A is for Apple…Crisp!

After we got home from a weight check for our newborn, I somehow had enough energy to throw together a quick, classic dessert; Apple Crisp. It might have been from the espresso hot chocolate I gulped on the drive home, or the fact that the baby was sleeping and Casey had occupied herself by playing with a bag of onions (whatever floats your boat kiddo).

In our house, apples are a must have. Casey will literally devour one or two while we’re grocery shopping so I always end up buying the pre-bagged ones. The only downside is that you can’t check to see what state they’re in. The last bag I bought had a few more bruises than one would prefer but thankfully we used most of them up in this recipe!

I got the recipe from my favorite cook book – Betty Crocker; The Big Red Book (11th edition). It is my go to for a ton of different recipes. My mom got me my own newer version years ago but there are still a lot of recipes that are identical to the ones in her copy, possibly from the 70’s. However, I have changed it slightly to my own liking, because it’s what I like to do. Try adding more of this or less of that and see what happens!

This should be an easy recipe for someone who is a beginner in the kitchen. If you are a beginner please let me know how you made out!

Step by Step Instructions – Easy Apple Crisp

First I like to get all my ingredients out and utensils needed, and preheat the oven (375F).

Then grease an 8″X8″ baking dish (you can use butter or margarine), I like to use my hands to make sure it’s nicely coated.

Next, peel, core and cut 4 large apples (5-6 cups). If you have one, an apple peeler is pretty convenient.

My apple peeler; such a time saver!
With the help of a parent, peeling apples is something fun for the kids!
This apple slicer is pretty handy too!

Then, throw those apples into your greased dish and set aside.

Get a medium bowl (I used a small bowl but it’s much easier to mix in a medium, lesson learned), and combine 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.

Once combined, you’ll want to use a pastry blender or fork to incorporate 1/3 cup of margarine or butter (cold). This step is why a bigger bowl is better, I had oats and flour all over the counter!

Blend until small pea sized pieces form;

Take your crumbly topping and sprinkle it evenly over your sliced apples.

Note that I chunked up some of the bigger pieces. You can leave them big or make them smaller; they will just cook faster when smaller.

At last you can pop it in the oven for about 35-40 minutes until it’s golden brown. Keep an eye on it for browning around the 30 minute mark. If it gets too brown and your apples aren’t tender place some tinfoil over top until it’s to your liking.

Now, I could have left mine in for five minutes or so longer to get it more crisp and brown, however someone got hungry and needed to feed so I had to leave it at that. But it was still so delicious! If you wanted to go the extra mile, topping it off with some ice cream or even whipped cream is definitely a wise choice. I hope this was easy to follow and that you enjoy every last bite!

Easy Apple Crisp

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Bake time: 35-40
  • Total: 50-55 minutes
  • Servings: approximately 6


  • 4 large apples, peeled & sliced (5-6 cups)
  • 1/2 Cup flour
  • 1/2 Cup quick oats
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup cold butter or margarine


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Grease an 8×8 baking dish with butter or margarine.
  • Peel, core and slice apples, put in baking dish and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Blend in butter or margarine using pastry blender or fork until pea sized pieces form.
  • Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

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