Apple Crisp

An easy and flavorful apple crisp recipe. A classic apple dish that is just as tasty as apple pie without all of the hard work.

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I’ve been craving apple pie since I ran out of apples sometime last year. No I’m not even remotely kidding. I love apple pie. I crave it. I need it. And when the good apples aren’t around it’s pure torture. I know this isn’t pie, but honestly it’s just as good if not better depending on how you look at things.

You see… from what I’ve learned, a lot of people fear making pie. Just like a lot of people fear making cheesecake. Neither are to be feared at all, seriously. I may not be able to hold your hand through the process but I can offer tips. However, you need zero hand holding or encouragement for this dish. Like I said… just as good as pie or better but it’s not pie! It’s easier by probably 1000x. That helped settle my craving for pie much faster.

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Trust me when I say you absolutely need to go gather your ingredients right now and make this for dessert… or breakfast, lunch, dinner… whatever. By my book, this is a perfectly acceptable meal because it’s healthier than a lot of other options out there. It’s loaded with apples, has oats and brown sugar. Brown sugar is totally healthy, right? Just nod and agree with me. Eat it warm or cold, served with ice cream or not. Your choice! Though I vote warm and no ice cream. Or ice cream on the side. I don’t like melting ice cream ruining a delicious apple dish!

All of the apple pie love without the fear and hard work.

Make it. Now.

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Yield: Serves 6-8

Cook Time: 30-35 minutes

Apple Crisp

A classic apple dish that is just as tasty as apple pie without all of the hard work.


Topping Ingredients:
1/3C flour
1/3C brown sugar
1/3C old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4C cold butter, cut into small pieces

Filling Ingredients:
7-8C apples (I used Cortland)
1/4C brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare topping in a medium bowl. Combine dry ingredients. Add chopped butter. Using a pastry blender or forks, blend together until small chunks have formed. Continue working until most of the butter has broken down. Set aside.

Fill an 8x8 square baking dish (or 1 1/2 qt)  with uncut apples. This will help to determine how many apples you need. Fill it nice and tight, with one extra if desired.

Peel and slice apples into large pieces. I found peeling and then slicing easier (but peel on looked nicer in the pic ;) ). If using an apple wedge to core and slice, cut each section into 2-3 pieces. Toss apple pieces into a large bowl. Work as quickly and carefully as possible to avoid too much browning of the sliced apples.

Add brown sugar and cinnamon to large bowl with apples. Toss to coat well. Add apples to baking dish. Sprinkle with topping mixture.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender.

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