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The Best Apple Crisp Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
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.


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.
  • 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.


*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.  
Nutrition Facts
The Best Apple Crisp Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 688
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 95.1mg32%
Carbohydrates 87.6g29%
Fiber 4.7g20%
Sugar 50.8g56%
Protein 6.2g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.