Apple Crisp — Warm Up With a Gooey Dessert

Apple Crisp1

(Graphic by Justin McKee)

You remember when I went apple picking, right? Well, I needed to do something with all of those Fuji apples! Onto recipe ideas!

I’ve been a fan of apple crisp since elementary school, and making it with my newly picked fruit seemed to be the obvious choice. Making it takes a little bit more time than I care for, but the smells that wafted from my oven followed by the taste was well worth it. I’m pretty sure apple crisp is the ultimate fall comfort dessert.

Apple Crisp2I think normally apple crisp is used with Granny Smith apples, which are a bit more tart. Like I previously stated, I used Fiji, and while I liked the end result, I may recommend using a less juicy variety. There was a lot of liquid at the bottom of my baking dish after I pulled it out of the oven and served it. But honestly, I just ladled it out and poured it over my serving! You don’t want to waste that flavor!

This recipe is great, and though it has a lot of steps and ingredients, most you probably already have in your pantry.

The apples come out soft and the filling is nice and gooey, while the topping adds a nice texture and not overly sweet, slight crunch. Yum!

Apple Crisp3Here’s the recipe!


Apple Filling:

  • 3-4 large apples of your choice, sliced thinly and peeled (because my Fuji apples were pretty small, I used about 7)
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Dash of salt

Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, diced into small chunks
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Dash of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. For the crumb topping, combine all ingredients with a fork, your hands or blender until you create small chunks. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.
  3. For the filling, mix together the melted butter and flour, then add the lemon juice, vanilla and milk. Stir well. Then add brown sugar, salt and cinnamon and mix well. Pour mixture over apples and toss to make sure all slices are coated. Pour all into an 8×8 baking dish and spread it into an even layer.
  4. Sprinkle topping over apples, creating one layer.
  5. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.
  6. Allow at least 10 minute to cool. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.

Apple Crisp4Definitely try this apple crisp a la mode, with a large dollop of whipped cream on top or drizzled with caramel sauce!


About Karin

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One Response to Apple Crisp — Warm Up With a Gooey Dessert

  1. Kay Armbruster says:

    How come you don’t cook or bake when I visit?? That looks delicious!

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