Traditional Apple Crisp Recipe

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Traditional Apple Crisp is always a favorite fall treat! Tender apples cooked to perfection with a sweet crumb topping. Don’t forget the ice cream!

Traditional Apple Crisp with Ice Cream and Caramel Drizzle

Traditional Apple Crisp Recipe

This Traditional Apple Crisp Recipe has been in our family for years and one that is in regular rotation during the fall months. My dad always requests this dessert on Sunday afternoons, always with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The tender apples are perfectly cooked; not too soft but not too crunchy. And the crumbly sweet topping is to die for! I could eat it all on its own with a spoon. If you’re wanting a simple apple dessert without the fuss of baking a pie, try this apple crisp recipe. It’s sweet, delicious and the perfect way to use up all those glorious autumn apples!

Best Apples for Apple Crisp

If you aren’t familiar with baking with apples you should know that some apples are better for baking than others. The apples should be tart and crisp. You don’t want them turning to mush while baking. For this particular recipe, I usually opt for Granny Smith apples. Granny Smith apples are pretty tart and they balance out the sweetness of the crumb topping nicely. You can try any of these tart or semi-tart apples:

  • Granny Smith
  • Pink Lady
  • Honey Crisp
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Jonagold

Best Apple Crisp Topping

I know that the apples take center stage in this recipe but I adore the crumbly topping! It is sweet but not too sweet and pairs perfectly with the tender apples. Here’s all you need for the perfect apple crisp topping:

  • Oats (Quick cooking or traditional, either one works great)
  • Brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Butter

Mix them all together and cut in the butter until it’s nice and crumbly. This mixture will brown and crisp up perfectly over the apple mixture. So delicious!

Substitutions for this Recipe

  • When serving this traditional apple crisp, I always add a big ol’ scoop or vanilla ice cream and then drizzle with a little caramel topping for good measure.
  • Add half a cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the topping mixture for even more crunch and flavor.
  • If you’re crazy about crumb topping like me, double the amount!
  • For extra cinnamon flavor, add another teaspoon into the crumb mixture.
  • Top with whipped cream instead of ice cream.
  • If you aren’t a fan of apples or you don’t have any on hand, you can always use peaches or pears instead. We actually have a great  Slow Cooker Peach Crisp Recipe that is so yummy!

More Apple Recipes

If you have an abundance of apples this year or are just looking to try some new apple recipes, we have lots of favorites to share with you! Try our Dutch Apple Pie that bakes in a brown paper bag, our Disneyland Apple Pie Caramel Apples, or Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip. If you want to try something a little more savory, try our Copycat Bluebird Turkey and Brie Sandwich or our tasty Apple, Ham, and Cheddar Melts. If you want to see ALL of our apple recipes, click HERE.

How to Make Apple Crisp

Traditional Apple Crisp with Ice Cream and Caramel Drizzle

Apple Crisp

5 from 2 votes
Traditional Apple Crisp is always a favorite fall treat! Tender apples cooked to perfection with a sweet crumb topping. Don't forget the ice cream!

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings



  • 9×13 inch pan





  • Combine sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and almond extract in a large bowl.
  • Toss until apples are evenly covered.
  • Place apples in a 9×13 pan and sprinkle evenly with 2 Tbsp. water.
  • In a separate bowl (you can actually use the same bowl you did the apples in to avoid extra dishes), combine topping ingredients, minus the butter.
  • When topping ingredients are well mixed, add the butter using a pastry blender or wooden spoon. Mix until it becomes nice and crumbly then sprinkle over the apples.
  • Place in the oven at 350-degrees for 40-45 minutes.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and caramel topping.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 98mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 4gSugar: 41gVitamin A: 294IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I like to bring dessert when asked over for dinner. Because I love a real crispy crumbly topping, I add 1 egg to the topping.

  2. This is delicious! The filling is so nice. We prefer the topping with old fashioned oats, 1 tsp. cinnamon added, and no leavening agents. Many thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    I also made this with peaches. I tossed 2-16 oz bags of frozen peaches in 1 cup of white sugar, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1 stick of butter, 1-1/2 tsp of vanilla and 1-1/2 tsp of cinnamon I used the crumble for the top of the peaches. Don’t add a lot of juice because it will bubble over.