A great, easy, apple crisp recipe that’s sure to be a favorite for seasons to come! The apples are lightly sweetened, spiced, and baked to juicy perfection beneath a buttery, generously portioned crisp topping (I hope you like a lot of crisp, because this recipe is loaded)! For a final touch, make sure to serve yours warm, topped off with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce!
This apple crisp recipe includes a step-by-step video at the bottom of the post!
Apple crisp is one of my favorite Fall recipes.
Not just because it’s a great way to use up apples after I go way overboard at apple picking each year (apple butter and apple fritters are other solutions if you go overboard, too!), but because it’s also so easy to make and is one of my favorite Fall comfort foods.
Warm, sugared and spiced juicy apples that have been baked to tender perfection beneath a generous blanket of buttery crisp (the topping reminds me of a crumbled oatmeal cookie), this recipe is a keeper.
What Are The Best Apples To Use For Making Apple Crisp?
I recommend using Granny Smith Apples for making this easy Apple Crisp. A firm tart apple works well in this recipe, but you can also use a semisweet apple, like Gala or Honeycrisp (these are also great for making apple fritters, so if you have any leftovers you might want to try that recipe out!).
If you opt for a sweeter apple, keep in mind that this will result in a sweeter apple crisp and this recipe was designed for a tart or sweet/tart apple.
How Do You Store Apple Crisp?
To store, cool your apple crisp completely and then cover with plastic wrap or foil. While apple crisp will keep at room temperature for at least 24 hours, I prefer to store mine in the refrigerator where it will last for 4-5 days (it never actually lasts that long because I have no self control, but that’s how long I would trust it)
The “crisp” does tend to soften as it sits, so to restore the crispiness of it I recommend reheating in the oven.
Can I Make Apple Crisp in Advance?
Yes, you can bake your apple crisp and store it as indicated above.
Alternatively you can prepare the apple portion and place in your prepared pan as instructed. Rather than baking, cover and refrigerate. Prepare the crumble topping also as instructed (without baking) and store that in a separate airtight container and refrigerate as well. When you are ready to bake, uncover your apples and sprinkle with the prepared topping (it might be a little firm, just break it up with a fork) and bake according to recipe instructions.
How to Freeze Apple Crisp
Prepare the apple crisp as instructed and assemble in a baking pan (I like to use disposable foil pans when freezing my apple crisp). Cover well and transfer to the refrigerator. Freeze up to 3 months. When ready to bake, transfer your apple crisp to the refrigerator and thaw for several hours or overnight and then bake in 350F oven as indicated in recipe instructions.
If you want to freeze an apple crisp that’s already been baked, then first allow it to cool completely to room temperature, then cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw apple crisp in the refrigerator and then bake in 350F oven until warmed through (about 20 minutes).
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Scroll to the bottom of the recipe to see my video showing how I make this Apple Crisp, complete with lots of tips! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and be the first to see all of my cooking videos!
How to Make Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp Recipe
A classic, easy, APPLE CRISP recipe!
Recipe video at the bottom of the post!
- 2 lbs apples cored, peeled and sliced no thicker than 1/4"* (905g)
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar 50g
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375F (190C) and lightly grease a 9x9 or 11x7 glass baking dish ** with butter. Set a side.
Combine sliced apples, brown sugar, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Give everything a good stir until all ingredients are combined and set aside while you prepare your crisp topping.
Prepare your topping by whisking together butter and vanilla extract. Set aside (you don't want the butter to be too hot when you add your sugar, so let it cool while you prepare your dry ingredients)
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
Pour butter into flour mixture and use a fork to stir until mixture is combined and clumpy (don't over-stir, you want it to be crumbly, not paste-like). Set aside.
Give your apple mixture another good stir and pour evenly into your prepared pan.
Use your hands to drop your crumble mixture evenly overtop your apple filling.
Transfer to 375F (190C) oven and bake for 50 minutes or until topping is lightly golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. If topping is starting to become too dark and apples are still crisp, cover apple crisp with foil while continuing to bake.
Serve warm (preferably topped with ice cream!)
*This was about 7 smallish apples for me. I recommend using Granny Smith apples as they are firm and tart. Using a sweeter apple may result in a sweeter crisp that cooks faster, so keep that in mind!
**This recipe will work in a metal pan, but it will likely need to cook for less time so keep an eye on it and start checking sooner.
See post for detailed instructions on storing apple crisp, making it ahead, or freezing it.
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