Easy Apple Crisp

$2.48 recipe / $0.41 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Apple crisp is probably my favorite fall dessert because it’s just so ridiculously simple and I love the way the uncomplicated design keeps fresh fall apples at the forefront of the dessert. It’s warm, comforting, sweet, and utterly divine with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream on top. So if you’re looking for a warm and cozy dessert for these fall evenings, you’re going to love this Easy Apple Crisp.

Overhead view of a bowl of apple crisp with ice cream

What is Apple Crisp?

Apple crisp is as simple as simple gets, when it comes to dessert. It’s just apples seasoned with a warm mix of spices, topped with a sweet and crunchy oat topping, and baked until the apples are gloriously tender. It’s kind of like apple pie for people who don’t feel like fiddling with pie crust. And it’s absolutely perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream!

What Kind of Apples are Best for Apple Crisp

I prefer a sweet and juicy apple for apple crisp, like Gala or Fuji, but you can make almost any type of apple work. If you have an apple that is more tart, like a Granny Smith or Braeburn, you may want to add more sugar to the apple seasoning mixture. But the most important thing to look for when you’re choosing apples is to make sure your apples are juicy. Apples that are not fresh and juicy will make an apple crisp that is a little more on the dry side rather than deliciously saucy. Here’s a really cool chart showing apples according to their level of sweetness!

Can I Reduce the Sugar?

Sugar plays a very important role in both the filling and the topping of this apple crisp. In the filling the sugar helps draw out the juices from the apples, creating that nice saucy consistency. In the crumble topping, sugar helps crystalize the crumble and make everything crunchy. So, if you do choose to reduce the sugar, keep in mind that it will not only affect the sweetness of the dish, but also the texture.

How to Store Leftover Apple Crisp

Wait until your apple crisp cools to reduce condensation, then cover with plastic and refrigerate. Apple crisp will stay good in the refrigerator for about four days. The crumble topping will continue to absorb moisture from the apples as it refrigerates, so it won’t stay crispy, but it is still amazingly delicious all the same!

close up of apple crisp being scooped out of the baking dish

Easy Apple Crisp

4.86 from 7 votes
This Easy Apple Crisp is a simple dessert that is warm, cozy, and sweet. It's the perfect dessert for chilly fall evenings.
Apple crisp in a bowl topped with vanilla ice cream
Servings 6
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 1 hr

Ingredients

Spiced Apples

  • 2 lbs. apples ($1.33)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar ($0.04)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ($0.05)
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour ($0.01)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves ($0.01)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ($0.14)

Oat Topping

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour ($0.03)
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats ($0.06)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar ($0.32)
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature ($0.44)
  • 1/8 tsp salt ($0.01)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon ($0.02)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Core and slice the apples into ¼-½ inch wide slices (peel, if desired). Place the sliced apples in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to season the apples. Sprinkle the mixture over the sliced apples and drizzle the vanilla extract over top. Stir the apples until they're evenly coated in spices.
  • Next, make the oat topping. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cut the butter into chunks and then use your hands to work it into the oat mixture until it is crumbly and appears sort of damp.
  • Sprinkle the crumbly oat mixture over the seasoned apples. Transfer to the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Serve hot with ice cream or whipped cream on top!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 282kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSodium: 123mgFiber: 5g
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Overhead view of apple crisp in the baking dish with two scoops of ice cream

How to Make Apple Crisp – Step by Step Photos

Sliced apples on a cutting board

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Clean and slice 2 lbs. of apples (about six medium apples) into ¼-½ inch wide slices. You can peel them if you prefer, but I like the color and texture that the peels bring to the dessert. Place the sliced apples in a large bowl

apple seasoning in a small bowl

Prepare the seasoning for the apples by combining 3 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground ginger, and ⅛ tsp ground cloves. The sugar helps draw the juices out of the apples and then the flour thickens it into a nice saucy consistency.

Seasoning being sprinkled over the apples

Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the sliced apples along with 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Stir until the apples are evenly coated in flour, sugar, and spices.

Seasoned apples in the baking dish

Place the seasoned apples in a 2-quart baking dish.

ingredients for oat topping

Next, create the crumbly oat topping. Stir together ¼ cup all-purpose flour, ⅓ cup rolled oats, ½ cup brown sugar, ⅛ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp cinnamon in a bowl.

chunks of butter added to topping

Cut ¼ cup (4 Tbsp) butter into chunks and add it to the oat mixture. Use your hands to work the butter into the other ingredients.

finished crumbly oat topping

When the butter is fully mixed in, it should look kind of chunky and damp, like the photo above.

unbaked oat topping on the seasoned apples

Sprinkle the oat topping over the seasoned apples.

Baked apple crisp in the dish

Bake the crisp for 45 minutes, or until the topping is deep golden brown.

close up of apple crisp being scooped out of the baking dish

Enjoy hot, topped with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream!

apple crisp in a bowl topped with ice cream

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  1. Great recipe! But this recipe needs more crumble I feel. I’ve made it twice, once with a large baking pan which fit all 5 apples, and the second time used a 9 inch cake tray which didn’t hold all the apples (I cubed them) and still didn’t have enough crumble.

    I love Liz’s recipes. And I probably use Budget bytes more than any other cooking website. The chicken and lime skillet is a regular in my diet.

    But I think I personally like a lot more crumble. (I’m American and have a big sweet tooth)

  2. oh wow, this is actually what I’m going to make with the abundance of apples I have staring at me in my garage right now. Applesauce is cool, but apple crisp is oh so delicious!

  3. I am in love with this apple crisp! I am generous with the spices. The warmth from the ginger and the buttery crisp topping is so so good! Seriously the best apple crisp I have ever had, We usually pour some half and half over it. Thank you for this recipe, it’s a family favorite!

  4. My 11 yr old daughter made this (with help) for Thanksgiving and it turned out great. We used a non-dairy butter substitute (Miyoko’s brand) and the crumble part came out a lot wetter than in the photo, it was almost a liquid consistency. The next time around, I might try use a baking dish rather than a dutch oven, and increase the amount of crumble to account for the higher surface area.

  5. I made bratwurst and sauerkraut last night and since I was cutting up an apple for that, I cut up another to make this recipe. Simple and Delicious! Too bad I didn’t have any ice cream…

  6. This was AMAZING, especially with vanilla ice cream. The oat topping really makes this a gourmet dessert. Thank you Beth for another winning recipe!

    1. I used salted. You can use unsalted, but you’ll want to add a little salt to the topping to make up for it. :)

  7. Lovely! I made extra crumble for the top because it’s my favorite part, and I added cardamom to the spiced apple mixture. 10/10 will be making again. Cheap, easy, delicious!

  8. I’m gluten-free. Do you think I could sub oat flour for the all-purpose flour? Oat Topping:

    1/4 cup all-purpose flour ($0.03)
    1/3 cup rolled oats ($0.06)
    1/2 cup brown sugar ($0.32)
    1/4 cup butter, room temperature ($0.44)
    1/8 tsp salt ($0.01)
    1/4 tsp cinnamon ($0.02)

    1. Not having the flour will change the texture of the topping, but I’m sure there’s a way to do it. I’d need to test it before offering a suggestion, but you could try Googling “apple crisp no flour” to see what others have come up with. :)

    2. I use gluten free all-purpose flour and it works just fine. I’ve used many different brands to make apple crisp, but most often either Trader Joe’s or Pamela’s.

  9. With all of the ingredient readily available, I made this immediately. Another winner of course. It’s comforting, crunchy, and delicious. Just had some for breakfast with my coffee.

  10. We picked up Northern Spy apples from an orchard north of Toronto, Canada and they made the best apple pie! I don’t know how common they are in other regions, but if you get a chance to try them, I highly recommend them. They were crisp and tart and juicy.

  11. This recipe came up on my Instagram today. I was carving a nice fall dessert and thought I would make this recipe! It was sooo delicious!! It was a hit in my house. Perfect with vanilla bean ice cream. Will definitely be making it again