Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Pies & Tarts
September 1, 2020
Pies & Tarts
September 1, 2020

Cinnamon Apple Crisp

  • Prep time:15 min
  • Cook time:45 min
  • Total time:1 hr

This easy apple crisp is the perfect classic dessert to whip up with all those fresh picked apples. With tender cinnamon apples and a buttery crumble topping, you’ll love this perfect Fall dessert.

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Cinnamon Apple Crisp

This easy apple crisp is the perfect classic dessert to whip up with all those fresh picked apples. With tender and crisp cinnamon apples and a buttery crumble topping, you’ll love this perfect Fall dessert. We recommend serving it up with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream 🙂

cinnamon apple crisp with vanilla ice cream

The best apple dessert AKA Cinnamon Apple Crisp

HAPPY SEPTEMBER FIRST BABAYYYYYZ. You know what that means: it’s officially apple season. Bring on alllll the Fall baking, cozy flavors, cinnamon sticks, and most importantly: fresh paples! Apples have to be my favorite ingredients to bake with in the Fall…okay well second to pumpkin, but second place definitely goes to apple. There’s nothing like a fresh, in season apple, except that is a tender, perfectly spiced cinnamon apple crisp.

Lucky for you, this cinnamon apple crisp recipe is super easy and absolutely delicious.

apple crisp in a white baking dish

What is apple crisp?

No, it’s not pie. It’s BETTER. Crisp is generally made with a thick bottom layer of fresh fruit and topped with a buttery crumble topping. Unlike apple pie, apple crisp is completely crustless so the apple flavor can really shine through with just a hint of oat-y, buttery flavor in the crisp topping. Made with just ten ingredients in ONE bowl, apple crisp is wayyyy easier to throw together than a pie and is every bit as delicious.

easy apple crisp on plates

Ingredients for easy apple crisp

  • Apples
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • White Sugar
  • Old Fashioned Oats
  • Corn starch
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Salt

tight shot of apple crisp

What kind of apples should you use to make homemade apple crisp?

We recommend using a mix of different apples for the most varied deep apple flavor. Use half tarter, cooking apples like granny smith and half sweeter flavors! This will ensure that some of the apples remain tart and crisp while others will break down into a jammy, cinnamon-sugar dream. For the sweeter apples you can use whatever you have on hand: gala, honey crisp, pink lady, envy…any kind will do.

apple crisp with ice cream on a plate

How to make apple crisp:

Crisp is one of the easiest treats to throw together when you’re looking to use up a lot of fresh or frozen fruit. You’ll only need. few ingredients that you probably already have on hand. In just 3 easy steps (that we broke down more in the recipe card, don’t worry my novice bakers. We gotcha covered), you’ll have crisp within the hours.

  1. Peel and slice your apples.
  2. Combine the fruit with all the apple layer ingredients. Place in a pan.
  3. Combine all the topping ingredients. Sprinkle over the apples.
  4. Bake.
  5. Top with ice cream and EAT.

Eat up, my loves. Happy apple baking season and happy apple crisp eatin’.

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Cinnamon Apple Crisp

5 from 3 reviews

This easy apple crisp is perfectly classic apple dessert to whip up with all those fresh picked apples. With tender and crisp cinnamon apples and a buttery crumble topping, you’ll love this perfect Fall dessert. We recommend serving it up with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate Fall dessert.

This easy apple crisp is perfectly classic apple dessert to whip up with all those fresh picked apples. With tender and crisp cinnamon apples and a buttery crumble topping, you’ll love this perfect Fall dessert. We recommend serving it up with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate Fall dessert.

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Ingredients

for the apple part

  • 6 large apples (3 granny smith, 3 sweeter variety)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

for the crisp topping

  • 3/4 cup butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Butter a 9 x 13 inch pan and preheat the oven to 375°F. Set the pan aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the sugars, cornstarch, spices and salt.
  3. Peel and core the apples before slicing into thin 1/8 – 1/4″ slices. Add the apples to sugar mixture and toss to combine. You can use two big wooden spoons to do this, but I like to use my hands instead. Add the apples to the buttered dish and arrange in an even layer. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, flour, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Use pastry cutter, a fork or your hands to cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles wet sand and clumps together. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the apples.
  5. Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes before reducing the temperature to 350°F and baking for 35 more minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the apple layer is bubbling. Allow to cool before eating. We recommend serving with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream 🙂

Notes

  1. We recommend using a mixture of different apples to vary and deepen the apple flavor. We like to use 3 granny smith apples to make sure you have some hearty, tarter cooking apples to complement 3 fun, sweeter apples. Feel free to use whatever you hand (McIntosh, Pink Lady, Envy, Gala,  Braeburn, Honey Crisp etc.)

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  1. Soooo yummy! I forgot to add corn starch and it was still excellent. Probably better anyway because my apples were on the dry side.

  2. I made this for a dinner party and it did not disappoint! It’s crisp, tastes like fall and oh so delicious with a scoop of ice cream. It was so simple to put together as well! I will definitely be making this again.

  3. I love that the apple crisp is made in a large 9×13 inch baking dish. This apple crisp looks so good with thick crumbly topping.