Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

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A simple yet delicious recipe that’s perfect for brisk fall weather, this easy apple crisp with oatmeal topping is filled with buttery brown sugar goodness, tart apples, and a crumb topping that’s irresistible.

Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping wit Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple crisp has always been a favorite here at our house. It’s my husband’s most requested dessert and my boys all love it too. Especially with ice cream on top. I think my favorite thing in all the world is crumb topping, so apple crisp is one sweet dish that’s always a hit. There’s just something about warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream slowly melting on top…man, it’s a mouth-watering combination. So over the years, I’ve made many versions of crisp. This one is my favorite thus far. The apples are cut up into thin slices then halved; then there’s a brown sugar/butter combination that’s mixed in with the apples, sweetening them just enough to complement the tartness of the fruit. Along with the crunch of the crumb topping, you just can’t go wrong here.

Red and Green Apples

Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

Because there’s flour mixed in along with the brown sugar/butter mixture, the inside has a pie-like consistency–not runny–but more of a glaze. There’s only a quarter cup brown sugar, so it’s not overly sweet. Adding cinnamon completes the delicious filling.

Making Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

The crumb topping is a traditional one with the exception of one ingredient: baking powder. I don’t ever remember adding baking powder to my crumb toppings before. And I tried to research the purpose of the baking powder in the crumb topping but didn’t really find one solid explanation. Some said it’s for better browning, while others said it’s to make the topping crunchy and not cake-like, so I’m not sure. Either way, this topping is yummy! There’s also flour, Golden Barrel Brown Sugar, oatmeal, butter, cinnamon, which are the traditional ingredients. I used a pastry cutter to cut the butter in.

Oatmeal

Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

So if you’re a fan of apple crisp, this recipe is a must-try. I’m thinking it’s going to be made a LOT this fall. We might even have some with the Thanksgiving Day spread–it’s THAT good (and easier than pie!).

Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping with Vanilla Ice Cream

Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping
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A simple yet delicious recipe that's perfect for brisk fall weather, this apple crisp is filled with buttery brown sugar goodness, tart apples, and a crumb topping that's irresistible.
Servings Prep Time
5 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping
Print Recipe
A simple yet delicious recipe that's perfect for brisk fall weather, this apple crisp is filled with buttery brown sugar goodness, tart apples, and a crumb topping that's irresistible.
Servings Prep Time
5 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Instructions
Topping
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8x8" baking dish, set aside.
  2. In small bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, stir to combine. Add diced butter. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut in the butter until it's pea-size and crumbly. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
Filling
  1. After dicing apples, pour lemon juice over them to prevent browning. Stir to coat apples.
  2. Pour melted butter into a small bowl. Add flour and mix well. Mix in water and vanilla extract. Add brown sugar, cinnamon and salt, stirring until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture over apple slices and stir to evenly coat. Pour into prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle crumb topping over apples and bake for 35 minutes until top is golden and inside is bubbly and when poked with a fork, tender.
  4. Remove from oven and let set for at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve with ice cream.
Recipe Notes

Double the recipe for a 9x13" pan.

Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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Kat Hertzler

Kat is a mother of three boys who loves to bake and enjoys all things DIY. She has been blogging since 2010 featuring recipes and home design projects. Some of her home projects have been featured in Country Living and This Old House magazine, as well as many other prominent DIY blogs and websites.

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