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Apple Crisp


One of the definitive desserts of fall, apple crisp is easy and economical. Test kitchen tip: Empire, Gala, or Braeburn apples are especially good in this recipe.

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  • Servings: 8

Photography: José Manuel Picayo Rivera

Source: Everyday Food, October 2007


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 3 pounds apples, such as Empire, Gala, or Braeburn, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Cut butter into flour, using a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Add oats, and use your hands to toss and squeeze mixture until large, moist clumps form. Transfer to freezer to chill while you prepare apples.

  2. In another large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice, cinnamon, and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart baking dish, and sprinkle with topping mixture. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until golden and bubbling, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes

This cinnamon-scented crisp is best served still warm from the oven, topped with a scoop of vanilla, cinnamon, or caramel ice cream.

The secret to a crunchy, chunky topping is working the oat mixture into large clumps with your hands -- this helps the topping hold together atop the apples while toasting to a golden brown.

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  • MS12385395
    25 OCT, 2016
    Try using a variety of apples for layers of flavour and texture.
  • MS12265145
    11 OCT, 2015
    This was great, I added raisins and pecans. Wonderful Fall dessert.
  • aladza
    18 NOV, 2014
    OMG this was so delish! I used Honeycrisp apples and they were the perfect apple for this recipe (and pretty much any apple recipe, lol).
  • MS12341724
    18 OCT, 2014
    used fresh-picked Macoun apples for this go-to classic, tasty apple crisp - just the right sugar cinnamon flavor, juicy with a nice tangy bite, and a time-honored delicious crisp topping; only had to bake for 45 minutes in small gas oven.
  • ucshep
    13 OCT, 2014
    Great recipe but was looking for a crispier crust
  • Grandma Pam
    28 SEP, 2014
    Perfect, perfect, perfect!!!
  • sofiapinelli
    10 JUN, 2014
    Not that this needs another review - but this is a no fail recipe. Great for a beginner and a terrific fall back for a foodie. I have this one printed and saved in my favorite recipe binder. Thanks Martha!
  • MS11130599
    15 SEP, 2013
    This is the only crisp recipe I ever use, just change up the fruit. I also triple the topping recipe and store in the make crisp anytime. Don't change a thing. Perfect
  • butterflyflower
    9 SEP, 2013
    This recipe was absolutely delicious! My daughter and I made it and the entire family loved it. I would highly recommend this for anyone who needs a great apple crisp recipe.
  • Kathy J French
    23 APR, 2013
    Awesome recipe, but I did use quick oats and it came out perfectly fine.