Apple Crisp Recipe

Sep 10, 2019 | Dessert, Food, Thanksgiving

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Apple crisp is such a classic fall dessert, perfect to warm up a cooling night! We love the combination of sweet apples, spicy cinnamon, and crunchy oats! Top with a little vanilla ice cream and we are in heaven! This recipe uses instant tapioca to help absorb the juice from the apples without giving you a bland, floury liquid like some apple crisps. We also pack on the oat topping for a little extra crunch!

Apple Crisp Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 9
Calories: 246kcal


Apple Mixture

  • 8 cups granny smith apples about 4-5 large apples
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • tbsp instant tapioca
  • tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Apple Crisp Topping

  • 1 tsp lemon zest about 1 small lemon
  • cup quick-cooking oats
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • tsp baking soda
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup butter melted


Apple Mixture

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease a deep 8"x8" baking dish (I like to use a Pyrex baking dish for this because it's the perfect depth).
  • Peel and core apples. Chop in cube, about ½" in length. I usually cut the apples in quarters, then slice lengthwise into 4 slices, then cut each slice into 3 parts. You can cut it bigger or smaller based on personal preference, just keep in mind the cooking time will change slightly.
  • Mix all ingredients together and pour into baking dish. Keep in mind that you need to zest the lemon, so I will zest it in a separate bowl, then extract the lemon juice for the apple mixture.

Apple Crisp Topping

  • Mix all ingredients together, then spread evenly over top of apples. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until the topping is browned and the apples are easily pierced. Let cool for a few minutes before serving. Top with ice cream if desired and enjoy!


This recipe can easily be made a day ahead of time then reheated in the microwave when ready to serve. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Recommended Pairings:

Wondering how this could get any better? Try it with out wicked easy Salted Caramel Sauce! It’s pairs perfectly with the apples and vanilla ice cream and can easily be made while the apple crisp is baking!

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