Classic Apple Crisp



20 min


50 min



* PLUS 2 hr cooling time
Classic Apple Crisp

Photo, Erik Putz.

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
  • 3 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43 g,
  • Fat
  • 12 g,
  • Fibre
  • 3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 220 mg.

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.