Classic Apple Crisp


  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time50 mins
  • Makes8 servings
*PLUS 2 hr cooling time
Classic Apple Crisp

Photo, Erik Putz.

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There are plenty of ways to celebrate apple season, but this might just be one of our favourites; there's nothing more perfect on a brisk fall day than a batch of classic apple crisp with a cool scoop of vanilla ice cream (just like Grandma used to make!).


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup large-flake oats

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter


  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cut into 1/2-in.-thick, 1 1/2-in.-long slices (8 cups)

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Ice cream, (optional)


  • PREHEAT oven to 375F.

  • TOPPING: Stir flour, oats, brown sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp cinnamon in a bowl. Grate in butter and work in, using fingertips, until crumbly with some sandy texture remaining. Refrigerate.

  • FILLING: Toss apples, granulated sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp salt in a large bowl. Transfer to an 8-in. baking dish or pan.

  • SPRINKLE topping evenly over apples. Bake until top is golden and juices are bubbling around edges, about 30 min. Let cool for 2 hr. Serve ice cream on the side of apple crisp with oats.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 284, Protein 3g, Carbohydrates 43g, Fat 12g, Fibre 3g, Sodium 220mg.

How to Make Our Classic Apple Crisp With Oats

  • You can make crisps crumbly by working the butter into the flour mixture to create larger crumbles. For a lighter texture, work the cold butter into the flour mixture until it has a sandy texture.
  • We like to cut the apples into 1/2-in.-thick slices, then cut them in half so they’re 1 1/2 in. long. This size prevents gaps when filling the baking dish and promotes even cooking.

Apple Crisp Recipe Variations

Rhubarb-apple crisp
Peanut butter apple crisp
Apple crisp pie

Our Best Apple Crumble Recipe

Crumble is very similar to a crisp, but its soft streusel topping doesn’t contain oats. Instead, nuts are often used to give it an extra bite.

Click here for more tips on how to make your best-ever apple crisp.

Or, try our classic pear crisp recipe.