Apple crisp in clear dish with one serving missing and green apples in background.
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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

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In the world of comforting autumn desserts, few can rival the rustic charm and timeless appeal of an old-fashioned apple crisp. As the leaves turn golden and the air takes on a crisp chill, there’s nothing quite like the aroma of warm, baked apples mingling with sweet cinnamon and brown sugar. While many apple crisp recipes incorporate oats for that signature crunch, today we’re taking a nostalgic journey back to a simpler time with a classic recipe that omits the oats but still delivers on all the warm, spiced goodness you crave.

One serving of apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce on white plate.

This old-fashioned apple crisp recipe is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. With its buttery, golden topping and tender, cinnamon-kissed apple filling, it captures the essence of fall in every bite. Whether you’re a purist who prefers the purity of apple and spice or simply looking to try a beloved dessert without the oats, this recipe will remind you why some classics are timeless. So, dust off your apron, preheat your oven, and get ready to savor the flavors of autumn with this delightful apple crisp that stands the test of time.

Ingredients You Will Need

Ingredients for apple crisp on wooden board.

Equipment You May Need

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Apple Peeler Corer Slicer
  • Mixing Bowl
  • 9″x13″ Pan
  • Wooden Spoon

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best apples to use for apple crisp? Firm, tart apples like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn work well because they hold their shape during baking and provide a pleasant contrast to the sweetness of the topping. I always use Granny Smith apples for baking.

Is it necessary to peel the apples? Peeling the apples is optional and depends on your preference. Some people enjoy the extra texture and color that apple peels add, while others prefer a smoother filling.

How do I prevent the topping from becoming too soggy? Avoid overloading the apple crisp with too much liquid, and don’t skip the baking step. Ensuring the apples release their moisture and the topping turns golden brown will help prevent sogginess.

Can I store leftover oat-free apple crisp? Yes, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving to maintain the crispiness of the topping.

Sliced apples coated with sugar.
Sliced apples coated with sugar.
Topping for apple crips in clear bowl before baking.
Apple crisp topping before adding to apples.
Apple crisp before going in the oven.
Apple crisp before going in the oven.
Clear dish of cooked apple crisp with green apples in background.

Substitutions and Variations

Flavor Variations:

  • Spices: Enhance the flavor with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves for a warm, aromatic twist.
  • Citrus Zest: Add zest from oranges or lemons to the topping for a citrusy note that complements the apples.
  • Vanilla Extract: A dash of vanilla extract in the topping or mixed with the apples can enhance the overall flavor profile.
  • Brown Butter: Use brown butter instead of regular butter for a richer, nuttier taste.

Fruit Variations:

  • Mixed Berries: Combine apples with other fruits like berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) for a mixed berry crisp.
  • Pears: Incorporate sliced pears with or instead of apples for a delightful apple-pear crisp.
  • Stone Fruits: Experiment with peaches, plums, or cherries for a unique twist.

Other Recipes You May Enjoy

If you like this apple crisp, you might also like my Apple Coffee Cake or my Apple Dumplings. You may also enjoy these Maple Glazed Apple Blondies or these Cinnamon Apple Snacks.

Final Thoughts

This dessert is perfect for fall and it filled our home with the warm aromas of the season as it was baking. It was very quick and easy to make as well. I will make this again, possible for Thanksgiving. I hope you like it, too. Let me know if you make it by commenting below.

Apple crisp in clear dish with one serving missing and green apples in background.

Apple Crisp

Heidi Bruaw
This old-fashioned apple crisp is made without oats and has a warm cinnamon topping with a tart apple filling. It's perfect for fall!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16



  • 10 Cups Apples peeled, cored, and sliced
  • Cups Sugar


  • Cup Butter melted
  • Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Eggs


  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • Grease 9"x13" pan and set aside.


  • Stir 1½ cups sugar into apples and arrange in 9"x13" pan.


  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together melted butter, 1½ cups sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and eggs.
  • Crumble over sliced apples.
  • Bake at 350℉ for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
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