Homemade Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp is a wonderful dessert you can make and nothing beats the smell of a fresh apples and baking in your oven. A buttery oat crumble topping with cinnamon really makes this crisp incredibly delicious.

apple crisp on a fork over a plate with apple crisp

You may be looking for an easy recipe for homemade apple crisp. This is a wonderful dessert you can make, and nothing beats the smell of a fresh apple crisp baking in your oven and whetting your tastebuds.

Growing up with Apple Trees

When I was a small child growing up in Pueblo, Colorado, my family had several apple trees in our backyard. When the right time came during the late summer and early fall, we were busy picking apples and preserving them.

Sometimes we were lucky and my mom would put together an apple crisp for dessert. We always made fried apples, but an apple crisp was a special treat.

What’s in My Apple Crisp recipe?

This is an old fashioned apple crisp. We are going to make a butter topping using rolled oats – the kind you would use to make a breakfast cereal out of. I like to use baking apples for this recipe, as they tend to hold up to the heat well.

The filling is made with apples, sugar, a bit of cornstarch, vanilla, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. And ta-da! – a delicious apple crisp that your family will fall in love with.

apple crisp topping in a bowl and filling in a pan


Here’s what you need to make this incredible dessert:

  • Apples
  • All-purpose flour
  • Oats
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Cornstarch

Ingredients for a homemade apple crisp.

I like to serve apple crisp either whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. However, it’s even good just plain and hot straight out of the oven.

apple crisp in a baking dish and on a plate

What are the Best Kinds of Apples to Use in an Apple Crisp

For this recipe, I like to use two different types of apples. For me, the Granny Smith is a nice tart apple that bakes up very well. I may combine the Granny Smiths with Braeburn, McIntosh, or even Red Delicious apples.

Often it’s what red apples are on sale that makes the choice for me. You just want to make sure that you are using an apple that will bake up well.

I like using several types of apples because you get the best flavor this way. I always like to layer flavors.

Apples are a natural pick for baking with spices like cinnamon. Read about twelve different varieties of apples that are good for baking.

Making a Homemade Apple Crisp is easy

Preparing a homemade apple crisp is actually pretty easy. So if you don’t think you’re very good at baking, this may be a great recipe for you to try.

If you can measure accurately and follow directions, even a beginner cook can have great success with this recipe. Enjoy!

apple crisp and a fork on a plate

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Homemade Apple Crisp

This is a super easy recipe for apple crisp with crumb topping.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 356kcal


Crumb Topping

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Apple Filling

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 2 red delicious apples
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Crumb Topping Instructions

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, rolled oats, 1/2 cup cold butter, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. With a fork combine the mixture until it becomes uniform and crumbly.

Apple Filling Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and stir to combine. 
  • Add peeled, cored, and chopped apples to the pot and mix well.
  • In a small dish, combine 2 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Stir cornstarch until smooth add to the pot with the apples. 
  • When the mixture thickens remove from heat.

Crisp Instructions

  • Pour apples into a 9 x 14-inch oval baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over the apple mixture. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until the topping turns golden brown.



Serve with vanilla ice cream.


Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Mary

    5 stars
    WOW, what an awesome recipe for apple crisp.Thank you so much for sharing,i have seen a few things on your site that i just love so i know i will be speaking with you again soon.Have a blessed day.

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