This sweet, warm, and cozy Apple Crisp has everything you love about fall all in one baking dish! A classic apple mixture is baked to perfection beneath a crisp layer of oats. This is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving!
At my house, Thanksgiving is treated like the Olympics of home cooking… Because it is! Every year, I run around like crazy trying to make sure the turkey’s cooking at the right pace, the side dishes are being kept warm, the sparkling apple cider sangria keeps flowing, I mean the list goes on and on. That’s why I love serving this apple crisp on Thanksgiving! It’s super low stress, so I don’t have another dish to fuss over.
Essentially, all you need to do here is toss the apples together with some spices and sugar. Then you bake them beneath a layer of sweet, spiced oat mixture for 30 minutes until the apples are bubbling, the oats are golden and your mouth is drooling from the autumnal aroma. This easy apple crisp recipe seriously checks all of the right boxes! Oh, and when you serve it with vanilla ice cream? Swoon.
Another great reason to let this apple crisp serve as your Thanksgiving dessert is because it’s pretty big! An entire casserole dish is filled with the apple goodness, so everyone can have a good sized portion. Have a larger family than most? No worries – you can easily double this recipe and bake it in two separate baking dishes. And don’t let your hands get sore from peeling the apples. Delegate that job to the kids!
How to Make Apple Crisp
You’ll love how hassle free this easy apple crisp recipe is!
- Make the apple mixture. Peel, core, and dice the apples. Grate an apple to fill one cup. Toss the grated and diced apples together in a bowl with sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Spread the mixture into a prepared baking dish.
- Make the oat mixture. Whisk together the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Work the butter into the mixture to form coarse crumbs. You can use your fingers or a pastry cutter if you have one. Spread this mixture all over the apples.
- Bake. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the crust is a beautiful golden brown color and the apples are bubbling.
Serve with ice cream or freshly whipped cream!
Apple Crisp Tips and Variations to Try
- Use fresh lemon juice. For the best flavor and natural acidity, use freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Spoon the flour. Don’t dunk your measuring cup straight into the bag! When you do that, you really pack it in there. Packed flour is too much flour. Instead, use a spoon to place the flour into the measuring cup.
- Use your favorite apples. You can use granny smith for a tarter crisp or honeycrisp for a sweeter dessert. Or, for even more dimension of flavor, use a mix of both apples (or whatever your favorite apple is).
How To Store Apple Crisp
Let your apple crisp fully cool to room temperature prior to storing. Once cooled, wrap your baking dish tightly with plastic wrap, or transfer whatever leftovers you have to an airtight container. Properly stored in the fridge, apple crisp will stay fresh for about 3-4 days in the fridge.
To reheat it, I recommend placing it back in the oven and letting it slowly warm all the way through to maintain that signature crisp consistency. However, you can also zap it for 30 seconds at a time in the microwave until warmed through and it’ll still be great!
Serve more than one dessert this fall!
Get the Recipe: Apple Crisp Recipe
- 5 pounds apples, peeled, cored and diced
- 1 cup grated apple
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
- 1 baking dish
- Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- In a large bowl, toss together apples, grated apple, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice.
- Combine thoroughly and pour the mixture into a baking dish coated with cooking spray and spread evenly. In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the oat mixture until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle the oat mixture evenly over the apples. Transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes until the crust is a golden brown and the apples are bubbling.
- Serve hot or at room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.