Classic Apple Crisp

As a kid, my dad didn’t do much cooking/baking. He worked 2nd shift and was not home many days/nights. With that being said, there were always a few “recipes” in his wheelhouse where he would make it and the whole family would rave about how good it was. He would make excellent peanut butter fudge, wild raspberry syrup and apple crisp. Looking back, I’m pretty sure he just dumped cake mix on apple filling but hey – it tasted great and I wouldn’t trade those memories for the world!

Here in the midwest (Peoria, IL) we take our fall very seriously. If you’ve let fall escape you without a pumpkin spice latté, a trip to Tanner’s Apple Orchard and a walk along the historic and beautiful Grandview Drive which is famous for being called the “World’s most beautiful drive” by President Theodore Roosevelt  then you’re not doing fall right. All joking aside, nothing says fall quite like using fresh apples to make an apple crisp so good that it’ll transport you back to grandma’s kitchen – which is exactly what this recipe does!

Apple Crisp ready to be eaten

How to make this Classic Apple Crisp:

  1. Prepare. Slice the apples and place them in a bowl with the seasonings making sure they are throughly coated. 
  2. Make the topping. Place all of the ingredients for the topping in a bowl and mix throughly.
  3. Assemble. Place the filling in the bottom of the 9 by 13 pan and then evenly spread the topping and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. 
  4. Serve. Allow the Classic Apple Crisp to cool and then serve.
Overview of Classic Apple Crisp on a plate

Common Questions about this Classic Apple Crisp:

  • What type of apples are best for baking? Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Gala,  Braeburn, Cortland and Pink Lady are our favorite apples to use when baking. 
  • What is the difference between an apple crisp and an apple crumble? An apple crumble rarely uses oats or nuts in the topping. 
  • What can I add to this recipe? You can substitute the sugar in the topping for caramel and also top the recipe with caramel to make a Caramel Apple Crisp. You could also add nuts such as pecans or walnuts.
  • Why is my apple crisp not crispy? If you did not use enough butter in the topping, it will not be very crispy.
  • Why is my apple crisp runny? If it is runny, you did not bake it long enough. If you are concerned about the topping from browning too quickly you can cover it with aluminum foil.

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Apple Crisp ready to be eaten

Classic Apple crisp

Warm spices, fresh apples and ultra-crisp tripping make this Classic Apple Crisp an easy win for your next event!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 374 kcal



  • 8 cups gala apples cored, sliced and chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Crunch Topping

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 13 inch pan and set aside.
  • Combine the apples, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract in a large bowl and mix until all of the apples are evenly coated. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and melted butter. Stir until crumbly and then spread the mixture evenly over the top of the apples.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-60 minutes until the topping is golden brown and the apples are cooked through.
  • Let it cool and serve!


Sodium: 188mgCalcium: 34mgSugar: 48.1gFiber: 3.6gPotassium: 239mgCholesterol: 31mgCalories: 374kcalSaturated Fat: 7.4gFat: 12.7gProtein: 2.4gCarbohydrates: 63.6gIron: 1mg
Keyword #dessert, apple, crisp, oatmeal
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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Vanessa

    5 stars
    This dish went down so well with the family, and I’ve been desperate for more apple recipes as I have so many that need eating. Thanks so much!

  2. Gina

    5 stars
    Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic! Love the crumble topping with this recipe.

  3. Cate

    5 stars
    This recipe was so easy to make and absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to make it again.

  4. Angela

    5 stars
    The smell of this apple crisp baking was driving me crazy. I could barely wait for it to be cool enough to eat. The whole family loved this homemade apple crisp recipe with caramel swirl ice cream on top – to die for.

  5. Tara

    5 stars
    This apple crisp looks incredible! Such wonderful flavors. I especially love the scoop of ice cream on top.

  6. Tonda Hunter

    Hi, this looks so delicious I can’t wait to make it! Quick question, what kind of ice cream did you use on top of this as seen in the picture? At first I thought it was vanilla but it doesn’t quite look like that.

    1. Zeke Barber

      Hello Tonda! Thank you so much for visiting and you are exactly correct – it is vanilla! As a family, we are constantly figuring out how to trim out budget and we do that by shopping at Aldi – their vanilla ice cream has a slightly yellow hue to it. I’ll peacefully pretend that it’s a natural color =)

      1. Tonda Hunter

        Wow, I’ll have to try Aldi’s ice cream then! Thanks for the quick reply🥰

        1. Zeke Barber

          Definitely! We’re happy to help – have a blessed Thanksgiving!

          1. Tonda Hunter

            THANK YOU! You have a very blessed Thanksgiving and Holiday Season as well!

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