Our favorite homemade apple crisp is bursting with sweet apple and cinnamon flavor. This fall treat is best served fresh from the oven, so get ready to bake some right now!
Homemade Apple Crisp
Apple picking is my family’s favorite fall activity. We visit a lovely farm where there is nothing but a barn, apple trees, and a no-fuss hayride to the orchard and back. There is no petting zoo with fat goats, no rides that require expensive tickets, no lines, and absolutely no junk-food. I love it because there isn’t a darn thing that takes attention away from the simplicity of being with family on a beautiful fall day!
We pick our apples—McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Cortland, and Golden Delicious—then imagine the applesauce and desserts they will become. “Of course I’ll have to make apple crisp!” I tell my husband.
“My apple crisp?” he asks.
“No, my apple crisp.”
You see, my husband grew up eating an apple crisp recipe that I don’t really care for, and my favorite recipe is one that he doesn’t like! I guess it’s not a huge problem because, well, can you really have too much apple crisp? (Ahem. And for the record, mine is better!)
This recipe is so moist. The secret is the addition of a homemade apple-vanilla syrup that softens the tart flavor of fresh apples.
“Mommy, I love this!” my oldest son commented when he tried it.
“Well, I think it needs peanut butter,” said my youngest, “Then it will be very good.”
(He must take after his Dad.)
Here’s the recipe. You can make it yourself and decide if it needs peanut butter, or not.
Related: How to Make Vanilla Extract
Ingredients for Homemade Apple Crisp
This delicious recipe uses 10 basic ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup melted salted butter
- 8–10 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled and cored
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
How to Make Homemade Apple Crisp
Best served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, this delicious apple crisp is perfect for warming up cool fall days!
Step 1: Prepare the Crust
Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter in a bowl. Stir the mixture until it is crumbly and moist. Press half of the mixture into a buttered baking dish.
Step 2: Fill with Apples
Cover the crumb mixture with sliced apples. I usually just dump them in, but you can arrange them neatly if desired.
Step 3: Make the Syrup and Bake
In a small saucepan, stir the sugar, cornstarch, cider, and vanilla extract together. Cook the mixture until it is thick. Pour the syrup evenly over apples, then cover the apples with the remaining crumb mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice-cream!
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