Classic Apple Crisp

This Classic Apple Crisp has been in my repertoire for decades. Simply made of apples tossed in spiced sugar with a crumbly streusel topping, it’s a family favorite.

Classic Apple Crisp | A dessert casserole for #SundaySupper

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An Apple Crisp Recipe with a Long History

This apple crisp recipe came from my mom’s dear friend, Dee McConnell.  Dee was one of the gourmet influences in my mother’s life. She was the friend who subscribed to Bon Appetit back in the ’70’s and always has something marvelous to share whether via their CFM reunions, bridge club or ladies luncheons. My mom’s recipe box was full of cards in her friends’ scroll, including this family favorite – Classic Apple Crisp. Dee’s other memorable contributions to our family’s menu included egg rolls and wontons and the strawberry pie dessert she wowed us with at  my bridal shower.

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Classic Apple Crisp

Serves 6-8 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr

A Classic Apple Crisp with a streusel topping


  • 6-8 sliced and peeled apples (I use two or 3 different varieties)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A few grates of fresh nutmeg, optional


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature


  1. Gently mix the sliced apples with sugar and spices. Put in a 9 x 9 baking pan or equivalent casserole dish. In another bowl, cut together the topping ingredients with a pastry blender. Sprinkle over fruit.
  2. Bake 35-45 minutes till topping is golden and filling is bubbly. Poke a sharp knife into several apples to make sure they're soft. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or salted caramel gelato.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 482kcal Calories from fat 142
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Carbohydrate 87g 29%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 65g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. Apple crisp is the best and I love that caramel gelato topping idea – genius!

  2. I always do love a recipe with a history! Even though I’m terrible at using them properly, I love recipe cards (they have so few specific instruction though–I always spoil them! My aunt thinks it’s hilarious how much clarification I require in the kitchen). I know I’ll be saving this recipe though, Liz, it must be wonderful!

  3. This sounds like the perfect treat for a cold day! Definitely adding this to my arsenal.

  4. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Sounds good and a little leaner without the bottom crust:@)
    PS-Go Pack!!!

  5. My favorite! WishI had a big piece of your amazing looking apple crisp RIGHT NOW!

  6. Sounds like a comforting way to deal with our cold temperatures. All I need is a fork and a blanket to make it a perfect day. 🙂

  7. ahhhh thats so neat Liz!!! 🙂 What kind of ice cream did you put with it? It looks just perfect for such a classic dessert! 🙂

  8. I love a classic apple crisp! I grew up in a region of Nova Scotia that is famous for its apples, so Rosie Beaucoup took advantage. She always served her crisp with a huge dollop of whipped cream. Aaaaaand now I’m hungry.

  9. Apple crisp is the BEST! I wish I had some apples in the fruit bowl…I’d make this for breakfast.

  10. June Burns says:

    That sounds fab! Can’t go wrong with a classic dessert sometimes 🙂

  11. Mary Hirsch says:

    Welcome back, Liz. No one will ever make Apple Crisp like my Mom’s. At least in my mind. I have always tried (and, come close) but not quite. She got her apples at our local Manchester apple orchard. Remember those days? Dee’s version comes very close to looking like my Mom’s. I don’t know what my Mother would think of that gelato business. It was always plain vanilla at our house.

  12. I never thought of apple crisp as a casserole – great idea! I love crisps and this one looks outstanding.

  13. Hands down my favorite dessert! I’ve not made it in years though so I’m all over this gorgeous crisp! oxox

  14. Those old family recipes are always the best or they wouldn’t have stood the test of time, Liz. Thank you for sharing this apple treasure with us! A true classic!

  15. This is an absolute favourite in our house too. Classic indeed! The recipe I use was one of the first things I learned to bake in my Home Economics class in the early 1970’s. The sheet is old and splattered now, still with the purple “spirit duplicator” ink printing!!!! Now you know how old I am :).

  16. A classic and beautiful dish, and always a winner around the dinner table.

  17. Crisp for the supper…amazing!

  18. I haven’t made a pure flour crisp in a long time, thanks for the great recipe.

  19. Apple crisps are my all-time favorites. Two of my grandsons are coming to visit in another month for a weekend of skiing, and they’d love this after dinner one of the evenings. Love.

  20. I love all with apples Lizzy and this look amazing!

  21. I have some apples in the fridge I need to use soon and I this is the recipe perfect for them. Now to get the gelato for the topping (which sounds wonderful on it).

  22. My family loves apple crisp, we just can’t get enough of.

  23. This is a perfect warm and yummy Sunday dessert!

  24. Mmmm, my hubby’s favorite dessert! Love it!

  25. Yum! Thanks for the history behind this recipe Liz. It sounds lovely. Even though it’s summer here, I’d happily serve this apple dessert.

  26. Apple crisp is probably my favorite comfort food dessert. It’s like a cuddle from your grandmother, isn’t it?

  27. Hmm, that’s a lovely classic dessert! Bookmarked!

  28. Very classy touch of the cinnamon stick on top, Liz. Your apple crisp does seem to sing comforting memories of friends, mom and super-duper deliciousness!

  29. Irresistable Liz! We could devour this through our computer screens if allowed! Welcome home!

  30. I think this casserole needs to grow legs and walk its way on over to my kitchen. Seriously, this is one good lookin’ crisp. Pinned.

  31. I love that you topped this with caramel ice cream. The perfect touch for a delicious apple crisp.

  32. What a wonderful classic dessert with an extra special twist topped with salted caramel gelato….yum!!

  33. Lizzy,
    I love all family recipes. Add no crust and crumbs – I’m in. Pinned.

  34. I’ve yet to bake any crisps or cobblers this season….but I love a classic apple crisp! This looks pretty amazing Liz…especially with the scoop of caramel gelato! : )

  35. One of my favorites! Yours looks delicious!

  36. This apple crisp looks absolutely perfect, Liz! Love that it was from your mom’s dear friend and stayed in your family for decades. It sounds amazing!

  37. I love apple crisp, one of the happiest desserts in the world 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

  38. Oh this looks delicious. I take it from the color of the ice cream you picked salted caramel. I love everything about this dish.

  39. Liz, I’m so glad to have you back (and envy looking at your fun vacation pictures). I’m not a fan of apples; however I love this classic apple recipe, especially when they’re freshly baked and served with ice cream. How fancy!

  40. I love hearing stories like yours Liz! Though I’d probably eat this whole dish!

  41. Love apple crisp! This one certainly looks delicious. Yours is the next apple recipe on my to-do list!

  42. Perfect dessert to follow any of the above casseroles! I love recipes that are handwritten. That is a very rare thing to find nowadays! And remembering a dessert from your bridal shower? Memories like that are precious!

  43. Love apple desserts and this crisp sounds very delicious.


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