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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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All About Apples:

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2. Cinnamon Apple Baked Donuts

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3. Dutch Apple Cranberry Pie

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4. Moist Apple Fritter Bread

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

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    • Jeri

    Mmmmm, this apple crisp was so good! We loved the addition of pecans on top!

    • Alexandra

    A simple and delicious dessert that is just perfect for the fall!

    • Toni

    Everyone at my house enjoyed this!! Such an amazning fall treat!

    • Jessica

    Apple crisp brings back such fond memories from my childhood. I hadn’t had it since then until I tried this recipe the other day. As described, it was certainly easy! It was also so delicious and comforting. My kids absolutely loved it so we’ll be making it again in the near future.

    • Nora

    Yum! So delicious! Thank you for this easy recipe! It turned out perfectly!

    • Nart

    This is such an amazing recipe and super easy to make. Love it!

    • Kayla DiMaggio

    Yum! This apple crisp was so delicious! I loved all the flavors!

    • Oscar

    I could smell the cinnamon and apples just looking at this recipe, I just had to make it. So glad it didn’t turn out dry like many apple crisps do. So juicy and the perfect crispy topping. Great recipe.

    • Lexa

    What a fantastic apple crisp recipe! Minimal effort with maximum effect – a recipe right up my alley. I had all the ingredients and made it tonight. My husband absolutely loved it.
    I’m in love with your blog and your this recipe 😉

    • Marcellina

    This apple crisp is perfection! The spices are great and so is the addition of pecan but the lemon zest and juice take this dessert from good to amazing!

    • Arisa Chow

    This looks easy to make and I’ll most definitely try them out because I love a good Apple dish anytime!

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