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Classic Apple Crisp

A classic recipe for Apple Crisp.  Baked chopped apples topped with a mixture of oats and brown sugar.  Excellent for breakfast or dessert and definitely with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Sometimes there is just nothing better than a good old fashioned dessert like Apple Crisp. It’s sweet, creamy, apple-y and cinnamon-y.  Yes.  Please. And I will eat it for breakfast too.  But only after the kids are in school so that I don’t have to share…oops, did I say that out loud?  😉

Crisps are my go to dessert.  They’re easy to make and they are so versatile…you can use any fruit you have around for crisps…apples, peaches, rhubarb.  In fact, the ripe fruit that no one wants to eat is perfect for putting into crisps.

Classic Apple Crisp

But apple crisp is definitely our favourite…soft baked apples with a buttery warm cinnamon oat topping.  So good. It tastes like an apple pie only it’s much easier to make.

Classic Apple Crisp

A simple and classic dessert, and so delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Apple Crisp Recipe Tips!

  • For extra nutrition you can add chopped nuts, hemp hearts or wheat germ to your crumble topping mixture (before baking).
  • This recipe can be served warm or cold.  And with cream, whip cream or ice cream!
  • Apple Crisp is the perfect dessert to go with Roasted Chicken!
  • I almost always only use MacIntosh apples for my apple crisps.

Classic Apple Crisp

A classic recipe for Apple Crisp.  Baked chopped apples topped with a mixture of oats and brown sugar.  Excellent for breakfast or dessert and a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x



Apple Filling:

  • 5 apples (peeled and chopped into bite size pieces)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/21 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water or apple juice

Crumble Topping:

  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In one bowl mix together the chopped apples, lemon juice, sugar and water.
  3. Let the apple mix rest while you make the crumble topping. Make sure to stir it a couple of times.
  4. While the apple mix is resting, in a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, salt and sugar.
  5. Pour the melted butter over the oat mix, and stir to combine.
  6. Transfer the apple mix to an oven proof dish (a 1.6L casserole dish works great).
  7. Crumble the oat mix on top of the apples. Do NOT stir.
  8. Bake uncovered, for 40 minutes.

Keywords: apple crisp, crisp recipe, fall dessert

Classic Apple Crisp

NOTE:  This post was originally published in 2011, and I have recently updated it with new photos. But it’s the same great recipe, just with new images.  Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    October 26, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Looks great! I haven’t made apple crisp yet this season, but your post is inspiring me to try it.

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    Tricia @ A Rosy Note
    October 26, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Ohhh, what yumminess!

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    October 26, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    I like adding crumbled ginger bread cookies to my crumble topping. Mmmmm…

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    Ali Richardson
    October 26, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Mmmmmm. Mmmmmmmm. MMMMMMMMM!!!

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    October 26, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Did you say apple crisp for breakfast? Yes please.

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious
    October 27, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    I’m loving your blog, especially the halloween decorations! And this crisp sounds devine. Too much deliciousness here. You’re making my to-make list forever long!

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    October 27, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Apple Crisp is the perfect dessert to go with ANYTHING!

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    October 27, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Yummy, my very favorite dessert! I am making some tonight for after dinner.
    Hugs, Cindy

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    Emily @
    October 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Thank you for this! It sounds just like my Mom’s recipe!

    You were one of my blog fav’s this week @ !

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    Possible Baker
    October 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Yum yum…I would eat this for breakfast, too:) Thanks for sharing such a great fall recipe!

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    November 3, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Yum! I can picture a nice scoop of ice cream on top. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Melissa Weissman
    July 10, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    How much wheat germ would you suggest adding to the topping mixture?

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      July 11, 2019 at 5:15 PM

      Hi Melissa! I would add 1 – 2 tbsp to the mix. I usually use 2. Happy baking!

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