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This easy Apple Crisp recipe is a family favorite, filled with sliced fresh apples under a buttery and sweet oat topping. Add a little vanilla ice cream and you have the best fall dessert ever!
So who is Darrell you ask? Well he is my awesome dad and this Apple Crisp happens to be his favorite! He loves his apple crisp paired with some vanilla ice cream! I mean who wouldn't? When I was a kid, it was a common thing to find my dad, my sister, and I in front of the TV with a bowl of ice cream. Usually we were watching some re-run on Nick at Night. Those nights were even more special when we all had apple crisp too. This recipe was created by my Great Aunt Evelyn, aka Auntie Eb, who we visited almost every Sunday when I was kid. She named it Darrell's Apple Crisp because he loved it so much.
This post was originally posted on 10/06/2014 and updated on 9/15/2020.
Ingredients Needed to Make Apple Crisp
What Apple Works Best for Apple Crisp?
This is the best part.... ANY TYPE! You can use any apple you like or have hanging around. I use the apples from our tree and I honestly have no idea what type they are. I also have used Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Gala apples and the crisp is delicious every time! Use your favorite or what you have growing in your back yard.
To peel or not to peel the apples?
I peel the apples for this apple crisp recipe, however if you like the peels you can for sure leave them on.
I may have to change the name to Darrell and Brekyn's Apple Crisp. Brekyn is my niece who happens to love my cooking. I have one fan and she's the best one ever! 😉 She was begging me for Apple Crisp the other day while she was at my house, so I thought I would deliver her a little surprise package. Brekyn ~ Circa 2014
How to Make the Best Apple Crisp
Step 1: Make the Crisp
In a large bowl combine the oats, brown sugar and flour. Cut the butter into pats and add to oat mix. Using your hands, pastry cutter or a fork, cut the butter into the mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
Step 2: Prepare the Apples
Peel and slice the apple ¼ inch thick. Place the apples in a 9x13 baking dish. Evenly sprinkle the sugar followed by the cinnamon on top of the apples. Or you can mix the sugar and cinnamon together and then sprinkle over the apples.
Step 3: Add the Topping
Now spread the oat topping evenly over the apples covering all the apples.
Step 4: Bake the Crisp
Bake the crisp in a 350° oven for 40-50 minutes and the top is golden brown.
Step 5: DIG IN!
Enjoy this delicious apple crisp with some vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel would be divine as well.
Tips for Making Easy Apple Crisp
- Prepare the oat topping first and set aside. Doing this will help prevent the apples from having time to turn brown.
- Use room temperature or softened butter when making the crisp topping. It helps create a crispier oat topping.
- Slice the apples at least ¼ inch thick, any thinner than that and you'll have applesauce under your topping.
- Use an apple slicer to core and slice the apples and then cut each slice in half again. It makes the perfect size apple slice.
Looking for more fall desserts? You might enjoy some of these!
- Very Berry Apple Crisp
- Easy Pumpkin Bread
- Apple Pie Muffins
- Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Apple Fritter Loaf
- Pumpkin Bundt Cake
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Darrell's Apple Crisp
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, and flour.
- Cut butter into pats, and add to oat mix.
- Mix butter and oat mix together using your hands, a pastry blender or fork, until mix looks like course crumbs.
- Place apples in a greased 9x13 baking dish.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl and sprinkle evenly over apples.
- Evenly spread oat topping over apples and sugar.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes and until topping is golden brown.