Apple Crisp

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Crunchy, crispy apple crisp recipe! The easiest of the apple desserts, simply bake sliced tart apples topped with a streusel oat topping, with plenty of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Apple Crisp Recipe

Apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, and oats?

Welcome to the essential ingredients of an apple crisp, one of the most simple and easy of apple desserts!

This apple crisp recipe comes from my friend Sue Jackson of Littleton, Mass. She introduced it to me years ago and it has since become a favorite.

Easy Apple Crisp

One of the reasons I love this apple crisp recipe is how easy it is to make. It’s as no-fuss as you can get.

To make it, you just layer sliced peeled apples that have been tossed with lemon juice and vanilla in a baking pan. Then top the apples with a mixture of brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and oats, and bake!

Truly one of the easiest of apple desserts.

apple crisp recipe with baked apple crisp topping

It’s the crunchy topping that makes the apple crisp “crisp”. The brown sugar, oatmeal, and butter topping mixture caramelizes while it bakes, giving you a blanked of crispy, caramel-y wonderfulness over the baked apple slices. So good!

Use an Apple Peeler Corer for prepping apples

What’s your favorite way of prepping apples for pies, cobblers, or crisps? I highly recommend using an Apple Peeler Corer Slicer. Using one is a quick and easy way to process a lot of apples in just a few minutes.

Leftover apple crisp for breakfast

Just like a slice of apple pie makes the best breakfast, so does this apple crisp! Make extra for leftovers, and serve a spoonful on top of a bowl of yogurt.

Do you have a favorite way of preparing apple crisp? If so, please let us know about it in the comments.

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Updated August 1, 2018 : Updated introduction

Apple Crisp Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8


  • 7 tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature


1 Preheat oven to 375°F.

2 In a mixing bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, and vanilla. Toss to combine.

3 Layer apple slices in baking pan: Layer sliced apples in a 9 x 12-inch (or approximately the same size) baking pan.

4 Make topping: Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and oatmeal in a bowl. Cut in the butter. Sprinkle sugar mixture over apples.

5 Bake: Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes or until topping looks crunchy and apples are tender.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • addie

    I made this as a last minute dessert for my gluten free dinner guests. It was an absolute hit! I would highly recommend this recipe!


  • Caro Palermo

    I compared this recipes to a few others, this seemed the easiest…so tried it. I added a few tablespoons of flour and have to say this was delicious! Will definitely add it to my recipe collection. I like this better than apple pie. Your site has not steered me wrong.

  • Janet

    Delicious and easy to follow. I added more oats and chopped walnuts to topping, less butter, ground nutmeg (1 tsp.).Then I added craisins with the apples.
    Yummy. This is a recipe that you can change slightly every time.

  • Gloriana Fernandez

    This is WONDERFUL. Your recipes are always so reliable. They are easy to follow and the results, invariably delicious. After many years of following, this site is still my ultimate go to. Thank you!


  • Caylie

    I just made this dessert for mom last night and she loved it! It was so yummy I’m definitely going to make it again! Thanks for the recipe!


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