Best Apple Crisp

One of our very favorite traditions in the fall months is to go apple picking. When we lived in Massachusetts, this was fairly easy. We were within an hour of a host of wonderful orchards.

Since moving to the Midwest, I’ve had to go on the hunt for a good orchard. Thankfully, I have been pleasantly surprised by my options. I do have to drive a little more than I did before but I can still get my apple picking on and carry on one of my absolute favorite family traditions.

Once we get home and the rush of apple picking wears off, we are left with what seems to be millions of apples. We could pick less apples next time, but where is the fun in that? Instead, I get to work finding ways to put those apples to good use.

One of my favorite ways is a hot and fresh apple crisp with a dollop of cold vanilla ice cream. Jim’s mother makes an excellent crisp which is how I have made mine since discovering it. The oats, the apples, the cinnamon and spice! The fact that it does not have to be precisely placed and cut perfectly and just ends up as a beautiful mess on your plate! These are the ways that I love apple crisp. Give this a try and prepare to say “Yum!”

Apple Crisp

Prep Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 55 minutes | Serves 4-6


For the Apple Mixture

  • 3 cups peeled and sliced apples (about 3 medium sized apples)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • salt (a pinch)

For the Topping

  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter


  1. Peel and core apples then slice up into bite sized pieces (no need for perfection here)
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. In a large bowl, toss apples with sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, salt and flour until well combined
  4. Place apple mixture into greased baking dish
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder and butter and mix until crumbly
  6. Sprinkle oat mixture over the apple mixture
  7. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until apples are soft and gently bubbling
  8. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
  9. Hide the rest so you don’t have to share (kidding!)

If this does not want to get you out and raiding the orchard or store for apples I do not know what will!