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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

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One of our favorite Fall activities is apple picking. Followed by baking all sorts of apple related treats.

The hands down favorite is apple crisp. This recipe is is one of those no-brainer recipes. It is infinitely adjustable. Serve it hot. Serve it cold. Serve it with ice cream or whipped cream. Serve it completely alone. You can add more topping if you like the crispy top or add more apples if you prefer a greater apple to crisp ratio.


My two youngest each have different preferences. My daughter only likes the apples and my 3yr old son only the topping. They each eat their own serving and then swap plates. It is way too funny, like they are some old married couple.

This recipe feeds a crowd, adjust the measurements as you see fit. You can’t mess it up. Or, make it for a party. Or better yet, make it and then call and invite my family over.

(You can also make this gluten free by using gluten free flours and oats)

To make this recipe you will need:

16 or so apples, enough to cover the bottom of your baking pan
1 cup apple juice, or sprite
1 1/2 c brown sugar
2 cup white sugar
2 cup flour
2 cup oats
4 tsp cinnamon
2 sticks melted butter

First step is to peel and slice your apples. Do you have one of these handy apple slicer corer thingies? You totally should get one. It makes the job so much easier.


See how nice the apples come out? I still have to go through with my knife and cut them in half and make sure all of the seeds and core bits are gone, but so much easier. Also, because the apples are all sliced to the same thickness they cook evenly.


Pour your apple juice or sprite over the apples and toss them around. This helps them not turn brown and gives them a little bit of moisture. If you don’t have either of these things on hand you can use water instead.


Mix all of your dry ingredients together.


Melt your butter on the stove top. Pour it into the dry ingredients and stir well.


Stir until a nice crumbly mixture forms.


Pour the topping mixture over the top of your apples and spread it around evenly. remember, not an exact science here. You just want to make sure that every bite is going to have crispy topping.

Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 35 minutes.


Oh yeah.

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13 comments so far...

  • yummy!

    We went apple picking this year too. Although I don’t think I have enough apples left to make this. I’ll have to see how many apples I have left and see if I can adjust it to that size… And I need to get one of those apple peeler/corer/slicer thingies.

    Jenni  |  October 31st, 2008 at 3:42 pm

  • YUM! We love apple crisp, too. Maybe we’ll have to get some apples this weekend!

    Jamie AZ  |  October 31st, 2008 at 7:31 pm

  • “Oh yeah” is an understatement…

    Angella  |  October 31st, 2008 at 7:49 pm

  • I love apple crisp! After reading this recipe I’ll be making it this weekend!

    BlapherMJ  |  October 31st, 2008 at 8:11 pm

  • Love your daughter’s nose mask…very cute.

    Mom on the Run  |  October 31st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

  • Mmm, maybe hard apple cider instead of sprite (for the grown-ups, anyway).

    Brigitte  |  November 1st, 2008 at 12:13 pm

  • Is that a 9 x 13 pan or a bigger one?

    Jackie  |  November 1st, 2008 at 2:24 pm

  • I was just thinking that I needed to make apple crisp with some of the gazillion apples from our tree.

    Perfect timing!

    Stephanie  |  November 1st, 2008 at 2:29 pm

  • This will definitely get made this coming week in my house. And thanks for the gluten-free tips as this is key in my household.

    Catootes  |  November 1st, 2008 at 6:28 pm

  • I think i might be replacing the apple pie I was going to make for Thanksgiving with THIS!

    Thanks for the tip… and can you tell me where to get one of those apple coring de-skinning things?

    Shalini  |  November 3rd, 2008 at 12:08 pm

  • Also, can you use granny smith? or does it have to be a specific kind?

    Chris says: You can use whatever kind of apples suit your personal preference. Granny Smith apples would result in a more tart apple crisp.

    Shalini  |  November 3rd, 2008 at 12:09 pm

  • hmm how long to picked apples keep? i have some on my counter but beginning to wonder… and i was thinking apple crip! mmmmmm

    kate  |  November 4th, 2008 at 2:49 am

  • My kids do the same thing with stuffed crust pizza from pizza hut. My son eats the crust, my daughter eats the pizza.
    I love apple crisp. And I love your blog. Glad I found it.

    carol  |  November 22nd, 2008 at 5:21 pm