12 Best Apple Crisp Recipes

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Apple Crisp With Brown Sugar Oat Topping

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Apple crisp is one of those easy, nostalgic desserts that every home cook should know how to make. On a brisk fall or winter day, there's nothing like coming home to a warm dish of apple crisp with oats, just like granny used to make. This classic fruit dessert is miles easier to whip up than a traditional pie, but with all those divine apple pie flavors you love. It bakes up quickly and easily, freezes well for making ahead, and delivers warm comfort on a plate.

Wondering what the difference is between a crisp and a crumble? While the terms are often used interchangeably for a baked fruit dessert with a streusel topping, a crisp includes rolled oats. A crumble, on the other hand, typically features a streusel crumb made with flour, sugar, and butter. Both may include chopped nuts and use a mixture of different fruits to form their filling. Unlike a classic pie, both the crisp and cobbler have no bottom crust. Like a pie, though, their toppings help to thicken the hot, bubbling fruit underneath, which become tender and syrupy as they bake.

Whatever apples you use, do peel them thoroughly before slicing to avoid tough bites. Once you've assembled your crumble for the oven, bake it uncovered, until the topping is golden-brown, and the fruit is tender and bubbling. Allow the dish to rest for 10 minutes before serving, which will allow the fruit to slightly cool and thicken up even more.

What Are the Best Apples for Crisps?

You can use any apples you like for a baked apple crisp, depending on your taste for sweetness. For a classic apple crisp with plenty of tart, sour flavor, use granny smith apples, or a similar tart variety such as gala, honeycrisp, or golden delicious. If you prefer a sweeter fruit dessert, try red delicious, Fuji, ambrosia, or Cortland apples. And there is always the option of using a mix of sweet and tart apples, which—because they soften at different rates while baking—will also bring added texture.

How Do You Store and Freeze Apple Crisps?

You can prepare an apple crisp a day in advance and store in the fridge until ready to bake. To make it for your freezer, bake the apple crisp and allow to cool completely. Then cover the dish with a double layer of foil to freeze up to three months. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the fridge, before heating in a 350 F oven for about 20 minutes, or until heated through.

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    Baked Apple Crisp Dessert

    Baked Apple Crisp Dessert
    Diana Rattray

    The flavors of fall and the bounty of the orchard come together in this old-fashioned apple crisp. The simple recipe comes together quickly and bakes up beautifully in the oven. It makes a wonderful, sweet fruit dessert for family dinners or a special treat to enjoy in your pajamas on fall and winter holiday mornings.

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    Vegan Crock Pot Apple Crumble

    Vegan Crock Pot Apple Crumble

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    Vegan bakers, rejoice! You need only six ingredients for this heavenly apple crumble that's entirely dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and suitable for vegans when you use the right margarine. Best of all, it cooks effortlessly in the crockpot while you go about your day, so you can come home to a nostalgic, warm, wholesome dessert.

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    Apple Cranberry Crisp With Oat Topping-

    Apple Cranberry Crisp With Oat Topping-

    Diana Rattray

    On a crisp fall day, there's nothing better than digging into a bowl of warm, tender fruit topped with a buttery, rustic oatmeal crumble crust. This tart, juicy apple crisp includes whole cranberries, and adds chopped pecans to the topping, for a dessert with a crunchy, sweet finish.

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    Apple Crisp With Blueberries and Raspberries

    Apple Crisp With Blueberries and Raspberries

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    Red, white, and blue all over, this scrumptious apple crisp would make a terrific 4th of July dessert. Summer berries team up with sliced apples for a delicious fruit and berry crisp that's just the right amount of sweet. Feel free to add chopped walnuts or pecans to the classic butter, brown sugar, and oat crumble topping.

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    Easy Apple Crisp With Oat Topping

    Easy Apple Crisp With Oat Topping

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    When you don't have time to make a pie, bake up this easy apple crisp. With brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg bringing full apple pie flavor, the fruit filling will be bubbling in its delicious syrup beneath the cookie crumble. Top it with caramel sauce or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream for a truly memorable dessert.

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    Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp

    Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp

    Miri Rotkovitz

    Showcase fresh fall apples in this homey fruit dessert that makes a sweet ending to fall holiday dinners. Because there is no butter in the crunchy oat and pecan topping, this yummy dessert is suitable for those avoiding dairy products. Chewy, dried tart cherries, maple syrup, and ginger make it taste extra special.

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    Apple Crisp With Brown Sugar Oat Topping

    Apple Crisp With Brown Sugar Oat Topping

    The Spruce

    This easy, old-fashioned apple crisp built for two, topped with brown sugar and rolled oats, is just the perfect dessert for chill date nights in. You can also easily scale up the recipe for a family dessert, or multiply it further and bake it in a larger baking dish to feed a crowd. On the flip side, you could divide it among individual ramekins, for a cute-as-pie weekend or holiday dessert.

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    Low-Calorie Baked Apple Crisp

    Low-Calorie Baked Apple Crisp

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    Craving apple pie but watching your waistline? This calorie-wise baked apple crisp goes lighter on the butter and sugar, for a sweet and crispy dessert that lets you enjoy all those apple dessert flavors you love, without the guilt. With loads of fresh apples, and a topping made with fiber-packed oats instead of a pastry crust, you could even allow yourself a scoop of low-fat vanilla ice cream on top.

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    Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

    Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

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    Foolproof and comforting, this slow cooker apple crisp will fill your kitchen with homey baking aromas. It's an easy way to pull off dessert with minimal effort. Simply load sliced apples and topping ingredients into the crockpot and leave to bake all afternoon until tender and bubbling.

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    Apple Rhubarb Crisp With Oat Topping

    Apple Rhubarb Crisp With Oat Topping

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    Apple rhubarb crisp is a delicious solution to a garden bursting with rhubarb. The tart, red fruit pairs beautifully with sweeter varieties of apple, such as red delicious, Fuji, ambrosia, Cortland or gala apples. Baked under a buttery, brown sugar and oat topping, it makes a nice everyday treat for the family.

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    Dairy-Free Vegan Apple Crisp

    Dairy-Free Vegan Apple Crisp

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    Super easy to prepare, this dairy-free vegan apple crisp is a must-know recipe for Friendsgiving and Christmas gatherings. The recipe includes fun and unique serving suggestions that will delight your guests, from baking individual apple crisps in muffin tins, to serving it up parfait-style in martini glasses.

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    Apple Crunch Dessert With Cinnamon

    Apple Crunch Dessert With Cinnamon

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    What makes this an apple crunch, instead of a crisp or crumble? It's the delicious, browned, cake-like topping that is made with flour instead of oats. You'll still get great crispiness in every bite, for a satisfying complement to the warm, yielding, lightly-spiced fruit underneath.