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    • The Best Apple Crisp

      filed under: Pies + Tarts on August 22, 2018

      Are you looking for the BEST Apple Crisp Recipe? One that is full of flavor and perfected over time to be a NO-FAIL recipe? This is it. My secret? DOUBLE the crisp! I am making this and my Sugar Cookie Recipe as well as a Piggy Pie Dessert for the holidays!

      The Best Apple Crisp

      Apple Crisp Recipe

      If you are anything like me, you always think your recipe is the best. I was convinced that the apple crisp I have been making for the last couple years couldn’t be beaten but was I ever wrong. I tried this recipe last fall and have made it at least 15 times since. It is perfect every single time! It is the ideal combination of rich oat crisp paired with a slightly tart apple (this is important, I will tell you why below) and just the right about of buttery richness. If you are looking for the best apple crisp you have ever tried, look no further.

      How to Make Apple Crisp


      Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

      Most recipes call for all granulated sugar or 1/2 granulated and 1/2 brown. While these recipes are sweet, they lack the depth of flavor that all brown sugar adds. And after you try this apple crisp, you will definitely understand what I mean! I used a light brown sugar, but you can definitely use a dark brown sugar as well. If you don’t happen to have any brown sugar on hand, you can always make your own!

      Homemade Brown Sugar
      For light brown sugar add 1-2 tablespoons of molasses to 1 cup of granulated sugar. For dark brown sugar add 3-4 tablespoons to 1 cup of granulated sugar. I like to mix up a big batch in my food processor but you can also mix by hand if you prefer.

      Perfect Apple Crisp

      Oat Mixture

      As you can see I use brown sugar in the apple coating as well as the oat mixture. But let’s talk about the butter because that is equally important! I like to use a good quality butter like Challenge Butter. It’s churned daily from two natural ingredients: the freshest 100% real pasteurized sweet cream and salt. That’s it! The taste is pure, and the flavor is consistent, which is extremely important in baking.

      One thing that makes this recipe unique is that the oat mixture is used on the top AND the bottom. The amazing thing about this layer is that it changes depending on how long you bake the crisp.

      If you bake at 375°F for 35 minutes, the bottom oat mixture will be slightly caramelized and gooey while the top will be perfect crispy deliciousness.

      If you bake at 375°F for 45 minutes, the bottom oat mixture will be crispy throughout. The top will be darker, but if you prefer a less dark crispy top you can add a foil tent to the crisp after 35 minutes.

      The Crispiest Apple Crisp!

      Best Apples to Use in an Apple Crisp

      It is important to use tart apples in order to get that tang that contrasts well with the buttery topping in an apple crisp. Honeycrisp (they are crisp and juicy with a honey-sweet and tart flavor) or Granny Smith (they are crisp and very sour) are my top two favorites. The Honeycrisp was developed right here in Minnesota. #proudMinnesotan Either of those apples is ideal, but you could also do a combination of the two. Some folks in my extended family love to do a combination of a sweet apple (like Golden Delicious) and a tart apple. When we sampled this version we did enjoy it but found that the leftovers did not reheat as nicely as the version will all tart apples. (they were mushier than we liked)

      This recipe calls for 10 cups of apples after they are peeled and sliced. I found this to be anywhere from 7-9 apples depending on the size. When preparing this recipe I like to wait until the very last moment to peel and cut my apples as I want them to stay as crisp as possible. And whatever you do, don’t skip the peeling!

      Apple Crisp 101

      4.9 from 47 votes
      Apple Crisp
      Prep Time
      20 mins
      Cook Time
      45 mins
      Total Time
      1 hr 5 mins

      Once you try this recipe you will never want another! Perfection in every bite!

      Course: Dessert
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: Apple Crisp, apple crisp recipe
      Servings: 12 large pieces
      Calories: 422 kcal
      Author: Amanda
      Apple Mixture
      • 10 cups Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced
      • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
      • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      Crisp Mixture
      • 2 cups (180g) quick-cooking oats
      • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
      • 2 cups (400g) packed brown sugar
      • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
      • 1 cup (2 sticks, 226g) Challenge Butter cubed while cold
      1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a 9x13 pan with baking spray or coating with butter.

      Apple Mixture
      1. Place sliced apples in a bowl. Add brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir gently and make sure every piece of apple is covered in the sugar mixture. Set aside.

      Crisp Mixture
      1. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together. Add in the cubed butter and use your hands to combine. You want the butter to be pea-sized and coated entirely. You should have 6 cups. 

      2. Spread 3 cups over the bottom of your prepared pan and press flat. Pour the apple mixture over top and press down with rubber spatula. Pour remaining crisp mixture over top of the apples and bake uncovered at 375°F for 35-45 minutes.

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    • Can I use my frozen apples for this recipe?

        I have not made this with frozen apples so can’t speak to it’s effectiveness.

    • The best Apple crisp ever!!!

    • Is this recipe freezer friendly

    • I tried this recipe. Even though I used Granny Smith apples, It was way too sweet for my taste. Next time I will 1/2 the amount of sugar in both the apple filling and crumble. I did really like the extra crumble though! I was afraid the bottom crumble crust wouldn’t bake well enough.

    • I didn’t see a nutrition guide, everyone likes to know how many carbs and calories they eat…

    • Too sweet. I suggest cutting the sugar in half and adding more oats.

    • I made this last night for husband, son, daughter-in-law, and 3 grandchildren. It was a huge success. I served it warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup.Delicious!!!!!

    • Oooo this recipe is THE best! You can taste every ingredient. I used real butter n wasn’t stingy! Soooo good.

    • Challenge Butter is the best! My pick for everything butter!❤️

    • Try adding a bit of chopped black walnuts and drizzle a tiny bit of Carmel on top. Please state what kind of oats you are using.too. Quick oats or Old Fashioned. Thank you! I’ll try it soon.

    • I just made this and it is DEEEEELICIOUS! I modified the amount of sugar, though. I used only about 1/4 cup of brown sugar in the apples and only 1 cup of brown sugar in the oat mixture. It’s plenty sweet and if you add ice cream or whipped topping it’s still not over the top sweet. I highly recommend this recipe but definitely reduce the amount of sugar. Thanks 😊

    • Can you use old fashion oats??

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