The Best Apple Crisp

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert


This Old Fashioned Apple Crisp recipe is an easy, no fail dessert just like grandma used to make! Sweet, cinnamon apples are topped with a crunchy, buttery, oat crumble topping, then baked to perfection! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for the ultimate bite of apple crisp goodness.


Apple layer

  • 5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced approx 1/3″ thick
  • zest and juice of one large orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Crisp Topping

  • 1 cup butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 9×13 pan, or lightly coat with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine the apples, orange zest, orange juice, salt, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir to coat evenly. Set aside while you prepare your topping.
  3. For the crisp topping, place butter, flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your hands combine all the ingredients until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. Spread the apples into the prepared baking dish, discarding any liquid the apples released.
  5. Sprinkle the oat mixture on top of the apples.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes until the crisp is lightly browned and the apples are bubbly.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature


store airtight for up to 2 days. The longer this is stored the softer the crisp layer will get, so I like to eat this within a day of being made.

Serve with ice cream and caramel sauce, if desired.

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