Easy Apple crisp? Absolutely! This apple pie recipe is the BEST. One that, I warn you, you’ll be tempted to make for every special occasion because there’s just nothing better than soft, sweet, buttery baked apples covered in cinnamon and a crunchy crumble. AND it’s so, so simple to make! (Which is probably why we make it so often).
We recently wondered what to bring for our family July 4th get together. We’re always dreaming of desserts at our house and so whenever there’s a get-together, we bring something sweet!
Now, here’s the thing. My mom is forever making cake for her cake site, which is really lucky for me, however, sometimes I just find myself craving pie. We all do. It happens. So whenever there is a family gathering or holiday, apple crisp is almost always on our short list of dessert options.
I almost didn’t make apple pie for our July 4th get together this year because we had JUST made it for Father’s Day and Easter. Too much?
Well, we ended up making it– again. It WAS Independence Day after all, and what’s more patriotic than apple pie? As it turns out, I’ve found that apple pie is always a good idea. There’s just no such thing as too much good pie ;0)
Keep this simple and delicious recipe in mind for summertime gatherings or cozy fall nights…and well, all the other times too. Your friends and family are going to thank you for it!
How to Make Easy and DELICIOUS Apple Crisp
I like to use Granny Smith apples for this Apple Crisp. When I use softer apples, the texture is just not right. Plus, I love the tartness of Granny Smith! So much flavor.
I used an apple corer to create my slices, and then I further sliced each wedge into thirds. Each apple slice is about 1/4 inch thickness just to give you an estimate.
I tossed my apple slices with lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, and sugar and poured into a baking dish. I love the hint of lemon in this recipe!
Now for the crumble topping… Apple Crisp isn’t Apple Crisp without this flavorful topping! Here, I’m mixing our slightly softened butter with oats, salt, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and a cup of chopped pecans.
Now, sprinkle all of that deliciousness over your sliced apples and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until your apples reach the desired tenderness.
Thanks for stopping by Gracie in the Kitchen! If you give this recipe a try, we’d love to hear all about it!
Don’t miss another of our favorite apple recipes–our easy and delicious homemade Baked Apples–they are the perfect side dish for any meal and have the perfect balance of tartness, sweetness, and spice.
For the Apples
- 5 lbs (this is about 10 apples) Granny Smith Apples
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- Zest of one lemon
- 3 Tablespoons Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
For the Topping
- 1 1/2 stick butter, unsalted and slightly softened.
- 1 1/4 cup oats (we used old fashioned)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
For the Apples:
- Slice the apples into slices approximately 1/4 inch wide. (We used an apple corer/slicer and then sliced each wedge into thirds). *Remove the apple peel.
- Toss together apple slices, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and cinnamon and spread into a 9 x 13 baking dish.
For the Topping:
- Blend topping ingredients with a hand mixer until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
- Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until apples have reached desired softness.