Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

This apple crisp recipe with oats has sweet tender apples and a crisp and crunchy topping made with flour, oats, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Jump to the full Apple Crisp Recipe now. Or, watch this quick, straight-forward recipe video showing you how to make it.

Adam likes his apple crisp with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and I love an even bigger scoop of whipped cream. Either way, it’s delicious.

I should also mention that this is phenomenal cold — sounds a little strange, I know. After a night in the fridge, all the flavors meld and mingle, giving it lots of extra flavor the next day.

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Recipe Update: We loved our old recipe, but have found a better way. We couldn’t keep that from you, could we?  The filling is very similar to our old recipe, but calls for orange instead of lemon. The topping has changed a little. We explain the changes below.

Making Our Apple Crisp Recipe with Oats

This easy dessert has sweet tender apples and a crisp and crunchy topping made with flour, oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.

Like most baked apple recipes, you’ll want to use flavorful and firm apples — Granny Smith are our go-to. It’s also nice to combine two varieties. In our photos, we used two baking-friendly apples– Granny Smith and Braeburn.

We also found that by leaving the apples unpeeled, the texture and flavor is better — especially after such a long bake time. Plus, no time needed for peeling!

By leaving the apples unpeeled, the texture and flavor is better

For the topping, we use melted butter. Spend a few minutes searching “apple crisp recipes” on the internet and you’ll notice most recipes call for cold or room temperature butter. This is exactly what we used to do. Using our fingers or a fork, we’d work the butter into flour and oats until crumbly. This method works well, but we think we’ve found a better way.

By using melted butter, the topping stays put and crisps on top of the apples.

We were looking for a tender topping with a little crunch — something to balance the softened apples. When we used the old method with un-melted butter, we noticed that during baking, the topping would melt down over the apples and into the filling below. It tasted great (how could it not, right?), but it wasn’t exactly what we were looking for.

This crisp has sweet tender apples and a crunchy topping made with flour, oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon

In our updated recipe, by starting with melted butter, the topping stays put and crisps on top of the apples.

This crisp has sweet tender apples and a crisp and crunchy topping made with flour, oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon

Since you’re here, you may also enjoy one or more of these simple recipes. Our Apple Pie Cupcakes have spiced apples in the middle and a cinnamon roll base (so good!), take a look at how we make homemade granola, or check out our easy recipe for carrot cake.

Recipe updated, originally posted December 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Apple Crisp with Oats

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This is a very simple apple crisp. Like most baked apple recipes, you’ll want to use flavorful and firm apples — Granny Smith are our go-to. It’s also nice to combine two varieties. In our photos, we used two baking-friendly apples– Granny Smith and Braeburn. You could even add a handful of blackberries, raisins or cranberries. We also found that by leaving the apples unpeeled, the texture and flavor is better — especially after such a long bake time.

Serve warm or serve our favorite way, which is cold — sounds a little strange, we know. After a night in the fridge, all the flavors meld and mingle, giving it lots of extra flavor the next day.

Makes 6 to 8 Servings

You Will Need


6 medium baking apples, such as Granny Smith (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)

1 orange, zested and juiced

1/4 to 1/2 cup (50 to 100 g) sugar, depending on tartness of apples

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


3/4 cup (100 g) all-purpose flour

3/4 cup (65 g) old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup (100 g) sugar, option: combine 1/4 cup brown sugar + 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup (115 g) butter, melted (1 stick)

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Make Filling
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch square (or 2-quart) baking dish.

    Core apples then cut into 3/4-inch pieces. Add apples to a large bowl with orange zest, orange juice, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir then add to baking dish.

    • Make Topping
    • Combine flour, oats, sugar and the salt in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter then stir until all the flour has been moistened by the butter and topping is crumbly. Sprinkle over apple filling. (We like to use our hands to do this. As we sprinkle, we press the crumbles together to create larger clumps of topping.)

      • Bake Crisp
      • Bake 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes or until juices are thickened, the apples are tender and the topping has turned light golden brown. If the topping starts to become too brown, cover with aluminum foil and continue to bake until the apples are done.

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  • TJ October 16, 2016, 12:19 am

    3.5 Stars
    Topping was excellent. Chewed and tasted almost like it had nuts in it such as pecans or walnuts. I used 4 kinds of freshly picked apples that work great in my apple pie without becoming mushy after 60 minutes bake time but were a bit on the mushy/apple sauce side in this recipe. They became too soft after the 60 minutes it took for the topping to become slightly browned. Since the apples became mushy they separated from the skins/peels leaving me with many free floating peel pieces not attached to any apple flesh which was undesirable. I liked the idea of not having to peel the apples but I would take the 20 minutes or so and peel the apples next time because I believe the peel pieces were a negative. I think that increasing the baking temp to maybe 375* and reducing the bake time about 15 minutes would lightly brown the top correctly while preventing the apples from over baking so the apples might retain a little more body/firmness. I also liked the orange zest and juice addition but might try reducing it to the zest of half an orange. Zest from a whole orange tasted like it was too much zest.
    Topping was good enough to try this again using what I learned.

  • Amanda R. October 10, 2016, 9:08 am

    Oh wow this is so good, thanks for the recipe! Going on the immediately repeat list.

  • Steve October 8, 2016, 3:37 am

    So i dont bake a lot but since we got the apples i figured why not. Not im just debating on giving it a shot now or waiting till norning and letting it cool. One things forsure the smell is amazing.

  • Rachel September 26, 2016, 9:38 am

    I can’t bake to save my life and I made this. It turned out perfect too!! Thanks for the recipe!

    If I were to make again I might peel the apples, I didn’t like the texture of the skins once baked. I’m pregnant though and textures can set me off right now so maybe its just me… my husband thought it was great.

  • Melanie September 25, 2016, 6:53 pm

    Delishious apple crisp! Followed the directions to a “T”. It turned out beautifully. The only small change made was that I cooked it for an 1 hr 15 mins which was the perfect amount of time for our taste.

  • elaine vitelli June 25, 2016, 10:06 pm

    awesome recipe..the topping was oh so good..only baked mine for 40 minutes at 375 and it came out perfect..

  • Kathy April 9, 2016, 9:56 am

    Thank you for your easy instructions and colorful photos. The apple betty is ready for the book study group this morning. The apple betty smells wonderful throughout the house, and baked perfectly.

  • Lawana March 23, 2016, 7:16 pm

    I just have three words. Simple, tasty, delicious. ??????

  • Dolly January 19, 2016, 2:04 pm

    Just trying now…does it really take that long to cook…1 1/2 hours…thank you Dolly

  • Kasia December 22, 2015, 4:02 pm

    Best apple crisp recipe I have tried! I made it for a couple of Thanksgiving dinners this year and now it’s requested for every family meal! Delicious and so simple. 5 stars

  • kayla December 19, 2015, 1:12 pm

    when i look for recipes on apple crisp i only need the topping (because the filling i do is a family secret) and when i do find a topping they are never good but i gave this one a try and OMG it is the best topping i have ever tasted, and now my mother in law wants the recipe and she never likes my cooking. thank you so much for this recipe.

  • Elaine December 7, 2015, 12:30 am

    i just made this and I never write reviews but it was the best! Guests raved about it. Thank you!! So easy and came out perfect. Made it exactly as the recipe. I might add nuts to the topping next time but my husband said not to change a thing! 5 stars for sure!

  • Kevin Wombold October 20, 2015, 5:39 pm

    This was great ! I use a little sweetened condensed milk poured on top right before eating. Done this for years.

  • Andrea October 17, 2015, 8:59 pm

    Super easy!! Sub’d the orange juice/zest with half a lemon and added a wee bit of ginger. Also used gluten free flour and margarine. Had to doubled the topping because of the size of the pan. Still in the oven so the house smells amazing – and my 16 year old is pacing in the kitchen as he’s waiting for it to finish baking. Can’t wait to try it with some of the other suggestions offered by the other readers.

  • Michelle October 7, 2015, 8:59 pm

    As usual I’m late to the party but SO glad I found this one! Made it tonight and just loved it. Was in a rush (as usual) and overdid the salt and nutmeg but it didn’t even matter. It was just wonderful (LOVE the topping) and I can’t wait to check out the rest of your site. A bigger win for me – I don’t even like pie so this is extra great! Thanks so much!

  • Mary Ellen October 4, 2015, 1:11 pm

    This was a great, easy recipe that was a hit at a recent dinner party. I made a few modifications–2 tbsp of lemon juice instead of orange juice, very light on zest, and 1/4 tsp of ground ginger with the apples. Also, I thought the topping looked a little scant, so I did 1.5x the topping. Honestly, when we ate it, I think that original amount would’ve been just fine (and slightly healthier). I would only increase the topping if you’re baking for folks who will want a high ratio of topping to apples. The upshot–this is a simple recipe to modify to taste. Five stars!

  • Riss October 3, 2015, 6:55 pm

    I heated salted caramel and poured over the top with vanilla ice cream! Ooo lala…delightfully heavenly!

  • Todd September 30, 2015, 12:52 pm

    This recipe worked great for a 9X13 pan, but I would double the topping portions.

  • Suzi September 22, 2015, 9:28 pm

    I added cardamom with the cinnamon. It’s my go to for fruit breads and oatmeal based desserts. The kind of cinnamon gives a lot of the flavor as well splurge a little and get a stronger cinnamon. It’s well worth it!!

  • Deb September 9, 2015, 6:03 pm

    Fabulous! Great crisp topping using melted butter. Liked the citrus accent. I have made this with a few sliced frozen strawberries added to the apples. It is a big hit!

  • Stacy J September 2, 2015, 10:02 pm

    Great!!!! So delicious and very good with the oats.

  • Maureen July 13, 2015, 9:10 am

    I have Quick 1 minute whole grain oats that I use for oatmeal. Is this the same as rolled oats? Do I have to use the the NON Quick kind. Thanks for your help. Anxious to make this recipe…..sounds delicious and from the reviews, I am sure it is.

    • Joanne August 10, 2015, 1:57 pm

      Hi Maureen, You can use quick oats if it is all you have on hand. They are different to rolled oats (more fine), but they will work in a pinch.

  • Pierrette April 26, 2015, 8:50 am

    I made this last night for some company and it tasted amazing and will definitely be using this recipe in the future! I used frozen crab apples, added cinnamon to the topping and baked for the whole hour and it came out beautifully! Served warm with vanilla ice cream- it was a big hit!! 5 stars for me!

  • michele March 8, 2015, 1:34 pm

    To add to the deliciousness of this recipe buy a bag of caramels…cut each one in half and place randomly over topping before baking. I have also drizzled caramel syrup over the baked apple crisp right when it comes out of the oven when I don’t have actual caramels. Both are so good 🙂

  • Charlotte February 15, 2015, 7:57 pm

    what if I don’t have any orange juice….can I just use a quarter cup or so of lemon juice for tartness and flavour instead?

    • Adam March 2, 2015, 2:14 pm

      Yep, lemon juice will work as well.

  • Star November 30, 2014, 4:09 pm

    I’ve tried many recipes and this is by far the best! I doubled the topping and it was the perfect amount.
    Love that I don’t have to peel the apples, one less step!
    Thank you!

  • Kip November 3, 2014, 10:45 am

    I have been searching for an excellent apple crisp recipe and finally found it here! I, too, increased the topping and it came out chewy inside and crunchy on the top – exactly what I’ve searched high and low for (I think that melted butter trick is key!) I used all brown sugar and didn’t have any orange so left that out and it was still great. This is one I know will be in my regular fall rotation. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sheryl October 13, 2014, 6:26 pm

    Love this recipe! Made it this afternoon and it is perfect. Only had 4 apples in the house but lots of pears so I used the 4 apples and added 2 pears. Yummy! Thank you for this recipe. It’s a keeper!!

  • alita September 25, 2014, 8:50 pm

    Loved it did not add orange zest or juice

  • alex July 29, 2014, 9:38 pm

    Most crumble recipes I have seen seem to have about a half hour cooking time. Is everybody leaving it in for over an hour as this recipe says? I am using blackberries which start bubbling within 30-40 mins and don’t want to overdo it. Thanks!

    • Joanne July 31, 2014, 11:19 am

      We stick to the whole hour, but if you think the fruit you added need a little less time and the top is browned, go ahead and take it out.

  • RJ July 16, 2014, 2:21 pm

    I’ve always used melted butter. A small handful of soaked dark seedless raisins are a good addition.

  • Jane May 19, 2014, 8:43 pm

    I had some apples in the fridge and I wanted to use them up. My hubby loves apple pie but I really didn’t feel like making pastry for the crust so i went online looking for an apple crisp recipe. After reading several, I came across this blog and recipe. I didn’t have an orange so I used what I thought might be the equivalent in OJ I had in the fridge and added a very small amount of lemon zest. I added about 2 tsp. of potato starch to the apple mixture and some nutmeg as well. I threw some coarsely chopped walnuts in with the apples. It took about an hour to bake, smelled heavenly and was delicious. This is the recipe I’ll be using from now on. Nice website – I’ve got to check out the rest of the site now!

    • Joanne June 20, 2014, 2:03 pm

      Hi Jane, We love that you made our apple crisp in place of apple pie. Isn’t it so much easier? We love all your additions, too. Thanks so much for coming back and sharing your comment.

      • Tina July 28, 2014, 1:03 pm

        can i use pie crust with this recipe ?

        • Joanne August 7, 2014, 12:44 pm

          You could, draping pie crust on top would be nice.

  • Donna Miller May 15, 2014, 9:02 am

    very traditional. Just as good as my mother use to make it when i was a kid.

  • Mary May 11, 2014, 9:21 pm

    I’ve always loved apple crisp and wanted to try cooking it. I used this recipe and it was fantastic! I added some cinnamon to the dry mixture and it added a nice flavour. Found that 1 hour was more than enough cooking time. I would recommend this recipe to anyone – it’s a winner!

    • Joanne May 12, 2014, 5:37 pm

      Hi Mary, We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  • Liza May 3, 2014, 3:27 pm

    Made this several times now. We absolutely love it! Tried it by adding some chopped almonds to the topping. YUM! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • jojo April 15, 2014, 9:34 am

    If I didn’t have a job I could make millions from this recipe. Took it to work, took it to church, took it to family get-togethers. Everyone loved it. Kept asking me if they could have a whole one for themselves. Gave them your site instead. Lol!

    • Joanne April 16, 2014, 12:36 pm

      Aww, thanks for sharing the love! So glad it was such a success.

  • alyssa March 27, 2014, 10:50 pm

    Just made this for the first time. I used 4 apples and two pears, all pealed and diced. I skipped the orange all together ( I just didn’t have one lying around), and added a few shakes of cinnamon to the topping mixture. It came out unbelievably delicious. Def will save this recipe and pass it on. Thanks!!

    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 11:02 am

      Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it.


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