33 Apple Crisp Recipes to Get You Excited That Fall Is Here
Apple crisp is one of the easiest ways to bring fall joy to the dinner table.
Crimson leaves, football, cozy sweaters, and slow cooker meals — the transition from summer to fall brings unparalelled joy. But one of the best parts of fall is that it's when apple season and baking season collide, for amazing desserts and breakfasts that just don't taste the same any other time of the year.
Fall baking brings to mind apple pie, but its cousin, the modest apple crisp, is, IMHO, a far superior fall dessert for a couple of reasons. I love making a traditional pie, but when the craving for an apple dessert hits you hard and fast on October 1, apple crisp is your instant-gratification fix.
1) It's easy to make — great for beginning bakers and kids
3) It calls for just a few ingredients that are easy to toss together over sliced apples.
4) No special equipment is needed
Best Apples for Baking
Before you get started, keep in mind that some apples are better than others for baking. The kind of apples you choose for crisps should be fairly firm, to be able to hold its shape after an hour in the oven. There are many types of apples you can use, but we whittled down the list to the types that are easy to find in most grocery stores.
Braeburns are mostly red-orange with yellow highlights. Their yellow flesh is crisp, so it can take high heat and retain a sweet-sharp flavor.
Granny Smith apples are the iconic green apple. Granny Smiths are probably the most common apples to use for baking. They're dense and tart and can handle high heat without losing their shape.
Cortland apples are short and wide, and typically deep red in color with yellow around the stem. Cortland apples are hardy apples with the sweet-tart flavor of the Macintosh apples they were originally derived from.
Fuji apples are small and mostly red with a few yellow splotches and have subtle vertical stripes. Fujis are sturdy and sweet with citrus notes.
Jonagolds are similar in appearance to Fujis, but they're a bit bigger. Jonagolds are a little bit sweet, a little bit tart, juicy, and crisp.
Everyone loves Honeycrisp apples. They're expensive, but most of the time, they're sweet, crunchy flesh is worth the price. I sometimes pair Honeycrisp with Granny Smith apples to give my crisps and pies a sweet-tart balance. However, because Granny Smiths stand up to heat pretty well, I slice the Honeycrisp a bit thicker than the Granny Smiths so they don't break down before the Granny Smiths soften in the oven.
You might see a new type of apple in the grocery store this fall. It's called Cosmic Crisp. We don't know if it's good for baking yet, but it was bred from the Honeycrisp and it's expected to be as popular and tasty as Honeycrisp.
Now that you have your apples picked, here are some of our favorite spins on apple crisp recipes.
Apple Crisp by Epicurious
We'll start with a classic recipe. It's simple and calls for all the traditional ingredients. It's perfect for beginners or making when you have fierce baked apple cravings without a lot of time.
Apple Crisp Stuffed Mini Pumpkin
Apple Crisp Stuffed Mini Pumpkin by The View from Great Island
We picked this one solely based on the cuteness quotient. If you're making dinner for two and you want to impress your date, this is an adorable, easy, and tasty way to do it.
Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples
Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples by Life in the Lofthouse
This recipe is family-sized compared to the stuffed pumpkin. With six individually stuffed apples, these desserts are their own serving dish! You'll have to scoop out the core of the apples to create mini bowls to house the filling, but this method is still easier than making a pie.
Skillet Apple Crisp
Skillet Apple Crisp by Foodie Girl Chicago
This recipe is classic-adjacent. This blogger leaves the skin on the apples instead of peeling them. You can make it with or without the skin, but leaving on the skin cuts down on prep time. She also sautees the apples in the skillet before adding the crumble topping which cuts down on the total time baking.
Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars
Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars by Sugar Apron
This is definitely a more elaborate recipe. By 'elaborate,' I mean it's really three desserts in one. The base is a graham cracker-oat-sugar-mixture. The middle layer is a combination of cream cheese and sugar, and it's all topped with an apple-oatmeal-sugar crumble. But wait! There's more! It's finished off with a caramel drizzle. I. Can't. Even.
Apple Crisp Blondies
Apple Crisp Blondies by The Recipe Rebel
If the problem you want to fix is portability, Apple Crisp Blondies are the solution. They're pretty easy to make: The recipe calls for a cookie base that is baked for a few minutes before a layer of par-cooked apples is added, followed by the streusel topping (the caramel sauce in the picture is just for show). Cooled and cut into squares, they make the perfect fall dessert to pack in a lunch box.
Apple Crisp Muffins
Apple Crisp Muffins by Broma Bakery
I'm always on the lookout for desserts that double as breakfast, and Apple Crisp Muffins make the morning menu in the fall. The apples are baked into the muffin batter with all the right spices, and crowned with sugar, butter, and old fashioned oats.
Graham Cracker Apple Crisp
Graham Cracker Apple Crisp by Our Best Bites
This recipe peels away from tradition to form a slightly different but distinct dessert. Instead of the oats for the crumble topping, this recipe uses graham crackers as the summit for your mountain of sliced apples. A scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it a snow-capped dessert.
Apple Crisp Egg Rolls
Apple Crisp Egg Rolls by Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
This recipe might remind you of a fried apple pie offered at fast-food restaurants, but this is better, and not just because it's homemade. The apple mixture and the crisp topping are tucked into egg roll wrappers, sealed, and fried. If you plan to make these, remember they're best served warm so plan to eat them immediately.
Apple Crisp Cake
Apple Crisp Cake by Deliciously Yum
The Apple Crisp Cake contains all the joy of traditional apple crisp only it sits on top of a fluffy yellow cake. It's a bit more work than plain apple crisp, but it's worth it if you like cake.
Apple Crisp Cookie Cups
Apple Crisp Cookie Cups by Liv For Cake
This is one of those genius recipes that you wish you'd thought of. It's super simple in concept with an easy execution. Basically, you make oatmeal cookie dough, press it into muffin tins to bake, and when they're done, drop in a spoonful of apple filling.
Apple Crisp Pizza
Apple Crisp Pizza by The Girl Who Ate Everything
It's called a pizza, but you could also call it a crostata, galette, or tart. It's everything you put into apple crisp, heaped on pie dough and baked. Whatever you decide to call yours, the important part to remember is that it's delicious.
Slow Cooker Apple Crisp
Slow Cooker Apple Crisp by 365 Days of Slow Cooking
This recipe is great if you have a busy schedule. It calls for all the classic ingredients, piled into a slow cooker. You set it on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4 hours. The one trick you should make note of is the use of paper towels under the lid — they absorb any excess moisture the apples expel during cooking.
Paleo Apple Crisp
Paleo Apple Crisp by The Real Food Dietitians
I don't follow the paleo diet, but this recipe sounds so good, I might convert just long enough to make this. It gets the crispy, crunchy components with pecans, walnuts, and toasted coconut flakes in place of the traditional oat topping. To keep it sweet, it calls for maple syrup in place of brown sugar or granulated sugar, but it keeps the vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg to enhance the fall experience. To avoid butter and all-purpose flour, it kneads in coconut oil and almond flour to make the crumble. If you want a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go with it, make sure it's dairy-free like this recipe to keep your dessert paleo-friendly.
Caramel Apple Crisp Ice Cream
Caramel Apple Crisp Ice Cream by Maria Mind Body Health
Where there's a paleo apple crisp recipe, there's also a keto apple crisp recipe. This one comes in the form of frozen custard — that means there are plenty of egg yolks and heavy cream. However, there is one caveat: No apples are used in this recipe. If you're a strict follower of the keto diet you know that apples have a lot of net carbs so instead of the apples, it calls for apple flavoring, and instead of sugar, it uses Stevia and erythritol in the custard as well as the caramel swirl. For the crunch, crushed pecans and walnuts are folded in.
Hungry for More?
If you want a few more options, there are thousands more apple crisp recipes to explore and these are at the top of our list.