How To Make Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp

Embrace the flavors of fall with “Autumn Harvest: Classic Apple Crisp,” a quintessential dessert that highlights the natural sweetness and delightful texture of apples. Topped with a crunchy, buttery oatmeal crumble, this apple crisp is both comforting and irresistibly tasty. It’s the perfect way to end a chilly autumn day, served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.


Why You’ll Love Classic Apple Crisp:

  • Simple and Rustic: Easy to prepare with basic ingredients, celebrating the simplicity of home baking.
  • Versatile Apple Use: Works beautifully with various types of apples, allowing you to adjust the sweetness and tartness to your taste.
  • Comforting Warm Dessert: Ideal for cozy evenings, especially delightful when served warm.
  • Customizable: Easy to modify with additions like nuts, spices, or even a mix of fruits.

Ingredients Notes For Classic Apple Crisp:

  • Apples: Choose a mix of tart and sweet apples for the best flavor, such as Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. Peel, core, and slice them for even cooking.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a bit of brightness and prevents the apples from browning.
  • Sugar: Adjust the amount based on the sweetness of your apples and personal preference. Brown sugar can be used for a deeper flavor.
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg: Spices that complement the apples beautifully, enhancing their natural flavors.
  • For the Topping:
    • Old-Fashioned Oats: Provide texture and heartiness to the crumble topping.
    • Flour: Helps bind the topping ingredients.
    • Brown Sugar: Adds sweetness and a caramel-like flavor.
    • Butter: Cold and cubed, it’s worked into the dry ingredients to create a crumbly texture.
    • Optional Nuts: Chopped pecans or walnuts can be added for extra crunch and flavor.

Recipe Steps:

  1. Prepare the Apples:
    • In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well coated. Transfer to a greased baking dish.
  2. Make the Crumble Topping:
    • In another bowl, combine oats, flour, and brown sugar. Cut in the cold butter with a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts if using.
  3. Assemble and Bake:
    • Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the apples.
    • Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for about 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are bubbly and tender.
  4. Serve:
    • Serve warm from the oven. Enhance your serving with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat.

Storage Options:

  • Refrigerate: Keep leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Reheat: Warm up in the oven or microwave before serving to recapture the crisp’s delightful texture.
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How To Make Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp



For the Apple Filling:

  • 6 medium-sized apples (a mix of tart and sweet, like Granny Smith and Honeycrisp), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (optional, helps thicken the juices)

For the Crisp Topping:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped nuts (like walnuts or pecans)


  1. Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Dish:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish or similar size.
  2. Mix the Apple Filling:
    • In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and flour if using. Toss to coat the apples evenly.
    • Pour the apple mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  3. Make the Crisp Topping:
    • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
    • Add the cold butter pieces to the oat mixture. Using your fingers, a pastry cutter, or two forks, blend the butter into the oat mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chopped nuts if using.
    • Evenly sprinkle the topping over the apples in the dish.
  4. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are bubbling around the edges.
  5. Serve:
    • Allow the apple crisp to cool slightly before serving. It’s best enjoyed warm.
    • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat.
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