Winning Apple Crisp Recipe
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Winning Apple Crisp Recipe

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I live in apple country, and a delicious crisp is one good way to use them that doesn't take a lot of time. —Gertrude Bartnick, Portage, Wisconsin
Featured In: 25 Best Fall Desserts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups chopped peeled apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 426 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 79g carbohydrate (58g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half into a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish or a 9-in. square baking pan. Cover with apples.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water and vanilla. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thick and clear. Pour over apples. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.
  3. Bake 60-65 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm, with ice cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Apple Crisp in Country February/March 1993, p47

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bretta User ID: 7177098 258604
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2016

"easy to make and family loved it. Delish!!!!"

Susieqtn User ID: 7508718 256162
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"Delicious;!! I used Granny Smith apples and doubled the recipe. Made for group of 16 and everyone loved it! Put topping in bottom as suggested, did not count/measure apples, just kept piling them up till they filled my Pyrex dish (9 x 13) and put remainder of topping, as best I could, on top before pouring liquid over. Put pan or foil under dish since it will probably bubble over in oven. Served with vanilla ice cream, but excellent without!"

KookieB User ID: 8859340 255814
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"I tried this using less sugar and more apples. Different than any recipe I've used in the past.

Turned out fabulous. This is the only way I will ever make it from now on. I'm sure other types of fruit would be good, also! Thanks so much. 10*'s here!"

Colnight User ID: 41759 255571
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2016

"My husband is not a big dessert person. 2 things he will only eat, chocolate cake and apple pie. So I made this and a asked him to please just try this. He did he loved it and took a big bowl of it. He said I can make this now in place of his apple pie."

cindylcan User ID: 8456616 255201
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016

"Just made this today, it is excellent. I followed recipe as is and next time I will cut both the brown sugar and white in half. It is sweet as apple crisp is, but it wouldn't hurt cutting back a bit. Taste just like from a restaurant! :)"

jam5260 User ID: 6756510 255108
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"I agree, too much sugar! The second time I made it I used 1/2 cup of both sugars. I will use 1/4 cup the next time I make it. Delicious hot with vanilla ice cream!"

xxcskier User ID: 1136353 254962
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2016

"This was really good but also very sweet. We really enjoyed it but like other reviews I will cut back on the sugar next time. I will be making it again!"

murrworm88 User ID: 1697209 254863
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2016

"Per the reviews, I cut my sugar to 1/4c. Brown and 1/4c. White and it was plenty sweet for us. I couldnt even fathom 2c. Of sugar!! Otherwise, it would be a 5 star."

kayjayc User ID: 4277199 254825
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"This is a delicious crisp recipe, albeit rather sweet for our taste. The first time I made it I followed the recipe as directed. I now make it with half the sugar . I do squeeze fresh lemon over the apples to balance the acidity and sweetness. Next time, I plan on trying apple cider in place of the water and further cutting the sugar to1/4 c., for even more apple flavor. My husband craves this apple crisp as soon as the cooler fall weather arrives."

JONLZEE User ID: 1439727 254520
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2016

"easy and delicious !! I used Honey Crisp apples and will try other apples next time. There will definitely be a next time...excellent in my book !"

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