Apple Crisp

My scrumptious Apple Crisp recipe is the perfect fall dessert! Seasonal sliced apples are topped with a crispy and buttery cinnamon oat topping that’s delicious with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

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Apple crisp is one of those obligatory fall recipes for so many out there.

Why? Well, if you’re anything like me or follow some fall traditions; going to the apple orchard is such a charming fall outing.

One of my favorite memories growing up was going to Sunny Acres Farm here in the Midwest and buying some fresh, local fruit, snacks and jams.

Even though this is when the weather starts to become a bit cooler, picking apples at an apple orchard whilst being all bundled up makes for the BEST fall memories with family and friends.

It’s so fun trying to find the “perfect” apples to pick, reaching up for them, inspecting them and then placing them in a cute picnic basket. Making an apple crisp from all those leftover apples from the apple orchard is absolutely a hit.

Plus, it’s beyond easy to make with the second main ingredients being old fashion oats.

There are SO many home-run apple related recipes out there. Especially during the fall and winter months. For some reason, I always lean towards making crisps during the fall instead of pies (even though pie is SO YUM!).

Crisps are the perfect mix of a lovely soft and crunchy topping that requires less ingredients. Eat this recipe as a delicious dessert, brunch dish or even a snack with a warm cup of coffee in the afternoon!

For this recipe, I chose to use medium-size organic honey crisp apples. These kinds of apples work well for this recipe but feel free to use whatever types of apples you love.

Some apples that you can use for this dish are fuji apples and even granny smith apples.

Products to use for this recipe:

  1. Apple Peeler
  2. Pastry Cutter
  3. White Porcelain Baking Dish
  4. Fruit and Vegetable Wash



Recipe Ingredients

For the Filling:


  • 5-6 fresh apples sliced (I used honey crisp apples)
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp orange juice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ stick melted butter

For the Topping:  


  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) of melted butter
  • ½ all-purpose flour
  • 1/3-1/4 cup old fashioned oats (add more if you want a thicker topping)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt



  • Step 1: Preheat oven to 350. Use butter or pam to grease a baking dish and then spread out 5-6 cups of sliced apples to the baking dish (this comes to about 2lbs OR 4-6 apples total depending on the size of the apples).
  • Step 2: Add sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract and almond extract to the dish the apples are in and mix. Do this until each apple is coated with the sugar filling. You can use your hands to mix here!
  • Step 3: Make the Crisp Topping. Make the topping by combining in a mixing bowl old fashion oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the crumb topping mixture all over the top of the apples until they are barely peeking out. Top with a pinch of some additional melted butter and brown sugar. This is going to make the most amazing glistening, crumbly-crunch with each spoonful!
  • Step 4: Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes. This is when those amazing apple crisp nots begin to waft around the kitchen! I bake mine until the apples are noticeably soft and before the edges of the crisp start to burn or appear too dark. Next, I allow the crisp to cool off for a couple of minutes prior to serving. 



-Do I have to peel the apples?

It’s completely up to you! I’ve made this recipe with the skins on and off. I prefer them off as it’s easier and requires less time to peel them off. If you choose to peel the apples I recommend using a professional apple peeler instead of a knife as its safer, Keep in mind if making this dessert for your family, kids, may not like it with the skins on.

Though, leaving the skins on add some beneficial fiber and nutrients to your diet. Of course, if you choose to leave the skins on, be sure to wash the apples thoroughly with a fruit and vegetable wash.There’s no “wrong” way here!

-What Toppings to use?

You can add some additional toppings like caramel drizzle, pecans, walnuts, cinnamon-sugar, whipped cream, cool whip, or vanilla ice cream!

-How do I store this recipe after baking and can I freeze it?

Storing this crisp in the fridge is the way to go! Make sure to use aluminum foil, plastic wrap or an air-tight food storage container in the fridge. This allows the crisp to stay fresh for up to 5 days.

You also can freeze it up to 4 months once it’s completely wrapped or securely stored. Just reheat for 1-3 minutes depending on the portion size once it’s removed from the freezer and thawed for a bit.

-How do I prevent the topping from burning in the oven?

To prevent burning or over-browning in the oven, place some aluminum foil over the top of the crisp. This allows the apples to still bake inside without the topping from cooking to quickly.


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I hope you join me in making a favorite Fall dessert – an easy apple crisp. If you end up making this recipe, be sure to tag or mention Style Like Shelby in your kitchen creation!

You’re going to be obsessed with love the heavenly aroma of apples and cinnamon that fills your house once it’s in the oven and then served.

This recipe was about how to make apple crisp.



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