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The Best Apple Crisp Ever

Apple crisp is an apple lover’s dream and the perfect fall dessert. Learn how to make the best apple crisp ever with simple pantry ingredients.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12


  • Apple peeler/corer
  • Small knife
  • 9x13 baking pan
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Wooden spoon


Apple filling

  • 8 cups apples peeled, cored, and sliced thin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP sugar

Crumb Topping

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups oats quick-cooking or old fashioned

Optional Toppings

  • vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • caramel sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350* and grease a 9×13 glass casserole dish.
  • Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. I currently use an apple peeler/corer that suctions to the counter. I’ve got the Kitchen Aid attachment version in my Amazon Wish List so I can be done with the hand-cranking  You can also simply peel the skin off and slice the apple thinly by hand.
  • Place apples in a 9×13 glass casserole dish.  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of apples.
  •  In large bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, butter and oatmeal–working mixture together with hands.  Yes, your hands will get messy. A spoon simply doesn’t work as well!
  • Spread oatmeal mixture evenly over the top of the apples, and bake at 350 for an hour. You can shorten the baking time by 10-15 minutes for slightly firmer apples. Keep an eye on the crisp to make sure it doesn’t burn. 
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, caramel syrup, or all three! I’ve also sprinkled a little sea salt on with the caramel for a salted caramel apple crisp – amazing! 

Make-Ahead Instructions (2 options)

  • Prepare as above in a glass 9×13 casserole dish or in a disposable foil pan. Thaw in fridge then bake as directed.
  • Prepare the apples with cinnamon sugar in a large bowl. Prepare crumb topping. Store apples and crumb topping separately in freezer bags until ready to assemble apple crisp. Prepare as usual. 
Keyword baked goods