Mom’s Delicious Apple Crisp – Easy Recipe!

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This old fashioned apple crisp is so rich and full of sweetness it is truly a taste of home. 

Mom’s Delicious Apple Crisp is one of the easiest recipes I know of, that you can stop by the store on the way home, and present your family with this awesome apple crisp in a matter of minutes. 

Just core and slice some apples (I often add pears, too!) and toss them in a bowl with sugar, butter, and some lovely cinnamon. The topping is just as easy – more sugar, oatmeal, butter, and cinnamon. 

The secret to getting a crunchy apple crisp, one that’s bubbling with butter and apple juices, is to make sure it bakes to just the right temperature. 

And I will show you how in my expert tips below!

Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes


You’ll find all the ingredients to make this homemade Apple Crisp recipe in your local grocery store:

  • Apples: We’re using two varieties in our apple filling.
  • Sugar: White for the clean sweetness, brown for a touch of rich molasses magic.
  • Butter: The secret to a yummy, golden brown crumble topping. 
  • Oatmeal: The heart of our crisp topping! Adds a nice crunchiness.
  • Flour: This is our topping’s backbone. It helps everything stick together while also making it a bit fluffy.
  • Cinnamon: Gives our apple crisp a warm, cozy kick.
  • Bosc pears (optional): For a bit of a flavor twist.
  • Grand Marnier Liqueur (optional): For the adults – a little splash of sophistication.
mom's delicious apple crisp getting ready to baked with butter, apples, pears, and dry ingredients in a green bowl with a red napkin and bottle of grand marnier

Pressed for time? Try our Freezer Apple Pie Filling recipe so you’ll always have apple pie filling ready for your dessert recipes!

When it comes to equipment, I love these baking dishes by Le Creuset. They are so heavy and have different sizes! And, of course, in my favorite color, cherry red!

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How to make Apple Crisp

Follow these simple instructions to make this easy Apple Crisp. See the recipe card below if you need more help.

  1. Peel all the apples and cut them into thin, even slices.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the thinly sliced apples, sugar, butter, and our mix of warm spices. Toss it all together until every apple slice is coated evenly.
  3. Spread the apple mixture in the bottom of a well greased 13 X 9 baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together your oatmeal, flour, sugar, and butter until it becomes a crumbly topping.
  5. Spread the crumb topping evenly over the top of the apples.
  6. Top with pats of butter (I use lots of butter!)
  7. Bake, let cool, and serve with a big ole scoop of ice cream!

And voila! You have the perfect fall dessert.

Expert Apple Crisp tips

Follow these expert tips, and this classic dessert will be perfect every time.

  • Slice the apples thinly, thick pieces of fruit won’t bake as well
  • Grease the baking dish well so the apples don’t stick to the bottom.
  • Place a sheet of aluminum foil loosely over the top of your apple crisp when you put it in the oven. This allows the dish to steam and bake evenly. Remove during the last 15 minutes.

How to serve

My favorite way to serve is with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream right on top of a warm serving of this crisp. The ice cream melts slightly, mingling with the warm spices and the sweet apples. Oh boy, talk about a match made in dessert heaven! 

But hey, maybe you’re more of a whipped cream person, or maybe you like it just as is – there’s really no wrong way to enjoy this tasty treat.

apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes

How to store

To store your Apple Crisp, let it cool to room temperature first. This helps to keep the texture just right. 

Once it’s cooled, you can cover the whole thing with some plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container. 

Then pop it in the fridge. You’ve got a ready-to-enjoy treat for the next few days. 

To serve, just scoop out your desired portion and warm it up slightly in the microwave.


Here are some of the questions people have asked me about this classic desert:

What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?

The difference between an apple crisp and an apple crumble is the topping. 

Apple crisp has oats, sometimes nuts, and bakes with a crunchy top.  An apple crumble is usually sugar, flour, and butter, so that it crumbles rather than crunches. 

Ha Ha, I think that makes sense!?

What kind of apples should I use?

My favorite variety of apples is McIntosh, and I often blend Granny Smith apples with them for baking.

But the best apple? It’s up to you! For more sweetness, try pink lady. You can also use more tart apples, like Gala apples. 

Where did I get my inspiration for this recipe?

I like to prepare the apples just as if I’m getting ready to bake an apple pie. My post about my Mom’s Apple Pie shows you what I mean.  

When you mix the varieties of apples, and the spices – ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon, the result is amazing!  And I always add a little lemon juice and lemon zest to bring out that sweet, juicy tartness.

Apple crisp is one of those classic recipes that I often make up as I go along! Sometimes I mix in oatmeal, sometimes just flour, and then again, I’ll mix both. 

I think the secret to a great apple crisp is the apples and how you prepare them. Also, the crunchy sweet topping should be full of butter, brown sugar, and other earthly delights!

My mother-in-law was a wonderful baker, and this is her recipe. I would often drop in at my in-laws for dinner after work, and there was almost always a home-baked dessert.

As soon as I walked in the door, I knew apple crisp was on that night’s menu! The delicious smells of baked apples, brown sugar, and spices created such a wonderfully warm and comforting atmosphere. Home.

A generous square of this sweet dessert, topped with a scoop of ice cream, well, you just can’t beat it. And with fall just around the corner, farmer’s markets, local food stands, and grocers will be displaying fresh fall apples.

I’ll be making a trip to the country to get those early fall apples, McIntosh, Braeburns, Granny Smiths, and Melbas, to name a few. 

They are so beautiful and smell so good when they are freshly picked.  

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Final thoughts

So there you go. A personal favorite, and a good old-fashioned baked apple dish that is sure to warm the hearts of everyone who tries it.  

It will fill your home with a delicious aroma of baked apples and cinnamon sweetness

This easy Apple Crisp recipe evokes memories of childhood, cozy kitchens, and a time of plain simple food. Create some of these memories for your family & friends. That’s my wish for you.

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two servings of Mom's apple crisp with whipped cream in red serving dishes

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

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An easy to make and bake apple dessert, full of crunchy goodness, brown sugar, butter, this fall & winter classic is always a crowd pleaser
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Calories 315 kcal


  • 6 apples - medium
  • 2 bosc pears
  • ½ c white sugar
  • ½ c brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ c Butter
  • ½ fresh lemon squeezed
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp Grand Marnier Liqueur

For the Topping

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup coarse oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease a 9″ square baking dish
  • Peel, core and thinly slice the apples like you would for a pie
    mom's delicious apple crisp getting ready to baked with butter, apples, pears, and dry ingredients in a green bowl with a red napkin and bottle of grand marnier
  • In a large mixing bowl, place the apples, sugars, flour, cinnamon and lemon
  • Toss until the apples are well coated
  • Place the apple mixture in the bottom of the baking dish spreading it evenly
    thinly sliced apples, pears and butter
  • Cut the butter into small pieces about the size of a nickel and place them randomly over the top of the apple mixture
  • Mix the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl and making sure the butter is spread and mixed well.
    Lots of yummy brown sugar & spices topping!
  • The topping should clump together in your hand.
  • Spread the topping thickly over the top of your apple mixture.
  • Bake in the oven at 350F for 55 minutes or the best timing for your oven.
    An apple crumble in a white dish.
  • Top with freshly whipped cream or ice cream and Enjoy!
    Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes



Serving: 1g | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 40mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 43g

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.