Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp
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Editor's Note: When it comes to fall dessert recipes, apple pie gets all the press. But if you'd like to make something a bit different for your next potluck or book club meeting, then this recipe for Apple Crisp is in order! The homemade crisp shows off the full flavor of apples in the best way possible and is topped with a delicious crumb mixture. This easy apple recipe is sure to be a hit! You can even keep this recipe up your sleeve year-round, as the recipe's authors have included details on how you can incorporate seasonal fruit in this delightful recipe. Just check out the section below the recipe's instructions to get started.


Cooking MethodBaking

Cooking Vessel Size8-inch square baking pan



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBirthday, Buffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get Together

Taste and TextureFruity

Type of DishDessert


  • 4 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples (about 3 large apples)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans


Baking Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the apples, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and the lemon juice. Set aside.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine the apple juice or cider, cornstarch, and apple pie spice. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and translucent; pour the apple juice mixture over the apple mixture and gently combine.

  3. In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, rolled oats, remaining brown sugar, the baking powder, and salt. Stir in the melted butter until the mixture forms crumbs.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

  5. Pat half of the crumb mixture into the baking pan. Spoon the apple mixture over the crumbs, smoothing the top to make a level surface. Top with the remaining crumb mixture and the nuts.

  6. Bake until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 15 minutes before cutting. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Variation: Seasonal Fruit Crisp

Substitute 4 cups whole berries or sliced rhubarb, peaches, nectarines, or pears for the apples, depending upon the season. You may want to substitute water, pear juice, white grape juice, or a wine cooler for the apple juice and vary the spices depending upon the fruit you are using. Try 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg with peaches or pears and 1/8 teaspoon cloves with berries or rhubarb.


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I'm always a little skeptical of fruit crisps, but this was one was so good! delicious, nice texture, but not too sweet!!

I wanted to keep eating this yummy dessert! The apples had a perfectly baked texture, and the oats added a nice crunch!

I thought this was a delicious dessert! I loved the use of tart apples in this recipe, so it was a home run for me.

I LOVED this. The oats worked really well with the apples--it was almost like I was having fancy oatmeal. And I enjoyed finding bits of brown sugar in different bites. It added a sweet touch that really hit the spot.

Apple crisp is usually a Fall dessert to me, but I would treat myself to this dessert any day! The topping was delicious and not too sweet.

Any kind of apple dessert is amazing. I liked the crispiness of it, but I'm not used to rolled oats being part of the recipe, so it was a different texture than I've had before.

This apple crisp was delicious! It was sweet without being too sweet. I really enjoyed the combination of nuts and oats on top. Yummy!


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