Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp is a classic dessert that carries with it the warm nostalgia of yesteryears. This comforting treat showcases the delightful combination of tender, spiced apples and a crispy, crumbly topping, creating a dessert that exudes homey charm and irresistible flavors.

At the core of Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp is the sweet simplicity of ripe apples, often sliced and tossed with cinnamon, sugar, and a touch of lemon juice. The magic happens when a buttery, oat-based crumb topping is generously sprinkled over the fruit, adding a delightful contrast in texture and flavor. The result is a dessert that captures the essence of autumn and the coziness of homemade baking.

In this culinary journey, we’ll delve into the history and timeless appeal of Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp, a dessert that has graced countless family gatherings, holidays, and potluck dinners. Whether you’re an experienced baker or a novice in the kitchen, we’ll provide insights and tips to ensure your success in creating this heartwarming treat, allowing you to bring a taste of tradition to your own table.

Prepare to embark on a journey into the world of Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp, celebrating the harmonious blend of spiced apples and a crispy topping that defines this beloved dessert. Whether served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or enjoyed on its own, this dessert promises to wrap you in the comforting embrace of homemade goodness.


  • 4thinly sliced apples, about 6 cups worth
  • ¼cup light brown sugar
  • ½teaspoon cinnamon

Topping Ingredients

  • ½cup all-purpose flour *
  • ½cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ⅔cup light brown sugar
  • ½teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓cup softened butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a small baking dish with butter, 8, 9, or 10 inch pans will all work great. Place the sliced apples in the baking dish. Sprinkle with ¼ cup brown sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Toss with your hands.
  2. Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt for the topping in a medium-size bowl. Add the softened butter and blend with a fork, spoon, or your fingers until crumbly.
  3. Sprinkle the topping over the apples and bake for 30-32 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.


If when you add the butter to the dry topping ingredients it is not soft enough to easily mix into crumbs, you can place the whole bowl (dry ingredients and butter both) in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, just long enough to soften the butter and make it easy to blend into crumbs for the topping.

* Oat flour may be substituted for the all-purpose flour listed in the recipe for a gluten-free variation.


Calories: 304kcal · Carbohydrates: 58g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 8g · Saturated Fat: 2g · Sodium: 174mg · Potassium: 173mg · Fiber: 3g · Sugar: 45g · Vitamin A: 387IU · Vitamin C: 4mg · Calcium: 41mg · Iron: 1mg


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