Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

This super easy Apple Crisp Recipe is filled with fresh Granny Smith apples in a sweetened brown sugar sauce and topped with a buttery oat crumble. 

Serve this comforting dessert warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce for the ultimate treat!

plate with apple crisp and vanilla ice creampinterestI’m teaming up with Land O’Lakes again to share this gorgeous dessert using their convenient Unsalted Butter in Half Sticks.

If you haven’t picked up a package, now is the time! You’re going to LOVE how easy they are to use – especially for this recipe.

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

If you love a slice of fresh apple pie, then you’ll be absolutely hooked on this simple apple crisp!

Technically in our family, we call this dessert Apple Junk. But trust me, this warm and comforting treat is far from junk.

ingredients on a cutting board

Ingredients Needed for Apple Crisp

Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need to make this apple crisp. As always, you can find the printable list with measurements in the recipe box below.

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Old-Fashioned Oats
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter in Half Sticks
  • Chopped Pecans – you can leave out or replace with sliced almonds
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Lemon Juice

apple crumble topping in bowl

How To Make Oat Crumble Topping

To make the topping, or brown sugar crumble, you’ll want to use COLD butter that’s been diced into little cubes.

Use clean fingers to get in and quickly massage the dry ingredients into the butter until it becomes a coarse mixture.

Immediately place the bowl into the fridge until ready to top the apple mixture.

peeling apples on cutting board

What Type of Apples To Use for Apple Crisp?

The best type of apple you can use when making an apple crisp is going to be a Granny Smith apple. These apples are best for baking, as they hold their shape better and become tender without getting mushy.

While the Granny Smith apples tends to be more tart by themselves, the tartness really mellows out and you’re left with a sweeter flavor when baked.

I have a handy tabletop apple peeler, slicer and corer, which makes light work of the task.

How To Make Apple Crisp with Fresh Apples

Skip the canned stuff — this fresh apple recipe will blow you away!

In order to get that delicious brown sugar glaze over the apples, we start off by combining Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter in Half Sticks with all-purpose flour.

Next, add in a little water, lemon juice, vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt.

Finally, stir in your chopped apples to coat.

sliced apples in a bowl with glaze

Place the apple mixture into a greased baking dish and then cover with the chilled oat crumble topping.

adding crumble topping to apple mixture

All that’s left to do now is bake until the center is nice and bubbly and the topping is browned and crisp.

Watch Video on Making an Apple Crisp

Tips for Making Apple Crisp

By now you can see that making a homemade apple crisp is really easy. Here are a few of my best tips for success every time…

  • Make sure you use Granny Smith apples for the best texture. Other apples may cause a more mushy result.
  • Chill your butter for the topping and work quickly to achieve the best crumble.
  • If using salted butter, omit the added salt in the filling and topping.
  • You can double this recipe to make enough for a 9×13″ pan. Just bake longer ’til the center is bubbly.

Apple Crisp in white pan

More Apple Recipes To Try

Craving more? Here are some of my favorite apple recipes that I think you’ll love…

dessert on plate with apples and vanilla ice cream

I can’t wait for you to give this easy apple crisp recipe a try! I know you’re going to love it!

dessert on plate with apples and vanilla ice cream
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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

This super easy Apple Crisp Recipe is filled with fresh Granny Smith apples in a sweetened brown sugar sauce and topped with a buttery oat crumble. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 319 kcal
Author: Shawn


For The Oat Topping

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter in Half Sticks, cold and cut into small pieces

For The Apple Filling

  • 2 lbs. Granny Smith apples, room temperature (peeled, cored and sliced thin)
  • ¼ cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter in Half Sticks
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rub butter in a 7x11" baking dish (or similar size) and set aside.

To Make the Topping

  • Combine the flour, oats, pecans, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and whisk together. Add in the chilled butter and use clean fingers to pinch the butter and create a coarse mixture. Place bowl in fridge until ready to use.

To Make the Filling

  • In a large bowl whisk together ¼ cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter in Half Sticks (melted) with 2 tbsp flour. Add in the water, lemon juice, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt and whisk to combine.
  • Stir in the sliced apples and coat evenly with the brown sugar mixture. Pour apples into the prepared baking dish and top with the oat crumble topping.
  • Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until center is bubbly and top is browned nicely. Let the apple crisp cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.
*Keep apple crisp covered and store at room temperature. 
**Can be prepped ahead of time, covered and stored in refrigerator prior to baking up to 24 hours. If baking from chilled, you'll need to bake longer (until center is bubbly). 


Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 416IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: apple, Brown Sugar, Crisp, oats
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apples on a plate with ice cream

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
2 Responses
  1. Jill Alford

    5 stars
    This was excellent! Making the filling from scratch is what makes it! It was perfect with vanilla ice cream. Warm, cozy, sweet, comfort dessert! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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