Apple Crisp is one of those classic desserts that is pure comfort food. Baked apples with a buttery crisp topping, caramel sauce, and melty whipped cream. 

This Easy Apple Crisp recipe serves six and costs about $6.00 to make, which is just $1.00 per serving. 

Apples are a fall time favorite that can be enjoyed year-round. A few of my favorite apple recipes include my Caramel Apple Cupcakes, Quick Dutch Apple Pie, and my Fried Apples

A close up picture of apple crisp with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Nothing says Fall or home for me like a bushel of apples. I grew up in Connecticut, and the neighborhood our house was in was very close to three separate apple orchards, including my favorite, Roger’s Orchards.

Around this time of the year, we’d enjoy a bounty of apples from Roger’s: McIntosh, Ida Reds, Cortland, Empire, Red Delicious, and more. I don’t remember ever not having apples in the house.

Apple crisp is one of the BEST Fall recipes to make because it’s so much easier to make than apple pie, and it tastes utterly amazing! Everyone loves this recipe and immediately asks for it after tasting it.

Take a bite of this delicious, buttery apple crisp recipe!

Is apple crisp the same as apple crumble?

They two are similar, but not the same. The main difference is in the dessert’s respective toppings.

Apple Crumble has more of a streusel topping made from butter, flour, sugar, and sometimes nuts. Apple crisp topping is less dense than a crumble, and it typically includes oats.

What apples are best for apple crisp?

While almost every kind of apple will work when making apple crisp, I think Granny Smith is the best, followed by Empire and Honey Crisp. While these are my favorites, really, any apple (or combination of apples) will work except for McIntosh. McIntosh is too soft, and they’ll have an applesauce-like consistency when cooked.

Why does my crumble topping go soggy?

No one likes a soggy topping, and this could be the culprit of too much butter. Too much butter can create too much grease while it is baking. Try cutting a little butter out when making the recipe. 

How do you make Apple Crisp from scratch?

STEP ONE: First, prep the oven. Next, combine the apples, sugar, and lemon juice in a large bowl. 

STEP TWO: Next, evenly pour the apple mixture into a baking pan. 

The apple mixture in an 8x8-inch pan.

STEP THREE: After that, make the topping in a food processor. Pulse until it looks like crumbly sand. 

STEP FOUR: Finally, cover the apples evenly with the topping and bake for 45-50 minutes. Let it cool before serving. 

All of the topping ingredients inside a food processor before it's blended together.

Cook’s Note – Easy Apple Crisp:

  • This easy apple crisp is best served warm or at room temperature. I do not recommend serving it cold.
  • Leftover crisp will keep covered in the refrigerator for about three days.
  • Leftover crisp can be reheated in the oven at 325 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.
  • I love serving this apple crisp with my Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce. The salted caramel and warm crisp are incredible together.
  • I love making my seasoning blends to save a little money. Check out my recipe for Apple Pie Spice plus ten ways to use it!

How much will this Apple Crisp recipe cost to make: 



NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

  • 3 pounds granny smith apples – $2.50
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar – $0.12
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice – $0.07
  • 7 Tablespoons butter – $0.70
  • ¾ cup pecans – $2.13
  • ¼ cup flour – $0.05
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats – $0.11
  • ¾ teaspoon apple pie spice – $0.20
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar – $0.11
  • ¼ teaspoon salt – $0.01

Cook’s Tools:

cutting board

vegetable peeler

chef’s knife

mixing bowls

rubber scraper

8×8-inch pan

food processor

Step 6 - How to Easy Apple Crisp

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Apple Crisp on a plate with caramel sauce drizzled on top.
5 from 7 votes

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Author Jillian – a Food, Folks and Fun original!
Recipe Cost $ 6.00
Serving Cost $ 1.00
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
6 people
Apple Crisp is one of those classic desserts that is pure comfort food. Baked apples with a buttery crisp topping, caramel sauce, and melty whipped cream.


  • cutting board
  • vegetable peeler
  • chef's knife
  • mixing bowls
  • rubber scraper
  • 8×8-inch pan
  • food processor



  • 3 pounds granny smith apples peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice


  • 7 tablespoons cold butter cut into 14 pieces
  • ¾ cup pecans chopped
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt




  • Move oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.


  • In a large bowl add the apples, sugar, and lemon juice and toss to combine.
    Step 2 - How to Easy Apple Crisp
  • Pour apple mixture into an 8-inch square baking pan, and make sure the apples are evenly distributed. Set aside.
    Step 3 - How to Easy Apple Crisp


  • Add the butter, pecans, flour, oats, granulated and brown sugar, apple pie spice, and salt into the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse the food processor until the mixture looks like crumbly sand.
    Step 4 - How to Make Apple Crisp


  • Evenly cover the apples with the topping and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the toppings deep golden brown and the apple mixture is bubbling. Move apple crisp to a wire rack to cook for at least 15 minutes before serving.
    Step 5 - How to Easy Apple Crisp
  • Serve with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce (all optional).
    Easy apple crisp recipe with whipped cream and salted caramel sauce!


  • The nutritional information is for one serving of the apple crisp recipe. It does not include the nutritional information for optional topping. 
  • This is a great, versatile recipe that you can use with other fruit like peaches, pears, nectarines, or plums.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 196mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 34g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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  1. Wilhelmina Wessel says:

    I’m so happy that Fall and apple season are almost here! Can’t wait to make this!

  2. We have plans to go apple picking this weekend so this recipe is perfect! Lucky you that you lived so close to so many orchards. I’m off to check out all of your other apple recipes as well!

    1. Oohhh, enjoy apple picking for me!

  3. Yum! Such a wonderful crisp for fall and apple season! You had me at caramel sauce.

    1. Haha, yes…a girl after my own heart!

  4. Omgosh this looks soooo good! I can’t wait to make apple crisp this season! In fact, apples have just started dropping from our tree. Yay! Just pinned!

    1. Awesome, I hope you enjoy! 🙂

  5. Yumm! This looks so good, and I’m so ready for fall temperatures so my food can match the fall feeling outside! I love that you added ice cream and caramel sauce, just brings it over the top.

  6. Krissy Allori says:

    My family makes a lot of apple crisp, and this is the best recipe I’ve found!

    1. Yay, so glad you liked it!

  7. This apple crisp is seriously the BEST!