0 0
The Best Apple Crisp

Share it on your social network:

Or you can just copy and share this url


5 cups sliced tart apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
1 1/4 cups melted butter

The Best Apple Crisp

Tender apples are topped with a candy-like mixture of butter, brown sugar, and oatmeal.

  • Serves 8
  • Easy

About This Recipe

Apple Crisp is a traditional recipe for fall, and I think it’s perfect for a first day of school treat. This old-fashioned recipe for The Best Apple Crisp has been in my family for years. My mom got it from her seventh-grade Home Economics teacher. We always had it for an after-school snack on the first day.

The recipe is rich with brown sugar, which I prefer to granulated sugar when cooking with apples because it has more of a caramel taste. The brown sugar combines with butter and oats to make a rich candy-like topping on tender and tart apples. The sweet and tart flavor combination is out of this world, and the texture is perfect too.

I did make one change to the recipe – I added chopped toasted pecans, just for the extra delicious crunch. You could also try chopped walnuts or even cashews. Just make sure you toast them for a few minutes in a dry saucepan over medium heat so they stand up to the candy-like topping.

Serve this fabulous recipe warm, with caramel or vanilla ice cream on top.

Tips for The Best Apple Crisp:

  • Use tart apples for a good flavor contrast. I think the best tart apples are Granny Smith. They also take longer to turn brown, which makes for a better appearance.
  • You could use other tart apples, such as McIntosh, Jonathan, and Cortland.
  • The dish is piled pretty high in this recipe, which is necessary because the apples cook down and lose quite a bit of volume as the apple crisp bakes.
  • You can make this recipe in the air fryer!

Why this recipe works:

  • The tart apples and sweet crumbly, dense, and candy-like topping combine for a fabulous taste treat.
  • Serving the apple crisp warm with ice cream melting into it adds another layer of contrast in flavor, texture, and temperature.


Subscribe to my emails!



Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13-inch by 9-inch glass baking dish with nonstick baking spray containing flour.


Place the apples in the baking dish and drizzle with the lemon juice; toss to coat. In a small bowl combine the granulated sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the apples and toss again.


In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour, the oats, and pecans, and mix. Add the butter and mix until crumbly. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples.


Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is browned and crisp. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.


Air fryer instructions

Cut the recipe in half. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F. Prepare the apples as directed and toss with the lemon juice, sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Place in an 6-inch or 7-inch metal cake pan. Make a foil sling for your air fryer if you are using a traditional model, or use a cake lifter to add and remove the pan to the machine.


Cover the pan with foil and air fry for 12 to 15 minutes, stirring once during cooking time, until the apples are crisp tender.


Meanwhile, prepare the topping. When the apples are done, add the topping. Return the pan, uncovered, to the air fryer. Air fry for another 4 to 8 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender. Let cool for 15 minutes, then eat!


Linda is a bestselling cookbook author and home economist who has written 54 books (53 cookbooks and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005. She has worked for Pillsbury since 1988, on the Bake-Off and other projects. Linda has been a web presence since 2002, developing recipes and teaching people how to cook.

Ravioli Vegetable Salad
Blue Cheese Ravioli Salad
Eggs Lorraine
Eggs Lorraine