The Very BEST Apple Crisp

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This is without a doubt the best ever Apple Crisp I have ever eaten.  Perfectly spiced apples covered in a buttery cinnamon oatmeal crunch topping.  Serve it warm, finished off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The Very BEST Apple Crisp

I think anyone who bakes has probably made an apple crisp or some version of it at some point in time.  Sure, they were probably even good.  I hate to brag, but this one? I think it’s better! You see, even people who love their apple crisp recipe ask me, “what did you DO to this, it’s SO good!!”

The Very BEST Apple Crisp - An Affair from the Heart

When I was a little girl I had a cedar chest in my room that contained my “hope chest.”  I think that the idea of the hope chest has sort of lost it’s appeal over the years, but I loved mine.  It contained flour sack towels that I had embroidered with one of my grandmothers, and an afghan crocheted by another,  kitchen items my mom replaced, and I kept the old one and recipes that I had collected over my childhood.  Some were my favorites from my Mom and my grandmas, and this particular one, I snipped out of our local paper.  The only thing I really did to change it was to add a little spice and make more of that crumble, because truly, that is the part everyone loves, right?


This is the clipped recipe from the Omaha World Herald, sitting on an embroidered flour sack towel.  It’s still in my recipe book,  it’s yellowed over time, but STILL my favorite.

Components of Apple Crisp, also known as Apple Crumble

  • cooked apples
  • butter, sugar, flour, cinnamon
  • oats and brown sugar

The Very BEST Apple Crisp

It starts with peeling some apples.  I always use Granny Smith, and sometimes I add a few red ones, too.  Top them with the sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon.

The Very BEST Apple Crisp

Mix the ingredients for the topping using your fingers or a pastry blender. It will resemble wet sand when it’s done.  Sprinkle it over the top of the apples.

The Very BEST Apple Crisp

Bake it for 40 minutes.  The aroma is intoxicating!

The Very BEST Apple Crisp

We always serve the apple crisp warm.

The Very BEST Apple Crisp

Topped with some vanilla bean ice cream.  It’s delicious!!

The Very BEST Apple Crisp

So, next time you are craving apple crisp, maybe give my recipe a try?  Maybe it will become your favorite, too?  M.

The Very BEST Apple Crisp topped with ice cream on a white plate
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Apple Crisp

This is without a doubt the best ever Apple Crisp I have ever eaten.  Perfectly spiced apples covered in a buttery cinnamon oatmeal crunch topping.  Serve it warm, finished off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Cuisine: continental
Keyword: Apple Crisp
Servings: 13 x9
Calories: 481kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


[i]Prepare the Apples:[/i]

  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 7-8 cups apples peeled, cored and sliced (I prefer Granny Smith Apples) about 10.

[i]Prepare the Topping:[/i]

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup butter cold and sliced


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease or spray with non-stick spray a 9x13 baking dish.
  • In a bowl combine all topping ingredients and work with your fingertips until mixture is crumbly.
  • In another small bowl, mix together flour, sugar cinnamon and salt for apples, set aside.
  • Peel, core and slice your apples, coat with flour/sugar mixture.
  • Place loosely in the bottom of your baking dish.
  • Add topping.
  • Bake at 30-40 minutes or until brown on top.
  • Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 196mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 63g

Celebrate Apple Season!!

Apple Kuchen (German Apple Cake)
A traditional German dessert made of a ‘not too sweet’ cake, a layer of fresh apples sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzled with vanilla glaze. Heavenly!
These apples are topped with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, then wrapped in puff pastry and baked until golden brown. Top them off with a spiced rum caramel glaze before serving.
Snicker Apple Salad
Classic Snicker Apple Salad is delicious and so easy to make with only 3 ingredients!

Or go all out with one of these delicious apple cocktails: Summer Apple Sangria or Hard Apple Bourbon Cocktail


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  1. Oh apple anything in a dessert is already a winner in my book but wow this crisp looks incredible! Definitely have to check out those dumplings too- so many tasty recipes!!

  2. I can see why this is one of your most popular recipes! Yum!! I love the story of your “hope chest” – that is so sweet and so cool both at the same time. This recipe sounds delicious and it makes me think it comes from some kind of magical treasure chest! A must make recipe for sure!!

  3. You saved a classic recipe! I love that you stashed this for another day…and I bet your family sure is glad too! This is going on my family menu to share with my family too!

  4. I made this apple crisp and it was amazing. For me there was too much topping/apple so I made another crisp with half as many apples and put the extra topping on that. I took it for dinner to a friends and everyone loved it and ate more of it than anticipated.

    1. I am a sucker for the topping! I suppose not everyone is though – that was a good idea you had, and I bet they were happy you shared! 😉 Thanks for circling back to let me know that you enjoyed it!

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