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The Best Easy Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe

This easy and old fashioned apple crisp recipe is super easy to make and great for the fall season! Serve with a side of vanilla ice cream for a yummy fall treat!

This super yummy old fashioned apple crisp recipe is a classic! All you need are some apples and some basic staples in your pantry!

This is a super major update to a very classic and easy apple crisp recipe! Originally, I made this recipe years ago, when I was sheltering in NYC for Hurricane Sandy. I make it every year now because it is such an easy and delicious way to celebrate the fall season!

I caught a bit of Cabin fever hanging out with Sandy all week so I decided to do my favorite and most relaxing thing…Bake!

Since I had so many apples left from apple picking, I decided I wanted to bake something fun but easy. I wasn’t in the mood to bake a pie crust from scratch 🙂 So I decided to do the next best thing…
Apple Crisp! I had never made this before so astonished at how easy it was to make, and how yummy it all turned out. It is super simple and it is a great way to get your apple fix.

It’s a great year round dessert and quite honestly I love it with some cold vanilla ice cream. Some people like apple crisp without oats, but this version is my favorite!

This is actually quite the perfect recipe for thanksgiving and apple lovers in general! If you love this recipe you will REALLY love my favorite French Apple Cake Recipe that is perfect for the holidays!

What ingredients are needed for Apple Crisp?

quick cooking oats
brown sugar
all purpose flour
baking soda
baking powder
ground cinnamon
cold butter, cubed

Grab all these yummy ingredients for delicious apple crisp and make magic! Enjoy!

What is Apple Crisp?

Apple Crisp is a type of dessert that typically consists of baked apples and a crispy or crumbly topping. It can be served with ice cream, whipped cream, or custard. Apple crisp is a popular fall dessert and can be made with many different types of apples.

While there are many recipes for apple crisp, the basic ingredients are typically apples, sugar, butter, flour, and cinnamon. The apples are peeled and sliced before being mixed with the sugar and spices. The topping is made by combining the butter, flour, and sugar. It is then sprinkled over the top of the apples before baking.

This super yummy old fashioned apple crisp recipe is a classic! All you need are some apples and some basic staples in your pantry!Apple crisp is a simple and delicious dessert that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you are looking for a quick and easy dessert to make for a weeknight dinner or a show-stopping dessert for a special occasion, apple crisp is sure to please everyone.

Where can you serve Apple Crisp?

Apple crisp is a great dessert to serve at any time of year. It is perfect for a summer BBQ or potluck, and also makes a great winter dessert. Apple crisp can be served with ice cream, whipped cream, or custard, making it a versatile dessert that can be enjoyed by everyone.

What are some fun variations to classic apple crisp?

There are many ways to change up classic apple crisp. For a fun twist, try adding in some other fruits or nuts to the topping. Or, for a more indulgent dessert, try adding a layer of caramel or chocolate to the top of the crisp. However you choose to enjoy it, apple crisp is sure to be a hit!This super yummy old fashioned apple crisp recipe is a classic! All you need are some apples and some basic staples in your pantry!

How do you store apple crisp?

Apple crisp can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you want to keep it longer, you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Just be sure to thaw it before serving.

This super yummy old fashioned apple crisp recipe is a classic! All you need are some apples and some basic staples in your pantry!

Does apple crisp need to be refrigerated?

Because of the high sugar content in an apple crisp, it is best to refrigerate any leftovers. The sugars will help to preserve the fruit and keep it from going bad. However, you can freeze apple crisp for up to 3 months. Just be sure to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Are apple crisps healthy?

While apple crisps are not typically considered to be a healthy dessert, they can be made with healthier ingredients. For example, you can use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour and substitute the butter for margarine or even applesauce. You can also add in some chopped nuts or dried fruit for extra flavor and nutrition. When it comes to apple recipes this is one of my favorite kinds of apple desserts simple because of the amazing crumble topping. It’s the best apple crisp recipe and my favorite fall dessert for apple season.

The warm spices in this old-fashioned apple crisp tastes even better the next day. If you want to take this homemade apple crisp to the next level you can even add a drizzle of caramel sauce! It’s one of those perfect apple dessert recipes that is so yummy with a scoop of ice cream. The tender cinnamon apples makes for the best warm dessert. If you love all things apple you will love this hot apple crisp It is a personal favorite! Check out the recipe card below and enjoy this crunchy oat apple crisp.

Can you freeze apple crisp?

Yes, apple crisp can be frozen to extend its shelf life for up to 3 months. To freeze, prepare the apple crisp according to your favorite recipe and allow it to cool completely before transferring into an airtight container or a freezer-safe bag. Make sure that you remove all of the excess air from the storage container in order to preserve freshness. When ready to reheat, thaw the apple crisp in the refrigerator overnight and then heat it up in a 350°F oven for about 20 minutes or until warm and bubbly.This super yummy old fashioned apple crisp recipe is a classic! All you need are some apples and some basic staples in your pantry!

Can you use quick oats with apple crisp?

Yes, quick oats can be used in place of regular oats in an apple crisp recipe. The difference between standard and quick oats is that the former are larger and more coarsely cut while the latter have been steamed and rolled thinner so they cook faster. When using quick oats, reduce the cooking time by a few minutes to account for the faster cooking time. This will help ensure that the apple crisp is cooked through without becoming burnt or overcooked.

Can you use canned apples for apple crisp?

Yes, canned apples can be used to make an apple crisp. However, it is important to note that when using canned apples it is best to drain off any liquid before using. Also, be sure to use a low-sugar variety of canned apples in order to avoid an overly sweet dish. For best results, choose a firm variety of apple such as Granny Smith when using canned apples for an apple crisp.

This super yummy old fashioned apple crisp recipe is a classic! All you need are some apples and some basic staples in your pantry!

Can you use frozen apples for apple crisp?

Yes, frozen apples can be used to make an apple crisp. When using frozen apples, be sure to thaw them in a bowl before adding them to your recipe. The texture of the apples may be slightly different than if you were using fresh apples, so adjust other ingredients as necessary for desired results. Be sure that all excess liquid is removed from the apples before adding them to the recipe to avoid a soggy crisp.

Can you make apple crisp without oats?

Yes, it is possible to make an apple crisp without oats. To do so, substitute the oats with streusel topping which can be made from crumbled butter cookies, graham crackers or other crumbly ingredients of your choice.

This may require some experimentation in order to get the right texture and sweetness level, so adjust other ingredients accordingly. The topping should be spread over the apples before baking for a crunchy and delicious alternative to an oat-based apple crisp.

Looking for some more fun apple recipes to try? Check these out!

Here are some helpful tips for making classic traditional apple crisp?

1. Start with the right apples: For a classic traditional apple crisp, use sweet tart Granny Smith apples. This type of apple provides the perfect balance between sweetness and tartness that is essential for this popular dessert. 2. Cut your apples consistently: Make sure that all your slices are of equal size so they bake evenly. Use a sharp knife to cut your apples into thin slices. 3. Serve and enjoy: Let your classic traditional apple crisp cool slightly before serving it with ice cream, whipped cream or a dollop of homemade custard for an extra special treat. Enjoy! 4. Customize your apple crisp: Add some other ingredients to the topping mixture such as chopped nuts, shredded coconut or dried cranberries for a delicious twist on this classic dessert. Feel free to experiment with different spices and flavorings too!

This super yummy old fashioned apple crisp recipe is a classic! All you need are some apples and some basic staples in your pantry!
Yield: 8 Servings

Easy Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A super easy and delicious apple crisp recipe dessert perfect for the fall season!


  • Apple crisp:
  • 2 Cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • Apple filling:
  • 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven 375° and grease a 9x9” baking pan with butter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the apple filling: brown sugar, flour and cinnamon and mix well. This super yummy old fashioned apple crisp recipe is a classic! All you need are some apples and some basic staples in your pantry!
  3. Toss your apples into the apple filling and set aside.This super yummy old fashioned apple crisp recipe is a classic! All you need are some apples and some basic staples in your pantry!
  4. In another large mixing bowl, combine the apple crisp ingredients: oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon and mix well.
  5. Use your hands to mix the cubed butter into the apple crisp ingredients.
  6. Add half the apple crisp mixture into the bottom of the grease pan and press firmly to make a crust.
  7. Pour the apple filling onto the crust.
  8. Sprinkle the rest of the apple crisp mixture on top of the apples and bake for about 40 minutes.
  9. Serve warm with vanilla and crisp cream.


Tart cooking apples, such as the Granny Smith variety, work best when using this recipe. Make sure the apples are fresh and crisp for best results. Red apples are not recommended for this recipe, as they tend to be too sweet, and don't combine well with the sugar.

You can serve this yummy apple crisp by itself, with vanilla ice cream or with this delicious cinnamon whipped cream!

Cinnamon Whipped Cream


1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon


In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients.

Whip ingredients together until desired consistency of stiffness is reached

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 300Total Fat 33gSaturated Fat 20gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 81mgSodium 419mgCarbohydrates 171gFiber 10gSugar 104gProtein 10g

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Sharon Vido

Sunday 1st of October 2023

Can't wait to try some of the apple recipes. They just sound amazing. My husband is my best critic. 👌


Monday 2nd of October 2023

yay! I hope he enjoys them!


Saturday 27th of May 2023

This recipe was absolutely the best apple crisp recipe I have ever made.


Sunday 2nd of April 2023

I love your apple crisp. I have changed it up a bit many times. I’ve been dieting (lost 64 lbs. so far)! So I am always trying to cut calories and add protein. Ready for this? I have used peanut butter (protein) instead of butter in the crisp. I use pumpkin pie spice and two whole cloves in the apples. Walnuts add good protein too. AND I use sweeter apples so I can cut the sugar way back! Different but not better than your recipe. THANKS FOR SHARING.

carol hawley

Monday 11th of April 2022

This apple crisp looks & sounds delicious, I will make this recipe for a change.

Janine Huldie

Monday 23rd of September 2019

Sign me up as I still have some apples left from apple picking here and this recipe looks too yummy to pass up. Thanks :)

Catherine Fox

Sunday 25th of December 2022

Today I'd Christmas ,,so I'm making Apple crisp ,, to many ppl to make pie I'd have to make 4 or 5 for 10 here's my suggestion and it tastes Great.. I use 1 heaping teasp of " Pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice seasoning " and a gain same amount or a little more ( taste it to your liking) this beats having to make a pumpkin pie also.. it taste so good

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