Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisp in a white casserole dish next to green apples

This cinnamon apple crisp is full of warm juicy apples and topped with a buttery oat crunch.  This is the perfect dessert for any time of year for those apple lovers . I adore anything with baked apples , especially a good apple pie but they are so much work. Apple crisp are so easy anyone can make them plus there is no dough to mess with and most importantly you don’t have to wait for it to cool. I have made MANY crisp in my kitchen and this method by far is my favorite. A warm apple crisp with a scoop of ice cream is just the perfect dessert for any occasion. The only thing that could make it better is possibly a little caramel ganache drizzled on top..super fancy !

I have made MANY , possibly over twenty crisp before I came up with exactly what I wanted. You see, I wanted the filling to be more like a pie filling and not dry. I have had some apple crisp that were good but just a little on the dry side. Also,  I love other seasonings like nutmeg and clove but I really wanted just Cinnamon . After many attempts I have finally came up with the perfect dessert just in time for apple season.

Cinnamon Apple Crisp in a white bowl topped with ice cream.

Let’s make an Apple Cinnamon Crisp!

Gather Your Ingredients

Crisp Topping:

  • Flour
  • Old Fashioned Oats
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Cold Butter

Apple Filling:

  • 2 LBS of firm baking Apples of your choice-Granny Smith, Honey Crisp and Pink Lady are my favorites
  • Corn Startch
  • Apple Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Cold Butter

 

Crisp Topping Ingredients : Flour, Brown Sugar, Oats, Butter, Cinnamon , Baking Powder and Salt.
Crisp Topping Ingredients : Flour, Brown Sugar, Oats, Butter, Cinnamon , Baking Powder and Salt.

Butter, diced in bowl with other crisp toppings with a pasty cutter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray or butter a 3 QT baking dish. In a medium bowl prepare the crisp topping by combining flour, oats , brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

Crisp topping with butter already cut into dry ingredients

Dice 5 tablespoons of cold butter and cut it into the dry mixture using a pastry cutter or 2 knives. Once the butter is cut into it well and the mixture resembles gravel place the bowl in the fridge until its time to use.

Apple Filling Ingredients: 2 lbs of apples, light brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, corn starch, Lemon juice, and cold butter
Apple Filling Ingredients: 2 lbs of apples, light brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, corn starch, Lemon juice, and cold butter

peeled , cored and sliced apples

Peel , core and slice apples. Slice the apples pretty thin . If the apples are sliced to thick they won’t be tender after the cooking process, nobody likes hard apples in a crisp.

Sliced apples in a mixing bowl getting coated with filling ingredients

Place the apples in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle them with Brown sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and salt. Drizzle the apple juice and lemon juice over the apples and toss them until they are coated well.

Apple filling in a baking dish dotted with butter

Place the apples in a 3 quart baking dish( 8×8 brownie pan will work) and dot it with the 3 tablespoons of butter in tiny pieces. You want the spread the butter evenly , this helps with the juices in the filling.

Crisp topping added before baking

Top the apples with the reserved topping mixture from the fridge.

 

Cinnamon Apple Crisp in a white baking dish

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.

Cinnamon Apple Crisp in a white bowl with ice cream

This is the best Apple Crisp you will ever have! Top with Ice cream or whipped cream. If you want to get all fancy drizzle a little caramel ganache on there.

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Cinnamon Apple Crisp

This cinnamon apple crisp is full of warm juicy apples and topped with a buttery oat crunch. Topped with ice cream , the perfect dessert.
3 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • Crisp Topping
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoon cold butter

Apple Filling

  • 2 lbs Firm Baking Apple like Granny Smith
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn starch
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or water
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons cold butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray or butter a 3 QT baking dish
  • In a medium bowl prepare the crisp topping by combining flour, oats , brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • Dice 5 tablespoons of cold butter and cut it into the dry mixture using a pastry cutter or 2 knives.
  • Once the butter is cut into it well and the mixture resembles gravel place the bowl in the fridge until its time to use
  • Peel , core and slice apples. Slice the apples pretty thin .
  • Place the apples in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle them with Brown sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and salt.
  • Drizzle the apple and lemon juice over the apples and toss them until they are coated well
  • Place the apples in a 3 quart baking dish( 8x8 brownie pan will work) and dot it with the 3 tablespoons of butter in tiny pieces
  • Top the apples with the reserved topping mixture from the fridge
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes
  • Serve with Ice cream or Whipped cream

Notes

Slicing the apples thin and uniform will allow them the bake evenly and be soft, nobody like hard apples in a crisp
Keyword apple crisp, cinnamon apple crisp, fall dessert
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Mindy
Mindy
3 years ago

Do you think quick oats would work for the topping? It’s what I have on hand. I had been thinking of what I wanted to do with those apples in the fridge and this sounds perfect. I love that it has lots of cinnamon.

Shelley
3 years ago

I totally agree – apple pies are such a beloved favorite, but I almost never make them because they feel like too much work. Crumbles and crisps like this are soooo much easier! An honestly, I generally prefer a great oat topping to pie crust anyway! Quintessential autumn!

Bernice Hill
Bernice Hill
3 years ago

Ahhh there is NOTHING like the aroma of a freshly baked apple crisp! I wish I could smell this one right through the screen!

Chef Dennis
3 years ago

This Cinnamon Apple Crisp is heaven! My wife will surely love this recipe as much as I do. I can’t wait to make this for her.

Aleta
3 years ago

I have been meaning to make some sort of crisp or pie with fall flavours and this cinnamon apple crisp looks amazing! That crunchy, buttery oat layer is calling my name!

Kathryn Donangelo
3 years ago

This is my favorite Fall dessert and wouldn’t mind one bit eating this year round!! I added a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top…perfection!

Heidy L. McCallum
Heidy L. McCallum
3 years ago

This cinnamon apple crisp turned out perfect and the entire family enjoyed it. I have to say hands-down it was delish and I will be saving your recipe to make again.

Kushigalu
Kushigalu
3 years ago

Apple crisp is one of my favorite fall dessert. This looks so gorgeous. I would love to try your recipe soon.

Tammy
3 years ago

What I love about this recipe is that it’s perfect year round! So easy and delicious…nothing hits the spot like a fresh fruit crisp!

Marisa F. Stewart
Marisa F. Stewart
3 years ago

This reminds me of my favorite school dessert — apple crisp. I would always forgo the dessert unless it was this one. I can’t wait to make this today — my grandsons are going to be over and this will be a nice treat for them.

Moop Brown
Moop Brown
3 years ago

Especially with fall coming up, this is definitely the perfect recipe. Looks super tasty!