Classic apple crisp recipe
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Classic Apple Crisp Recipe | With Oat Streusel Topping

Difficulty Easy

Classic Apple Crisp Recipe: This dessert combines tart granny smith apple filling and an oat streusel on top. A truly classic dessert that best served with vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream. Make this apple crisp recipe for any day when you need a classic dessert.

Classic apple crisp recipe


What is apple crisp?

Apple crisp = apple pie filling + streusel topping.

How is it different versus apple pie or apple cobbler?

Apple pie = apple pie filling, pie crust, and topping (either streusel or pie crust).

Apple cobbler = apple pie filling + biscuit topping

Yup, all three are made with similar components and equally delicious

What kind of dish do I bake it in?

Stonewear is great because it retains heat very well. If you have an extra deep pie dish or casserole type dish, both work perfectly.

Can I substitute granny smith apples?

Well….you can, but don’t. Granny Smith apples have a great tartness that balances the sweetness of the oat streusel.

Do I need to peel apples?

Yes! Peel the apples, core them (so… remove the inedible center with a corer or knife) and slice into even slices. Make the slices about 1/4 inch thick.

How do I zest the lemon?

A microplane is a handheld zester that zests the citrus very finely. I use this one. If you don’t have a microplane, use a zester or grater. Then, chop the lemon zest super finely with a knife.

Don’t have either? That is OK, leave it out and continue baking!

Classic apple crisp recipe

How to make classic apple crisp in 5 easy steps:

  1. Make the oat streusel topping FIRST, then the filling
  2. Peel, core, and slice apples. Place in a bowl and toss with lemon juice to prevent browning
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl
  4. Place filling in a baking dish. Dot with butter
  5. Top with oat streusel. Bake. Eat

Don’t feel like making apple crisp?

Need a vegan apple crisp recipe? Here is a great one from Nora Cooks

Classic Apple Crisp Recipe | With Oat Streusel Topping

Recipe by Kimm Moore Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon – do this first!

  • 5 granny smith apples, peeled / cored / sliced into 1/4 inch slices

  • 2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup white sugar

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed

  • Oat Streusel Topping
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup oats

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted, chilled, cubed butter

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • Make Oat Streusel Topping
  • Combine all in a standing kitchen mixer bowl. Mix on low speed with the paddle attachment.
  • Mix until pea-size clumps form. About 2-3 minutes
  • No kitchen mixer? Go ahead and use your hands or a pastry cutter. Set aside.
  • Make filling
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease (with oil or soften butter) a square baking dish. (8 inch x 8 inch or 9 inch x 9 inch)
  • Zest 1 lemon with a microplane and set the zest aside. Juice the lemon and place the juice in a large mixing bowl.
  • Peel, core, and slice apples. Place in the large mixing bowl with the lemon juice. Toss the apple slice with the lemon juice
  • Add remaining ingredients to the apples: 2 tsp salt, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup all purpose flour. Toss with spatula until evenly coated
  • Pour into prepared baking dish. Spread 2 tbsp unsalted, cubed butter over the top of the apples.
  • Top with oat streusel.
  • Bake for 50 minutes, until nice and bubbly.


  • Use a square baking dish or 9 inch round deep pie pan. The filling will shrink when cooking.

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