Apple Crisp

apple crisp

One of my favorite comfort foods of all time is apple crisp. Something about warm apples mixing and melting into a buttery, brown-sugary crust is just so deliciously divine, no matter what time of year. Even though this is a simple recipe, it nails everything that makes an apple crisp perfect.

I have a very fond memory of making this recipe in college with one of my best pals, Jill. In fact, this was one of the things she suggested I make when I first started this blog!

crispy crumb topping

I know this is generally more of a fall-time dish. But as a very smart woman (me) once famously said, “apples makes me happles.” Truth!!

Apple Crisp

from Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food


  • 6 cups peeled, cored sliced apples
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp cold butter, cut into bits, plus butter for greasing the pan
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional)



1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the apples with half the cinnamon, the lemon juice, and 1 tbsp of the brown sugar. Spread the fruit in a lightly buttered 9-inch round baking pan.

cinnamon-y apples

2) Combine all the other ingredients, including remaining cinnamon and brown sugar, in the container of a food processor and pulse a few times. Process a few seconds more until everything is well incorporated, but not uniform. If you do not have a food processor, soften the butter slightly, and toss together the dry ingredients, then work in the butter with your finger-tips, a pastry blender, or a fork.

crumb topping

3) Spread the topping over the apples and bake 30-40 minutes, until the topping is browned and the apples are tender. Serve hot, warm, or at room temp- and enjoy!

apple crisp

Did you remember to spring forward this morning? I am so excited to have longer days filled with sunlight! Natural light makes for much better noms pictures!

Happy Eating 🙂

6 thoughts on “Apple Crisp”

  1. Apple deserts are a little bit of heaven for me . Love the use of granny smiths. You should make a note of which apples are good for baking.

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