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Winning Apple Crisp

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
  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first 4 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake 60-65 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm, with ice cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 426 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 79g carbohydrate (58g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


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  • vpmommy
    May 23, 2020

    Wow - this is wonderful. Family all loved it. I cut sugar by 1/4, added an extra cup of apples and sprinkled cinnamon on top before baking. I baked it as the recipe said for 65 minutes and it was perfect. Thank you!!

  • Lynne
    Apr 25, 2020

    Way too sweet The crisp topping was nice. There was a nice balance of oats to sugar and butter and flour. The apple mixture was horribly sweet. I love sweet, but after a few bites, I had enough. My son and husband who usually pick away at the rest of the pan finished theirs, but that was it. I was ready to throw the rest away when I decided to use it as a topping for steel cut oats this morning. With a ratio of two parts oat to apple topping it was perfect with unsweetened coffee. Next time I would cut the sugar in half. It is also a nice mix-in with Greek yogurt but as a dessert a big disappointment for such great reviews.

  • Dave
    Apr 9, 2020

    I really don't like any apple desserts. After trying a friend's apple crisp, I thought I'd try to make my own. I'm so glad I found this recipe!!! Yes, it's sweet. It is dessert after all. A little bit is just enough! Perfect for gatherings. Thank You!

  • BradleyMac
    Mar 19, 2020

    This is definitely the best Apple Crisp I've ever had. I have been making this recipe since 2013.

  • Anja
    Nov 4, 2019

    I tried this recipe with vegan butter to see if it would work as a dessert option for a vegan relative at Thanksgiving and it came out beautifully! You couldn’t tell it wasn’t regular butter. Will also try this with pears and peaches.

  • smile934
    Oct 25, 2019

    This was my first time making apple crisp and I thought it was very good. After reading the reviews with some saying it was too sweet, I only used 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and it came out perfect. I would use this recipe again.

  • demahi
    Jan 6, 2019

    This recipe was not to my liking. I found it to be overly sweet and I did not care for the crisp part, it was not crispy enough.

  • amsm
    Nov 4, 2018

    I made this with some apples a friend gave me and it did not disappoint. It had lots of cinnamon flavor and crumbly crust which are my favorite parts! The extra liquid you prepare to add to the apples did make it a little on the sweet side, but I loved the addition of vanilla.

  • DebbieT
    Oct 26, 2018

    It was okay. A lot of oatmeal flavor and not enough cinnamon. I like my recipe for Apple Betty much better.

  • wjcrabb
    Oct 21, 2018

    It was easy and delicious, but too sweet for me! How could I make it less sweet? I think it was the syrup.