Apple Crisp

LAST UPDATED: Apr 07, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Sep 12, 2019 | By:

This Easy Apple Crisp is filled with the flavors of fall. Fragrant cinnamon, brown sugar and caramel combine with buttery oats for an old-fashioned Apple Crisp your family will love! 

apple crisp with ice cream and caramel sauce on top and apple in background

Easy Apple Crisp

There’s a few things that I really love about September. Generally we get milder weather here in the Midwest, and what’s not to love about that? With those (hopefully) more moderate temps, we love to go apple-picking. It’s a classic tradition that I hope my girls have fond memories of as they grow. 

Even if you can’t go apple picking any time soon, you can bring the flavors of the season home with you with this easy apple crisp. It’s full of all that fall goodness we can’t get enough of!

Apples and cinnamon are a match made in heaven. Paired with my secret ingredient – caramel along with butter, brown sugar and oats the flavor is out of this world! Even better, it’s EASY! 

I’m a fan of cozy fall baking and all the flavors that come along with it. Don’t miss my incredible round up of the 35 BEST Quick Bread Recipes and my complete Apple Recipe Guide!

apple crisp in bowl with baking dish in background

Full measurements and directions are in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post- I like to give a lot of detail throughout my recipe posts to help answer questions from readers! 

Apple Crisp Ingredients

Chances are have many of these ingredients already in your pantry and fridge! You can whip up this amazing dessert on a whim!

apple crisp in baking dish with apples to the side
  • Pink Lady Apples – this just happened to be the apples that we had on hand when I made this recipe. You can use any kind of apples that you like, but I would suggest an apple that has some crispness so that it holds up while baking.
  • Apple Cider – this will help add a deeper flavor to your apple crisp. The cider enhances the apple mixture perfectly! 
  • Brown Sugar – the brown sugar has a higher moisture content and the molasses helps give the mixture a deeper caramelized flavor.
  • Cinnamon – the ultimate fragrant spice to compliment apple flavors. I threw in a whole cinnamon stick while the apple simmered, but you can also use your regular bottle of cinnamon.
  • Caramel Sauce – this is going to take the flavor of your apple crisp over the top! 
  • Water – because your apple crisp filling will get a touch thick, the water helps keep the mixture from becoming too goopy. Water also helps the apples from losing moisture as they cook down.
  • Corn Starch – corn starch creates the thick, rich consistency of the apple filling.

Topping Ingredients

apple crisp topping
  • Brown Sugar – you can use dark brown or light brown. It’s the molasses that helps create the deep flavor in this recipe.
  • Butter – yes, the full stick of butter. Trust me on this one- it’s delicious. I always use salted because it’s what I have on hand.
  • Flour – I use unbleached flour. 
  • Oats –  Because I generally keep quick oats on hand, that’s what I used here.
  • Cinnamon – throw a little more in the topping! 
  • Salt – a touch of salt balances out the sweetness in this recipe. Regular table salt works perfectly- no large granules here.
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How to Make Apple Crisp

There’s quite a few ingredients in this apple crisp, but it’s so easy to throw together that you won’t mind- I promise! 

  1. Core apples and dice. diced apples
  2. Place apples in a sauce pan over medium heat. apples in saucepan on range
  3. Add brown sugar, cinnamon stick, apple cider and water. brown sugar and cinnamon stick added to apples
  4. Cook for 5 minutes or until apples are soft. apples on stove top
  5. Stir in caramel. caramel poured over diced apples
  6. Dissolve the corn starch and stir until it begins to thicken. cornstarch to make apple crisp apples in caramel sauce
  7. Combine topping crisp topping in a mixing bowl
  8. Pour apple mixture into casserole dish and cover with topping. OPTIONAL: Broil to brown topping…apple crisp in casserole dish  apple crisp in oven


Mulling Spices – add a teaspoon of ground mulling spices to your apple crisp for an extra dose of cozy flavor and fragrance.

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Tips for the Best Easy Apple Crisp

  • I don’t peel my apples, but you certainly can if you prefer! You can dice them for this recipe, or it’s pretty with sliced apples as well.
  • Don’t overcook your apples on the stove top. Remember they’ll have extra cooking time in the oven as well! 
  • Although you’ll want to eat it right when it comes out of the oven, allowing it to rest for 10 minutes is ideal. It allows the sauce to thicken before serving! 
  • Top with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream for the ultimate indulgence. 
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How to Store Apple Crisp

  • Room Temperature – You can even make this Easy Apple Crisp in advance!  Just bring it to room temperature and place a paper towel on top to absorb any condensation. Cover with plastic wrap or if you do not live in a humid environment, cover with plastic wrap and poke a few holes in it.
apple crisp in a bowl with ice cream and spoon
apple crisp a la mode

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Apple Crisp

Author: Julie Blanner
This Easy Apple Crisp is filled with the flavors of fall. Fragrant cinnamon, brown sugar and caramel combine with buttery oats for an old-fashioned Apple Crisp your family will love! 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 407 kcal


  • 6 pink lady apple cored and diced
  • 1/2 c apple cider
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or cinnamon stick
  • 1/3 c caramel sauce
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch


  • 1 c brown sugar loosely packed
  • 1/2 c butter melted
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 3/4 c oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt


  • Place apples in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Add brown sugar, cinnamon/stick, apple cider and water.
  • Cook 5 minutes of until tender.
  • Stir in caramel.
  • Add cornstarch and stir until sauce begins to thicken.


  • Combine ingredients and pour over apples in a baking / serving dish.
  • Optional: Broil 1-2 minutes until golden brown.


Optional – add:
  • nuts
  • caramel
  • ice cream


Calories:407kcalCarbohydrates:81gProtein:2gFat:10gSaturated Fat:6gCholesterol:25mgSodium:140mgPotassium:230mgFiber:4gSugar:55gVitamin A:354IUVitamin C:5mgCalcium:61mgIron:1mg
5 from 2 votes
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