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Grandma’s Apple Crisp Recipe – Only 5 Basic Ingredients Required!

Hands down, my favorite Fall dessert is Grandma’s Apple Crisp Recipe. Tender chunks of cooked apples topped with a crunchy coating and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

It makes my mouth water just thinking about it! But best of all, it only requires 5 common ingredients! That means no crazy trips to the grocery store to find a special ingredient that you will only use for this recipe.

Grandma's Apple Crisp
Grandma’s Apple Crisp served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The ultimate Fall dessert!

In fact, this recipe is as old-fashioned as they come. Apples, cinnamon, butter, flour and sugar is all that you need to make this delicious dessert!

My Grandmother taught me how to make this recipe many years decades ago. When I started to count up the actual years, it made me feel really old!

I can remember standing in her kitchen peeling the apples as she cut them and put them in the casserole dish. I would get so excited when the apple crisp went in the oven because the entire house would smell so good.

Granny Smith Apples
Granny Smith apples peeled and being cut with an apple corer and slicer.

And of course, after dinner when it was time for dessert, I was the first one in line! I just couldn’t wait to take a bite through the crispy topping and sink my teeth into soft, cinnamon apples. And if we were lucky enough to have a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, I thought I was in heaven!

However, if you don’t have any apples, try our Zucchini Crisp recipe! It tastes just like Apple Crisp, I promise!

How To Make Grandma’s Apple Crisp

The first step in making this delicious dessert is to pick out the apples. As you probably already know, not all apples are great to make into desserts.

For this recipe, we always use Granny Smith apples. Because there are just a few ingredients, you want an apple that is tart and can hold up to the baking process.

cut apples
Place the apples in a baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Pick out 6 medium-large apples that are nice and firm. Next, peel and cut the apples into bite size chunks.

You can make quick work of this process by using a standard vegetable peeler and then cut the apples using an apple corer and slicer. Next, cut each apple slice into 4 pieces.

Place the apples in a 8 x 11 baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Then sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon on top.

diced apples and cinnamon
Once the apples are cut into bite size chunks, sprinkle them with cinnamon and butter pieces.

Next, slice 3 tablespoons of butter into small slices and randomly place the butter pieces on top of the apples. This will help soften and add additional flavor to the apples as they cook.

The Topping

Now it is time to make Grandma’s Apple Crisp topping. In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Then add cut in the soften butter using a fork, pastry cutter or even your hands!

Keeping mixing until the topping resembles pea size crumbles. Then sprinkle evenly over top of the apples.

grandma's apple crisp topping
Once the topping resembles pea size crumbles, sprinkle it evenly on top of the apples.

Bake in a preheated oven for about an hour or until the topping is nice and golden brown.

Let Grandma’s Apple Crisp sit for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate, Fall dessert! Enjoy!

Grandma's apple crisp
The apple crisp is done when the top is golden brown and the apples are tender.

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Grandma's Apple Crisp Recipe

Grandma's Apple Crisp

Fork tender baked cinnamon apples with a crisp, sweet topping that makes for the perfect Fall dessert! Top it off with a little vanilla ice cream for the ultimate dessert!


  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into slices


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature cut into slices


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease an 8x11 baking dish and set aside.
  2. Peel, core and cut apples into bite size chunks or slices and place in the prepared baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle with tops of the apples with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 3 Tbsp. butter, cut in pieces
  4. In a medium size mixing bowl combine sugar, flour, and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Add 1/2 cup softened butter to mixture and cut in with a pastry cutter or use your hands until it resembles pea size crumbles.
  5. Sprinkle mixture over top of the apples.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes until the top is golden brown and the apples are soft.
  7. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.


Serve warm and top is a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 488Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 5gSugar: 52gProtein: 3g
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