Baked Apple Crisp Dessert

apple crisp dessert
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
354 Calories
18g Fat
50g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 354
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 238mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 2g
Calcium 45mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The flavors of fall and the bounty of the orchard come together in this traditional apple crisp. Your sliced fresh apples are combined with cinnamon and topped with a crumbly mixture of flour, butter, and sugar. This simple recipe goes together fast and you will have a great fruit dessert for the family.

Feel free to add chopped pecans or walnuts to the topping mixture for added crunch and flavor. Like a crumble or cobbler, a crisp has no bottom crust and the topping helps thicken the hot bubbling apples below while it is cooking.

You will probably want to serve it with a dollop of whipped cream. Even better, when it is still warm from the oven it is wonderful with a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream (or even your homemade ice cream).

Prized baking apples include Cortland, Rome, Winesap, and Northern Spy, but you can use any apples you have on hand, even mixing the varieties. Making crisp can be a good way to use less-than-perfect apples, such as apples that have fallen from your tree onto the ground or apples that are getting a little old.


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  • For the Apples:
  • 4 large apples (or about 6 medium, making 4 to 5 cups sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • For the Topping:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    apple crisp ingredients
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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Grease a 10-inch deep dish pie plate. You can use a little butter or vegetable oil.

  4. Peel and core the apples. Cut into thin slices. You should have 4 to 5 cups of apple slices.

  5. Place the apple slices in the prepared pie dish alternating with sprinklings of the cinnamon and salt. Pour 1/2 cup of water over apple slices.

    Apples in a pie plate.
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  6. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, butter, and flour together with your fingertips or a pastry blender until crumbly.

    Crumble mix for apple crisp.
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  7. Sprinkle over the apples.

    Crumble topping.
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  8. Bake the apple crisp in the preheated oven until apples are tender and the topping is browned, about 35 to 45 minutes.

    Browned apple crisp.
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  9. Serve the crisp warm with a scoop of ice cream or a drizzling of heavy cream. Or serve it chilled or at room temperature with sweetened whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.

    Baked apple crisp.
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  10. Enjoy!


  • Experiment with adding other fruit to the crisp, such as rhubarb, raisins, or cranberries.

Recipe Variations

  • You can use packed light or dark brown sugar in the topping instead of granulated sugar. Many people like the slight molasses touch of this variation.
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar to your taste. Some apples will be sweeter and others more tart, requiring more or less sugar. The result will usually be as good with 3/4 cup of sugar.
  • Another common variation is to add oats in the crisp topping.