Quick & Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x


This quick and easy apple crisp recipe has the perfect combination of brown sugar and cinnamon that you tend to expect in an apple crisp. However, there is a special ingredient that I haven’t had in an apple crisp recipe previously. This recipe calls for a tablespoon of lemon, allowing it to have a subtle tartness, and give the perfect combination of flavors. It’s sooo good!



  • 2 pounds apples (granny smith, braeburn, or honey crisp) peeled, cored and sliced thin


  • 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, diced


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


1. Preheat oven to 375. Spray 8×8 pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. Prepare the apples by cutting off the stem seeds and skin.  Cut the apple in thin slices so that they will soften as they bake. Place apples in a large bowl and set aside.

3. Create the topping by measureing out all topping ingredients (except for the butter) and combine into a medium bowl. Cut the butter into small chunks and add it to the topping ingredients. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the butter into the mixture. Break down the butter so that it resembles a coarse texture, making sure there aren’t any large clumps of butter remaining. However, do not remove all of the clumps.  Place the bowl in the fridge while moving on to the next step.

4. Make the sauce to cover the apples. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a medium bowl and whisk together with flour until well blended. Add in the rest of the sauce ingredients. Mix together until well combined.

5. Pour the sauce mixture over the apples, stirring the apples so that the sauce mixture evenly covers all of the apples. Pour apples into the prepared baking dish, spreading it into an even layer.

6. Remove topping mixture from fridge and pour over the apples, being sure to spread out the topping evenly and cover all the apples.

7. Place in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes. Use a toothpick to pierce an apple to make sure that the apples are soft. The top of the crust will have a golden brown color. 

8. Allow the apple crisp to sit for about ten minutes before serving. Serve warm and with ice cream.


Topping will become moist and lose it’s crunch if not eaten within a day or two.

  • Category: Dessert


  • Calories: 238
  • Sugar: 27.63 g
  • Sodium: 76 mg
  • Fat: 7.75 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 42.11 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 2.71 g
  • Cholesterol: 14 mg

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