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Classic Apple Crisp

10 reviews / 3.5 average

I don’t mess around with crispy things.

Except for potato chips and all other fried foods.

But when it comes to things that should be soft, like my flat-ironed hair, or my workout socks (TMI but I’m leaving it and thanks for not judging), or those addicting Oreo brownies that I can't stop eating... I said it before and I'll say it again: crispy's just not my thang.

Apple crisp in a white dish with apples.

But friends, butter and sugar always wins in the end. Always. Even when the recipe says “crisp”.

And although I'm sitting here in apple crisp heaven with a little sugar sticking to my fingers and could potentially forget everything else in the world, I need to know one thing.

Who the heck named this delicious thing “apple crisp” when it’s really not even crispy? It’s soft, sweet, and perfectly chunky in a wonderful butter/sugar way. And it's just chunky enough for easy crust snatching when you happen to casually walk by the pan for the third time. Which we both know really means the sixth time.

Apple crisp in a white dish.
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Classic Apple Crisp


My Grandma's recipe for classic apple crisp! Perfectly thick and gooey with a delicious buttery crust. The BEST fall dessert.


  • 4 cups sliced or diced apples
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Combine the first three ingredients and place in a greased 8×8 baking dish.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the top of the apple mixture.
  3. Bake 30 minutes at 350. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream, or drizzled with caramel or honey. Refrigerate leftovers.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple crisp, crisp recipe, fall dessert, apple recipe, easy apple recipe

It's not fall without apple crisp.

Breakfast, anyone?

I give you permission.

Filed Under: All Recipes Desserts Fall

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks gorgeous! And heavenly and delicious and all those wonderful things. Can’t wait for our weather to cool down so that we can have yummy things like this! In the meantime, while everyone else celebrates fall, where I live in CA it seems we’re finally celebrating summer!

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      Who says you have to wait for fall? 🙂 I’m a tad jealous – I wish we still had a few days of summer left!

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    Workout socks *must* be soft! That’s so not TMI. It’s just a fact.

    Also I am kind of sad this wasn’t my breakfast today. Yum. (One question: the recipe says “oatmeal”–do I need to cook the old-fashioned oats first? Or can I use the uncooked old-fashioned version, the way you do for oatmeal cookies, etc.?)

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    This looks delish!!! So perfectly seasonal 🙂

    And BTW, I have been meaning to comment that the new site design looks wonderful, and I so love that you now have ads going to a cause as well!!! (I couldn’t figure out how to comment there so I’m commenting here 🙂 ) You guys are awesome!!!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      There better be SOME good reason for why I have ads for shutterstock and activia yogurt stealing the top half of my page. 🙂 Thanks for planting the seed!

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      You’re so healthy – maybe you could find a way to make this more figure friendly so I could eat it everyday? 🙂

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    I swear, every recipe of yours looks divine! Apple crisp is the true introduction to fall. Looks so yummy! Good thing a sweet high-schooler is trying to get me to buy a 2lb bag of apples for her band fundraiser–I’ll put those granny smiths to good use!

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      Aw, sweet! Are you guys still in Florida? I think I would have a hard time making apple crisp if “fall” meant 80 degrees and sunshine! Actually, no I wouldn’t.

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    Beautiful photos! You’re getting better and better! I am so totally in love with crisps! You forgot to top it with vanilla ice cream!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Thanks Lauren! And I didn’t forget about the vanilla ice cream – it was just all gone by the time I thought about pictures! 🙂

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    ….Its my pre-teens favorite breakfast (without caramel)…and i NEVER tell them that i also occasionally smuggle it occasionally for lunch! oooh… and lots of nutmeg for my taste! Thanks!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Yum! I thought about adding more cinnamon and nutmeg too… I’m sure that would taste great! This time I had to stick with my grandma’s tried and true recipe, though!

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    This looks great, and I just tried to bake this. For some reason, my end result turned out really watery — at least a cup of syrupy liquid. I’m a total newbie at baking, so I’m trying to troubleshoot for the next time. I used gala apples, and I can’t believe it’s not butter. Would those affect the watery-ness of recipe? Also, there was only 1 tablespoon of flour on the ingredient list added to the apples, but not the crust sprinkled on top with the baking soda, so I was wondering if somehow there had been a typo? Thanks!

    BTW, it still tasted great even though it was a little watery!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Whether you “believe” it or not, only butter is butter, and the imitation stuff does not have the milk fats, solids, etc., to respond to baking the way it does. Use the real stuff and it will be much better!

    2. Skillful Cook Logo

      Hi there! After re-testing the recipe, we realized that there was a typo. The reason your end result was so watery was that we had (accidentally) omitted the flour from the topping. The recipe is now correct, so if you try it again you should have a much less watery apple crisp.

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    This looks so good! I was just wondering if you could let it sit in the fridge for a while before you cook it or if you should cook it and then put it in the fridge and warm it up later?

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I would cook it and warm it up later. It’s actually REALLY good after sitting in the fridge for a day or two. Even cold.