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Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

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A super simple and delightful dessert, apple crisp is the best way to use fall’s bounty of apples from the harvest. With a crisp and crunchy topping and sweet, tender apples underneath, it’s going to be a favorite for the holidays!

A bowl of old fashioned apple crisp on a table.

What Goes Into Old Fashioned Apple Crisp?

Making an apple crisp only takes 4 simple steps. The difference between it and the iconic apple pie is that there is no crust, but rather, a crispy topping.

You will grease your baking pan and then add the apples. You’ll then add cinnamon, sugar, flour, and water. And finally, you’ll cover it with the topping and bake.

Like apple pie though, it’s excellent served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Serve it while it’s still warm to have the best flavor!

A dish of old fashioned apple crisp with a spoonful missing.

Common Questions

Does apple crisp need to be refrigerated?

While you can certainly keep apple crisp out on the counter, properly covered, it’s best to consume it within a day. You’ll get more life out of it if you keep it in the fridge, where it will last 3 days. The topping will get soggy though, so the faster you eat it, the better!

Is apple crisp gluten-free?

Unfortunately, this recipe as-is is not gluten-free. However, if you use gluten-free flour and ensure the oats you use are gluten-free, then you can make it without any gluten.

Can you freeze apple crisp?

Yes, you can freeze apple crisp though it is best to do so before baking it. Assemble it fully and then cover with at least 3 layers of plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil. It’s best to bake it right from the freezer within 6 months.

What apples to use for apple crisp?

Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Golden Delicious all bode well for an amazing apple crisp.

A spoonful of old fashioned apple crisp up close.

Chopnotch Tips

  • Make sure to slice your apples up evenly so they cook to the same texture.
  • If going gluten-free, you can keep the same measurements, just use gluten-free replacements.
  • Spread the topping mixture evenly over the top for best results.
  • Serve it warm and with ice cream or whipped cream!
A dish of old fashioned apple crisp on a table.

Dig into this fabulous old fashioned apple crisp!

How to Make

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

This easy apple crisp with oats is the best way to anyone’s heart with sweet and juicy apples inside and a crispy, crumble topping on the outside.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 12


For base:

  • 10 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup water

For topping:

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, melted
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a baking pan. Add sliced apples to it and spread evenly.
  • Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, and water in a bowl. Add on top of apples.
  • In a separate bowl, mix all topping ingredients and add on top of the apple mixture.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool slightly and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 310kcal (16%), Carbohydrates: 60g (20%), Protein: 2g (4%), Fat: 8g (12%), Saturated Fat: 5g (31%), Cholesterol: 20mg (7%), Sodium: 107mg (5%), Potassium: 167mg (5%), Fiber: 3g (13%), Sugar: 45g (50%), Vitamin A: 377IU (8%), Vitamin C: 5mg (6%), Calcium: 46mg (5%), Iron: 2mg (11%)

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    • 5 stars
      I much prefer an apple crisp to a pie any day and your topping with the oats adds the perfect flavor and texture to go with the apples.

  1. 5 stars
    Oh, this dessert is such a classic! I am loving the crispy top and the tender apples – YUM! Absolutely a must try, luckily, I have all the ingredients!

  2. 5 stars
    This is such a tasty dessert and I love how simple it is too! Will definitely be making this in the coming weeks.

  3. 5 stars
    Apple crisp is my favourite. Though we call it crumble here in the UK. It’s such a comfort dessert that I can never get bored with. Bring it on any day, honey