Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 to 55 minutes
  • Total Time: -28559981.366667 minute
  • Yield: 6 servings


This old-fashioned apple crisp is the perfect fall dessert. It has all the delicious flavors of the season. Sweet, juicy apples sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and topped with a crunchy brown sugar oatmeal topping and of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a dollop of vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce.



  • 1 ½ cups light brown sugar 
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon 
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into ¼ inch pieces.
  • 1 ¼ cups old fashioned rolled oats


  • ½ cup white granulated sugar 
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 Granny Smith apples (You can also use a mixture of apples. Honeycrisp is a delicious apple that pairs well with the tart-tasting Granny Smith apple. In this recipe,  I used 3 Granny Smith and 2 HoneyCrisp apples)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of lemon juice 
  • Toppings: Vanilla Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce or whipped cream (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. For the topping, mix together in a medium size bowl, the brown sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, thoroughly work the cubes of butter into the brown sugar mixture. Mixture should resemble small peas. 
  3. Next, stir in the old-fashioned rolled oats. Mix well. Set aside.
  4. For the apple filling, In a separate bowl, mix together the white granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Peel apples and cut into ¼ inch cubes or slice the apples if you prefer them thinner. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the apples. Add the apples to the sugar mixture and coat well. 
  5. Spoon apple mixture into a lightly greased 8×8 inch casserole dish or a round 9-inch deep dish pie plate. 
  6. Sprinkle brown sugar oatmeal topping over the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the apple crisp is hot and bubbly. 
  7. Let the apple crisp set for about 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice, a drizzle of salted caramel, or freshly whipped cream if desired.


Do Ahead Freeze/Tip: The Topping can be made up several days ahead. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to top over filling. Also cooked apple crisp freezes well for up to two months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. To warm, cover loosely with aluminum foil for 20 minutes and then remove foil and continue baking 25 minutes longer uncovered.