Apple Crisp Recipe

This Apple Crisp recipe provides another alternative to making a pie crust. It’s yummy and a bit crunchy and easy to make.

Apple crisp
Apple crisp: quick, easy, delicious!

What’s a crisp and what’s a crumble? Often the terms are used interchangeably. According to The Joy of Cooking, a crisp has a topping of butter, sugar, and flour, while a crumble is the British name for a crisp that adds oatmeal to the topping. 

In my experience, most things called crisps (like this one) use oatmeal. So call it what you like, but just make it!


A shallow baking dish, about 10 inches (25cm) in diameter, buttered
5-6 apples
1 TB lemon juice
4 TB chilled butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Peel, core, and slice apples. Toss with lemon juice and place in buttered pan.

Combine butter, sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon in a bowl. Work together with a pastry blender or fingertips until it looks like coarse meal. Add nuts. 

Sprinkle topping evenly over apples and bake 45-50 minutes or until apples are tender and it bubbles around the edges.

Tips from Jane

— You can substitute brown sugar for white sugar in a crisp topping.

— Nuts add some crunch and may be welcome additions.

— Some crisps call for considerably more butter. If you prefer a richer topping, increase the butter by 2-4 tablespoons.