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posted: 10/06/20

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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 and toss with cinnamon.
  2. Pour apple juice and vanilla extract over the top.
  3. Mix together butter, flour, and sugar and top the apples with it.
  4. Bake and enjoy!
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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.

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.

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Freezing Apple Crisp

You can make this dish ahead and freeze it!

  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.

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.

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!

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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.

Ingredients

Apple Base

  • 5 small to medium apples peeled and sliced (5 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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. Shirley says

    This is my Favorite Apple Crisp recipe…I’ve been making it for 50 something years…I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to more recipes and crafts. Keep up the good work.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Such a good one!

  2. Carl+Pirro says

    Sounds delicious Lisa, making this today. Thank you.

  3. Claire says

    What are the best apples to use for this recipe?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I like Gala, Jonathan, and Honeycrisp best for this recipe. If you want to mix it up a little use half Granny Smith.

  4. Betty says

    Love Apple Crisp, especially an easy to do receipt!

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