Apple Crisp


We all need to have a fabulous recipe for apple crisp in a repertoire.  It is not heavy like a pie and has all the same tastes, but with fewer calories. Not only is it the perfect dessert for a Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving or even Christmas, it is also easy to whip up for a midweek treat.

I have made and tasted many apple crisps over the years, but none is as delicious as this one.  Honestly, you will want to hide in a closet with a pint of vanilla ice cream and a pan of this apple crisp and eat yourself into oblivion!  It is that good!

Want to know another nice thing about Apple Crisp?  There is no special skills required and no pie crust to fuss over.

Apple Crisp

 The amount of apples isn’t an exact science at all.  I used eleven here, but as long as you have enough to fill the pan you are good to go!

Apple Crisp

Be generous when buttering the pan.  I applied the butter with a piece of parchment, but you could also use your clean fingers.  I also like to use real butter as you are going to taste it in the apple crisp. 

Apple Crisp

I have my dry ingredients in a bowl and they are patiently waiting for the butter to join them! 

Apple Crisp

You can use a spoon or fork to combine the crumbs and butter, but honestly, your clean hands are the best tool for this task! 

Apple Crisp

Just keeping mixing the bitter and dry ingredients until well combined.  You should be able to form little clumps that will hold their shape. 

Apple Crisp

As you can see, I just randomly slice my apples.  You don’t need to be super precise.  Another tip is to wait until the topping is ready to go before slicing your apples.  This way you can apply the topping and get the crisp into the oven before the apples start to brown. 

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The crisp all ready to go in the oven.

I have a bit of a confession.  There is no picture of the crisp coming out of the oven.  It was Thanksgiving, we had a house full of guests and I forgot to snap a picture…whoops!

Apple Crisp

The crispy, warm and delicious finished product.  It pairs perfectly with a generous dollop of French Vanilla ice-cream.

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Apple Crisp
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • ⅔ cup softened butter
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal (NOT the instant type)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 10-12 peeled and sliced tart apples
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Using your hands, mix butter and dry ingredients together until you can form small clumps that hold together.
  3. Peel and slice apples and add to a well greased, 9"x13" baking dish.
  4. Top with butter and dry ingredient mixture.
  5. Bake until topping is golden and apple are tender, approximately 35 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with a big scoop of ice-cream

I hope you will give this recipe a try.  It is a no muss, no fuss way to get the taste of apple pie without the bother of pie crust.  Bonus – no butter filled double pie crust = fewer calories.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask and I will do my very best to answer them.





  1. Oooh, my mouth is just watering reading this. I have not had an apple crisp for 10 years ( at least one I made myself). Maybe I could get my hubbie to peel the apples and I’ll make the topping according to your recipe. Note of interest. Many people with allergies to apples ( as I do ) are perfectly fine with eating the cooked product.

  2. Shih-shih Chen says:

    Why is instant oatmeal not good in this recipe? Does it not work? Is it less crunchy? I want to give it a try but it’s hard to get oatmeal in my country.

    • Hi Shih-shih, I wouldn’t recommend using the little single serve flavoured packets, however, a quick cooking type of oatmeal should be fine. Let me know how you make out.

  3. Grace marchese says:

    Hi your recipe looks great..but can I not use the quick oats instead?


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