This Easy Apple Crisp has a thick and sweet layer of apple filling that's topped with brown sugar and oat crumble. Baked in the oven and served with cold vanilla ice cream on top.
I love taking the family apple picking in the Fall. It is such a fun time, and we always bring home way to many apples than we can eat. So I have to make plenty of apple desserts with them.
After I had such awesome reviews on my Dutch Apple Pie I have been making every kind of apple dessert that I love and sharing it with you all.
I'll be honest I can't pick a favorite they are all so good but this one is pretty close be being called the favorite. It's loaded with apples and flavor and of course, I topped it all off with whipped cream.
The History of Apple Crisp:
Apple Crisp started becoming popular in the early 1920's. It was made in Europe and the United States as a dessert of apples rolled in oats and brown sugar then baked. It is also sometimes called Apple Crumble.
How to make Easy Apple Crisp:
Apple Crisp is a great dessert and it is super easy to make. Make your Apple Filling and your Crumb Topping then bake! Top with whipped cream or some ice cream and enjoy!
- Granny Smith Apples
- Apple Juice (no sugar added)
- Lemon Juice
- Vanilla Extract
- Brown Sugar
Step Three - Melt butter and pour over apples. Toss until apples are coated.
Step Four - Add remaining apple filling ingredients (flour, apple juice, lemon juice, vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon). Toss again until apples are coated. Place all apples in prepared casserole dish.
How to make the Crumble Topping:
- Old Fashioned Oats
- Brown Sugar
- Butter (cold and cubed)
Step Five - For your topping add flour, oats, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt to a mixing bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
Add butter and use clean hand to pinch and press until you have a crumbly texture. Add this topping to your casserole dish.
Step Six - Added cold cubed butter to the topping and mix in.
Step Seven - Make sure your apples are spread as evenly as possible across your casserole dish before adding the topping.
Step Eight - Spread topping evenly over the apples and prepare to bake.
Step Nine - Bake for 30-35 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender. Let rest for 10-15 minutes then serve.
Can I use other apples?
YES, you definitely can use any apple you like, or a mix of apples! Granny Smith are my favorite for this recipe as they have a nice tartness to the sweetness added by the brown sugar. Other good apple choices would be:
- Honey Crisp
- Golden Delicious
Do I have to peel my apples?
I've made this recipe both ways with peeled and unpeeled apples. You can do it however you like.
Unpeeled apples do add an additional texture to the apple crisp cause the peels do not get as soft as the apples will during baking.
One thing to make sure you do is if you are not going to peel your apples, wash them well the natural wax on the fruit is cleaned off. This will make sure the peel also coats well for the filling.
Take your Apple Crisp to another level by adding these to it:
One thing I sometimes will add to my apple crisp topping is finely chopped pecans or walnuts. Adding nuts to the topping really brings an additional excellent flavor to this dessert.
Right after it is baked and out of the oven, drizzle some caramel sauce over the top to add a nice additional sweetness to the Apple Crisp.
While I used whipped cream for this recipe, a scoop of vanilla ice cream is amazing on top.
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Easy Apple Crisp
- 2 pounds Granny Smith apples
- 3 tablespoons Butter
- 2 tablespoons Flour
- 3 tablespoons Apple juice (no sugar added)
- 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
- ¼ cup Brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ cup Flour
- ½ cup Old fashion oats
- ½ cup Brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon Cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- ⅓ cup Butter (cold and cubed)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a small casserole dish with non stick cooking spray or butter.
- Start by peeling, coring, and slicing your thinly slicing your apples. Place them in a large mixing bowl. Melt butter and pour over apples. Toss until apples are coated.
- Add remaining apple filling ingredients (flour, apple juice, lemon juice, vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon). Toss again until apples are coated. Place all apples in prepared casserole dish.
- For your topping add flour, oats, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt to a mixing bowl. Whisk together until well combined. Add butter and use clean hand to pinch and press until you have a crumbly texture. Add this topping to your casserole dish.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender. Let rest for 10-15 minutes then serve.