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Classic Apple Crisp

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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.

I’ve made this same easy apple crisp recipe for years and years. Then I started playing around with different fruit and it’s wonderful with peaches  or even a mixture of berries! Just remember to serve it with a scoop of ice cream!

Classic Apple Crisp on a white plate topped with ice cream

Classic Apple Crisp Recipe

This classic 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 – an apple crisp without oats. 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.

Classic Apple Crisp in a white ceramic baking dish

Tips for Making Fruit Crisps

Fruit crisps are super easy and can be made with a variety of seasonal fruits like cherries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries and this every popular fall version with apples.  The toppings can also vary, but since my husband only likes his oats for breakfast, I tend to make a simple crumble topping.

  • The fruit you use will determine whether an additional thickening agent, like cornstarch is needed. In this crisp, the apples produce pectin which helps gel the juices, plus some of the flour in the topping will filter down and also act as a thickener.
  • The fruit must reach a temperature where it’s bubbling to enable the juices to thicken. If your crisp is watery, it may have been removed from the oven too soon.
  • When making an apple crisp, use a knife to poke into the fruit to make sure it’s tender before pulling it out of the oven.
  • I use a variety of apples for the best flavor, usually a tart apple, like a granny smith and a sweeter softer apple like a golden delicious. In the fall, I love to use the best pie apples like Jonathan and Macintosh as well.
  • I prefer my apples peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch slices. You can certainly leave the peels on and even cube the fruit instead of slicing.
  • Add your favorite spices. Think of what you’d add to a pie made with the same fruit. I like using cinnamon and nutmeg in my apple crisp.
  • My topping for this easy apple crisp is simple, sugar, flour and butter. Oats and nuts can also be included depending on your preference.
  • Let your crisp rest for about a half hour before digging in. The juices will gel, but the crisp will still be warm. Serve with a big scoop of vanilla (any complimentary flavor, like caramel) ice cream.

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Classic Apple Crisp - A dessert casserole for #SundaySupper

Classic Apple Crisp

A Classic Apple Crisp with a streusel topping

  • Author: LIz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 68 sliced and peeled apples (I use two or 3 different varieties)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/21 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A few grates of fresh nutmeg, optional
  • Topping:
  • 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.
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47 comments on “Classic Apple Crisp”

  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. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. ahhhh thats so neat Liz!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ What kind of ice cream did you put with it? It looks just perfect for such a classic dessert! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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. That sounds fab! Can’t go wrong with a classic dessert sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 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 ๐Ÿ˜›

    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.

  44. Perfect classic fall dessert!ย 

  45. Such a great crisp recipe. Making it twice on the same week. Thanks for sharing.

  46. Your recipe is really amazing!! It was a huge hit at my house!

  47. One of the best apple crisps I’ve ever made!

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