Warm Apple Crisp made with a buttery cinnamon oatmeal topping is a delightful dessert to serve on any occasion. It’s easy to prepare and even easier to devour!

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When the air turns even the slightest bit cooler I immediately start thinking about making cozy comfort food dishes and warm baked fruit desserts. Apple Crisp is at the top of that list. Once the kitchen is a bit more comfortable for baking, Apple Crisp starts making a regular appearance over and over again in our kitchen. It’s one of the easiest desserts to make for a group and probably one of the least expensive too! Not to mention totally delicious.

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While I’m all about a decadent chocolate cake, warm Apple Crisp with a buttery, crunchy cinnamon oatmeal topping is pretty hard to resist. And boy does it make a house smell like a home! Apples and cinnamon certainly can do that, can’t they?

Preparation for this apple crisp is easy. Peel and slice apples, then toss with a bit of cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice. Spread the apples in a buttered dish and top with a sprinkling of a sweet buttery crunchy topping. The crunchy topping is the best! Serve this Apple Crisp warm and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream for a dessert that will get rave reviews every single time. Enjoy and happy cooking, y’all!

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A few Apple Crisp recipe notes:

  • This apple crisp is great for entertaining. It can be prepped ahead of time, covered and refrigerated, then pop it in the oven to bake when ready to enjoy.
  • While any apples that are typically good for use in baking are fine to use for this recipe, I used a combination of Granny Smith and Gala apples, mostly because that’s what I had on hand. The Granny Smith apples hold together well while baking, giving this apple crisp not only a bit of bite, but that lovely subtle tartness.

Homemade Apple Crisp Recipe shewearsmanyhats.com

Apple Crisp Recipe

Homemade Apple Crisp Recipe shewearsmanyhats.com

Apple Crisp Recipe

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A warm apple dessert topped with a crunchy oatmeal cinnamon topping.


  • 8 cups cored and peeled sliced apples
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (juice from about 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees F. Butter a 2 1/2 quart (approximately) baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, toss sliced apples with lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Spread in buttered baking dish.
  3. Using a fork or fingers, mash/press together remaining ingredients until combined well. Crumble evenly over sliced apples.
  4. Bake 35-45 minutes until apples are tender and top is golden.
  5. Serve warm. This dessert is delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

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Originally published September 13, 2015.