If you are looking to bake up a tasty and delicious apple crisp, you have come to the right place. This apple crisp is easy and requires common pantry staples and some freshly peeled, and cored apples. Recipe was adapted from Gold Medal Flour website.
This apple crisp is so easy that kids can even help to prepare it. It bakes up to a golden-brown perfection and pairs so well with vanilla ice cream, or whipped topping with a tad more cinnamon on top.
I love baking this recipe any time of year because apples are usually inexpensive, and his recipe relies heavily on pantry staples. In fact, the only refrigerated ingredient you will need is 1/3 cup of unsalted butter or margarine (I prefer butter).
Difference Between Apple Crisp & Crumble
Both apple crisp and apple crumble feature a topping baked over spice fresh or canned apples. However, unlike an apple crisp, apple crumble does not feature an oat or nut “crisp” topping.
Easy Apple Crisp Ingredients
- apples (Macintosh, Granny Smith, Fuji, etc).
- unsalted butter or margarine, softened
- whipped topping *optional
- light brown sugar
- all-purpose flour
- old fashioned oats
- cinnamon, divided
Do you need to peel the apples?
Peeling apples for apple crisp is a matter of preference. For us, there is nothing worse than biting into a baked good like apple pie only to taste bitter, plasticky peels. The peels curl up when cooking and create an unpleasant texture, and choking hazard.
Best Apples for Crisp
Personally, my favorite apple is Macintosh apples for baking. However, Granny Smith, Fuji, Gravenstein, and Jonah Gold apples are also good contenders because they have the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavoring.
Best Oats for Apple Crisp
When it comes to making apple crisp, you will need half a cup of oats, but not all oats are created equally when it comes to baking. For this recipe, I recommend using old fashioned oats. You can also use quick cooking oats, but old fashioned oats are by far the best.
Making Apple Crisp
This recipe is made in an 8×8 pan. You will want to grease the pan to make it easier to remove the crisp from the pan.
Peel, core, and slice apples thinly to 1/4″ thickness. Toss them with cinnamon and nutmeg spices.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, oats, softened butter, and cinnamon. Form a crumble with your hands as you work the butter into the flour and sugar. It will form large small beads.
Sprinkle buttery crisp crumbles over the spiced apples and bake for 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork.
Serve warm with some whipped topping, or golden vanilla ice cream.
How to Store Apple Crisp
Apple crisp is best stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. This will allow your crisp to stay good for up to 5 days. To serve, reheat in the microwave until warmed throughout.
More Easy Apple Recipes to Try
Apple Crisp- Easy Recipe!
- 8" x 8" baking dish
- Medium bowl
- mixing spoon
- apple peeler
- cutting board
- 4 Macintosh or Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, wedged to 1/4" thickness
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup Gold-Medal All-Purpose Flour
- ½ cup old fashioned oats or quick cooking oats
- ⅓ cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 tsp. cinnamon divided
- ¾ tsp. ground nutmeg
- whipped topping optional
- Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit. Grease an 8" x 8" square dish with nonstick spray.
- Wash, peel, core, and slice apples to a 1/4" thickness. Toss apples with ½ tsp. of cinnamon. Line apples at the bottom of the casserole dish.
- In a medium bowl, add sugar, flour, oats, spices, and softened butter. With clean hands work with crisp into small beads. Butter should be incorporated fully into the topping.
- Bake apple crisp for 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork.
- Serve crisp warm with some whipped topping or ice cream.