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Apple Crisp – Everyone’s Fall Favorite

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One thing that really signifies fall to me is apples. Crisp apples, yellow and orange leaves, and the smell of wood-burning fires. These all remind me of fall. And when it’s fall, I love to make this baked apple crisp recipe.

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a casserole dish with apple crisp.

Apple Varieties – which ones are best?

Did you know that over 100 varieties of apples are grown in the US? Yup, that’s what I found out.

Most production, though, is focused on 15 popular varieties (according to this article on apples). They are Granny Smith, McIntosh, Fuji, Red Delicious, Gala, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Cameo, Jazz, Macoun, Ambrosia, Crisps Pink (aka Pink Lady), and Courtland.

apples needed to make apple crisp

which Apples are best for baking?

Before educating myself a little about apples, Granny Smith was the only variety I knew was ideal for baking. But, they’re tart and some recipes call for a sweeter variety. I can’t tell you the number of times I had to search the phrase “baking apples” in the past.

According to USApple, these are the best varieties for baking: Crispin, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jazz, and Ambrosia.

So, now you won’t have to search for “baking apples” anymore, either.

Ingredients for Making Apple Crisp

For the Apple Filling

  • Apples
  • Sugar

For the Topping

  • Cinnamon
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Butter

Equipment Used for Baked Apple Crisp Recipe

  • Casserole dish

How to Make the Best Apple Crisp

I’ve made my apple crisp before with both Granny Smith and Golden Delicious. Usually, it comes down to what I can find in my local grocery store. Each variety contributes a slightly different flavor to the crisp.

I happened to have a bag of small Granny Smith apples on hand, so that’s what I used. This fall dessert recipe calls for 6 cups of apples. This usually translates to 6 large, or 7 small.

peeled apples with sugar

Peel, core, and slice the apples. I peel the apples with a potato peeler and use an apple corer to remove the middle. Then, I use a paring knife to thinly slice them length-wise.

To make the apple filling, toss them with 1 cup of sugar. You can use almost any type of sugar: turbinado, coconut sugar, raw granulated cane sugar, etc. Pour the apple mixture into a baking dish. I’ve found that 9 x 9 works best, but you can use a 9 x 13.

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

type of sugar: turbinado, coconut sugar, raw granulated cane sugar

When making the topping, you can be hands-on. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut each stick of butter into 4 squares, Using your hands OR a pastry cutter, combine the butter with the dry ingredients until it’s roughly crumbled.

Spoon the topping evenly over the baking dish.

Apple Crisp on a serving bowl

Bake your crisp for 45-50 minutes, until topping is golden brown and bubbly on the sides. 

Serve warm. Also, this apple crisp recipe is also best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

apple crisp on a serving bowl

If you love crisps and oats, check out our apple strawberry crisp, peach crisp, and pumpkin baked oats.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is apple crisp topping made of?

This classic apple crisp combines warm gooey cinnamon apples with a buttery brown sugar oat topping.

Should I cover apple crisp when baking?

It isn’t necessary to cover the apple crisp while it is cooking. If you want a nice, crispy brown layer on the top, then yes, you should cover it.

Should I pre-cook my apple pie filling?

No, you do not need to pre-cook your apple pie filling before baking this apple crisp.

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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

a casserole dish with apple crisp.
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Apple Crisp

Old-fashioned oats work best in this recipe. If you use instant oats, the topping might not be as crispy.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Make Ahead, baking
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 521kcal


  • Casserole dish



  • 6 cups peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (6 large, 7 small apples)
  • 1 cup sugar


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup butter, slightly softened (2 sticks)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toss the apples and sugar in a medium bowl until well combined. Add them to a 9″ x 9″ or 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, mix dry topping ingredients. Cut butter sticks into quarters. Add them to dry ingredients. Use your hands or a pastry cutter to cut the butter in until it’s pebble-sized crumbles. Spoon evenly over the apples.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the top is golden and the edges are bubbly.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 1015IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg

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