Classic Apple Crisp


Embrace the essence of autumn with a timeless favorite that never fails to delight—Classic Apple Crisp. Bursting with the flavors of cinnamon-spiced apples and topped with a crispy oat streusel, this comforting dessert is a celebration of seasonal bounty. Whether served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or enjoyed on its own, Classic Apple Crisp is a deliciously simple way to savor the flavors of fall. In this article, we’ll explore the nostalgic charm of Classic Apple Crisp and share a beloved recipe that will have you reaching for seconds.


  • 7 cups peeled & sliced apples (6-7 large or 8-10 small apples. Recommended: Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Pink Lady)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces


  1. Prep the Apple Filling: Peel and slice apples into 1-inch by 1/2-inch cubes or ½-inch slices. Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a baking dish, combine apples, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss well.
  2. Prepare the Topping: In a mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse sand, with some pea-sized butter clumps.
  3. Assemble: Sprinkle the topping over the apples, breaking it into clumps for even coverage.
  4. Bake: For 40-45 minutes, check for bubbling and a golden crust. Depending on the pan size, additional baking time up to 20 minutes may be needed. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  5. Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 45-65 minutes | Total Time: 65-85 minutes
  6. Kcal: 350 kcal per serving | Servings: 6

Serving Tips:

1. Serve Classic Apple Crisp warm for the best flavor and texture. The contrast between the tender, cinnamon-spiced apples and the crispy oat streusel topping is most enjoyable when the dessert is freshly baked.

2. Consider serving Classic Apple Crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat. The creamy texture of the ice cream or whipped cream complements the warm dessert beautifully.

3. For added flair, drizzle caramel sauce or maple syrup over each serving of apple crisp just before serving. This enhances the sweetness and adds a delicious caramelized flavor to the dessert.

4. Serve Classic Apple Crisp in individual ramekins or bowls for a charming presentation. Top each serving with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a few extra oats for a decorative touch.

Storage Tips:

1. Store any leftover Classic Apple Crisp in an airtight container or tightly covered baking dish in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness.

2. Classic Apple Crisp can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. When ready to enjoy, reheat individual servings in the microwave or oven until warmed through.

3. To freeze Classic Apple Crisp for longer-term storage, allow it to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag. Label the container with the date and store it in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

4. When ready to serve frozen apple crisp, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or reheat it directly from frozen in a preheated oven until heated through.

5. Avoid storing leftover Classic Apple Crisp at room temperature for extended periods, as the topping may become soggy and the apples may spoil. Refrigeration helps preserve the dessert’s quality and prevents bacterial growth.


1. Can I use other types of fruit in place of apples for this recipe? While apples are traditional for apple crisp, you can experiment with other fruits such as pears, peaches, or berries. Keep in mind that different fruits may require adjustments to the sugar and spice levels to suit their natural sweetness and flavor.

2. Can I make Classic Apple Crisp ahead of time and reheat it before serving? Yes, you can prepare Classic Apple Crisp ahead of time and reheat it before serving. Simply store the baked apple crisp in the refrigerator, covered, and reheat individual servings in the microwave or oven until warmed through. Adding a fresh scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream can help refresh the dessert before serving.

3. Can I make Classic Apple Crisp gluten-free or dairy-free? Yes, you can easily adapt Classic Apple Crisp to be gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats and a gluten-free flour blend in the streusel topping. For a dairy-free version, substitute dairy-free margarine or coconut oil for the butter in the topping, and serve the crisp with dairy-free ice cream or whipped coconut cream.

4. How do I prevent the topping from becoming too soggy while baking? To prevent the topping from becoming soggy, ensure that the apple mixture is not too wet before adding the streusel topping. You can achieve this by using firm apples and draining any excess liquid from the apple mixture before adding the topping. Additionally, spreading the topping evenly over the apples and baking the crisp until the topping is golden brown and crispy will help maintain its texture.

5. Can I freeze Classic Apple Crisp for later use? Yes, Classic Apple Crisp can be frozen for longer-term storage. Allow the baked crisp to cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag. Freeze for up to 2-3 months. To serve, thaw the frozen crisp in the refrigerator overnight and reheat it in the oven until warmed through.


Classic Apple Crisp is a timeless dessert that captures the essence of autumn in every bite. With its tender, cinnamon-spiced apples and crispy oat streusel topping, it’s a comforting treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re baking it for a family gathering, holiday celebration, or simply to enjoy a cozy evening at home, Classic Apple Crisp is sure to warm your soul and leave you craving more. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to savor the delicious nostalgia of this beloved dessert.