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Easy Apple Crisp

Apple Crisps are a classic, yet they’re often dry or mushy with less than stellar topping. This Easy Apple Crisp is tender, juicy, yet holds its form. You’ll love the ultra crispy topping.

easy apple crisp

Recently, my nature walks have revealed many families checking off “Christmas photo shoot” on their to-do lists. Some have been all done with it for weeks by now. Others haven’t even started thinking about it and will scramble to gather a quick snapshot the week of Christmas. Possibly with a shiny remote selfie stick.

Our family lies somewhere in between. There are years in the past when, due to utter fear of the dreadful Minnesotan winter, I morphed into an over-achieving mama who rushed everyone out to get our photos done the minute autumn leaves started  falling. Because who can smile a real smile when it’s 10F degrees outside?

But after 9 years here, I’ve grown tougher. And also kind of lazy. Some years we caved and did our family photos indoors. Last year, I went the green digital route and printed nothing.

This year, I started thinking that maybe we will just skip the whole thing altogether and nobody will notice.

Because, let’s be honest. Getting a family of five — 3 of whom are active boys — to accomplish a photo shoot with matchy matchy clothes is a little bit nightmarish.

Like, I’d sooooo rather face plant into this apple crisp…

This Easy Apple Crisp is Everything:

I mean, who wouldn’t rather be sinking teeth into a warm, inviting Easy Apple Crisp?

This Easy Apple Crisp has got it all. Everything you’ve ever wanted in an apple crisp is in this little darling:

  • tender, juicy soft apples (nothing mushy nor dry)
  • plenty of cinnamon and spices (we’re not shy)
  • crispy, thick topping that’s ultra crunchy (you can hear it)
  • buttery, appley aroma that fills your entire home (and belly)
easy apple crisp

In case you’re wondering (though I’m certain you’re not) we did decide to do formal photo shoot soon. But only because my dear friend is hosting a photo fundraiser. She’s a really good friend and it’s for a really great cause.

So yeah, I’ll woman up and handle the crazy once again.

But I’m totally devouring apple crisp afterwards.

easy apple crisp

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Easy Apple Crisp

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Apple Crisps are a classic, yet they’re often dry or mushy with less than stellar topping. This Easy Apple Crisp is tender, juicy, yet holds its form. You’ll love the ultra crispy topping.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6-8 1x


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  • For the Topping:
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, diced and cold
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans
  • For the Filling:
  • 2 1/2 lbs firm apples (I use a mixture of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp) sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • Zest + Juice of 1 large lemon (a little under 1/4 cup juice)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Optional: vanilla ice cream


  1. Butter a 8×8 baking dish. Preheat oven to 350F with rack on middle position.
  2. In a bowl, combine all topping ingredients except butter. Stir to combine well. Using a pastry cutter, cut cold butter into the ingredients until mixture is crumbly, resembling wet sand with little clumps of butter still intact. (If your fingers are cool, it’s easier to mix with clean hands.) Cover and chill while you prepare the filling.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all filling ingredients and toss to incorporate. Pour into buttered baking dish. Scatter cold topping evenly over the apples.
  4. Place baking dish on a large baking sheet. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, check the topping, and cover loosely with foil if it’s already browning.  Continue baking another 15 minutes, or just until topping is nicely browned and edges are bubbling. Let cool at least 1-2 hours or until lukewarm to allow filling to thicken.
  • Category: dessert

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4. Moist Apple Fritter Bread

5. Upside Down Apple French Toast Bake (Make-ahead!)

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    • Natasha

    Apple Crisps is one of my favorites. The kids actually just made one in the cooking class we’re doing for our homeschool. YUM!

    • TheGracefulMist

    I don`t think I`ve ever tasted an apple crisp. I usually just eat raw apples or drink apple smoothies. I think this will be interesting to try.

    ❀ Grace ❀

      • chewoutloud

      Can’t wait for you to try it 🙂

    • Danasia Fantastic

    I’m all about easy recipes and this apple crisp looks delightful! I’ve got to give it a try.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Danasia – hope you love it!

    • SiennyLovesDrawing

    Wow! Apple simple baking recipe, looks so delicious tempting, gonna check it out to try myself to bake and enjoy it 😉 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you like it, Sienny!

    • Fred

    I think this is exactly how my wife does her apple “pie”. So they are called “apple crisps” if the end product looks this way. Anyhow it is called, this dessert is delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      Haha, that is funny! If the pie doesn’t look so neat, it’s called a crisp – first time I’ve heard that, but I’m gonna use it in the future 😉

    • Leah

    Christmas photos, you ARE game! I have two boys and just getting them to do a 5 minute photo with Santa… Insane. But I do it every year too! I will have to face plant in this Apple crisp afterwards too. YUM! Pinning this for THE DAY.

      • chewoutloud

      Right?! Boy mamas, the struggle is real 😉 I’ll say, at least it does get easier (a little) when they’re older. But I still need a big ala mode afterward!

    • Cia Black

    I love discovering recipes that my oldest (12) and my youngest (2) can all help out fit. This looks like a good mix for everyone, My oldest can cut the apples, while the three girls can gather the rest. Hopefully this weekend will be able to get to the apple orchard and pick our own apples and try this out.

      • chewoutloud

      Oh, this is the BEST stuff for kids to help with! My youngest, now 8, still loves to help me bake. The apple orchards are awesome right now – perfect for apple-y treats 🙂

    • Hellocuppies

    Ooh interesting, I think this is the same as what we have in the UK called Apple Crumble? The ingredients look similar so it must be! I love this kind of dessert in winter too, its so comforting and I’ve even made it with a few different fruit combinations too. Hope you enjoy the shoot when it happens!

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, it is sometimes called a crumble as well. You can’t go wrong with deliciously fresh fruit pies that don’t involve rolling dough 🙂 Thanks for being here today!

    • keisha1989

    I love a good apple crisp. I would love to try your recipe and see if how it turns out.

      • chewoutloud

      Hope you love it as much as we do, Keisha! 🙂

    • Shubhada Bhide

    That easy juicy apple crisp looks so yummy!! I think I need to make this apple crisp for my kids. They definitely love this kind of recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      My kiddos all love it, too! 🙂

    • Kate Veggie Desserts

    What a yummy looking apple crisp! I want to tuck right in.

      • chewoutloud

      Glad you like it, Kate! Happy fall 🙂

    • Candy Rachelle

    I really love this recipe. I love apples and its perfect for my craving. I will definitely try to make this easy apple crisp. Glad you shared this.

      • chewoutloud

      I know, I’ve been an apple fanatic since forever. Such a fall treat.

    • Áine Mulloy (@AineMulloy)

    Yum! Apple crumble has been a fave since childhood, must make one again soon

      • chewoutloud

      I never had this much as a kid, but now it’s a staple 🙂 Enjoy!

    • StephJ

    I am actually obsessed with apples and cinnamon. I need to try this recipe. It is right up my alley!

      • chewoutloud

      I know – apples and cinna are besties. 🙂

    • Victoria

    This looks absolutely amazing I love apples but I dont have a apple tree so I can’t get them all the time

      • chewoutloud

      Victoria, we are so sad we don’t have a tree, we are thinking of putting one in next season 🙂 Thanks for coming over!

    • Rose

    I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t cooked with apples the whole season so far. I donlove apple crisp and now may just have to look into getting some apples!

    • Katie

    SO yummy. I will have to make this for fall. Apple crisp is kind of a must-have! Plus we have apple trees in our yard.

      • chewoutloud

      you’re so lucky to have apple trees!! We’re planting one next season.

    • Tasheena @

    This recipe looks amazing. Such a huge fan of Apple crisp. Especially during the fall months!

      • chewoutloud

      I know, apple crisp is my fave fall dessert 🙂

    • Familyearthtrek

    Nowdays its so easy to take a christmas shoot even with an ordinary mobile phone. But yes three wild boys might be a problem! Your apple cake…mmmmmm!

      • chewoutloud

      LOL, yeah the wild ones might be an issue 😉

    • Ola Broom

    I love easy baking, and my husband loves any dessert with apples. So this is a WIN for us both. I’ve got all of these ingredients in my pantry so this should be easy to do!

      • chewoutloud

      My hubby and kids love all apple-ish desserts too! Hope you guys love it, Ola 😉

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