Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

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Everyone needs this easy apple crisp recipe! Originally called Amish Apple Goodie, you’ll fall in love with it’s oatmeal streusel topping and 1-bowl cleanup. It’s one of the best apple recipes to make during the apple picking season!

Do you love apples? I love them so much that I declared last week “apple week” in our house. Maddie and I spent the better part of 2 days baking up five fantastic apple desserts that we’ll be sharing with you over the next couple weeks.

This recipe I’m sharing with you today is one of the oldest recipes that I remember making in my 16+ years of marriage.  I can remember being in the kitchen of our brand new house baking up this mouth-watering easy apple crisp.

apple crisp in a baking pan with a spoonful out

Is apple crisp the same as apple crumble?

Apple crisp and apple crumble are generally the same. Often one or the other doesn’t include oats in the topping, but both are a dessert with apples on the bottom and a crumbly streusel on the top.

What are the best apples to use for apple crisp?

Granny Smith apples are known for being one of the best apples to bake with. Green apples are tart in flavor so they pair well with the sugar in recipes. If you can’t find Granny Smith, try Pink Lady, Honey Crisp or Empire.

apple crisp with ice cream on a plate

How to Make Easy Apple Crisp

The first step to making apple crisp is to peel the apples. Do you have to peel the apples? Not necessarily, but the skins may loosen during baking and give your crisp a weird texture. We recommend peeling the apples.

How to Peel Apples Quickly

If you don’t have an apple peeler hand-crank machine, you’re going to want to get one. It makes apple desserts so much less of a hassle to make. It took us literally about 1-2 minutes to peel, core and slice our 4 Granny Smith apples with our handy peeler.

Another time saver? You can mix the streusel in the same bowl that you mix the apples in, leaving only one dirty dish for you to wash.

How do you make apple crisp topping?

It’s important to start with cold butter when you are making apple crumble topping. Make sure the butter is refrigerated…or you can even pop it into the freezer for a few minutes to ensure it is really cold.

Whisk together the sugar, flour, oats, baking soda and powder. Then use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients to get coarse crumbs.

apple crisp with ice cream with a bite out

Sprinkle over the top of the apples and bake! Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.  I’m pretty sure it will be one of your new fall favorites!

apple crisp in a baking pan half gone
apple crisp in a baking pan half gone

Easy Apple Crisp

4.74 from 57 votes
Everyone needs an easy apple crisp recipe! Originally called Amish Apple Goodie, you’ll fall in love with it’s oatmeal streusel topping and 1-bowl cleanup.
Servings 9
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

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For the filling:

For the streusel:


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray.
  • Place the peeled and sliced apples in a medium-size bowl. Sprinkle the sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon over the apples and mix. 4 cups Granny Smith apples, ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pour the apple filling into the prepared pan.
  • Using the same bowl that you mixed the apples in, combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, soda and baking powder. ½ cup old-fashioned oats, ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon baking powder,
  • Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. ¼ cup cold butter
  • Sprinkle the oat streusel on top of the apple mixture and pat it down firmly.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes or until it is golden brown. Serve with milk or ice cream.



The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 9, with 1 serving being 1/9 of the crisp. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 212
Keyword apple crumble, apple desserts, fall dessert, streusel topping

Recipe from Amish Cooking Cookbook

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use Splenda instead of sugar?

You can use Splenda or monk fruit to sweetened the apples which will cut down on calories. For the topping, we recommend the Splenda brown sugar blend.

Can I use instant oatmeal instead of old fashioned oats?

Yes, the streusel topping will just have a different texture.

Can I use pears instead of apples?

Yes! We’ve used pears and peaches for this recipe.

Can I add nuts?

Yes. You can add pecans or walnuts.

Can I make this in a pie plate with a pie crust to be an Apple Crumble Pie?

Yes! That would be a great idea.

Do you have to refrigerate apple crisp?

We’ve let this sit out overnight, but if you are going to keep it longer than that, I recommend refrigerating.

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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2 months ago

4 stars
food turned out great but separating the ingredient list by apple filling and streusel topping would have been extremely more clear than what’s currently written. Alternatively, notating which flour amount in the instructions would suffice.

fyi 1/2 cup of flour in the apple filling still works it’s just gonna be thicker.

6 months ago

5 stars
The absolute best apple crisp.