How to Make Apple Crisp

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There’s all manner of delicious desserts out there just waiting for you to indulge in their flavor. That being said, the old standard, while still quite tasty, can get a bit played out after a while. Cakes, pies, cookies, and more are fine, but every now and then it can be nice to switch things up.

That’s the kind of recipe we’re showing you today. If you’re tired of the same desserts you’ve always had, then an apple crisp is the best way to mix things up. Sweet and warm with an amazing crunchy topping, it’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters you can find.

Apple Crisp on a white plate.

Let’s learn about how to make apple crisp without oats to find out why this dish is just so great.

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Apple crisp prepped ingredients in bowls on a white background.
  • 6 apples
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

Step #2. Peel & Core the Apples

Apples getting sliced into a clear glass bowl.

Peel, core and slice the apples. Place them in the baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and pour water over them evenly. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).

A bowl of sliced apples, white background.
A bowl of sliced applies, cinnamon being sprinkled over them, white towel with red stripes underneath.

Step #3. Prepare the Apple Crisp Topping

Flour being added to a bowl.

Mix flour, brown sugar, powdered milk and butter in a bowl – press with a fork or your fingers until the crumble forms (a sandy texture).

Sugar being added to a bowl of flour.
Powdered milk being added to bowl of apple crisp ingredients.
Mixing apple crisp ingredients with a fork in a glass bowl.
Mixed apple crisp ingredients in a clear glass bowl, white background.

Step #4. Cover the Apples with the Crumble

Apple crisp topping ingredients being added to a bowl of apples and cinnamon.

Cover the apples with the crumble mixture.

Apple crisp topping ingredients being added to a bowl of apples and cinnamon.
Raw apple crisp in a bowl, white background.

Step #5. Cover with Foil

Foil covering bowl of raw apple crisp.

Cover the baking dish with foil.

Step #6. Bake for 35 Minutes

Baked apple crisp in a clear glass bowl.

Bake for 30 minutes covered. Remove the foil for another 5 to 10 minutes, until golden on top.

Step #7. Serve & Enjoy

Apple Crisp on a white plate.

Let cool for a bit. Serve and enjoy!

Apple Crisp on a white plate.
Apple Crisp on a white plate, 2 cinnamon sticks on the side, white background.

That’s all you’ll need to know in order to make apple crisp. Easy, delicious, and even close to healthy, it’s a fantastic dessert for weeknights, holidays, cookouts, or basically any other occasion you might have for serving up something amazing and making your guests feel right at home.

This is just the beginning, though. Apple crisps are a super versatile dish with tons of ways to customize them to your liking. Add some different spices for a more robust flavor or mix some oats into the top crust for an old fashioned oatmeal kind of experience.

If you like it extra sweet, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar to the apple slices. There’s a ton to try that you might enjoy, so don’t be afraid to experiment (and tell us how things turn out).

What’s your favorite way to serve up a hot slice of apple crisp? Do you eat it on its own? How about with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream on top? There’s really no wrong answer here, so get out there and get cooking.

Apple Crisp on a white plate.

How to Make Apple Crisp

Joss D
Sweet and warm with an amazing crunchy topping, it's sure to please even the pickiest eaters and dessert snobs you can find. Let's learn about how to make apple crisp from scratch to find out why this dish is just so great.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 6
Calories 477 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 6 apples
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup buttersoftened

Instructions
 

  • Peel, core and slice the apples. Place them in the baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and pour water over them evenly. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
    Apples getting sliced into a clear glass bowl.
  • Mix flour, brown sugar, powdered milk and butter in a bowl – press with a fork or your fingers until the crumble forms (a sandy texture).
    Mixed apple crisp ingredients in a clear glass bowl, white background.
  • Cover the apples with the crumble mixture.
    Raw apple crisp in a bowl, white background.
  • Cover the baking dish with foil.
    Foil covering bowl of raw apple crisp.
  • Bake for 30 minutes covered. Remove the foil for another 5 to 10 minutes, until golden on top.
    Baked apple crisp in a clear glass bowl.
  • Let cool for a bit. Serve and enjoy!
    Apple Crisp on a white plate.

Equipment

8" or 9" baking dish
Foil

Notes

I used McIntosh apples, but you could use other types.

Nutrition

Calories: 477kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 7gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 205mgPotassium: 471mgFiber: 6gSugar: 52gVitamin A: 720IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 211mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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