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A piece of apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream on a porcelain plate.

Apple Crisp

This EASY and DELICIOUS apple crisp has a juicy apple filling with a crunchy topping packed with oats.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 9 people
Calories 441kcal


  • 8x8 inch baking dish


For the Apples

  • 2 1/2 lbs apples add an extra apple or two if you want a thicker apple layer.
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter diced into small cubes

For the Topping

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter cold and cut into small cubes


For the Topping

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Add the flour, salt, rolled oats, and brown sugar to a large bowl then mix together. You can also add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon if desired.
  • Add the COLD cubed butter to the mixture and work together with your hands until you have a crumbly, not powdery mixture then set aside.

For the Apples

  • Add the brown sugar and corn starch to a large bowl then mix together. Peel apples and cut flesh from core. Cut into thin slices and transfer to the bowl.
  • Squeeze about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice onto the apples and then drizzle with vanilla and sprinkle with cinnamon. Toss to combine.

For the Assembly

  • Add the apples to the 8x8 baking dish in a few layers. Placing a few pats of butter throughout then top with the remaining apples.
  • Add the topping onto the apples and bake at 350F for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the juices are bubbling.



  • Choose firm apples you like. I used gala apples for this recipe but honey-crisp, and granny smith are great options too.
  • If you LOVE a lot of apples in your crisp consider adding two more large apples to the mix. 
  • Double the recipe for a 9x13 inch dish.
  • Finish the cobbler with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar for extra crunch and depth of flavor.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 266mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg