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Easy Apple Crisp

Easy Apple Crisp

This easy apple crisp has a juicy cinnamon apple filling and a crisp, buttery, oat topping. It’s easy to make and everyone loves it!

easy apple crisp

Apple crisp is one of my favourite desserts to make in the fall. Well, okay, all year long, but I definitely want it more often in the fall when the apples are amazing. 

This easy apple crisp is so fast and easy to make, it’s perfect for those days you feel like dessert but don’t have a lot of time to make it.

homemade apple crisp

The only thing that takes a little time is peeling and chopping all the apples. But that’s not hard, just takes a few minutes.

Mixing up the apple filling once your apples are all peeled and chopped takes just a couple minutes. And mixing up the topping doesn’t take a whole lot longer.

This dessert it so quick and easy to make, there’s really no reason not to go get it in the oven right now!

easy apple crisp

Why is my apple crisp topping mushy?

The topping on fruit crisp desserts will go a bit soggy and mushy after the first day.

It will be perfectly crisp and crunchy the day you bake it, but then you cover it up overnight and the moisture from the apple filling is absorbed by that crisp oat topping and it’s crunchy no longer.

The easy fix for this is to reheat your apple crisp in the oven at 350 degrees F. It takes about 10-15 minutes to reheat this way and the topping will be nice and crispy again.

easy apple crisp

How do you know when apple crisp is done?

Apple crisp is done baking when the oat topping is nicely browned and crisp, and the apple filling is bubbling up around the edges of the pan. 

If the apple filling isn’t bubbling yet when your timer goes, keep baking for 5 minutes or so until it’s hot and bubbling.

homemade apple crisp

What are the best apples to use when making apple crisp?

The best apples for baked apple desserts are those that hold their shape well when cooked, such as Jonagold, Fuji, Granny Smith, Macintosh, Gala, or Honeycrisp.

A combination of several different kinds of apples is the best way to go.

Personally I like a combination of Gala and Granny Smith in my apple crisp or apple pie, but any of those apples would be great!

homemade apple crisp

How to make Easy Apple Crisp:

  • If you want clusters of oat topping on your apple crisp instead of a looser topping like I have here, you can accomplish this by squeezing the topping in your hands as you put it on top of the apples. It will stick together in clusters and bake up with a chunkier topping then.
  • If you don’t have a lemon, bottled lemon juice will work as a substitute for the fresh lemon juice in the filling.
  • Leftovers will keep well covered tightly at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you reheat it in the oven at 350F for about 10 minutes it will re-crisp the topping so it tastes freshly baked again.
old fashioned apple crisp

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old fashioned apple crisp
Yield: serves 8

Easy Apple Crisp

easy apple crisp

This easy apple crisp has a juicy cinnamon apple filling and a crisp, buttery, oat topping. It's easy to make and everyone loves it!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


For the topping:

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 6 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin (6-7 apples)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about half a lemon)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and salt until well combined.
  3. Drizzle the melted butter over top and stir until everything is combined. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together the apples, lemon juice, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and sugar until combined.
  5. Pour the fruit mixture into an 8x8 inch baking dish.
  6. Spread the oat topping over top of the fruit.
  7. Place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 45-48 minutes, or until the fruit is hot and bubbling, and the topping is browned and crisp.
  8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


Source: Adapted from my my Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp..

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 4gSugar: 39gProtein: 3g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

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