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5 from 3 votes

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

This easy apple crisp is the best apple crisp recipe you will ever try! Apple desserts are always a crowd pleaser and this old fashioned apple crisp is easy to make using fresh apples, sugar and spice and buttery golden apple crisp topping.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 Portions
Calories: 551.2kcal


Apple Crisp Filling

  • 4 Red Delicious or Honey Crisp apples peeled, cored and sliced thin
  • 2 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • squeeze of lemon juice

Double Crisp Topping

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped topping (optional)


  • Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with non-stick spray or grease with butter.
  • Peel and slice apples into 1/4 inch slices and add apples to a large mixing bowl. To the apples, add 3 tablespoons melted butter, 2 tablespoons all purpose flour, water, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, a squeeze of lemon and salt then mix to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, oats and flour. Using a sharp knife, cut the cold butter into small pieces. Add the cut up cold butter to the flour mixture and using your fingers, fork or pastry cutter, cut or rub butter into the flour mixture until it comes together to form crumbles. Stir in chopped pecan pieces to your crumble topping.
  • Transfer your apples to your prepared baking pan and sprinkle the apple crisp topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. 
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.. (ice cream is optional but highly recommended).


  • When it comes to peeling apples or not peeling apples for this easy apple crisp recipe, follow your heart. It's personal preference so if the skins don't bother you, save yourself the step.
  • When slicing your apples, try to keep them all the same width for even cooking. How wide is 1/4 inch? I'm not breaking out the ruler to measure each apple slice but basically you don't want them too thin or too thick .. too thin and your apple slices will over bake and be too tender.. too thick and they won't cook enough and will be too hard.
  • Are pecans necessary in the apple crisp topping? No, feel free to leave the pecans out of the crisp topping if you would like. But does it take the apple crisp topping to the next level?.. um, yes it does!!
  • I had no idea making a homemade apple crisp could be so easy and so painfully scrumptious right out of my very own oven. I say 'painfully' because guess who couldn't wait for the apple crisp to cool down slightly .. from the temperature of molten lava?... (sigh) #burnedtongue ... don't be like me, wait for the crisp to cool a bit before serving.
  • You can also use a food processor to make your apple crisp topping. Simply add the butter, flour and brown sugar to the food processor and pulse to combine. Don't full on let 'er rip, pulse quickly to create crumbles. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in the oats and pecans by hand.


Serving: 12g | Calories: 551.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.1g | Protein: 3.8g | Fat: 44.5g | Saturated Fat: 22.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15.4g | Cholesterol: 94.6mg | Sodium: 61.3mg | Potassium: 209.1mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1325IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.5mg