apple crisp with vanilla ice cream and caramel on a plate

Easy Apple Crisp

Easy apple crisp is made with fresh fall apples and a crisp apple topping. Make this dessert ahead of time for your holiday parties!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Crisp, Easy Apple Crisp
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 392kcal
Author Haley D Williams



  • 6 tablespoons (47 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 g) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup pecans


  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples
  • 3 medium Golden Delicious apples*
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice, about 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar



  • In a food processor, place the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pulse briefly to combine.
  • Add the cold butter pieces and pulse 10 times, about 4 seconds each pulse, until the mixture looks like cornmeal. Add the pecans and pulse about 5 times, each 1 second each, until the nuts are chopped. The mixture will look like wet sand with some clumps. Avoid over-processing.
  • Place the mixture into a bowl and in the refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes while the filing is prepared.


  • Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Peel, core and cut the apples into slices about ¼-inch thick. Place the apples in a large bowl and toss them with the lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar. Transfer the mixture into the Ello Duraglass 8x8 Baking Dish. Sprinkle the chilled topping over the apple mixture evenly.
  • Bake for 40 minutes at 375° F. Increase temperature to 400° F and bake 5 minutes longer. The filling will bubble and the topping will turn deep golden brown.
  • Serve warm on its own or with vanilla ice cream and caramel. The apple crisp can also be cooled to room temperature, then reheated in the oven before serving (about 10 to 15 minutes at 350 F).


Best apples for apple crisp: I suggest using a mix of apples. I prefer half Granny Smith and half Golden Delicious. Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Gala and Fuji work well too.
Double the recipe: This recipe can be doubled and served in an Ello Duraglass 13x9 Baking Dish. Increase baking time to 55 minutes.
Suggested tools: kitchen scale, apple peeler, food processor, Ello Duraglass 8x8 Baking Dish.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg