leftover crisp and then topping it with ice cream!

This recipe is a slight variation from my Easy Peach Crisp recipe. If you love a good fruit crisp, you should check that out too!

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To bowls of Easy Apple Crisp topped with vanilla ice cream

Easy Apple Crisp

The ultimate easy apple crisp recipe! Warm apple filling combined with crunchy crisp, topped with vanilla ice cream. It’s the perfect Fall dessert!
4.80 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 505kcal
Author: MinShien


Apple Filling

  • 4-5 tart apples (Granny Smith, Honeycrisp)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • 1 cup old fashion oats or rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted


  • vanilla ice cream


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
  • In a medium bowl, bring together all the crisp ingredients. Stir to mix well. Optional: refrigerate for 15-30 minutes, then stir and mix crisp mixture again. This will enable the crisp to be more crumbly.
  • Peel apples then slice or cube them. Bring apples to a large bowl and mix together with flour, vanilla extract, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Bring apple mixture to a 9″ round or square pan. Spread apple evenly onto the pan, then top with crisp mixture.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let it cool for 5 minutes
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!



Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 723IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    You have created so beautiful autumn delicacy ! Thank you so much !

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 5 stars
    Very tasty & VERY easy! I saved this recipe so I could make it again. My husband is a fan of apple pie but sometimes I don’t have the energy to make a double crust pie. This is a solid second choice. I added far more cinnamon than was called for & with recipes like this, it is very easy to make changes as needed. This recipe could easily accommodate a swap of apples for pears or peaches. I see this being used in our dessert future often. I don’t rate many recipes 5-stars as I create my own & not much stands up the scrutiny of my husband & I. This is a well deserved 5-star recipe. Thanks for sharing tasty love!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Hi Amberlin, I am SO GLAD you enjoyed this recipe!! Thank you so much for your kind review and comments! And you are SO RIGHT – you can swap out the apple and easily make this with another fruit!! I love doing that as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    This apple crisp was so easy and delicious! Heated up well the next day, too. I usually always stick with chocolate desserts, but this was so good that I definitely want to have it again soon!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. phaedra Geerman says:

    hi, it’s delicious but a little to sweet for the taste of my kids where should i cut down the sugar? in the crust or in the apple? and how much?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! You can definitely cut down on the sugar! Reduce the brown sugar in the crust by 1/3 cup (that’s where most of the sweetness comes from), and you can also reduce the sugar in the filling by a tablespoon too.

  5. 5 stars
    This is absolutely my favorite apple recipe. My whole family loves it, and the best thing is, it’s super easy!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Aw yay! Thank you!! So glad to hear!