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Simply the Best Apple Crisp

October 17, 2021

Simply the Best Apple Crisp


It truly is easy to make the best apple crisp with this recipe. Loads of sweet tart apples sprinkled with the flavors of fall and topped with a crunchy oat crumble makes for the most delicious dessert of the season.

This simple combination of apples, spices and whole grain oats is the best apple crisp I have made. The crunchy topping is made by cutting butter into flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Then I like to toss the apples in a little cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar as well. This ensures that you will get those delicious comfy flavors in every bite.

The best apple crisp served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

This is one of those desserts that we can’t resist. If there are any leftovers on the counter, we keep taking spoonfuls of it until it is gone.

The apples

This recipe works just as well with tart apples as it does with a sweet apples. The best apples to use are of course whatever varieties you like, but some will get soft or mushy when cooked, so you may want to consider that when making your selection. A few varieties that will hold their shape when baked are:

  • Tart – Granny Smith
  • Sweet tart: Jonagold or Jonathan and Cortland
  • Mildly sweet: Honey Crisp
  • Sweet: Braeburn, Golden Delicious, and Gala

I like tart apples but my husband prefers sweeter apples, so very often I will mix a couple of varieties. This is a great way to get a nice combination of flavors and please everyone at the same time. But, you really can’t go wrong with any selection that you make.

Apples sliced and tossed with sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon

A couple of suggestions to help make this the best apple crisp are to try to cut the apples into similar size slices. This way the apples cook evenly and you won’t end up with some bigger under cooked chunks. I would also suggest that you peel the apples. Some varieties have a tougher, thicker peel and it may not cook down enough in the time it takes to cook the apples.

The Crumble Topping

Apple crisp crumble topping in a bowl

The perfect topping is sweet, cinnommany and crunchy. It should complement the texture and flavor of the apples. Start with butter that is softened to room temperature. This will make it easy to cut into the other ingredients. Combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar in a bowl. Then add the butter and using a pastry cutter or a fork, press the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture forms pea shaped crumbles.

Serving and Storing Apple Crisp

There is nothing as good as apple crisp that is served warm out of the oven. Our favorite way to serve it is alongside a big scoop of ice cream. But it is also delicious with whipped cream or drizzled with caramel sauce. Or all of the above!

If you do have leftovers, apple crisp stores well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days. You can reheat it for a minute or two in the microwave. If you to want to get that crispy texture in the topping, pop it in a 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. I have also made this ahead and then reheated it just before serving.

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Other desserts you might like:

Apple Streusel Cake

Homemade Peach Cobbler

The best apple crisp served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Simply the Best Apple Crisp

Tons of apple sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg and then topped with a sweet, crunchy oat streusel for a mouth watering dessert. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for a decadent dessert perfect for any occasion.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 servings
Calories 234 kcal



  • 4 Apples Large, baking apples such as Honeycrisp, Gala, Braeburn or Jonagold. Peeled, cored and sliced.
  • 1 Tsp. Lemon juice optional
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar Granulated
  • ½ Tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp. Nutmeg


  • ½ Cup Flour All purpose
  • ½ Cup Oats Whole grain rolled oats
  • Cup Brown sugar Packed
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp. Nutmeg
  • 6 Tbsp. Butter Softened



  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Butter or spray a 9"x 9"x2" baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice. This step is optional as it is just to help the apples maintain their color.
  • Sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg over the apples and toss or mix to evenly coat the them. Set side.
    Apples sliced and tossed with sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon


  • Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter in a medium sized bowl.
  • Cut the butter into the other ingredients with a pastry cutter or fork until the mixture forms pea size crumbles.
    Apple crisp crumble topping in a bowl


  • Pour the apples into prepared baking dish.
    Sliced apples in the pan ready for a topping
  • Sprinkle the topping over the apples so that they are completely and evenly covered.
    Apple cris p ready to go in the oven
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the apples are tender.
  • Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving with your favorite ice cream or whipped cream.
    apple crisp
  • Can be made ahead and reheated in the oven before serving.


Serving: 9servingsCalories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 76mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 3gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 293IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
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