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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

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posted: 09/04/22

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This Apple Crisp Recipe is a delicious easy fall dessert recipe! You will love how quickly this amazing treat comes together.

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One of my favorite fall memories as a child was sitting in our family room while my dad watched the Packers and watching him peel apples. He would make a delicious apple crisp with these perfect apples he spent the afternoon on.

This apple crisp recipe is a little different than Dad’s (I just can’t with the raisins and walnuts), but it is still just as delicious. And I think that baking it up in your house will create those same sweet memories.

How to Make Apple Crisp

One of the best parts of this recipe is how simple it is to make. It doesn’t have any complicated steps.

  1. Add apples to a baking dish. Toss them with cinnamon.
  2. Combine with apple juice. Pour apple juice and vanilla extract over the top.
  3. Make the topping. Mix together butter, flour, and sugar and top the apples with it.
  4. Bake and enjoy!
square baking dish holding apple crisp

Apple Crisp Topping

The topping of this recipe is one of my favorite parts about it. Lots of apple crisps recipes use oatmeal. While that is delicious, I love the simplicity of this apple crisp without oats.

The topping is made simply with white and brown sugar, butter, and flour. The combination of all of four make this perfect crisp top, hence the name.

Best Apples for Apple Crisp

I really love using a mix of apples when I’m baking. My favorites to bake with are Granny Smith and Gala. I think that the two together make a great combination of tart and sweet. That being said, other great apples for baking are Jonagold and Honeycrisp.

Peeling and Cutting Apples

Apple peeling might be the one difficult part of this recipe. I highly recommend that you get a few tools that help with the process.

I love this apple peeler and this apple corer. They make it go very quickly. You can also try a combination peeler corer, but sometimes that leaves on a few peels.

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How to Cut Butter with Flour

Cutting butter with flour is when you incorporate cold butter into flour. It’s used often in pastry making. It is also key in making the delicious topping for this apple crisp recipe.

When we make cookies (like these delicious Apple Cookies) we use room temperature butter and cream it with sugar. Here we are cutting the cold butter into flour to make little crumbles.

Cutting Butter with flour is easiest with a pastry cutter, but you can also use a fork. Your butter doesn’t need to be ice cold, but fresh out of the refrigerator works well. It also helps to cut it into 1 tablespoon pieces before cutting it into the flour. Work the butter and flour until there are no large clumps left.

overhead of a baking dish full of easy apple crisp without oats

Making Ahead

This great dessert can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Make it through step 3. Then cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake it. Keep in mind that with everything so cold, it will likely take about five more minutes to bake.

Storing Leftovers

Leftover apple crisp should be stored in the refrigerator for three to four days. It can be enjoyed cold, or warmed up in the microwave. As with all recipes, use your best discretion when it comes to leftovers.

Freezing Apple Crisp

You can make this dish ahead and freeze it! Please note! Transferring a ceramic or glass baking dish from the freezer to a hot oven can result in it cracking and breaking. I always recommend that you bake from frozen in a disposable baking dish.

  1. Make the recipe through step 3.
  2. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. Freeze for up to three months.
  3. When ready to bake, transfer straight to the preheated oven and bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until the edges are a deep golden brown.


Does apple crisp need to be refrigerated?

Strictly speaking, no it does not. But, your safest bet is to refrigerate to keep it fresh longer and to prevent any bacteria from growing.

Can you freeze apple crisp?

Absolutely! See my instructions for freezing above.

What apples are best for apple crisp?

I love the combination of Granny Smith and Gala. They both hold up well for baking and create a great combo of tart and sweet.

Can you make apple crisp ahead of time?

Yes! You can make it up to 24 hours in advance. Read my instructions on this above for more details.

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Other Great Apple Recipes

If you also went apple picking recently and have lots of great apples to use, check out some of my other fall favorites.

If you make this Apple Crisp or any of my other apple recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know!

two white bowls stacked holding easy apple crisp recipe topped with ice cream
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Apple Crisp

Serves: 6 servings
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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
This Apple Crisp Recipe is a delicious easy fall dessert recipe! You will love how quickly this amazing treat comes together.


Apple Base


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cold and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 by 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Add the apples to the baking dish and toss with cinnamon. Pour the apple juice and vanilla over the top and mix
  • Using a fork or pastry blender, cut the butter and flour together until it makes small crumbles. Blend in the sugars. Sprinkle over the apples. (It will seem like a lot of topping.)
  • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the top is brown, but not burnt.
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Serving: 0.5cup Calories: 418kcal (21%) Carbohydrates: 70g (23%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 16g (25%) Saturated Fat: 10g (63%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 41mg (14%) Sodium: 9mg Potassium: 186mg (5%) Fiber: 5g (21%) Sugar: 49g (54%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Pammy Tyler says

    Can I substitute anything for the apple juice? Like cranberry juice?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t made this with anything but apple juice. That being said, from a baking perspective it will work with any liquid. It will taste best with a liquid that is sweetened, and what you use will just switch up the flavors a little.

  2. Carol Hatchfield says

    Hi Lisa. Can I substitute fresh sliced peaches for the apples? I’m a big fan of your recipes!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t made this with peaches, but I have no reason to believe they wouldn’t work. The only thing I would do is recommend that you par boil them and remove the peels.

  3. Carol Rutgers says

    In gluten free. Will almond flour work in this recipe?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry, Carol, I haven’t tested this with almond flour.

  4. Sandra says

    Lisa I made this using Cartland apples snd it is delicious!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Sandra!

  5. claudia goldsworthy says

    Great recipes – loving them

    Thank you

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear that!

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