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Bowl of old fashioned apple crisp topped with ice cream

This old fashioned apple crisp recipe is a classic for a reason! Sweet and spiced apples topped with a crispy oat crumble topping – every family should have a version of this recipe on hand!

I’m a total creature of habit. I have countless routines that I adhere to every week and breaking those routines is definitely not one of my favorite things.

My routines don’t stop with cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, etc., I also fall into routines with food.

I’m one of those people that can eat the same breakfast and lunch for weeks. And although I have my favorites when it comes to dinners like Chicken Picatta, Instant Pot Pulled Pork, and Zuppa Toscana, I do like to switch up things in that department.

And don’t even get me started on seasonal recipes. Fall isn’t fall around here until I’ve made pumpkin roll no less than three times. Pumpkin Crunch Cake and Slow Cooker Apple Butter are also in heavy rotation right along with this Old Fashioned Apple Crisp.

Close up of old fashioned apple crisp in a bowl, with vanilla ice cream on top


I love a classic recipe.

Recipes like Parker House Rolls, Dominique Ansel’s Banana Bread, Vanilla Cheesecake, and Chocolate Cream Pie don’t have “out there” flavor combinations or use trendy cooking methods. They’re not really earth-shattering in that way.

But they are absolutely delicious. They are amazing, solid versions of classic recipes. And that can be pretty hard to beat.

I feel that way about this Old Fashioned Apple Crisp recipe.

I love my Caramel Apple Crisp and my Apple Pear Crisp, but sometimes I just want to make the version that I grew up with.

You know the one: apples tossed in sugar and spices and topped with plenty of oat crumble.

Don’t skimp on the crumble, you guys. Everyone knows it’s the best part of an apple crisp!

Sliced apples coated in sugar and cinnamon in a pan, ready for crisp topping


Apples that are best for baking aren’t always the same apples that you’d want to eat on their own.

Honeycrisp apples are great for both, but they’re kind of in the minority there.

When looking for apples to make apple crisp, you want apples that are tart and super crisp. That way they don’t get overwhelmed by the sugar in the crisp or mushy in the oven.

Some of the best apples for apple crisp are:

  • Granny smith
  • Honeycrisp
  • Jonagolds
  • Cortland

These apples are also great in Apple Pie Bars and Mini Apple Pies.

Crumble topping for apple crisp in a glass mixing bowl


This is the kind of recipe that I pull out when my sweet Elle wants to bake with me. Sure, I have hundreds of recipes on this site that we enjoy, but when we bake together just for fun, we somehow land on the classics.

Then we enjoy this apple crisp served up with vanilla ice cream together as a family. Those are the kind of childhood memories that I hope my girl carries with her.

Old fashioned apple crisp in a small white bowl, topped with ice cream

Ingredients you’ll need

The ingredients for this crisp are super straightforward. For the apples, you’ll need:

  • 10 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water

For the topping, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Apple crisp in a pan, ready to be baked

My guess is that, unless you keep lots and lots of apples on hand all of the time, the only thing you might not already have is 10 cups worth of apples! 

How many apples do you need for 10 cups of sliced apples?

Well, 1 medium apple will yield about 1 cup of sliced apple. So you’ll need about 10 medium apples, or the size of a typical grocery-store bag.

Pan of old fashioned apple crisp surrounded by small bowls of crisp

Making this recipe

To make the apple base, place the sliced apples in a 13×9-inch baking dish. We’re making the apple base right in the pan so we don’t have to dirty up a bowl for it!

Stir together the sugar, flour and cinnamon, and sprinkle this over the apples. Then pour the water evenly over everything.

To make the topping, simply combine all of the topping ingredients together and mix until crumbs form. Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the apples.

Bake the crisp for about 45 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the apples are soft, the edges are bubbly, and the crisp topping is golden brown.

Spoon next to a small bowl of old fashioned apple crisp, topped with vanilla ice cream


Store any leftover apple crisp covered at room temperature for up to 2 days. 

Note that the longer you store the crisp, the less…well, crispy the topping will get. If you are making this recipe for guests, I recommend making it no more than the night before you plan to serve it, although the same day is even better.

If you are looking for a great Old Fashioned Apple Crisp recipe to keep in your back pocket, this is the one that you’ll want to make again and again every fall.

Small bowls of old fashioned apple crisp topped with scoops of vanilla ice cream
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Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

By: Jamie
4.35 from 89 ratings
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Old Fashioned Apple Crisp is a classic for a reason! Sweet and spiced apples topped with a crispy oat crumble topping – every family should have a version of this recipe on hand!


  • 10 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples from about 8-10 apples
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup water

For the topping

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the sliced apples in a 9x13-inch pan. Mix the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over the apples. Pour the water evenly over the the mixture.
  • Combine the topping ingredients together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes, until the apples are soft and the crumble is golden brown.


Recipe from allrecipes.


Calories: 310kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 49mg, Potassium: 163mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 45g, Vitamin A: 377IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. julie says:

    we all love apple crisp and this looks like a great recipe choice. i want to bake it today but serve it tomorrow. after it cools, in the fridge or on counter? more importantly, best way to reheat it for tomorrows dessert?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi there – You can store it at room temperature. I would reheat it in the oven to rewarm it. Hope this helps! Happy baking –

  2. Ruth says:

    Hi, this is a great recipe! It was so easy to make and turned out super yum – we definitely have a family favourite now! Lots of love from India!

    1. Jamie says:

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the crisp, Ruth! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback!

  3. Kathryn vargas says:

    Looks delicious will be trying it

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Kathryn! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!