SIMPLE Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

SIMPLE Apple Crisp recipe - perfect for fall! Baked apples, with brown sugar, butter and oat topping #applecrisp #fall #fallrecipes #simplepartyfood

This is the perfect apple crisp recipe, so if you like Grandma’s old-fashioned way of doing things, you may just fall in love with this recipe.

Easier than pie, a fruit crisp is the fastest way you will get all the delicious flavors of the season on to a plate and into your stomach.  Soft, sweet baked buttery, cinnamon apples that are then topped with buttery, brown sugary oats make this one dessert no one will pass up!

What Kind of Apples Should I Use?

Now, when it comes to apple crisp, you gotta start with the star of the show – the apples! Go for a mix of tart and sweet varieties like Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. You want those flavors to play off each other and create a symphony of deliciousness in your mouth. Give ’em a good peel, core ’em, and chop ’em into bite-sized pieces. Set them aside for now.

How to Make the Crumbly Topping

Next up, let’s talk about the crisp part of the equation. It’s all about that irresistible crumbly topping that’s gonna make your heart skip a beat. In a bowl, mix together some all-purpose flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, a pinch of salt, and a generous amount of cinnamon. I’m talking about cinnamon for days, my friends! Add a stick and a half of ICE COLD butter to the mix and give it a good stir until everything comes together in a beautiful crumbly texture. This is the stuff dreams are made of!

Make That Crisp

Now, take your chopped apples and toss ’em in some fresh lemon juice to give ’em a zesty kick. Sprinkle a bit more cinnamon on top because, well, why the hell not? Then spread those apple pieces in a baking dish and generously blanket them with that heavenly crisp topping we just whipped up. Make sure you cover every inch of those apples, ’cause you want that crisp to be the real MVP here.

Pop that bad boy into a preheated oven at 350°F (190°C) and let the magic happen. In about 30 to 40 minutes, your kitchen will be filled with the intoxicating aroma of cinnamon and baked apples. Trust me, it’s like heaven on Earth! When the topping turns golden brown and the apples are tender, it’s time to pull that beauty out of the oven.

What To Serve with Apple Crisp

Now, you can’t have an apple crisp without a little something-something to take it to the next level. Scoop some good-quality vanilla ice cream on top while the crisp is still warm. The contrast between the cold, creamy ice cream and the warm, gooey apples is what dreams are made of, my friends. It’s a match made in dessert heaven!

So there you have it, folks. A simple and soul-satisfying apple crisp recipe that’s gonna have you doing a happy dance. It’s the kind of dessert that brings people together, creates memories, and makes life a little bit sweeter. So go ahead, give it a whirl, and let your taste buds thank you later.

Until next time, stay hungry and keep cooking with love!

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SIMPLE Apple Crisp recipe - perfect for fall! Baked apples, with brown sugar, butter and oat topping #applecrisp #fall #fallrecipes #simplepartyfood

SIMPLE Apple Crisp

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 pieces 1x


  • 4 Cups Sliced Apples, 4 large or 5 medium Granny Smith, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice

For the topping:

  • ¾ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Quick Cooking Oats
  • 10 Tablespoons COLD Butter
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Apple Pie spice


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and completely butter a square 8×8 baking dish (bottom as well as the sides).
  2. In a medium bowl, add the topping ingredients.  Use a fork or pastry cutter to incorporate the butter into the flour/oat mixture until it resembles course pea sized sand. 
  3. Combine the chopped apples, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large bowl until the apples are  place coated. 
  4. Spoon them into the buttered pan and evenly spread the topping all over the apples.
  5. Bake on the center rack for 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender and bubbly.
  6. Serve warm or room temperature with ice cream and caramel if desired.


  • Serving Size: 1

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