Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

September 10, 2018 (Last Updated: August 14, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Apple pie flavors without all the hooplah! This Easy Apple Crisp recipe is a delicious dessert anybody can make. This is really simple and if you want a no-fuss dessert, give this recipe a try.

Apple Crisp in a bowl with vanilla ice cream and a tray in the background

Apple Crisp is a recipe for the people. It is so simple, but still so tasty. If you have a tough time making crusts or don’t have any crusts on hand, this might be the recipe for you. Honestly, there really isn’t much to Apple Crisp and that is the beauty of it. As long as you have some apples and a few other common ingredients, you can make a top shelf Apple Crisp in no time. Enjoy our recipe in this segment of our apple pie series!

Difference Between Apple Pie and Apple Crisp

Imagine a perfect traditional apple pie. Now, take just the guts of that apple pie and put that on a plate. Then, add in a beautiful oatmeal streusel topping to it. Bingo, bango, bongo… Apple Crisp. Apple crisp is an easy version of an apple dessert that almost anybody can make with common ingredients from around the kitchen.

Kinds of Apples to Use For Apple Crisp

Like the other recipes we have shared in our apple series, we are sticking with two different kinds of apples that I think would be good for apple crisp. Braeburn and Granny Smith apples. For this particular recipe, I am using granny smith apples. Granny Smith apples keep a nice, firm texture and are sweet enough. Sure, they tend to be tart, but remember that we are adding a boatload of sugar to this dessert. Granny Smith Apples will work just great.


If there is any nuance to an apple crisp, it is the butter. In a traditional apple pie recipe with a butter pie crust, we want the butter to remain whole. When the butter cooks in the flour, it evaporates and creates that flakey texture and test in the pie crust. We don’t need that in our apple crisp recipe.

In fact, I learned a lesson. I tried to use butter how I have been using it in the pies and it only caused problems. For our apple pie crust, we use a butter crust that calls for putting the butter in the freezer. For this recipe, however, we are softening the butter and mixing it in with our streusel topping. Softened butter is probably one of the most important parts of this recipe.

Best Served With Ice Cream

While I think ice cream is great for most apple desserts, I think it becomes a bit more important in our apple crisp. I think a great apple pie can rely on the crust to bring a delicate and interesting flavor and texture to the pie. With apple crisp, however, we are beating people over the head with the apple and I think a nice creamy ice cream can balance that flavor and texture. Here is a link to my simple Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.

Overall, I am a big fan of apple crisp and it has been a fairly regular dessert in our household for several years. To be honest, we have an apple tree in our yard and we end up looking for ways to use all the apples. The apples are fairly tart, but this recipe allows us to easily and handily use the apples from our tree. If I don’t go pick them, they drop to the ground and then I have an abundance of rotten apples AND hornets. That is no fun.

Apple Crisp Recipe topping before it is spread on actual dish Cut Up granny smith apples for apple crisp

apple crisp before it goes into the oven

Apple Crisp recipe long view

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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

Apple Crisp in a bowl with vanilla ice cream and a tray in the background

Apple Crisp is a fruity, easy, and delicious dessert. Don’t have the time or energy for fresh pie crust? Give this super simple recipe a try to quench that sweet tooth!

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 5 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted and softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 425 Fahrenheit
  2. Place apples into a lightly greased 9×9 pan
  3. Thoroughly mix the rest of the ingredients until the consistency of a thick paste
  4. Spread mixture over apples
  5. Bake for 40 minutes. Check to see if apple mixture is bubbling. If it is and the apples are easily pierced with a fork, the apple crisp is done. If not, repeat for another 5 minutes and test again.

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  • Reply
    September 10, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Apple Crisps is such a perfect fall dessert! Love how simple this is!

  • Reply
    September 10, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    How nice and delicious. Perfect for this time of year and I love that you used tart Granny Smith’s to start the recipe.

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    September 11, 2018 at 3:30 am

    This looks really good! So yummy! I like this! Thank you for a great recipe!

  • Reply
    Kavita Favelle
    September 11, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I think what you call apple crisp, I know as apple crumble — I love how traditions and names for things are different across the world! I love this kind of simple tasty food.

  • Reply
    Marisa Moore
    September 11, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Nothing like a classic apple crisp… even better when made so simple! THanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    September 23, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Sometimes I pat a very, very, very thin layer of the topping onto the bottom of the pan, and then proceed as usual. It caramelizes and makes a really fun crisp.

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