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Best Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

Updated on July 18, 2011
Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe - Favorite Fall Dessert Recipes

Apple crisp is one of my favorite fall dessert recipes. I first tasted this culinary piece of heaven at my best friend's house. Her mother was a real life Mrs. Cleaver. She seemed to have stepped right out of the Ozzie and Harriet show or Leave It to Beaver.

When she saw how much I loved her apple crisp recipe, she copied it down for me. She assured me I could learn how to make her easy apple crisp recipe. I was only about 11 years old, so I was thrilled at her confidence in me. And she was correct- I could make it all by myself. It is truly the best, easy apple crisp recipe you will ever make!

I still use this classic apple crisp recipe religiously. It is one of my favorite fall recipes, and one of the best apple recipes I make. It is often used as a Thanksgiving dessert recipe at my house, too. And everyone loves it!

Plus, this easy apple crisp doesn't use a bunch of odd ingredients. Most of them are always in my kitchen. And in the fall, I usually have everything at home. So I can make this apple crisp recipe any time I get a craving for a sweet apple dessert.

Serve hot out of the oven with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream for the ultimate fall treat!

And thank you, Mrs. Stroemer, for this apple crisp recipe and the Nestle Tollhouse cookie recipe, plus introducing me to broccoli!

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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, reserve 1 teaspoon for apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, reserve 1/4 cup
  • 3 sticks of butter, softened
  • 10-12 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

Read below for how to make the best, easy apple crisp recipe.

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How to Make Apple Crisp

Remember to set out the butter to let it soften. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

After the apples have been sliced, put them into a large bowl. Add the reserved teaspoon of cinnamon, teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Mix well until the apples are evenly covered.

Mix the flour, oats, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1 1/4 cups of brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter in until the mix becomes crumbly.

Add half of the crumbly mixture in the bottom of a glass 9x13 baking dish.

Next, add the apple slices. Gently push the apples into the bottom layer with a wooden spoon.

Sprinkle the rest of the topping mixture evenly over the apples. Sprinkle topping with extra cinnamon just before placing in the oven.

Bake for about 45 minutes until the apples become tender.

Best Apple Crisp Recipe Tips

A few tips on how to make the best easy apple crisp recipe:

I used to make it with Rome apples, but they are almost impossible to find now. Now I use Cortland, Granny Smith, Gala, or Macintosh apples for the best apple crisp. These types of apples will stay firm and not get too mushy. They are perfect for any baked apples recipe. And each of them have that perfect tart taste for the best apple crisp recipe results.

Using authentic vanilla extract and real butter instead of margarine make a huge difference in taste. If you switch white sugar for the brown sugar, it will not taste as rich and deep. It will just be sweet.

Don't slice the apples too thinly! If you do, they will turn to mush. Slice them about the same as for an apple pie.

Be sure to use softened butter. Don't attempt to make an apple crisp recipe with cold butter if you forget to put it out ahead of time. You absolutely have to wait until the butter is ready. But don't melt it!

Chopped pecans or walnuts added to the topping are a tasty variation.

Keep in mind that this easy apple crisp recipe topping can be used for any fruit crisps recipes- pear, berry, whatever your favorite fruit crisp may be.

This apple crisp freezes wonderfully. Just prepare it in an aluminum baking pan all the way up to putting it in the oven. Then freeze.

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    • Angela Harris profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Harris 

      8 years ago from Around the USA

      Thanks for commenting, everybody.

      MPG Narratives, I don't think apple crisp will disappoint you. I love apple pie, but apple crisp recipe takes the cake. (Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun.)

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, thanks so much for the compliment! My childhood best friend's mother deserves all the credit. Thanks again, Mrs. Stroemer!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your apple crisp is absolutely delicious. I read your hub, made the apple crisp and am back to let eveyone know just how great this recipe is. Terrific job. Rated up, awesome, and bookmarked so I can use it again.

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      Marie Giunta 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Useful and voted up. I voted for apple pie as my fave only because I haven't tried the apple crisp yet. I might change my vote when I do though. Thanks AH.

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      8 years ago

      Yum! Perfect fall dessert!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Oh that has to be done today. Thank you for such a delicious recipe.


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