We’ve tried a lot of recipes out there but this is hands down the best apple crisp recipe we’ve found and it can totally be made ahead or frozen.
Creating This Apple Crisp Recipe
There are probably 5 million recipes out there for apple crisp and this is certainly the season for all of those recipes to be all over Pinterest. Maybe we are a tad crazy to be posting this, but I happen to absolutely love hot apple crisp with a scoop of creamy, melty vanilla ice cream. Cade likes to drizzle a little caramel sauce or dulce de leche over the top of his ice cream but I’m a classics girl so I like it just how I grew up with it.
My family loved crisps and cobblers growing up almost as much as we loved our musicals. Oh how we loved our musicals. A little bit ago I made Cade watch a whole stack with me over a month’s time. It was awesome, and a little disappointing. In fact, I’ve got Oklahoma! playing on Pandora as I type.
I have to admit though, I never realized how awful some of them were as a kid. What’s up with Big Jud? Creepy, right? And the men in My Fair Lady are such jerks. They are total chauvinists, and again I had no idea when I was younger. Times are sure different but I still love my musicals, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Wicked, Singing in the Rain, Carousel, oh my goodness I could go on forever.
Tell me you love them too. What’s your favorite? If you haven’t watched any, well you better get on that or I’m going to be knocking at your door. Seriously. And while you watch them make this homemade apple crisp.
The apples are coated in a heavy cream and flour mixture to make them all saucy and caramel-y (no, that’s not a word but go with it) and then the topping is like a giant, cinnamon oatmeal cookie. It’s wonderful — this is seriously the BEST apple crisp recipe.
Homemade Apple Crisp Ingredients
This apple crisp has two main parts: the apple filling and the crisp topping. For the filling, you’ll need apples, butter, flour, lemon juice, heavy cream, vanilla, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
For the crisp topping, you’ll need flour, old-fashioned oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and unsalted butter. We didn’t want to deviate too far from the classic apple crisp recipe, because why mess with a good thing, right?
What Are the Best Apples for Apple Crisp?
When choosing apples for this easy apple crisp, you want an apple that holds its structure when cooked so you don’t end up with mush. Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, and Pink Lady are all excellent apples for baking. You could even use a blend of baking apples for a more unique flavor, if desired.
How to Make Apple Crisp
This homemade apple crisp couldn’t be easier to make! You’ll first make the apple filling, then transfer it to a greased baking dish. Then, you’ll make the apple crisp topping. To make the topping, you’ll need to cut the butter into the rest of the ingredients. You can use a pastry cutter or the back of a fork to do this.
Top the apples with the crisp topping and bake until golden brown and bubbling around the edges. You’ll need to wait 10 to 15 minutes before serving the apple crisp since it’s molten hot when it’s first taken out of the oven. If you have some on hand, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to your apple crisp!
How to Reheat Apple Crisp
You can easily reheat apple crisp in the oven. Simply place the leftovers in the oven at 350ºF for 15 minutes.
Or, you can reheat apple crisp in the microwave. Microwave single servings for 30-40 seconds at a time until warmed through.
How to Freeze Apple Crisp
To freeze apple crisp, prepare as directed, then let it cool completely. Cover it with a double layer of foil and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the fridge and then warm in a 350ºF oven.
Can I Double This Apple Crisp Recipe?
Most likely, yes! You’ll need to bake it in a 9×13-inch pan if you double the recipe, but the bake time should be about the same.
Tips for Making Apple Crisp
You’ll want to peel and slice the apples quite thinly when making the filling. If the apples are sliced too thickly, they won’t break down very much while they bake and your filling won’t become jammy. But if you slice them too thinly, they’ll turn to mush in the oven. Just use your best judgement here!
After you’ve made this easy apple crisp once as written, feel free to play around with the spices a bit. If you prefer more cinnamon, add more in. You could even add in other warming spices, like cloves and ginger.
Also note that your butter should be cold when you cut it into the topping mixture. If the butter is too warm, the crisp topping with be more like mush and it won’t sprinkle easily over the apple filling.
More Easy Apple Desserts:
- Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting
- Apple Brown Betty
- Easy Apple Dumplings with Sprite
- Apple Pie Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
- Mini Dutch Apple Cheesecakes
- Apple Cheesecake Bars
- Apple Pie Bombs al la Mode
- Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls
- Apple Pie Pull-Apart Bread
- Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
- Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting
- Apple Pie Fried Ice Cream
The Best Apple Crisp Recipe
For the Apples
- 4-5 large Honeycrisp or Gala Apples, peeled and sliced thin
- 4 Tablespoons Butter, melted
- 4 Tablespoons Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 4 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon White Sugar
- 3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- Dash of salt
For the Topping
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 1/2 Cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal
- 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Dash of Salt
- 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, cut into small cubes*
- Heat the oven to 375 and spray an 8x9" baking dish with nonstick spray.
For the Apples
- Place the melted butter in a large bowl, and whisk in the flour, lemon juice, heavy cream, and vanilla until smooth.
- Add the sugars and seasonings and whisk again until smooth.
- Add the apples and gently fold to coat entirely.
- Spread the apples in the bottom of a baking dish and set aside.
For the Topping
- In a large bowl, add the flour, seasonings and oatmeal.
- Stir everything together.
- Add the butter cubes and using a pastry cutter begin to cut in the butter. As the butter begins to be incorporated into the mixture, switch to using your hands and squeeze and mix everything together until it is like a very thick dough and no flour remains. We like clumps so I squeeze together little clots of dough to sprinkle over the top.
- Top the apples with the mixture and bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden in color.
- Cool for 5-10 minutes and serve with vanilla ice cream.