The Best and Easiest Apple Crisp

We are still rolling in apples here after our recent trip to the apple orchard. I did make a pie after our visit, but majority of our apples are going towards apple crisp. There are few things as great as a lazy, cool, fall Sunday afternoon with the smell of apple crisp filling the house. I have always loved apple crisp and never really had a favorite recipe until a couple years ago, when a neighbor shared her aunt's recipe. This recipe is seriously the best apple crisp I have ever had and is very easy to make.

I like to use Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples as they tend to remain more firm in baking and keep a slight tart taste. I have had good results with Golden Delicious as well. And who am I kidding, with these bags the kids filled from the apple orchard, I can't really tell varieties other than red vs. green!

One tip that has saved me a lot of time in making apple crisp and pie, is to use a mandolin. It not only speeds up the slicing of the apples, but also produces uniform and thin slices - something I am not able to do with a knife. I have a serious fear of slicing off a finger in a mandolin, so Aaron found me these amazing cut-resistant gloves to wear. They look, and probably sound, hilarious...but the work! I still have all my fingers!

This recipe is for a small batch (8x8 pan) that we usually finish in 1-2 days :) The recipe is easy to double and I just put it in a 9x13 pan.

Best and Easiest Apple Crisp


Oat Topping:
1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of flour
1/3 cup of softened butter
1/3 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder

Apple Filling:
4 medium size apples (Granny Smith or Honey Crisp)
2 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp melted butter
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp milk or cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. Filling: Mix flour and melted butter. Then add lemon juice, milk and vanilla. Stir until completely mixed. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Add apples and stir until apples are evenly coated. Place in a greased 8x8 pan and set aside.
2. Topping: Combine all of the topping ingredients. Using a fork, cut and stir the ingredients until they resemble crumbs.
3. Sprinkle topping evenly on top of apple filling.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Topping should be set and golden brown when complete. Let cool 15 minutes prior to serving.

We love to have ours with some warmed caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream!! Hope you enjoy this perfect fall treat!



  1. Hi there! This sounds great! You mention lemon juice in the directions but didn't see it in ingredients. How much lemon juice? Thanks!

    1. Ahh!! Thanks for noticing!! 1 Tbsp of lemon juice...I updated the recipe :) XO


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