The Best Apple Crisp
Updated: Apr 20
A quick and easy recipe for a must-have classic fall dessert. I mean, is it even fall if you don't have apple crisp at least once?! Juicy apples and cinnamon are caramelized together with a crispy oat crumb topping for a perfectly buttery, sweet, and flavorful dessert that's warm and comforting on a chilly fall day.
3 Tbsp salted butter, melted
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Zest of ½ lemon
3 Tbsp whole milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
4-6 large baking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges (Granny Smith, Cortland, Fuji, or Honeycrisp apples work well)
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
½ cup salted butter, cold and cut into cubes
½ cup pecans, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter a 9x9-inch baking dish.
In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter and flour. Add the lemon juice and zest, milk, and vanilla and stir until well combined. Then stir in the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Place the cut apples in a large bowl and pour the sugar spice mixture over the apples, tossing well to evenly coat the apples. Pour the apple mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread in an even layer.
In a medium bowl, combine all of the crumb topping ingredients with a fork, pastry blender, or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apple mixture in the baking dish.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown and crisp. Serve warm (with vanilla ice cream)!