Easy Apple Crisp Recipe (5-star apple crisp!)

This delicious apple crisp recipe is made with a simple apple filling and a delicious crumble topping. Make this healthier, fall-inspired dessert today!

We are loving apple recipes right now! If you have leftover apples try making our easy cinnamon apple bread or these delicious apple cinnamon muffins.

apple crisp in baking dish

Can you think of anything cozier and fall-like than Apple Crisp? We know there are apple crisp recipes aplenty, but this one might take the cake, errr, crisp!

This easy apple crisp recipe is a classic crisp recipe that is foolproof and delicious! We understand that not everyone knows how to make the perfect apple crisp, so in this post, we’ll give you the nitty-gritty.

Our signature apple crisp recipe is made with a simple apple filling and a golden brown, perfectly sweetened oatmeal crisp topping. 

Featured Comment

I made this recipe because I had a ton of apples left over from apple picking….best decision ever! Delicious!– Kirsten

What you Need for Apple Crisp

  • Rolled oats: we love using rolled oats because it gives your crisp topping a nice texture. However, you can also use quick-cooking oats, too.
  • White whole wheat flour: flour is used to thicken the apple filling. We like to use white whole wheat flour, but all purpose works too.
  • Light brown sugar: our sugar of choice when it comes to crisp recipes, is light brown sugar. Feel free to use coconut sugar, too. Just note that your crisp topping with be darker.
  • Ground cinnamon: there is nothing like apples + cinnamon. If you’re feeling fancy, you can use a pumpkin pie spice or even chai spice.
  • Unsalted butter: butter adds so much amazing flavor and also helps brown the crust. 
  • Optional: adding a chopped nut to this crisp topping is just delightful (speaking from experience). Try adding 1/3 to 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans.
crisp topping in bowl

Easy Apple Crisp Tips & Tricks

Don’t have softened butter? If your butter isn’t quite room temperature, try cutting it into thin squares and then place it in the bowl. From there it should be easier to work with.

What’s the deal with using orange juice? We love adding orange juice to our crisp recipes because a little bit of citrus really does make a difference. Just trust us!

Choosing the right apples: Most apples will work for apple crisp. Our favorite variety to use is Gala because it’s sweet and crisp. Here are a few other favorites to try:

  • Golden delicious
  • Braeburn
  • Honey crisp
  • Granny smith apples
sprinkling crumble topping on apples


What is the difference between apple crisp and apple cobbler?

Apple crisp is usually made with an oat crumble topping and apple cobbler is typically made with a thick biscuit topping.

What is the difference between apple crisp and apple pie?

Apple crisp and pie have similar fillings, but a crisp has a crumble topping and a pie has a pie crust topping.

What can I do with lots of apples? 

There are so many delicious apple recipes out there! We have healthy apple recipes that will keep you in the kitchen all apple season long. Here are some of our faves:

apple crisp in casserole dish

Easy Substitutions & Variations

Are you a homemade apple crisp pro and want to mix things up a bit? Here are a few variation ideas!

Add a berry: Add 1/2 cup blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries to the apple filling to give your crisp a twist.

Spice up the crisp topping: In addition to ground cinnamon, try adding a few other warm spices such as nutmeg, cardamom, or allspice.

Make it vegan: to make this recipe vegan, swap the butter for vegan butter or coconut oil.

Make it gluten free: If you’re hoping to make this recipe gluten-free, feel free to sub the white whole wheat flour for gluten free all-purpose flour. Also, make sure that your oats are certified gluten free.

crisp on plate


Let your dessert cool completely. Then, transfer it into an airtight container and cover. Refrigerate for 3-5 days.

Serving Suggestions

This easy apple crisp is best served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or our homemade whipped cream. Yum!

Apple crumble recipe

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

This delicious apple crisp is made with all of your favorite fall ingredients and is ready in under an hour! Grab your favorite apple and make this easy apple crisp for the family.

Prep:20 minutes

Cook:30 minutes

Total:50 minutes


Apple Filling

  • 5 medium Gala apples peeled (any kind of apple works)
  • 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup orange juice option to sub water


  • First, preheat the oven to 375ºF and spray a 9×9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. You can also use a bigger casserole dish such as a 9×13-inch. Either will work.

  • Then, prep apples by peeling and dicing into small pieces. Then transfer them to the bottom of the casserole dish and pour in orange juice and sprinkle on four. Toss and set the mixture aside.

  • In a separate large bowl, mix together crumble topping. Place rolled oats, white whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

  • Then, add in a stick of softened butter and use a fork (or your hands) to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it forms little crumbles.

  • Evenly spread crumble topping over the apples in the casserole dish.

  • Bake at 375ºF for 40 minutes or until the apple filling begins to bubble, the apples are at the desired consistency, and the crumble topping begins to brown.

  • Serve with fresh whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 287kcal Protein: 5g Fat: 4g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 35g

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