Apple Crisp

It’s not too often that I make sweets (the last one was lemon ricotta cookies back in january) so I didn’t feel guilty about giving into my craving for warm apple crisp topped with cold vanilla ice cream! The problem came when I started researching apple crisp recipes. There are SO many out there (probably because the dessert is as old as time) that I had trouble deciding which way to go. In the end I decided to go with the basic, tried and true recipe from my Joy of Cooking Cookbook (altered to make a smaller batch). This is the first time that I have made apple crisp so I figured I would stick with the basics and experiment next time. If you’re an apple crisp pro, try some of the variations that I saw like adding crushed up ginger snaps or cinnamon graham crackers to the topping or pouring dulce de leche in with the apples (YUM). Let me know how it turns out!

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

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Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp is a simple and delicious way to turn your bumper crop of fruit into a dessert. No complicated pie crust, just easy and delicious!

Total Cost $3.41 recipe / $0.57 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6


  • 2 lb 4 medium apples $2.00
  • 1 medium fresh lemon $0.30
  • 1/2 cup flour $0.27
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats $0.10
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar $0.24
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1 tsp cinnamon $0.10
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg $0.05
  • 6 Tbsp butter $0.30


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Wash, core and chop the apples into one inch cubes. Place the apple chunks in a 9×9 inch baking dish. They should be about two layers of apples deep. If they just cover the bottom either cut more apples or use a smaller dish. Squeeze the juice from half of the lemon over the apple chunks and toss to coat.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until they are well combined.
  3. Add the cold butter and mix until it is well incorporated. If you have a pastry cutter, this works best. If you don’t have one, don’t worry, just cut the butter into small chunks and then smear them into the dry mix using your hands (clean of course). Small chunks of butter are okay. See the photos below for what it should look like when it is mixed.
  4. Pour the crumble topping over the apples and bake for 45 minutes. Serve warm topped with a scoop of cold ice cream! DELICIOUS!

Step By Step Photos

Chopped Apples
Wash and chop the apples. Toss with juice from half of a fresh lemon.

Dry Ingredients
Combine the dry ingredients (flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar).

Crumble Topping
Mix in the cold butter until it is mostly incorporated. Some butter chunks are okay. Pour the topping over the apples and bake for 45 min at 375 degrees.

Apple Crisp