Buttery Apple Crisp Recipe

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Fall in love with this Apple Crisp Recipe! A simple, from-scratch, family favorite recipe that always goes over well regardless of who you’re serving it to, with a buttery kick!

Today I’m happy to be sharing this easy Apple Crisp Recipe. I love this dessert for so many reasons! I always have the ingredients on hand, it’s easy to throw together, it’s so so comforting, delicious any time of year and is really really hard to screw up.

Apple crisp with vanilla ice cream on top

Apple Crisp

I haven’t always loved the texture of baked apples (and cooked fruit in general), but the older I’ve gotten, the more I realized I could handle cooked fruit…as long as it had plenty of ‘cobbler’ or ‘crisp’ topping. That is, after all, the best part of cobblers and crisps, right? If it was socially acceptable to eat an apple crisp minus the apple, I totally would…and with vanilla ice cream too! But alas, that is not technically a dessert, so we add the apples. Still delicious!

What apples should I use for this recipe?

I prefer a tart granny smith apple for any apple cobbler, crisp or pie. It holds its shape well, doesn’t get mushy after baking, is always available and relatively inexpensive. Other great options would include Honeycrisp, Braeburn or Pink Lady.

Apple Crisp Recipe

Besides the Apples, the other ingredients you’ll need for the filling are granulated sugar, melted butter, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Fresh, cinnamony, buttery and sweet. Perfection.

For the crisp topping, you’ll need all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cold butter, salt, and rolled oats. Sweetness balanced by salt and crispy buttery oats for the top.

sliced apples in dish

What is the difference between apple crumble and apple crisp?

Believe it or not, the only big difference between the two is oats! The topping for an apple crisp has oats and sometimes nuts, making it more ‘crispy’. The topping for an apple crumble is more of a streusel, made just with flour, sugar, and butter. Canada and the US make these distinctions between the two. In other countries, both terms are used interchangeably.

To turn this recipe into an Apple Crumble, simply omit the oats. Voila! Apple Crumble!

Do I Have to Peel the Apples?

No way, if you like the skins on the apple then leave them on! Just don’t forget to core and cut them up, I’m pretty sure no one likes seeds in their Apple Crisp Recipe.

crisp topping

How to Make Apple Crisp

This apple crisp recipe is pretty easy. Make the filling, make the topping and then bake. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and enjoy! But here are the nitty-gritty details.

  1. Butter your baking dish and preheat oven to 35o degrees.
  2. Prepare your filling by peeling, coring and slicing the apples.
  3. Toss with flour, sugar, melted butter, and lemon juice. Pour those into your prepared pan.
  4. For the topping, cut cold butter into flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt and oat mixture. Finish by mixing with your hands to bring it together.
  5. Top the prepared apples with clumps of crisp topping and spread evenly.
  6. Bake 35-45 minutes or until apples are soft.

Can you make this recipe in advance?

Yes, you sure can! You can assemble the entire apple crisp up to 6 hours in advance and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. Then pop into a preheated oven and bake.

You can also bake it ahead, cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or back in the oven.

baked apple crisp recipe

Apple Crisp Recipe Pro Tips

Cutting In. You’re going to want to cut in the butter super well to the topping. Near the end I have you mix it with your hands to bring it all together. I know touching butter isn’t the nicest feeling but it is so worth it! There is no other way to know how well it’s mixed than by mixing with your hands. Don’t forget to take off any jewelry and wash your hands before mixing.

Covering. You don’t need to cover the crisp while it is baking. The top should brown perfectly while protecting and baking the insides. If for some weird reason your top starts to brown too much, you can cover it with tinfoil and finish baking.

Slicing. Be sure to slice your apples thinly and evenly so they are able to bake all the way through. Crunchy apples are not a part of this apple crisp plan.

Toppings. Try adding nuts to your crisp topping or finish the whole thing off with vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce!

serving apple crisp dessert

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Make sure to save this recipe by printing or pinning it! It is definitely one you’ll want to make this coming cold season! Have a good day!

5 from 2 votes

Buttery Apple Crisp Recipe

Fall in love with this Apple Crisp Recipe! A simple, from-scratch, family favorite recipe that always goes over well regardless of who you're serving it to, with a buttery kick!
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

Ingredients

For the apple filling:

  • 4 granny smith apples
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

For the crisp topping:

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a medium-size casserole dish and set aside.
  • Peel and core apples. Slice into thin pieces and place into large bowl. Toss together with sugar, melted butter, flour, cinnamon and lemon juice. Pour into prepared pan and spread to even out.
  • For the crisp topping: measure all ingredients into a large bowl and use a pastry cutter to blend butter into dry ingredients. Mix 1-2 minutes using your hands to soften the butter slightly and have the topping come together in clumps. Spread topping evenly over the apples.
  • Bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes or until apples are soft. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp, apple crisp recipe, how to make apple crisp

 

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16 Responses
  1. Kevin Payne

    Yum
    If only I took the time to learn how to cook. Heck I might even give it a try…never to late to start over and learn how to make incredible deserts. Waiting for the amazing banana fosters or brownie pie recipe too 😁🍏
    Thanks for the amazing incentive
    Kev

  2. Deb Showalter

    I just yelled out loud “Lauren posted my favorite dessert! Just in time for mothers day!!” Kids may not have been very awake yet, but their awake now!!!! One question…when you say medium casserole dish, is that 9×13 or smaller??

  3. Jackie Wells

    5 stars
    Wow……what an easy and delicious dessert. I made it to bring to dinner at a friend’s house and not only was it a delicious hit but three people asked me for your recipe. Loved the smell of it baking plus the buttery, caramel apple aroma of it baking. A definite go to recipe as it was easier than making an apple pie. Thanks Lauren!

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    1. Lauren

      I used a 10.5″ rectangular baking dish, but any casserole dish would work as long as all the ingredients fit. 9×13 is great! Just will be a little shallow.

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