Apple Crisp Recipe

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Popular as a fine fall dessert, this recipe for apple crisp is also excellent with early-season apples. The classic apple crisp recipe involves sweet and tart apples with a streusel-like crumb topping nutty and buttery.

Picking the Perfect Apples for Apple Crisp Recipe

You’ll need about 6 to 7 cups of thinly sliced and peeled tart apples for this recipe. The most popular types of apples for apple crisp are Granny Smith apples. Other favorites include:

  • Honeycrisp
  • Braeburn
  • Jonathan Apples
  • Rome, and
  • Northern Spy.

If you can’t find any of these apples, use what looks good at the market.

The Best Crumb Topping for Apple Crisp Recipe

This recipe is different from most because it doesn’t use the classic streusel topping made with flour, sugar, butter, and oats. Instead, it features a crumb topping made with brown sugar, melted butter, chopped nuts, and flour. The result is a topping that’s nutty, moist, and clings to the apples as it bakes.

Should You Peel The Apple?

Whether or not you peel the apples is a matter of personal preference. I prefer to peel them because it results in a prettier dish, but you can skip this step if you’re short on time.

Tips In Making The Apple Crisp Recipe More Awesome

There are a few things you can do to take this classic apple crisp recipe over the top:

  • Add a pinch of ground cinnamon to the crumb topping.
  • Substitute half of the white sugar in the recipe with brown sugar.
  • Add 0.5 cups of raisins or dried cranberries to the filling.
  • Use a mixture of apples for a more complex flavor.
  • Sprinkle the finished dish with chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts.
  • Serve the crisp warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream.

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Apple Crisp Recipe

Great choice to keep kids occupied; this recipe is a classic fall dessert that is easy to make. Feel free to use a different type of fruit in this recipe. This dish is best when warm with a scoop of vanilla.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 203 kcal


  • Oven


  • 6 cups tart apples thinly sliced and peeled
  • 0.5 cup white sugar
  • 0.5 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 0.25 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 0.25 tsp ground ginger
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for serving
  • Chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts optional


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F or 190°C.
  • Combine the apples, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a large bowl.
  • Pour the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  • If desired, sprinkle with chopped nuts.
  • Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.



    Serving Suggestions

    Serve this dish warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream for an extra special treat, and top with a drizzle of caramel sauce or chocolate sauce.

    Storing Suggestions

    Store this dish in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.


    Calories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 166mgFiber: 4gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 72IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
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    FAQs Related To Apple Crisp Recipe

    What Is The Difference Between An Apple Crisp And An Apple Crumble?

    Crumbles and crisps are very similar desserts that are both made with fruit and a streusel-like topping. The main difference is that a crisp typically has oats in the topping, while a crumble does not.

    Can I Use A Different Type Of Fruit In This Recipe?

    Yes, you can use a different type of fruit in this recipe. For example, if you’re using a sweeter fruit like peaches, you may want to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. Just be sure to adjust the sugar accordingly.

    What Should I Do If The Crisp Is Getting Too Dark?

    Cover it with a foil if the crisp is getting too dark, and continue baking.

    Wrap Up

    This classic apple crisp recipe is never dull. It’s perfect for a quick lunch or light dinner. Add celery, grapes, and walnuts for a little crunch. Serve on bread or crackers. Tailor this recipe to your family’s taste to make everyone happy!